What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 36


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 03, 1964 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Game 1: Jim McClellen - "Hippopotamus Trainer" (salaried; he works at Jungleland in Thousand Oaks, California, which he said was 30 miles north of Los Angeles; he trains a one-ton mother hippo and her son; he teaches them simple tricks such as sitting and lying down, and even puts his own head inside the hippo's mouth; from Thousand Oaks, CA)

Game 2: Miss Brenda Berlin - "Fingerprint Examiner for Ontario Police Department" (salaried; she has been a fingerprinting technician for the Ontario provincial police department for 2 months; from Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Game 3: The McGuire Sisters (as Mystery Guest Trio)

Christine McGuire (b. 7/30/1926)
Dorothy McGuire (2/13/1928 - 9/7/2012)
Phyllis McGuire (b. 2/14/1931)

Game 4: Gordon Tallman - "Makes Golf Tees" (salaried; coincidentally, he was quite tall; he works for the Bullard Lumber Company; from Hyde Park, UT)


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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 (2)

      • Arlene: (regarding the type of animal trained by the first contestant, Mr. McClellen) Um, would they be found in jungle country?
        John: I would...
        Arlene: Where there is an oasis, of course.
        John: I would say you would find them in jungle country as a layman would use the word "jungle." I figure a layman considers anything other than 42nd and Broadway "jungle." (laughter from audience)
        Arlene: Maybe you don't think 42nd and Broadway is a jungle, John. (more laughter)

      • Dorothy: Now, usually, uh, when, uh, someone is asked a question about special training, John, you indicate whether a college degree is required. You did not tonight.
        John: Well, if it has been my former practice, I intend to abandon it right now. (laughter from audience) Would you like to ask the question?

    • NOTES (7)

      • REVIEW: The panel's streak of excellent performances continued this week as they managed to go 3 for 4 this evening. The only reason they didn't do better was because they ran out of time in the final game. In the first game, guest panelist Charles Nelson Reilly, after a suggestion from Bennett in a conference, correctly guessed that the contestant dealt with hippos. For the record, he was a hippo trainer who worked at Jungleland in Thousand Oaks, California. In the second game, Arlene was given credit for correctly guessing that the Canadian contestant from Toronto was a fingerprint examiner. In the mystery guest round, Dorothy correctly identified her good friends, The McGuire Sisters. In fact, Dorothy nailed it when she asked if their mother was in the clergy. A couple of years earlier on WML EPISODE #608 of April 8. 1962, the girls' mother, who was a minister, appeared on the show the same night the girls made a mystery guest appearance. The McGuires were on the show to promote their engagement at the Plaza Hotel. In the final game, the panel ran out of time while questioning the golf tee maker from Hyde Park, Utah. As a result, he won the full prize by default. Nevertheless, this was still a great night for the panel as they continued their winning streak. - Sargebri (2006)

        CHARLES NELSON REILLY: The Charles Nelson Reilly of 1964 was a far cry from the Charles of the 1970's when he was a panelist on one of the most raucous and risque game shows of the 1970's, the revival of "Match Game." Charles wasn't the only "Match Game" regular who appeared on WML. "Match Game's" wild-eyed, leering host Gene Rayburn appeared as both a mystery guest and as a guest panelist. In his mystery guest appearance, he was part of a team of mystery guests featuring all the hosts of Goodson-Todman's then current game shows: Bud Collyer of "To Tell the Truth," Steve Allen of "I've Got a Secret," Allen Ludden of "Password" and Gene. Also, a couple of WML favorites appeared on the "Match Game." Arlene appeared on the panel during the first season of the revival and Phyllis Newman also appeared on it a couple of times. - Sargebri (2006)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at four down, even though Charles Nelson Reilly, with an assist from Bennett, had correctly guessed that the challenger was involved with hippopotami. In addition, Arlene had identified "trains/feeds." John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at five down after Arlene asked if she had anything to do with fingerprinting. Finally, he flipped all the cards for the final contestant at five down because time ran out -- the panel wasn't anywhere close to determining the line in this case. - agent_0042 (2006)

      • (1) "LIVE" WATCH: Tonight's live broadcast is the seventh known instance of a kinescope copy having the word "live" cut out.
        (2) HE'S AT IT AGAIN: As he has frequently done over the years, Bennett incorrectly introduces the panel moderator as "John Charles Francis Croghan Daly." John, after taking his seat at his desk, exclaims with mock exasperation, "Here we are, nearly 15 years old, and he hasn't got it right yet!" However, John's statement is incorrect, because on several other occasions, Bennett had gotten the host's true full name of John Charles Patrick Croghan Daly correct.
        (3) The second contestant was a fingerprint examiner for the Ontario Police Department. The initials of the Ontario Police Department are "O.P.D." Back in 1969, at the height of the "Paul Is Dead" craze regarding Beatle Paul McCartney, there was speculation that an "O.P.D." patch he wore on the left sleeve of his uniform on the cover of The Beatles' 1967 album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (Capitol (S)MAS-2653 / Parlophone PMC/PCS 7027) stood for "Officially Pronounced Dead." In fact, Mr. McCartney's left sleeve patch read "O.P.P.", which were the initials for the "Ontario Provincial Police."
        (4) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Director Franklin Heller and lighting director Gene Ulrich are back at their respective helms for tonight's show. - W-B (2006)

        (5) CHARLES NELSON REILLY TRIBUTE: On June 4, 2007, GSN aired this episode as a tribute to Charles Nelson Reilly, who died on May 25, 2007 at age 76. It had previously aired in regular rotation on the cable and satellite channel on June 11, 2006. The 2007 airing - for which GSN skipped EPISODE #783 of September 26, 1965 - was followed by an airing of an episode of the 1972-1973 color syndicated version of "I've Got a Secret," in which Mr. Reilly's secret was that he would be "painting-by-numbers" on a model. The host was Steve Allen, and the panelists were Pat Carroll, Gene Rayburn, Nanette Fabray and Richard Dawson. The model who was "painted-by-numbers," was Janice Pennington who was then starting out as one of the original "Barker's Beauties" on the revived version of "The Price Is Right" which started in 1972 and continues to run to this day - though Bob Barker, who hosted the revival from the beginning, retired in 2007. - W-B (2007)

      • Charles Nelson Reilly made an impressive first appearance as a guest panelist. He seemed slightly shy, which is understandable for a first appearance. This would be a far cry from his persona just ten short years later, on another Goodson-Todman production, the much wilder, double-entendre laden Match Game. (Coincidentally, Arlene Francis also appears as a guest panelist on that show for a week.) However, CNR does make a decent showing by guessing the first contestant. He also said that he had a feeling that there would be more than one mystery guest. He was right, as they were The McGuire Sisters who, as always, were their charming selves. - Sargebri (2004)

      • The McGuire Sisters are Christine, Dorothy and Phyllis. (They are listed by both their individual names and group name so their appearance will be listed in their respective databases.) These svelte sisters promoted their appearance at the Plaza Hotel. - Suzanne

      • Tidbits: We learn that in Sardi's Restaurant, 234 West 44th Street, NYC, caricature portrait drawings of Dorothy Kilgallen and Charles Nelson Reilly hang side-by-side. Since Sardi's has been in business since 1921, maybe they are still hanging on the wall! - Suzanne

      • Charles Nelson Reilly (1/13/1931 - 5/25/2007)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Charles Nelson Reilly, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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