What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 51


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 16, 1964 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Jimmy Kline - "Porpoise Trainer (Trains Porpoises For New York World's Fair)" (salaried; he is employed by the Miami Seaquarium in Miami, Florida, but is currently training the porpoises at the Florida exhibit of the 1964 New York World's Fair; from Pallas, Pennsylvania)

Game 2: Miss Isabel Bernier - "Shoeshine Girl" (salaried; she works at Monkey Shines, 52nd St. & Broadway, New York, NY; from Manhattan, NY, NY)

Game 3: Tony Randall (2/26/1920 - 5/17/2004) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: James H. Geist (he didn't dot any i's so his surname may have been Gust, but it was pronounced as Geist) - "Sells Sawdust" (self-employed; left-handed; he sells 800 lb. bags for his company, Miami Sawdust Supply Co.; from Miami, Florida) . .moreless

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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


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    • NOTES (8)

      • REVIEW: Tonight, the panel continued their streak of mediocre performances as once again they had a .500 record for the evening. However, the evening was highlighted by the appearance of an old friend in the mystery guest round. Things started off well in the first game as Buddy correctly guessed that the contestant was a porpoise trainer. In fact, he trained the porpoises that were performing in the Florida exhibit at the N.Y. World's Fair. In the second game, the panel continued the trend of "great first games - but lousy second games" as they failed to guess that the very attractive young lady was a shoeshine girl. In the mystery guest round, Bennett correctly guessed good friend and frequent guest panelist Tony Randall, who used a high-pitched effeminate voice to try to fool the panel. Tony promoted his two current films, "Seven Faces of Dr. Lao" as well as "The Brass Bottle." He also talked about the film he was currently working on, "Fluffy." In the final game, the panel ran out of time as they were questioning the sawdust salesman and as a result, he won the full prize by default. That definitely put a cap on another mediocre performance, gamewise, by the panel. - Sargebri (2006)

        It was very interesting to see Buddy Hackett and Tony Randall on the same show. Of course, Buddy and Tony were both frequent WML guests who were among the most popular of all the male guest panelists. - Sargebri (2006)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at five down. Buddy had ascertained that the guest was an animal trainer of some sort and John flipped the cards after a (probably facetious) comment of Buddy's that he had seen this trainer perform in Florida. John also flipped all the cards for the final contestant at five down because time ran out. - agent_0042

      • (1) A "BUDDY" DOUBLE-HEADER: Tonight's edition was taped on the same day - April 19, 1964 - as the live transmission of EPISODE #709. Buddy Hackett was guest panelist on both shows, which has happened on a few occasions since "WML?" started pre-taping episodes for future airing beginning in 1959.
        (2) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Because this episode was prerecorded immediately prior to the airing of the live EPISODE #709, the same crew credited on the earlier show is also listed on tonight's edition. Also, as with EPISODE #709, Johnny Olson was heard advising where to send for "WML?" studio audience tickets. - W-B

      • Buddy Hackett was an absolute riot. There was always an inherent danger when a comic was on the panel, due to the fact that he might try to be too funny. (Such as was the case when Groucho Marx was on the panel.) However, comics such as Buddy Hackett and Joey Bishop proved that they could play the game with a little restraint and still be funny. Another note about the film "Fluffy" that Tony Randall was working on: His co-stars for that film were Shirley Jones (who is totally unrecognizable due to the fact that she is a brunette in this picture) and a lion. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Tony Randall was great! He used a high-pitched voice that was very reminiscent of the voice used by Andy Williams when he was the mystery guest on June 9, 1963. He didn't simply answer "yes" or "no." He answered with wisecracks, especially toward Buddy Hackett. So many wrong guesses as to his identity were made, including Joey Bishop and Bobby. Would this have been Bobby Darin? Buddy Hackett had asked, "What are you going to do with the pistol I gave you?" when he thought he was addressing "Bobby." John acknowledged how busy Tony has been. Tony promoted two of his several films from 1964, "7 Faces of Dr. Lao" and "The Brass Bottle." He also mentioned working on his 1965 film, "Fluffy." - Suzanne (2004)

      • During the end credits, Johnny Olson announced that this episode was prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on April 19, 1964.

      • (1) During the final game, Bennett asks, "Is it a solid?" Mr. Daly quickly says, "Jackson" before giving the real answer. The phrase, "Solid Jackson" has come up on WML in the past. The history behind it is explained on WML EPISODE #648. - Suzanne (2004)

        (BAD PUN ALERT: As one could well imagine, Bennett did not let the porpoise-training first contestant escape without a pun on "porpoise/purpose" when Bennett said that the guest "stays there on porpoise." Upon hearing Bennett's play on words, John responded that he'd just won one dollar from a member of the "WML?" production staff. John explained that he'd bet a crew member a dollar that Bennett would make this pun, and sure enough, Bennett didn't let him down. - Suzanne (2006)

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Buddy Hackett, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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