What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 48

EPISODE #723

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 26, 1964 on CBS
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EPISODE #723
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Game 1: Bobby Nichols (b. 4/14/1936) - "Professional Golfer (1964 PGA Champion)" (as Mystery Guest #1, he signed in as Mr. X and the panel was not blindfolded; self-employed; at age 16 he was in a bad auto accident, but made a comeback in golf; from Louisville, KY)

Game 2: Mrs. Julia S. Berolzheimer - "Makes Shoelaces" (self-employed; such a cute contestant, she smiles all the way through her game; she is the Vice-President of her company, Diamond Braiding Mill; she stated that her company's shoelaces are permanently pressed; from Tarpon Springs, FL)

Game 3: Peter Lawford (9/7/1923 - 12/24/1984) (as Mystery Guest #2) He signed in as "Lassie" which might be a reference to the episode of July 12, 1964 when Arlene said of the mystery guest, "Let's face it, he's either a doctor, a lawyer, or a dog." A second explanation was submitted below, which explains that this also may have been referring to Lawford's starring role in the 1945 film, "Son of Lassie." . .moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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)

    Bobby Nichols

    Bobby Nichols

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Peter Lawford

    Peter Lawford

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Martin Gabel

    Martin Gabel

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • Panel: (following a long conference by John) We want to be perfectly fair!
        Dorothy: No.
        John: Well, I... (laughter and applause from audience)

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      • REVIEW: This was a very good night for the panel. In fact, they essentially earned a perfecto. In the first game, 1964 PGA Champion Bob Nichols signed in as "Mr. X" due to the fact that some, or all, of the panel might have recognized him. Unfortunately, he didn't last long as Bennett correctly guessed that he was a golf champion. Bennett didn't identify the guest by name, but sports fan Martin later volunteered that he had recognized Bob. In the second game, Martin brilliantly opened the door when he correctly guessed that the contestant from Florida had something to do with shoelaces, but it was Dorothy, looking very sexy tonight, who correctly said she made shoelaces. In the mystery guest round, the panel was almost stumped by former guest panelist Peter Lawford, who signed in as his famous co-star, Lassie, and answered the panel in fluent French. However, when Martin made a joke about Peter's employment, or lack thereof, Peter slipped up by using English when he semi-jokingly said that he attributed his wealth to his wife. That opened it up for Arlene, who asked if he was related to the Kennedy family. When the audience applauded wildly, it was just a matter of seconds before she was able to identify him. Peter didn't have any upcoming performances to promote, but he said that he was in town to appear on another Goodson-Todman show, "Password." This definitely ended the evening on a very high note. - Sargebri (2006)

        NICHOLS & HOGAN - GOLF NOTES: During the post-game chat after the first game, John mentioned that Bob Nichols had something in common with another golfing legend, Ben Hogan. John said that several years earlier, Bob had been involved in a very serious automobile accident that almost ended his career and almost took his life, just as had happened with Hogan. In 1949, Hogan was driving on a two-lane highway with his wife, Valerie, when his car collided with a bus. Ben's legs were seriously injured and it was thought that he would never walk again. However, within a year, he had made a miraculous comeback to health. In 1950, he made a stunning golfing comeback when he won the United States Open in a playoff, defeating Lloyd Mangrum and George Fazio. - Sargebri (2006)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at just one down, although Bennett had correctly guessed that Nichols was a golf champion. John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at eight down, even though Martin had correctly identified her product as shoelaces and Dorothy had followed up by guessing that she made them. Finally, John flipped all the cards for the mystery challenger at eight down because time was running short. - agent_0042

      • (1) PETER LAWFORD: While mystery guest Peter Lawford was not a part of the TV show "Lassie," he did, from 1957 to 1959, play "Nick Charles" in the TV version of "The Thin Man." (Phyllis Kirk played "Nora Charles," and Stafford Repp, who would go on to play "Chief O'Hara" on the 1966-1968 TV series "Batman," was "Lt. Ralph Raines" in the first season of "The Thin Man.") His other regular TV series role was the 1954-1955 situation comedy "Dear Phoebe," in which he played a lonely-hearts advice columnist. By the time of his "WML?" appearance tonight, Mr. Lawford had had a very serious falling out with Frank Sinatra and, therefore, become a Rat Pack member emeritus; the two never spoke to each other again. Peter also never really recovered from the 1963 assassination of his brother-in-law, President John F. Kennedy. Peter made occasional TV and movie appearances over the next two decades, including roles in the 1972 film "They Only Kill Their Masters" which was the last film to be made on the MGM backlot before the studio sold it off; and the 1974 made-for-TV movie "The Phantom of Hollywood" whose plot had part of its basis in MGM's selling off of its backlot. Peter's marriage to Patricia Kennedy Lawford ended in divorce in 1966, and he married three more times before his death from liver and kidney disease on December 24, 1984 at age 61.

        A side note about the two early-1970s movies mentioned above: When they were made, the head of MGM was James T. Aubrey who, at the time of tonight's show in 1964, was still president of the CBS Television Network. It was under Aubrey's watch that many of MGM's valuable properties were sold off, bit by bit, including (most famously) the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland as "Dorothy Gale" in the 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz."
        (2) "LIVE" WATCH: Tonight's live broadcast, which was the last live transmission for the summer, for the 19th known time, has the word "live" edited out of the intro on the kinescope copy.
        (3) During the introductions, Arlene mentioned that Martin Gabel had agreed to take on the part of "Professor Moriarty" in the upcoming Broadway production "Baker Street." As he makes his curtain entrance, it appears that Mr. Gabel is beginning to look a bit thinner than he had in all his prior "WML?" appearances over the years.
        (4) BAD PUN ALERT: This time it's John, not Bennett, who's the culprit, with his explanation of why there are few telephones in China (in 1964): Because of people in that country named 'Wing' and 'Wong', and the worry that too many people would 'Wing' the 'Wong' number. This, of course, was an Elmer Fudd-esque play on the phrase "ring the wrong number."
        (5) THE LOOK OF THINGS: This was the last "live" "WML?" episode on which the logo of tonight's sponsor, Geritol, was displayed on the panel desk and sign-in chalkboard frame. All remaining episodes with the Geritol logo on display will have been pre-taped.
        (6) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Of the behind-the-scenes crew credited tonight, only production supervisor Milt Myers is credited as still around. The remainder are substitutes, with André St. Laurent once again filling in for Dan F. Smith as associate director; Ted Miller, for technical director Carl Schutzman; Larry Schneider, for audio engineer B.A. Taylor; and, in a bit of "old home week," frequent sub from the mid-1950's on, Vernon Cook (credited tonight as Vern Cook), for lighting director Gene Ulrich. Mr. Schneider will later be audio engineer for the syndicated version of "WML?" in its first three years (1968-1971) in production, when it was based out of the Ed Sullivan Theatre. - W-B

      • On a 2003 release of "The Rat Pack Live at the Sands" CD, at the end, Sinatra says something close to, "If you run into Dorothy Killgallen, please be in your car at the time." At his concerts Frank would dangle a key before the audience and say, "Look! It's Dorothy Kilgallen's chin!" - DP & Greg

      • Arlene was evidently very tired tonight. When the camera panned to a long shot of the entire panel, there was a time when her eyes were closed, clearly falling asleep. She may have been exhausted from her play that was mentioned in the previous episode, "Kind Sir" at Westport, CT. - Glenn

      • Possibly, the feud between Dorothy Kilgallen and Frank Sinatra came about due to the fact that Dorothy had written several uncomplimentary "Voice of Broadway" columns about Frank's associations with various figures from the world of organized crime, the Mafia. - Louie

      • Regarding Peter Lawford's sign-in as Lassie, he also may have been referring to his starring role in the 1945 film, "Son of Lassie." - Tom Weinstein

      • The biggest of Bobby Nichols' 11 PGA Tour victories came at the 1964 PGA Championship, where he topped Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer by three strokes. His 271 total was a PGA Championship record until Nick Price broke it in 1994. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Peter Lawford was great in his appearance as a mystery guest. This appearance came just a few short months after the November 1963 assassination of his brother-in-law, John F. Kennedy. Peter Lawford didn't have anything specific to promote, reported John Daly. Lawford was in NY to make a guest appearance on Password. He answered his questions in French. A blindfolded Martin Gabel received a big audience laugh when he asked Lawford, "To what do you attribute your unemployment?" Quick as ever, Lawford shot back, "I have a very rich wife." (He was married to Patricia "Pat" Kennedy from 1954 until their divorce in 1966.) An interesting fact though, Peter Lawford was a member of the Rat Pack along with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Joey Bishop. Four of the five members (Martin, Davis, Bishop and Lawford) have made prior WML appearances as mystery guests. Three of the five members (Bishop, Lawford and Davis) appeared as guest panelists. Up until now, the only member of the Pack not to appear on the show was Frank Sinatra, who had a bitter feud with Dorothy Kilgallen. In itself, this was not a rare thing, as Sinatra had feuded with every reporter and columnist who ever wrote negatively about him. Evidently, Dorothy upset him somewhere along the line, and he used her as a favorite target of his disdain. He unfairly made fun of her looks and often referred to Dorothy as "a chinless wonder." (This term is also U.K. slang for "a member of the British upper classes" or "a foolish man, typically of high social class, having a weak indecisive character.") According to Sinatra biographer J. Randall Taraborrelli, in his book "The Man Behind the Myth," Sinatra also sent Dorothy a full-sized tombstone with her name on it. However, in earlier years, Sinatra and Kilgallen had been friends. Sinatra would later appear as a mystery guest on the November 27, 1966 broadcast, a full year after Dorothy's untimely death. - Sargebri & Suzanne (2004)

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

      • Tidbits from Suzanne:
        (1) During the introductions, Martin Gabel announced that Dorothy Kilgallen had just returned from Columbus, Ohio, where she gave a "brilliant characterization" as an Irish girl in "The Hostage," a play written by Irish author Brendan Behan. In Irish, the 1958 play's title is "An Giall."
        (2) On Wednesday, both Arlene and John will be "reporting" (not "judging") at the Miss Universe Pageant.
        (3) We learn that Bennett has a 2-holf golf course on residential estate in Mt. Kisco, NY. As you know, Arlene is his neighbor.

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