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What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 45

EPISODE #720

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 05, 1964 on CBS
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EPISODE #720
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Game 1: Peter Gabel (b. 1/28/1947) - "Son of Arlene Francis and Martin Gabel" AND "Guide at N. Y. World's Fair" (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel was blindfolded but the regular questioning format was used; salaried; Peter stumped the panel; John mentioned that Peter had just graduated from Deerfield Academy and would next be attending Harvard University)

Game 2: Miss Joyce Ivey- "Sorts Mosquitoes (U.S. Gov't Research)" (salaried; John said that she works for the national public health service in the Communicable Diseases Center in Atlanta, Georgia, which is now known as the Center for Disease Control or CDC; she sorts 180 species of mosquitoes, after the insects are dead, to determine which species carry which viruses for research of prevention of communicable diseases; in June 1964, she graduated from Tift College in Forsyth, Georgia, having majored in both chemistry and biology; from Atlanta, GA)

Game 3: Sue Lyon (b. 7/10/1946) (as Mystery Guest #2) . .moreless

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  • What's My Line - Episode 720 - with Peter Gabel - old time TV at its best.

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    This episode of What's My Line is my absolute favorite episode. The first game is the famous episode where the "Special Mystery Guest" is Peter Gabel (Arlene Francis's son). Arlene has no idea who it is!! This eipsode is an absolute hoot!! Peter gives several No answers in a row before he gives his Mother the first Yes. That is classic!! Arlene almost begins to figure it out and then she asks if the "Special Mystery Guest" wears a sandwich board!! Peter's reaction to that question is priceless!! Arlene's reaction to Peter when his identity is finally revealed is an absolute gem!! It is this kind of episode that is the absolute best of What's My Line. This is what made this What's My Line so great. This episode is simply old time TV at its best. This episode could not be duplicated today. That is sad.moreless
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)

Peter Gabel

Peter Gabel

Mystery Guest #1

Guest Star

Sue Lyon

Sue Lyon

Mystery Guest #2

Guest Star

Rudy Vallee

Rudy Vallee

Guest Panelist

Guest Star

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Arlene: (genuinely surprised to see her son, Peter) You told me you were working at the fair late tonight, and I believed you!

  • NOTES (9)

    • CAMERA WORK: During Peter Gabel's game, the camera was almost constantly on Arlene, as the director wanted to show her expression when she figured out that the contestant was her son. Of course, what made it even more funny was that Arlene never figured out that it was Peter until John Daly told her who the contestant was! - ymike673

    • REVIEW: After several weeks of excellence, the law of averages was bound to catch up to the panel. It happened this evening, as they only had one win. The first game not only was a big loss for the panel, but it also proved to be a big surprise for them as well. The person who was the most surprised was Arlene, because the first guest was none other than Arlene and Martin's son, Peter, who was working as a guide at the 1964 NY World's Fair. Peter was working at the fair as a summer job, after his graduation from Deerfield, but prior to his beginning classes at Harvard. In the second game, the panel was equally dumbfounded when they were totally stumped by the pretty young mosquito sorter from Georgia. The panel did gain some redemption when Dorothy correctly identified the notorious star of "Lolita," Sue Lyon. Sue was on the show to promote the soon-to-be-released film "The Night of the Iguana," in which she co-starred with Ava Gardner and Richard Burton. It was later revealed that that coming week was special to Sue for another reason, because that coming Friday, Sue would be celebrating her 18th birthday. This definitely helped to ease the pain of a horrendous night, gamewise, for the panel. - Sargebri (2006)

      SUE LYON: Sue Lyon's new picture, "The Night of the Iguana," was opening later that week. Of course, she was much more famous for her role as "Lolita" in the classic film of the same name. However, despite all of her success, her film career was relatively short-lived. After several tumultuous years and four failed marriages, she retired from show business and currently lives in seclusion in Los Angeles. - Sargebri (2006)

    • (1) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 16th known episode where the word "live" was cut from the kinescope of tonight's live broadcast.
      (2) BAD PUN ALERT: Bennett brought the usual groans with his story of a crow sitting on a telephone pole, intent on making a "long-distance caw." This was, of course, a pun on "long-distance call." This joke was reprised throughout the evening.
      (3) SUE LYON: In the years since her mystery guest appearance tonight, Sue Lyon made more movies to ever-diminishing returns. Her most recent role, as listed in IMDb, was that of an "ABC Newswoman" in the 1980 film "Alligator." She also made guest appearances on TV shows such as "The Match Game," "Love, American Style" and "Fantasy Island." Leonard Maltin, in his 1994 "Movie Encyclopedia," wrote of Miss Lyon that "her appeal, like her adolescence, was short-lived."
      (4) "WML?" END CREDITS WATCH: Tonight, Jay Chichon fills in for Carl Schutzman as technical director. Mr. Chichon served in that capacity on the 1961-1967 CBS version of "Password." - W-B

    • Sue Lyon promotes her 1964 film. "The Night Of The Iguana." Bennett Cerf asks her which film she enjoyed more, "Night of the Iguana," or "Lolita." Sue says she enjoyed "Lolita" a bit better, because it was her first film, and it was shot in England, which was exciting for her. Bennett leeringly replies that Sue seems like "a fun girl." Miss Lyon also talks about her upcoming 18th birthday, and how she feels about show business. Host John Daly mentions that Sue remarked that she first started watching "What's My Line?" when she was seven years old! - Jim's TV Collectables

    • Hi Mom!!! The look on Arlene's face when she was notified that it was her son was priceless. Peter was working as a guide at the World's Fair when it was in New York in 1964. (He probably got the job through Arlene, who was on the board of directors for the fair.) After the questioning had ended, Arlene asked John if Peter would be allowed to keep the $50 that he won. John replied in the affirmative. Arlene then jokingly reminded Peter that she, as his mother, was still in control of his finances until his 18th birthday. John Daly got the last word in when he told her that they would be checking to see who endorsed the check. There were many laughs! Also, this will not be Peter's last appearance on the show. A few years later, he and Bennett's son Jonathan will appear as mystery guests when they are students at Harvard and editors of the Harvard Lampoon. - Sargebri (2004)

    • A tribute to Arlene Francis with son Peter Gabel - Hear Peter Gabel's March 17, 2004 1-hour radio interview with TV Historian Jim Benson, on TV Time Machine. - Suzanne

      PETER GABEL INTERVIEW

      http://www.worldtalkradio.com/archive.asp?aid=1332

    • A cute 17 year-old Peter Gabel stumped the panel, including his mother, Arlene Francis! During his game, the camera often focused on Arlene, so we were kept appraised of her various reactions. Peter used short "yes" and "no" answers which kept his voice disguised from his mother. At one point, she asked if he wore a sandwich board. That generated many laughs. When Peter's identity was finally revealed by Mr. Daly, she was genuinely surprised! During the second contestant, Miss Joyce Ivey, Arlene makes us laugh again when she says she is checking out the girl. She explains that this girl has been backstage with her son! The funny part about this is that Arlene has no idea yet who the mystery guest is. Peter was not only backstage with Miss Ivey, he was also backstage with "Lolita"! Oh, the irony! Fast forwarding... on a radio talk show on March 17, 2004, Peter Gabel stated that he was nervous during this appearance, due to his young age. However, it doesn't show! He smiled and appeared to be enjoying himself. He stated he was much more composed during his next WML appearance on March 12, 1967. - Suzanne (2004)

    • Tidbits: Arlene's next play opens in Holyoke, MA at the Mt. Tom Playhouse. - Suzanne

    • Panel: Arlene Francis, Rudy Vallee, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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