What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 46


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

Game 1: Miss Gigi Mackh (aka Gloria Mackh) - "Ski Instructor" (salaried; tall; from Vienna, Austria; she is an Austrian government licensed ski instructor; she is also currently "Miss Austria" and will be in the upcoming Miss Universe pageant to be held on August 1, 1964 in Miami Beach, FL; she is also a champion water skier)

Game 2: Mrs. Ann Quinlan (9/14/1892 - 11/19/1965) - "President of Pretzel Company" (self-employed; she owns Quinlan Pretzel Co. of Reading, PA; she said that Quinlan's Pretzels invented the pretzel twisting machine and revolutionized the entire pretzel industry; Robert Q. Lewis recognized her name and guessed her identity on his first question, although the game played on a few more turns; from Wyomissing, PA)

Game 3: E.G. Marshall (6/18/1914 - 8/24/1998) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: John Henderson - "Paints Bridges (George Washington Bridge, etc.)" (salaried; he works for the Port Authority of N.Y.; from Fords, NJ)

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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 (1)

    • Dorothy: (as the panel tries to figure out what E.G. Marshall's "hit record" is) Maybe his record is a police record. Did you ever think of that?

  • NOTES (7)

    • REVIEW: The way things began this evening, the panel looked not only as if they were going to set some sort of record, but it also looked as if they would have run out of contestants before the evening was over. Unfortunately, after they second game, things went downhill fast and they had to settle for a .500 record for the evening. In the first game, a very sexy looking Dolly Mae correctly guessed that Gigi Mackh, who was Austria's representative in the Miss Universe contest, was a ski instructor. In the second game, Robert Q. Lewis opened the questioning. He almost set a record himself, but he made a major goof when he said that Mrs. Quinlan had nothing to do with pretzel making, when in fact, she did. Before her game, John had deliberately tried to mislead the panel by saying that she was from Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, which was her hometown. John explained that he felt the panel would not connect her name to Reading, Pennsylvania, where the pretzels were made. John's plan didn't work, and Arlene, who gave Q-sie credit for the guess, was there to clean things up. However, things turned for the worse in the mystery guest round when, for the first time in a long time, the panel was stumped as E.G. Marshall really put them through the wringer. In fact, the thing that really cost them was when E.G. answered "yes" when he was asked if he ever had a hit record. Later, it was explained that the record E.G. made was a recording of him reading James Joyce's "Ulysses." As for why he was on the show, he was there to promote the classic legal drama "The Defenders," which was about to enter its final season on television. In the final game, the panel ran out of time as they were questioning the bridge painter, so he won the full prize by default. And so, after a spectacular start, the panel limped home in a little bit of a disgrace. - Sargebri (2006)

      As John mentioned, he and Arlene were going to act as co-hosts of the Miss Universe pageant in Miami. Of course, the most famous host of the pageant was another Goodson-Todman employee, "The Price is Right" host Bob Barker. Bob hosted the beauty competition for several years until he quit in protest over the pageant's use of fur coats. Bob was, and still is, one of the most vocal animal rights activists today. - Sargebri (2006)

    • HOW KIND OF YOU: During the introductions, Robert Q. Lewis announced that Arlene Francis opens tomorrow, Monday, July 13, 1964, in Ivoryton, Connecticut in the play "Kind Sir." - Suzanne

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at just one down, even though Dorothy had quickly zeroed in on the occupation of ski instructor. John also flipped them all at just one down for the second contestant after Robert Q. Lewis connected the name of a food product, "Quinlan's Pretzels," with the contestant and identified her line. John commented that they should have had her sign in as "Mrs. X." Finally, John flipped all the cards at three down for the final contestant because time ran out. - agent_0042

    • (1) "LIVE" WATCH: The kinescope of tonight's live broadcast is the 17th known episode to have the word "live" cut out. Or try to, anyway: As with EPISODE #710 of April 26, 1964, it was edited in such a way that the transition sounds more like "And now...[click] --ve from New York..." This is the second such occurrence of that variation.
      (2) BAD PUN ALERT: While Bennett had no puns to spring on the audience and his fellow panelists tonight, John continued his "crow" story from last week by mentioning Mr. Cerf's receiving a long-distance call while in a bank in Colorado and only getting "caw...caw..." on the other end of the line.
      (3) CRYPTIC DOROTHY QUESTION WATCH: Miss Kilgallen asked a few cryptic questions during the mystery guest round where she and the other panelists, as always, were blindfolded, but the most standout one was when she asked E.G. Marshall, "Were you in Barbra Streisand's dressing room during the past week?" E.G.'s response: "No, but I wish I was!"
      (4) SPEAKING OF E.G. MARSHALL: First, his name on the overlay screen graphic was set in a type (or font) which has been usually used for last-minute replacements for other mystery guests, as described in notes to earlier episodes. Second, from 1974 until 1981 Mr. Marshall (1914-1998) was host of the "CBS Radio Mystery Theater." He only performed in one play during his run with the program, a 1975 rendition of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" in which he played the role of "Ebenezer Scrooge." That performance was repeated every Christmas from then until the show's demise.
      (5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Tonight, Ted Miller, "WML?'s" main technical director for the 1962-1963 season, fills in for current technical director Carl Schutzman. - W-B

    • The panel was exceptionally hot this night. Dorothy, looking very chic in a low cut V-neck dark dress, managed to guess Gigi Machk's occupation as a ski instructor almost right off the bat. They also could have guessed the second contestant, Mrs. Ann Quinlan, on the first question had Robert Q. Lewis asked his question differently. It was quite humorous. RQL stated that he had heard of the name "Quinlan" before, and then asked if he could assume that she had nothing to do with the pretzel company! Of course, the answer was "no." After a few more failed questions such as, "Do you twist pretzels?," John Daly threw in the towel. John told Mrs. Quinlan that WML should have had her sign in as "Mrs. X." You can overhear Mrs. Quinlan saying to John that she knew this would happen! She was vindicated! Mystery guest E.G. Marshall proved that he wasn't just a serious actor, he also showed that he had a great sense of humor as he managed to totally confound the panel with his pseudo British accent. Marshall was on this episode to promote his series, "The Defenders," which also featured Robert Reed as his son and law partner. (Reed would later play everyone's favorite dad, Mike Brady, in "The Brady Bunch" from 1969-1974.) "The Defenders" was probably one of the more controversial shows of its era, as it tackled subjects such as mercy killing, racism and political blacklisting. Before Marshall left his seat, John Daly commended him on the fact that he was, at the time, one of the few actors to win back-to-back Emmy Awards. - Sargebri (2004)

    • E.G. Marshall promoted his 1961-1965 CBS television series about a father/son lawyer duo, "The Defenders." He threw the panel off track when he answered "yes" to having had a "hit record." The look on Mr. Daly's face was funny, he didn't want to embarrass the guest by challenging the "hit" part of the statement! It turned out the record was readings from James Joyce's "Ulysses." The LP was recorded in 1960 on the Caedmon label. The panel had figured out his show was a drama. Finally, a blindfolded Arlene got a big laugh from the audience when she exasperatedly said, "Let's face it, he's either a doctor, a lawyer, or a dog." Of course, this was a plug for Lassie! In two weeks, on the episode of July 26, 1964, mystery guest Peter Lawford signs in as "Lassie"! He must have seen this episode. - Suzanne (2004)

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