What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 35


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 26, 1964 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Game 1: Yogi Berra (5/12/1925 - 9/22/2015) - "Manager of N.Y. Yankees Baseball Team" (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel was blindfolded, but the regular questioning format was used; salaried; after his game, his wife Carmen Berra joined him on stage for a very brief cameo appearance; she was only named as Mrs. Yogi Berra; they were wed on January 26, 1949)

Game 2: Miss Susie Vankovich - "Milks, Feeds & Grooms Elsie the Cow (at N.Y. World's Fair)" (salaried; nice smile; she works for The Borden Company; from Logan, WV)

Game 3: Louis Jourdan (6/19/1921 - 2/14/2015) (as Mystery Guest #2)


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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)

    Yogi Berra

    Yogi Berra

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Louis Jourdan

    Louis Jourdan

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Steve Lawrence

    Steve Lawrence

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • John: How would you like to have it? We'll give it to you any way you want.
        Dorothy: Well, uh, I would like to get a "yes" for once.
        John: Alright, you got a "yes."
        Dorothy: Alright, uh... well, "yes" on what?
        John: Well, that's -- I don't know, but you wanted a "yes," I'm going to give it to you.

    • NOTES (11)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at seven down. Arlene had correctly guessed that she was a cow milker, but John figured that it was highly unlikely that the panel would figure out her full and exact association with Elsie the Cow. - agent_0042 (2006)

        (1) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the sixth known episode where a kinescope copy of a live broadcast had the word "live" cut out. Or, in this case, where it was attempted to have been cut out. The first words sound like "And now...[click] --ve from New York..."
        (2) LOUIS JOURDAN: Among his long list of credits, Louis Jourdan played "Dr. Anton Arcane" in the 1982 movie "Swamp Thing" and its 1989 sequel, "The Return of Swamp Thing."
        (3) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Once again tonight, Ira Skutch fills in for Franklin Heller as director. Coincidentally, as tonight's show is the 710th episode, Mr. Skutch had previously directed "WML?" EPISODE #610 of April 22, 1962. Also, Walter Urban is credited as lighting director, substituting for Gene Ulrich. - W-B (2006)

        BASEBALL HALL OF FAME TRIBUTE: GSN aired this episode on August 1, 2006 as part of a month-long airing of "WML?" episodes with at least one game featuring a baseball-associated figure, as connected with the Baseball Hall of Fame's 70th anniversary. It had previously aired in regular rotation on GSN on June 10, 2006. - W-B (2006)

      • REVIEW: The panel's streak of good showings continued this evening as they managed to score a perfecto. In the first game, the panel was required to blindfold themselves because the contestant was former New York Yankee catcher, and current Yankee manager, Yogi Berra, who goes on to become a future Baseball Hall of Famer. Yogi used a very effeminate voice to try to fool the panel, but after it was narrowed down that he was in baseball, especially when Steve asked if he was affiliated with either of the New York teams, it didn't take long for Arlene to make the correct identification. It really gave the audience a huge laugh when Steve, in an eerily prophetic question, asked if Yogi was with the Mets. In the post game chat, John congratulated Yogi on his new job and brought Yogi's wife on stage for a very brief cameo appearance. In the second game, Arlene again was the hot one as she correctly guessed that the young girl from West Virginia had something to do with cows. John then informed the panel that she was the handler for Elsie the Cow, the corporate symbol of Borden. In the mystery guest round, former guest panelist Louis Jourdan really hammed up his French accent in an attempt to fool the panel. It nearly worked, but Bennett was able to identify him. Louis was on the show to promote the 1963 film "The V.I.P.s." His role in the classic 1958 musical "Gigi" was also mentioned. Louis then reminded the panel about his first appearance as a mystery guest when he used an American accent to fool the panel. That truly was a great way to end the night. - Sargebri (2006)

        YOGI BERRA: Catcher-turned-Manager Yogi Berra would lead the Yanks on to the 1964 American League pennant, but would lose the World Series that year to the St. Louis Cardinals. That would be their last appearance in the Fall Classic for twelve years, until 1976. During Yogi Berra's appearance, both Steve Lawrence and Bennett Cerf make reference to New York's other baseball team, the Mets. A blindfolded Steve asks Yogi if he had anything to do with the Mets, which caused the audience to burst out in laughter. However, during the post game chat, Bennett asked an oddly prophetic question when he asked Yogi what would happen one day if he were to "wake up and find himself manager of the Mets." Ironically, in 1973, Berra would lead the Mets to their second-ever World Series appearance! Even though they had the worst record of any team to make the series (they barely had a .500 record that year) they still pushed the defending champs, the Oakland A's, to a seventh game, which the Mets eventually lost. - Sargebri (2004)

      • MORE ON ELSIE THE BORDEN COW: In 1940, Elsie married Elmer, who would later become the famed mascot for Elmer's Glue. Elsie also became a mother to Beulah and showed off her new calf at an encore appearance at the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair. In July of 1947, Elsie added a little boy to the happy family. Elsie decided to let fans chose the name of her baby bull, and at the close of the contest, more than a million entries had been received with the name Beauregard selected as tops.

        Elsie announced, in 1957, that she was pregnant again - with twins! Once again, a calf-naming contest was held. This time, over three million entries were received, tallied and judged. When it was all said and done, Elsie was the proud mother of beautiful calves Larabee and Lobelia.

        Over the years, Elsie remained both in the hearts and minds of parents and their children of all generations. Elsie starred in several animated television commercials, a full-length motion picture and a traveling tour with a special appearance, dubbed "Borden Day," at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, as well as many other events through the years. Today, she can still be seen laughing and smiling on a number of Borden branded products. - wieniekilgallen

      • I've never really spoken to Yogi Berra, but as a sports writer, I've been around him several times. I worked at a soda bottling plant when I was in college, and the guys there told me how Berra used to visit the plant when they were bottling Yoo-Hoo. Yogi was "Mr. Yoo-Hoo" for many years. - Bill Savage, August 2004

      • SUSIE VANKOVICH: Net research shows that the beautiful Susie Vankovich was a contestant in the "Miss U.S.A. World 1963" beauty pageant held on August 31, 1963 at the Field House in Huntington, West Virginia. She represented the state of Vermont. More here:


        Also, she later married former Topper Toy Company president, author and Holocaust survivor Henry Orenstein. More here, including Susie's photo:

        Susie & Henry Orenstein


        - Larry Windsor

      • Bennett asks an equally prophetic sports question to Gil Hodges almost a year earlier on May 26, 1963. See EPISODE #665. - Suzanne

      • GSN cuts it out for advertising time, but on each and every WML, John Daly would tell viewers how to write in to become a possible contestant. He would read CBS's address. (Side note: Of late, during the end credits, Johnny Olson sometimes announces the address for viewers to write to, for the purpose of obtaining free studio audience tickets.) Tonight, we got to see the tail end of John's address segment, with much laughter going on. By the dialogue, seemingly John got confused between the phone number and the ZIP Code. ZIP Codes were still fairly new. The U.S. Post Office Department introduced the "Zoning Improvement Plan" (ZIP) Codes on July 1, 1963, and initially had a hard time convincing the public to use them. - Suzanne Astorino

      • Louis Jourdan promoted his 1963 film, "The V.I.P.s," in which he co-starred with both Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Bennett also referenced 1958's "Gigi." Louis Jourdan stated he had been both a mystery guest before (on December 5, 1954), and also a guest panelist before (on February 13, 1955). Arlene Francis was present on both occasions, but they were so long ago, it's no wonder that she forgot! - Suzanne Astorino

      • Ferdinand? After the cow groomer's game, Arlene rhetorically asked her, "And your name is not Ferdinand?" She was probably speaking of the 1936 classic children's book, "The Story of Ferdinand." There was also a Fisher-Price pull-toy based on the book, called "Ferdinand the Bull," who was featured in a short cartoon that accompanied 1939's new Disney release, "Pinocchio." - Suzanne Astorino

      • What a trooper. John Daly had obtained a bad sunburn while playing golf, yet, his credo was evidently "The Show Must Go On!" If you've ever had a bad sunburn, you know how it makes you feel sick all over! John's face was puffy, yet his attitude was great! He was even quiet jovial tonight. It really is amazing to think of how he made weekly appearances for 17.5 years and only missed 4 episodes. That's some dedication! - Suzanne

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Steve Lawrence, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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