What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 34


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 19, 1964 on CBS
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Game 1: Frederick Baker - Town Crier of Stratford-On-Avon, England" (salaried; he has been in America since Friday, but is going home tomorrow night so he can be in England on Thursday, April 23, 1964 for the 400th birthday celebration of William Shakespeare, who was believed to have been born in 1564; this darling elderly man gave examples of his vocal work after his game; from Stratford-On-Avon, England)

Game 2: Miss Sydney Ann Zatzkin (written as Sydneyann Zatzkin) - "Usher at Shea Stadium, New Home of N.Y. Mets Baseball Team" (salaried; while on the job, she wears an 1890s costume of a bowler hat, striped jacket and a skirt; the Mets won today, 6 to 0; she is also a freshman college student at Hofstra College in Hempstead, Long Island, NY; she stated she is from Beechhurst, NY)

Game 3: Edie Adams (4/16/1927 - 10/15/2008) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: John Hannon - "Makes Surfboards" (self-employed; he owns and operates Hannon Surfboards; his surfboards are made of polyurethane foam and fiberglass, not wood; from Garden City, NY) . .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)

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      • REVIEW: The panel's good performance from the previous week carried over into this week as they once again went 3 for 4 for the night. Things didn't start off too well, though, as the panel was totally stumped by the town crier from the historic hometown of William Shakespeare, Stratford on Avon, England. In fact, he made a special trip from England just to be on the show due to the fact that he was promoting the 400th anniversary of "The Bard's" birth. He then treated the audience and the panel to a genuine "town cry," which drew huge applause. In the second game, Bennett may have set a record for the quickest guess when he identified, in just two questions, that the Hofstra College coed was an usherette at Shea Stadium. John later mentioned that the Mets celebrated the opening of their new home by winning their game 6-0. In the mystery guest round, Buddy correctly identified his good friend and "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" co-star Edie Adams. After the identification, Buddy, in a very spontaneous display of affection, ran over to Edie and kissed her squarely on the lips. Edie was on the show to promote her engagement at the Empire Room of the Waldorf-Astoria. In the final game, Dorothy made the last second save when she guessed that the contestant from Garden City, New York made surfboards. That definitely was a great way to end the evening. - Sargebri (2006)

        BEACH PARTY FUN: As Buddy mentioned after the final game, he had appeared the previous year in the second installment of the popular Frankie Avalon/Annette Funicello "Beach Party" series of movies, "Muscle Beach Party." However, Buddy wasn't the only member of the panel to appear in a "Beach Party" film. Later in 1964, Dolly Mae would make a brief cameo in the film "Pajama Party," in which she falls from the sky and lands on the back of a motorcycle being driven by a motorcycle gang member. Interestingly, even though this film is always thought to be part of the series, it actually falls outside of the series continuity. Annette, who normally played the character of "Frankie's" girlfriend "Dee-Dee," played a different character in this film. Also, Frankie Avalon, who normally played "Frankie," is only seen from behind as a Martian commander. Annette's co-star in the film was another Disney veteran, Tommy Kirk. - Sargebri (2006)

        SHEA STADIUM: As was mentioned in the second game, Shea Stadium had its grand opening earlier that day. Not only was it the home of the Mets, but it also was the home of the New York Jets of the American Football League, and later the National Football League. The Jets would remain there from 1964 until 1983, when they moved to Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Shea definitely proved to be a magical place for both teams. In 1968, the Jets won the AFL championship, defeating the Oakland Raiders 27-23. Two weeks later, the Jets would defeat the heavily-favored Baltimore Colts 16-7 in Super Bowl III. The good luck would later carry over to the Mets as they had one of the most magical seasons ever by first defeating the Atlanta Braves 3 games to 0, but they would go on to upset another team from Baltimore, the Orioles, 4 games to 1 in the 1969 World Series. However, Shea would make history a year after its opening when the Beatles drew what was at the time the largest audience to see a pop concert when 55,000 people, mostly female, jammed the stadium to see the group perform. However, the Beatles weren't the only group to make history in playing Shea. In 1971, the hard rock group Grand Funk Railroad also had a record-setting performance there when they sold out Shea in less than an hour. - Sargebri (2006)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant after Bennett guessed her occupation almost immediately. John said "the record has been broken." - agent_0042

      • (1) "LIVE" WATCH: While tonight's broadcast was transmitted live, the word "live" was once again edited out of Johnny Olson's intro on the kinescope copy. This is the fifth known episode with such an edit.
        (2) BAD PUN ALERT: As he did from time to time during the introductions, Bennett spun a historical tale ostensibly told him by "our panel moderator," this one, purportedly from Roman times, involving Brutus asking Julius Caesar how many hamburgers he had for lunch, with the punch line consisting of Caesar's answer of "Et two, Brute?" This was a pun on Caesar's last words, "Et tu, Brute?" as quoted in Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." Bennett's pun was ironic, given John's mentioning of Shakespeare during his introductory banter with the first contestant.
        (3) "WML?" END CREDITS WATCH: B.A. Taylor has returned to the Audio position, and based on the last few shows, it appears that Dan F. Smith has officially replaced Alvin R. Mifelow as associate director. Also, this is one of the first episodes on which announcer Johnny Olson is heard announcing, over the end credits, where to mail requests for free studio tickets to participate as a member of the "WML?" studio audience. The address Mr. Olson gave was the then-address of CBS's corporate headquarters, 485 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10022. The network's offices had been at that location since 1929. This address would later become the base of operations for many years for Mad magazine, one of whose main contributing writers, Dick DeBartolo, would later be on the staff of several Goodson-Todman shows, including the 1968-1975 syndicated "WML?" and the 1970's version of "Match Game." Coincidentally or not, the ending announcements of where to get studio tickets ended right around the time CBS moved its corporate headquarters to the famed "Black Rock" building, 51 West 52nd Street (zip 10019), in 1965.
        (4) ALL BUDDY, ALL THE TIME: This was actually the second consecutive "WML?" episode, in production order, on which Buddy Hackett was guest panelist. Prior to the live transmission of tonight's show, he also appeared on the panel on the future EPISODE #726 of August 16, 1964 which was pre-taped immediately before this edition. - W-B

      • John Daly made a reference to his daughter "Buntsy." She is a student at Bradford College in Bradford, MA. Buntsy is a nickname for his daughter Helene Grant Daly who was born on June 29, 1945, and would therefore be 18 years old. Buntsy's mother is Margaret Katherine "Kit" Daly. - Suzanne

      • It has now been over two years since Edie Adams lost her husband Ernie Kovacs in his tragic January 13, 1962 automobile accident. As with Edie's previous WML appearance on July 21, 1963, no specific mention was made of Ernie, who had been a frequent WML guest panelist. However, during her mystery guest questioning, Bennett asked if she was in advertisements for cigarettes. She adamantly showed, in both her facial expression and pantomime with her hands, that she had nothing whatsoever to do with cigarettes. It was believed that Ernie lost control of his car while trying to light his cigar. In 1964, Edie married her second husband Marty Mills. - Suzanne

        While mystery guest Edie Adams insisted she had nothing to do with cigarettes, she was for many years, in the 1960s, the commercial spokesperson for Muriel cigars. Edie's second marriage, to Marty Mills in 1964, later ended in divorce, as did a third marriage (1972-1989) to famed trumpet player Pete Candoli. - W-B

      • A MAD MAD MAD MAD NIGHT!!! Whenever Buddy Hackett is on, you are guaranteed a fun show and tonight was no exception. The first contestant, the town crier, was just the appetizer for the second contestant, a female usher at the newly opened Shea Stadium. That was the real highlight of this show, as Bennett set some sort of record by guessing her occupation on the second question. Also featured in this episode was a mini "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" reunion. (Buddy and mystery guest Edie Adams worked together on that 1963 super comedy.) Even though she didn't do her funny accents, she still was quite charming. Buddy Hackett wound up guessing her identity, and then spontaneously ran up to the moderator's desk and kissed her! Adams was on the show to promote her appearance at the Empire Room of the Waldorf Astoria. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Buddy Hackett, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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