What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 31


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 29, 1964 on CBS
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Game 1: Miss Lynne Palmer - "Astrologer (Makes Up Horoscopes)" (self-employed; John explained that she uses the positions of the planets in relation to her client's birthdates to draw up their personal astrological charts; she meets with clients either at her home or theirs; she said that she does not make predictions and that she primarily helps her clients with their problems by providing consultation, analysis and guidance; from New York, NY)

Game 2: Jimmy Dawson (James Dawson) - "Raises Rabbits" (self-employed; Jim is also a school student who appears to be about age 16; he began his part-time job of breeding rabbits as a 4-H project and now owns 700 rabbits; his mother and father also help him with his business which he termed "a family project"; he is saving his business income for college; from Shepherdsville, KY)

Game 3: Bette Davis (4/5/1908 - 10/6/1989) (as Mystery Guest) . .moreless

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Bennett Cerf

    Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Tony: (asking about Jimmy Dawson's product, rabbits) Does this pet have seasonal connotations?
        John: Uh, we have a small problem, here... you're jumping to a conclusion that isn't necessarily valid. No, I will say no more than that. (loud laughter from audience)

    • NOTES (5)

      • HAPPY EASTER!!! Peter Cottontail wasn't very kind to the panel as they went a disappointing 1 for 3 this evening. However, if it wasn't for a mistake by Tony, this would have been a more successful night. In the first game, the panel was absolutely stumped by the astrologer. In fact, the panel wasn't even anywhere close to determining her line. Perhaps her very attractive looks had the panel thrown as they did guess that she did some sort of entertainment work, but that was as far as they got. The second game was definitely an Easter themed one because the young contestant raised rabbits. However, Tony made a very critical mistake when he said the young man didn't deal in rabbits, when the guest actually did. Because of Tony's gaffe, John immediately flipped the remaining cards and the contestant won the full prize by default. The panel performed better in the mystery guest round as Dorothy correctly identified Bette Davis, who sounded like a frog as she tried to fool the panel. Bette didn't really have anything to promote other than to talk about her two daughters, Barbara Davis Hyman (nicknamed B.D.), who had recently married, and Margot Merrill, who had just started her acting career. That definitely helped to end Easter night on a high note. - Sargebri

        HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE - ALASKA EARTHQUAKE!!! Though it wasn't mentioned on the show this evening, two days before this broadcast, one of the biggest natural disasters in United States history took place when a massive earthquake hit Anchorage, Alaska. The earthquake, which came to be known as the "Good Friday Quake," was measured in the high 7's on the Richter Scale and did a great deal of damage from both the quake and also the tsunamis that hit later. - Sargebri

        THE BRASS BOTTLE (1964): As Dorothy mentioned during her introduction of Tony, he was currently appearing in the comedy/fantasy "The Brass Bottle," which was about a man, played by Tony, who buys an antique table lamp which releases a genie, played by Burl Ives, who immediately creates havoc. Ironically, one of Tony's co-stars, Barbara Eden, would take on a similar role when she played everyone's favorite genie, "Jeannie," in the classic 1965-1970 sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie," which was inspired by "The Brass Bottle." - Sargebri

        FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second challenger at four down, after Tony asked if he would be correct in assuming it's not a rabbit. - agent_0042

      • (1) BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN: After skipping this episode in 2004, GSN next showed it in its regular rotation on June 6, 2006.
        (2) BAD PUN ALERT: In his introduction of John, Bennett described him as a hero for catching a pickpocket and then explaining that it was the first "robbin'" (meaning robbing, a play on robin, a species of bird) he saw in spring. After John took his seat at the desk, he commented, "It would take an old HOOD like Bennett to come up with a ROBIN story like that!" John's comment was most certainly a pun of his own which referred to the story of Robin Hood.
        (3) "WML?" END CREDITS WATCH: Once again, on GSN's 2006 airing of tonight's episode, the end credit sequence is cut off after the "Mark Goodson / Bill Todman" slide card graphic. However, it is within the period covering this and the two preceding shows that Alvin R. Mifelow's nearly three-year run as "WML?" associate director comes to an end. For the next week's show, a new associate director will be credited. - W-B (2006, updated 2009)

        IN REMEMBRANCE: On Monday, March 23, 1964, Peter Lorre died. He had been a mystery guest on the now-lost EPISODE #101 of May 4, 1952 and the still-extant EPISODE #501 of February 14, 1960. - W-B (2009)

      • GSN INTERACTIVE TESTING, DAY ONE OF TWO: On April 17, 2004, with no prior warning, GSN skipped this episode for testing of their new GSN website interactive game module. At this time, the date of the most recent airing of this episode had been February 10, 2002. - Suzanne (2004)

        KIND SIR: During his introduction of Arlene Francis, Tony Randall announced that Arlene's travelling play, "Kind Sir," will be opening on Tuesday (March 31, 1964) at the Yonkers Playhouse. This theatre was located in Yonkers, New York. - Suzanne

      • From Garrison Skunk - In June of 2001, GSN (then known as Game Show Network) aired this episode during "Black and White Sunday Night" as a tribute to Arlene Francis after she passed away on May 31, 2001. At the beginning and end of the episode, the following (described) graphic was presented:

        One by one, in white lettering against a black background, came the following statements:

        Radio Host

        TV Host


        Fashion Icon

        Television Pioneer

        Then those words faded out, to be replaced by a screenshot of Arlene with the following statements surrounding it:

        GAME SHOW NETWORK remembers

        (Screenshot of Arlene)

        October 20, 1908 - May 31, 2001

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Tony Randall, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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