What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 39


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 24, 1964 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mr. Tracy Barnes - "Balloon Pilot" (self-employed; he pilots hot air balloons for advertising and promotional ventures for businesses such as radio stations and television stations; he has broken 6 records and recently reached an altitude of almost 7 miles; for a 1964 New York World's Fair stunt, he will be piloting a balloon from Texas to New York; from Minneapolis, MN)

Game 2: Stan Erlandson - "Makes Snuff" (salaried; he is the head of U.S. Tobacco Company's snuff division; some of his snuff products are flavored with aromatic and essential oils; from Villa Park, IL)

Game 3: Jayne Mansfield (4/19/1933 - 6/29/1967) (as Mystery Guest) At the date of tonight's appearance, she is 31 years old. . .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


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    • NOTES (7)

      • WELCOME HOME MARTIN AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY BENNETT!!! This was a double celebration as Martin came home to Arlene after several weeks away working in Hollywood. Also, this was the night before Bennett's 66th birthday. It probably had some affect on the panel as they essentially went 2 for 3 this evening. In the first game, the panel was totally stumped by the balloon pilot. However, before it was revealed what he did for a living, John told them if they had concentrated on the transportation angle, rather than sports, they might have had a chance. In the second game, Arlene was given credit for guessing that the contestant dealt with snuff after she blurted out that a person probably would have to sniff it to enjoy it. However, snuff is a product that can be placed in the mouth as well. In the mystery guest round, "Birthday Boy" Bennett correctly identified the sexy Jayne Mansfield who tried lowering her voice a couple of octaves to fool the panel. Jayne was in town to work on a play that was about to open at the Yonkers Playhouse. The panel also had fun reminiscing about the fact that Martin and Jayne had previously worked together in the Broadway version of "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" That truly helped make this a happy homecoming for Martin as well as a great way to kick off Bennett's birthday. - Sargebri (2006)

        TOBACCO AD BAN: As was mentioned during the post game chat with the snuff maker, the controversy over tobacco was in full swing by this time in 1964. It was 1964 when the U. S. Surgeon General issued a report which summarized the findings of numerous medical research studies. When Martin asked the second guest if snuff was beneficial to one's health, the contestant said that it was. Of course, the contestant had no choice in his answer because he was representing his employer. However, as it would later be proven, snuff and all tobacco products were shown to be a major cause of diseases such as cancer and heart disease. In April 1970, which was a few years after this episode aired, Congress passed a law banning the advertising of tobacco products on television and radio starting on January 2, 1971. The Virginia Slims brand was in the last commercial shown. In addition, tobacco advertising on billboards and print media was also eventually reduced or eliminated. Ironically, it was most likely this decades-old advertising ban that had an effect on GSN, which had been airing reruns of several game shows that had been sponsored by major tobacco companies. In 2005, GSN decided that it would no longer broadcast episodes of many shows that had used tobacco advertising, including "To Tell the Truth" and "I've Got a Secret," which at various times had been sponsored by Winston cigarettes. The laws were written to specifically exempt vintage programs, but GSN took a very drastic viewpoint on the subject and pulled the vintage cigarette-sponsored programs from their lineup. - Sargebri

        MANSFIELD: A few months prior to her mystery guest appearance on the show, Jayne Mansfield and her husband, Mickey Hargitay, were blessed with the birth of a baby daughter named Mariska Hargitay. Mariska would grow up to become a successful actress and would eventually land the role of "Detective Olivia Benson" on the hit crime drama "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit." - Sargebri

        KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Dorothy definitely looked and sounded as if she might have imbibed a little bit before appearing on the show. In April 1965, Dorothy will return to the LeRoy Sanitarium for a shoulder fracture caused by a fall on a throw rug. - Sargebri

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at six down, however, Arlene had came very close when she guessed, "Oh, you sniff it!" - agent_0042

      • (1) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the tenth known episode wherein tonight's live transmission had the word "live" cut from the kinescope recording.
        (2) CRYPTIC DOROTHY QUESTION WATCH - A blindfolded Dorothy asks mystery guest Jayne Mansfield: "Have you ridden on a subway within the last couple of weeks?" Jayne's reply was "no." - W-B

      • JAYNE MANSFIELD: The curvaceous Jayne Mansfield walked on stage to many hoots and hollers, her long dark fur boa flowing over her shoulder. Did a scene in the middle of her game look familiar? That's because a snippet of her game used to be shown daily on GSN in a "Black and White Overnight" commercial, where she tilts her head dreamily to the side. After B&WO was cut down in time during 2003, the commercial ceased being shown. During the post game chat, there is a funny scene where the camera is fixed on Martin Gabel. He is in a virtual trance, thoroughly mesmerized by staring at her! They had met years before, and had acted together in the 1955 Broadway play by George Axelrod, "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter." For her WML appearance, she promoted her play which opens in Yonkers, NY on Tuesday, "Bus Stop." Her director for this play will be Matt Cimber, and she'll marry him on September 24, 1964. They separate in July 1966. Sadly, Jayne dies at age 34 in a road accident during night of June 29, 1967. - Suzanne (2004)

      • This was a good show! Dorothy sounds like she may have had a little nip before the show, due to her slow and deliberate speech, but she still puts in a good performance. The panel was put through the wringer by the two regular contestants, especially the balloon pilot. Jayne Mansfield was a regular cutie and her turn as mystery guest was really fun. During the questioning, Bennett asked her if she were a curvaceous bombshell. The answer was "yes." The funniest part was when a blindfolded Martin Gabel then asked if she were married to a male. The panel and the audience started laughing uncontrollably. Miss Mansfield and Martin previously worked together in the stage version of "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter." She starred in the 1957 film version as well, costarring with Tony Randall, another frequent WML guest panelist. While Jayne's auto accident was tragic, luckily, her three youngest children (of her 5 total children) survived the crash with only minor injuries. Mickey Jr., Zoltan and Mariska were asleep in the back seat of the automobile. Daughter Mariska Hargitay followed in her mother's footsteps and became an accomplished actress. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Tidbits: Tomorrow is Bennett's birthday! Happy 66th, Bennett! Is Dorothy tispy again? Possibly. At times, her speech is much slower than usual, and she slurs a few words. Last week, there were only dark name plaques present, with no white lettering. This week, there are no name plaques at all, not even Mr. Daly's plaque. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Martin Gabel, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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