What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 52

EPISODE #727

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 23, 1964 on CBS
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EPISODE #727
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Game 1: Colonel Chuck Yeager (b. 2/13/1923) (Charles Elwood Yeager) (he signed in as C.E. Yeager, and the panel was not blindfolded) - Two occupation overlay screens were shown: "First Pilot to Break The Sound Barrier" and "Commandant of Space Pilot School" (salaried; born in Hamlin, WV, currently in CA; trains at the Air Force Space Pilot School, actually known as ARPS or USAF Aerospace Research Pilot School, at Edwards Air Force Base, California; On October 14, 1947, Yeager broke the sound barrier over the town of Victorville, California.)

Game 2: Miss Snooks Rourk - "Shoes Horses" ("Snooks" is a nickname and John Daly explains that Snooks doesn't like her real first name which was never divulged; self-employed; she charges $6 to reset a horseshoe and $8 for a new horseshoe; to reset a horseshoe means to remove the horseshoe, trim the hoof, then reattach the same horseshoe; she will be starting college in the fall; Snooks is quite bold as she tells John "you better not" in regards to mentioning her real name, and later on when she says "I can take care of myself" during the funny segment with Steve Lawrence; from Miami, FL)

Game 3: Bob Cummings (6/9/1910 - 12/2/1990) (as Mystery Guest) Bob Cummings promoted his 1964-1965 television series, "My Living Doll." He said that he used his "Grandpa" voice to try to fool the panel.
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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)

    Robert Cummings

    Robert Cummings

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Chuck Yeager

    Chuck Yeager

    Contestant

    Guest Star

    Steve Lawrence

    Steve Lawrence

    Guest Panelist

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      • REVIEW: The recent string of poor game performances continued tonight as the panel went only 1 for 3 this evening. However, it was still a very fun episode. In the first game, Dorothy was, more or less, credited for identifying the occupation of Colonel, and later General, Chuck Yeager. At the time of his appearance, Yeager was the commandant of the training center for new astronauts. Of course, this was about 16 years after Yeager's greatest accomplishment, breaking the sound barrier. In the second game, things got so out of hand with the young female horse shoer, especially after Steve asked what she was doing after the show, that John decided to flip the remainder of the cards. In the mystery guest round, Bob Cummings, who once again used his "Grandpa Collins" voice, completely fooled the panel. Bob was on the show to promote his upcoming sitcom "My Living Doll," which was premiering that September. After the show, Bennett stated that they performed just as bad as the Mets. Well, at least the Mets won a few games. - Sargebri (2006)

        As was mentioned in the post game chat, in September 1964, Bob Cummings was going to be debuting in a new sitcom entitled "My Living Doll." The show, which also starred future "Catwoman" Julie Newmar, was about a psychologist who took care of a colleague's latest invention, a female robot that was perfect in every sense of the word. Unfortunately, the series only lasted one season and Bob quit the show before the bitter end. It was later rumored that Bob and Julie didn't get along and he decided to leave. - Sargebri (2006)

        Bob Cummings and Dorothy Kilgallen definitely had one thing in common; both of them had appeared in "Beach Party" films. Bob appeared in the original "Beach Party" playing an anthropologist who was studying the habits of the kids on the beach. Dorothy appeared in the film "Pajama Party," which, even though it fell outside of the series continuity, featured many of the same characters that appeared in the other films in the series. - Sargebri (2006)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for Chuck Yeager at eight down, but Dorothy had correctly identified that he had something to do with airplanes. John flipped them all for "Snooks" at six down because things were getting off-track and time was running short. Finally, he flipped them all for mystery challenger Bob Cummings at three down because time was again running short. - agent_0042 (2006)

      • (1) The television series "My Living Doll," in which tonight's mystery guest, Bob Cummings, co-starred with Julie Newmar, ran on CBS from September 27, 1964 to September 8, 1965, and was listed among "The Worst TV Shows Ever" in the 1980 book of the same name. The ill-fated show was produced by Jack Chertok, who also produced the 1963-1966 TV series "My Favorite Martian." That program's co-star, Ray Walston, who played "Uncle Martin," had made a cameo appearance on "WML?" EPISODE #406 of March 16, 1958, in connection with mystery guests Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy, who were promoting their Broadway play "Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?" in which Mr. Walston also appeared. The play was performed at the Martin Beck Theatre, which was renamed the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in 2003 in honor of the famed caricaturist who died on January 20, 2003, less than six months before what would have been his 100th birthday.
        (2) Once again, Arlene uses the "Count of Monte Kisco" introduction for Bennett; and Bennett, in turn, introduces "our panel moderator" by his complete full name of John Charles Patrick Croghan Daly. In what had to be the most surreal moment for the "WML?" studio audience who attended the taping of this episode (tonight's show was taped immediately prior to the live EPISODE #712 of May 10, 1964), John commented on how Bennett "spent all spring and into the summer" memorizing his full name. Technically, this episode was taped in the middle of spring!
        (3) "WML?" END CREDITS WATCH: The end credits for tonight's show cut off after the slide card graphic for director Franklin Heller. Also, announcer Johnny Olson does not indicate that this episode was prerecorded, but he does give the customary announcement describing how to mail CBS for free tickets to participate as a member of the "WML?" studio audience.
        (4) Bennett's Mets comment towards the end of the show was a bit ironic, in the context of which New York television station would air the syndicated version of "WML?" within a few years. That's because the station which aired the 1968-1975 version of "WML?" on and off in its first four seasons (1968-1972) on the air was WOR-TV (Channel 9, now WWOR-TV), home of Mets baseball from the team's first season in 1962 through 1998. - W-B (2006 & 2008)

      • During his questioning, it was ironic that Dorothy would ask Chuck Yeager whether or not he was involved in sports or entertainment. While Chuck Yeager didn't have any involvement in sports, his nephew Steve Yeager would, playing several years as catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. (In fact, he would share World Series Most Valuable Player honors with Pedro Guerrero and Ron Cey as part of the 1981 champion Dodgers.) Steve Lawrence showed that he really was beginning to come into his own as a panelist, and provided much of the humor for the night. Also, another note about the Bob Cummings show "My Living Doll." His co-star was Julie Newmar, who played an experimental female robot named "Rhoda Miller" who was sophisticated yet naive. The series lasted only one season. Reportedly, Cummings and Newmar didn't get along, and Cummings left the show in early 1965 with six episodes yet to be filmed. His character was written out of the series. Most episodes of this series are thought lost, except for 2 known episodes. Julie Newmar would later play "The Catwoman" on the 1966-1968 television series "Batman." - Sargebri (2004)

      • During the end credits, Johnny Olson announced that this episode was prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on May 10, 1964. - Suzanne (2004)

      • THE ANSWER REGARDING THAT LOST ADDRESS BOOK: During the mystery guest questioning of Bob Cummings, Dorothy yet again asks, "Did you ever drop your address book out of a helicopter?" She received a "no" from Bob. On EPISODE #722 of July 19, 1964, she had also asked the same question to mystery guest Jack Palance. On EPISODE #784 of October 3, 1965, she would ask the same question to mystery guest Sean Connery. The answer to who lost that address book was actually revealed the first time Dorothy posed the same question, to mystery guest Bob Hope, on EPISODE #589 of November 19, 1961. On that occasion, she revealed she was thinking of Tony Perkins, who was filming his role in the movie "Phaedra" in Greece at the time. Based on that 1961 "WML?" episode, we know that it was Mr. Perkins who had dropped his address book out of a helicopter while flying over the Greek Isles. Unfortunately, on Tony's only "WML?" mystery guest appearance after making "Phaedra," which was on EPISODE #652 of February 17, 1963, Dorothy was absent from the panel and thus was unable to ask the "lost address book" question to him directly. Nor was Dolly Mae able to ask Tony that question on his final "WML?" appearance, on EPISODE #739 of November 22, 1964, because Mr. Perkins was a guest panelist that night, instead of a mystery guest. - Suzanne & W-B (2004 & 2006)

      • Tidbits from Suzanne (2004): It's amazing that nobody on the panel recognized the name Yeager!
        At the end of the episode, Bennett gets a laugh when he laments, "We did worse than the Mets tonight. Sometimes it's fun to watch losers."
        At the very end of the episode, we see a rare camera shot of John Daly squinting at something in the distance and then putting on his glasses.

      • When Bob Cummings said that he used the "Grandpa" voice, he was referring to the voice he used on his series for 4 years when he portrayed "Grandpa." To further explain, when he starred in his 1955 to 1959 television series, "The Bob Cummings Show" (which was retitled "Love That Bob" in 1959 for syndication) he played two characters. One role was the professional photographer "Bob Collins." The second role was the white-haired retired photographer "Josh Collins," who was the grandfather of "Bob Collins." The "Josh Collins" character was always called "Grandpa." - luckycowboy (2004)

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Steve Lawrence, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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