What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 41


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 07, 1964 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • GOOF ALERT: During the mystery guest round, after Bennett received a "no" answer from Helen Hayes to the question of whether she was currently on Broadway, John directly went to Dorothy without flipping any cards. - W-B

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • CONGRATULATIONS ARLENE!!! The previous week, Arlene and Bennett celebrated the graduations of their respective sons from Deerfield Academy. However, prior to tonight's broadcast, Arlene was honored with an honorary doctorate in humanities from American International University. As for the games themselves, the panel went a respectable 2 for 3 this evening. In the first game, the panel was blindfolded so that they would avoid identifying Hollywood gossip columnist Sheilah Graham, who sang each of her answers to the tune of the "Blue Danube Waltz" as well as answering in French. However, Sheilah was eventually identified by "Doctor" Francis. Prior to Arlene's identification, it looked as if Dorothy realized that the guest was Sheila, but the questioning didn't get back to Dorothy. Sheilah was on the show to promote her book "The Rest of the Story." In the second game, the panel wasn't quite as lucky, as they never did guess that the contestant rented graduation gowns. John joked that it never crossed the panel's collective minds that it was graduation season. Also, they never asked if the product could be worn. Perhaps if they had done that, they would have been able to guess the product and, eventually, his line. The panel did have much better luck in the mystery guest round as Dolly Mae correctly identified the first lady of American theater, Helen Hayes. Miss Hayes was on the show to promote the play "The White House"" in which she essentially played several First Ladies. She also discussed her admiration for Abigail Adams. That definitely put a nice closing touch on a very nice night. - Sargebri (2006)

      HELEN HAYES: During the questioning of Helen Hayes, Bennett asked if she was ever in motion pictures. At John's urging, she answered "yes," even though she was more known for her work on the stage. In fact, she had won an Academy Award in 1932 for her role as an unwed mother in "The Sin of Madelon Claudet." However, it would be another 38 years before she would win another Oscar. In 1971, she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as a little old lady with a penchant for stowing away on airliners in the original film "Airport." - Sargebri (2006)

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at six down because time was running short. - agent_0042

    • (1) "LIVE" WATCH: Tonight's live transmission was the 12th known episode to have the word "live" edited out of the kinescope recording.
      (2) THE LOOK OF THINGS: With the nameplates returned to the panel's and Mr. Daly's desks, the white dot that had been seen to the top right of Arlene's surname on her nameplate in recent weeks has disappeared.
      (3) "WML?" END CREDITS WATCH: On tonight's show, the end credits cut off after the slide card graphic for set designer Willard Levitas. However, as based on the end credits of the future EPISODE #728 of August 30, 1964, which was taped immediately prior to this edition, the usual crew is in place behind the scenes: production supervisor Milt Myers, associate director Dan F. Smith, technical director Carl Schutzman, 'Audio' B.A. Taylor, and lighting director Gene Ulrich. - W-B

    • Arlene made several jokes during the broadcast regarding her honorary doctorate from American International University, especially a very funny one about her keeping regular hours. The ironic thing about the cap and gown rental executive was the fact that earlier that day, Arlene had worn one of his products while receiving her degree. Also, a brief mention is made of the graduation exercises at Deerfield Academy, which Arlene and Bennett both attended. Their respective sons, Peter Gabel and Jonathan Cerf, had graduated from this exclusive prep school on the day prior to this broadcast, Saturday. They probably wore Collegiate caps and gowns also! Helen Hayes had long been regarded as the "First Lady of the American Theatre." Her adoptive son James MacArthur followed in her acting footsteps, and had been working in films. Four years after this broadcast, he would take on his most famous role, Detective Danny "Danno" Williams on "Hawaii Five-O." "Book 'em, Danno." Ironically, Miss Hayes would make a guest appearance on that show, playing Danny's Aunt. - Sargebri (2004)

    • As was mentioned on this episode, Helen Hayes also received an honorary doctorate from Brandeis University. A question was asked by Dorothy if Hayes was married to an actor/star and Hayes hesitated to answer. Then, John Daly replied,"Yes." Who was this man? He was actor Charles MacArthur, and they were married from 1928 until his death in 1956. Another tidbit: Sheilah Graham was born in England in 1904, and raised in an orphanage. She was probably best remembered as being the mistress of author F. Scott Fitzgerald. They lived together from the mid-1930s until his death in 1940. - ironcreekguy

    • Sheilah Graham promoted her new 1964 book, "The Rest of the Story." She answered her questions in French, many to the tune of Johann Strauss' "The Blue Danube Waltz." This was definitely "a first" for What's My Line?! - Suzanne (2004)

      During Sheilah Graham's questioning, Dorothy mentioned the book "Sex and the Single Girl" written by Helen Gurley Brown. H.G.B. became a WML guest panelist after Dorothy died, making her first appearance on the panel two weeks after Dorothy's untimely death. - Sargebri (2004)

    • In Gil Fates' 1978 WML book, in Appendix A of mystery guests, George Rose is incorrectly listed as the mystery guest for "6-6-64." However, tonight the main mystery guest is Helen Hayes. Gil's 1964 date is a typo for 1974. George Rose was indeed a guest on the syndicated WML in 1974, and his episode was taped on 6-6-74. - Suzanne

    • Helen Hayes discussed her recently-ended 1964 Broadway play, "The White House". Performed at Henry Miller's Theatre, the play ran for 23 total performances from 5/19/1964 to 6/6/1964. Of all the First Ladies she portrayed, Helen said she admired Abigail Adams the most. Helen also has an Honorary Doctorate, from Brandeis University. Her (Best Actress in a Leading Role) 1932 Oscar Award was briefly mentioned. She won it for 1931's "The Sin of Madelon Claudet." She joked that nobody would even remember it now. In a few years, she'll win a second Oscar (Best Actress in a Supporting Role) for 1970's "Airport." Bennett also mentions her play, "Dear Brutus" which opened on Broadway at the Empire Theatre on Dec 23, 1918! Of course, they joked that Bennett was the only other person old enough to remember it! Bennett was born in 1898 and Helen was born in 1900. - Suzanne (2004)

    • Tidbits: The name plaques are back, they've been missing for several episodes.
      Congratulations, Arlene! She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree (Doctor of Humanities) from the American International College in Springfield, MA. Not to be outdone, John Daly mentioned that he too was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from them! John and Arlene referred to each other as "Doctor" tonight!
      Deerfield Academy was also mentioned again, as Arlene's son (Peter Gabel) and Bennett's son (Jonathan Cerf) graduated yesterday.
      During the goodbyes, Dorothy's comment to John, "10022 to you too" is in reference to the new zip code in the address of CBS which John reads on each episode. He tells viewers how to write in to become a possible contestant. In his 1978 WML book, Gil Fates stated that very few contestants were culled from the viewer write-ins. - Suzanne (2004)

    • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Robert Q. Lewis, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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