What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 49


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 02, 1964 on CBS
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Game 1: Billy Spencer (William Spencer)(b. 6/28/1949) - "Professional Water Skier (Men's World Champion)" (self-employed; teen boy, age 15; last year in 1963 at age 14 Billy won the "VIIIth World Water Ski Championship" Tournament in Vichy, France under the training of Joe Cash; the title lasts for two years; Billy also instructs water skiing and skis barefoot too; from Sarasota, FL)

Game 2: Dan Walston - "Manufactures Telephones" (salaried; he is an engineer for Western Electric Co.; he is developing the new Touch Tone (push button) telephone, which is currently on display at the N.Y. World's Fair; from Indianapolis, IN)

Game 3: Carol Channing (b. 1/31/1921) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Walter White, Jr. - "Prints Credit Cards (American Express Company)" (salaried; African-American; he prints American Express plastic charge cards; from New York, 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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    • REVIEW: This was one of those so-so nights for the panel where they were brilliant in one game yet were very clueless in another. As a result, they left the studio with a .500 record for the night. In the first game, Bennett was absolutely brilliant in correctly guessing that the young man from Florida was a waterskiing champion. In the second game, the opposite was true when the panel failed to guess that the contestant in that game had something to do with the making of telephones, including a brand new invention, the Touch Tone phone. In the mystery guest round, the panel basically had it nailed early, but Robert Q. was given the honors of correctly identifying Carol Channing. Carol was on the show to promote the classic musical "Hello, Dolly!," which was in the middle of its initial Broadway run. In the final game, the panel was so far off the track that John threw the towel in on the basis of time, so the credit card printer for American Express won the full prize by default. This definitely was mediocre night, gamewise, for the panel. - Sargebri (2006)

      In the second game when "Q-sie" passed off to Dorothy, he referred to her by her nickname of Dolly Mae. Unless it was done in some of the early lost-to-history WML episodes, this was probably only the second time she was called by her nickname. - Sargebri (2006)

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at five down because time ran out. - agent_0042

    • (1) Because tonight's episode was pre-taped, the opening words of Johnny Olson's intro, "And now, from New York...", were recorded in real time, rather than through editing the word "live" out of the kinescope copy as was done on 19 of the live editions which aired this season.
      (2) As with EPISODE #693 of December 29, 1963 (which, by coincidence, was also pre-taped), guest panelist Robert Q. Lewis once again is wearing a three-piece tuxedo tonight.
      (3) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Because this show was prerecorded immediately before the live transmission of EPISODE #700 of February 16, 1964, Alvin R. Mifelow is credited once again as associate director. - W-B

    • WE KNOW WHAT SHE DID THIS SUMMER - DOROTHY FILMS 1964'S "PAJAMA PARTY" MOVIE: Following in the footsteps of her fellow "WML?" panelists Arlene Francis, who appeared in two films, "One, Two, Three" (1961) and "The Thrill of It All" (1963) and Bennett Cerf, who made an uncredited cameo appearance in the 1957 movie "A Face in the Crowd," Dorothy Kilgallen this summer filmed her first motion picture appearance since the 1936 film "Sinner Take All" in which she played reporter "Jane Mills."

      Released to the theatres on November 11, 1964, Dorothy appeared in an uncredited cameo role in the 1964 movie "Pajama Party" as a woman who mysteriously falls out of the air and lands on the back of a moving motorcycle being driven by the movie's character named "J.D." This motion picture starred Tommy Kirk as "Go-Go" and Annette Funicello as "Connie," and also featured in small roles such past, present and future luminaries as Don Rickles, Annette's "Beach Party" sidekick Frankie Avalon, Elsa Lanchester, Buster Keaton, former "Road" series co-star Dorothy Lamour, and as two of the "Pajama Girls," Teri Garr (who was credited as Teri Hope - she would later gain fame for her roles in films such as "Young Frankenstein" and "Tootsie") and Toni Basil (who scored a major hit on the music charts in 1983 with "Mickey"). Dorothy's youngest son, Kerry Kollmar, also appeared in the film as a "Little Boy" who would occasionally appear on screen and make short comments. Dolly Mae's only line in the movie was, "My name's Dorothy. What's yours?" A photo of Dorothy and Kerry taken during the making of the picture was featured in Lee Israel's 1979 biography "Kilgallen." "Pajama Party" also proved to be Miss Kilgallen's only other movie role after "Sinner Take All."

      A side note about "Pajama Party" is that the director of photography was Floyd Crosby, whose credits include the 1952 Gary Cooper movie "High Noon." Crosby was the father of rock star David Crosby of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fame, who had well-publicized substance-abuse problems over the years, almost rivaling those of Dorothy. - W-B

    • During the end credits, Johnny Olson announced that this episode was prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on February 16, 1964. - Suzanne

      During his opening remarks, John mentions the "August heat" and gets a nice laugh from the audience. Since this show was pre-taped in February 1964, it would not have been very hot outside at the time. Another clue to the date is the clothing that Dorothy and Arlene are wearing. For the shows that were aired "live" in July 1964, the girls wore "light" summer dresses. For this show that was taped in February 1964, the girls are wearing warmer dresses that would be worn in the winter. - ymike673

      Welcome to the clever, surreal world of WML? panelists, who, from the opening to the closing quips were (in good faith no doubt) trying to fake out the would-be August 1964 TV audience during the February 1964 taping. Bennett Cerf told us that John Daly was working on his tan; Arlene Francis told Robert Q. Lewis to enjoy the summer; Robert Q. had a similarly misleading comment about the "current" humid weather picture; as did John Daly. Only Dorothy failed to leave us with a fake quip about the "August" weather during the February taping. Obviously, the show's stars must be informed of a taped show's future release date - even if it is 6 months into the future! This is probably done in an effort to have a "believable" and "seamless" contextual show when it is shown for the first time, which is removed in time from the actual tape date. - Tom Ruja

    • Carol Channing was great as usual. By answering her questions in French, it appears that she may have taken cues from the two previous episodes' mystery guests who also utilized foreign languages. (Jack Palance spoke Italian and Peter Lawford spoke French.) However, this was not the case, since Carol's appearance was prerecorded in February 1964, prior to the appearance of Palance and Lawford. The second contestant, Dan Walston, manufactured telephones for Western Electric. He was in New York for the World's Fair to demonstrate something that is now commonplace, the touch tone phone. On this episode, they referred to it as "new technology," which it was. After the game, John mentions that you no longer have to "turn a wheel" on this new phone. We get a big laugh when Dorothy pipes up that she has not had to turn a wheel in ages, and pantomimes the motions of a 1920s old-fashioned hand-cranked telephone. John and the panel clarify "DIAL" to her, and John states that she is showing her age. She laughs like the good sport she can be! Also, after three weeks of wearing chic dark dresses, Dorothy is back to wearing more conservative clothes as she is wearing a rather conservative light colored dress. - Sargebri (2004)

    • Carol Channing promoted her enormously successful 1964 Broadway musical, "Hello, Dolly!" She spoke French tonight. This time, unlike both her 1962 and 1963 appearances, she did not give out "diamond" bracelets to John Daly and the panel. - Suzanne (2004)

    • Tidbits: During one of the games, Robert Q. Lewis said, "I pass to Dolly Mae." Dolly Mae is Dorothy Mae Kilgallen's nickname. - Suzanne

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