What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 44


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 28, 1964 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mr. N. E. Skinner - "Washes Bulls (For Cattle Shows And Sales)" (self-employed; he owns the Skinner Washing Service company, and has washed over 100,000 bulls with pressure machinery; from Broken Bow, NE)

 Game 2: Mrs. Fern V. Miller (11/29/1892 - 2/1981) - "Superintendent of U.S. Mint, Denver, CO" (salaried; Fern Miller was appointed by then-President John F. Kennedy in May 1961; she donated her game winnings to the Kennedy Library; from Platteville, CO)

Game 3: Carroll Baker (b. 5/28/1931) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Mr. Juan E. Metzger (he signed in as J. E. Metzger)(11/4/1918 - 9/6/1998) - "Makes Yogurt" (salaried; he is the head of the Dannon Yogurt Co.; he didn't speak much, but when he did, a slight accent was noticeable; see more notes below; from White Plains, NY)

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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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      • JUAN E. METZGER: The final contestant, Juan E. Metzger, was born on November 4, 1918 in Barcelona, Spain. He passed away, due to heart failure, at age 79 on September 6, 1998 in New York, New York. - Suzanne (2006)

        BRIEF DANNON HISTORY: In 1942, Dannon Yogurt was started in the Bronx, New York by three entrepreneurs: Daniel Carasso, Joseph Metzger (a Swiss-born Spanish industrialist), and Joe Metzger's son, Juan Metzger (the challenger in the final game this evening). Carasso's father had previously sold yogurt in Spain and France under the name Danone. However, America was slow to accept yogurt as an common food item. In 1946, after World War II, Dannon added fruit (strawberries) to the bottom of the yogurt container and American sales began to increase. In 1952, Joe Metzger became president of Dannon Milk Products, Inc., and in 1959, he became the chairman of the board, when his son Juan Metzger became president. Also in 1959, the company was acquired by the international food company, Beatrice Foods of Chicago, Illinois. In 1981, Dannon was acquired from Beatrice by BSN-Gervais-Danone (later known as Groupe Danone), a corporation based in Paris, France, which had roots in the original Carasso yogurt business. Dannon is still being made as of 2006. - Suzanne (2006)

      • REVIEW: This was one of those nights where everything seemed to click and the panel not only was successful, but they also looked liked they had a lot of fun. Of course, adding to this fun was the return of Tony Randall to the panel. As for the games themselves, the panel, more or less, went 3 for 4 this evening. In the first game, the panel figured out that the contestant had something to do with bulls. Dorothy came closest when she guessed that Mr. Skinner groomed them. However, John decided to flip the cards because he felt that the panel would never really get any closer. However, John did reveal that the contestant was a bull washer. In the second game, Bennett correctly guessed that the elderly Mrs. Miller worked for the U.S. Mint and got credit for making a correct guess. In fact, Mrs. Miller was the head of the Denver Mint. After the game, John announced that anything that Mrs. Miller won would go to the fund for the building of the Kennedy Library. Also, as she was leaving the stage, the entire panel, including Dorothy and Arlene, stood as a show of respect to her. In the mystery guest round, Bennett correctly identified Carroll Baker. Carroll was on the show to promote the film "The Carpetbaggers," which was about to open that week. Also, Tony related the story of how he saved Carroll's children from danger when a hurricane was about to hit Fire Island a few years earlier. Unfortunately, the panel's bid for a perfecto was foiled when they ran out of time while questioning the head of the Dannon Yogurt Company. However, this still wound up being a great night for the panel. - Sargebri (2006)

        FAMOUS DANNON YOGURT COMMERCIAL: Several years after his appearance on WML, Mr. Metzger's employer, the Dannon Yogurt Company, would become known for one of the most famous advertising campaigns in history. The ads claimed that by eating this particular brand of yogurt, that you would live to a very ripe old age. It was alleged that the commercial had been filmed in Georgia in the then Soviet Union and had used several older peasants in the ad. - Sargebri (2006)

        KENNEDY LIBRARY DONATION: It was very interesting to see how John reacted when he announced that any money that Mrs. Miller won on the show would go to the construction of the Kennedy Library. Of course, this was only a few months after JFK had been gunned down in Dallas, Texas. John definitely looked as if he was still was affected by the former President's death, by the way he got choked up. - Sargebri (2006)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at seven down, feeling that the panel might be "reaching for a while" for the exact service. He flipped all the cards for the second contestant at two down, as the winnings were going to the Kennedy Library. Finally, John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at six down, as time ran out. - agent_0042

      • (1) "LIVE" WATCH: The kinescope recording of tonight's live broadcast once again has the word "live" edited out. This is the 15th known "WML?" episode with such an edit.
        (2) CRYPTIC DOROTHY QUESTION WATCH: During the mystery guest round, a blindfolded Dolly Mae asks Carroll Baker, "Have we ever met on an island in the Caribbean?" Miss Baker replied, "I think so."
        (3) MORE ABOUT "THE CARPETBAGGERS": The 1964 movie "The Carpetbaggers" in which tonight's mystery guest Carroll Baker appeared, also marked the final film appearance of Alan Ladd who played "Nevada Smith" in the picture. Mr. Ladd had died on January 29, 1964 - less than half a year prior to tonight's show - of an acute overdose of alcohol and sedatives. His character in the film would later be portrayed by Steve McQueen in the 1966 movie "Nevada Smith." - W-B

      • TONY TO THE RESCUE, PART 1: During Carroll Baker's mystery guest questioning, Tony Randall asked her if he had ever rescued her children, and she replied, "yes." He then guessed her identity. Mr. Daly immediately wanted to hear the details of this intriguing story! Randall then quickly related how, during a "hurricane" at Fire Island National Seashore (a national park one hour east of New York City) he grabbed her two children, put them on a boat and got them to safety! Net research shows that this event most likely occurred in March 1962 when Fire Island experienced a major extratropical nor'easter storm called "the Ash Wednesday storm" which resulted in 50 washovers and a new inlet in Westhampton. "Part 2" of this story comes on June 26, 1966, when both Tony Randall and Carroll Baker appear on EPISODE #819. See that episode guide for a few more details. - Suzanne Astorino (2004)

      • Tony Randall's 1964 film, "7 Faces of Doctor Lao" was currently playing in theaters. Tony had been especially busy, as he released four movies in 1964. His other 1964 films are: "Send Me No Flowers," "Robin and the 7 Hoods" and "The Brass Bottle." Also on the show was Fern V. Miller, the head of the Denver Mint. Bennett, who guessed who she was, asked her about the production of the new Kennedy half dollar. He mentioned that they were selling in excess of their face value. She said that the Mint had already produced 90 million of them (working overtime!) and were on target to produce 150 million. She did not feel that they would remain in short supply. She also requested that any and all of her winnings would be donated to the Kennedy Library, which was in the process of being built. Carroll Baker was an absolute delight. She proved that not only was she a good actress, but that she could be funny as well. She promoted her 1964 film, "The Carpetbaggers," She cutely explained that she didn't use a "Gabor" accent, but rather, "an imitation of Debbie Reynolds imitating Zsa Zsa Gabor." - Sargebri (2004)

      • Tidbits: Arlene and Bennett get the biggest laughs of the evening! During the bull washer game, Arlene says, "I hardly ever eat any bull." The crowd roars! Without missing a beat, Bennett leans forward and retorts, "You might not eat it, Arlene, but you certainly hand it out!" - Suzanne

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Tony Randall, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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