What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 53


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 30, 1964 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mr. & Mrs. O. L. Lambert, Jr. - "Window Washers" (salaried; husband and wife team; they are union members who do their window-washing work while standing on scaffolding; Mrs. Lambert said safety-harness belts were not used very much in California; from El Cajon, CA)

Game 2: Miss Sura Malek "Makes & Sells Cotton Candy" (salaried; she works for her father who owns and runs several concessions at Palisades Park; see notes below about her father's 1952 WML appearance; from Fort Lee, NJ)

Game 3: Paul Anka (b. 7/30/1941) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Marc Massaro - "Raises Racing Pigeons" (self-employed; left-handed; he raises and sells these trained birds; he is also a college student; from West Haven, CT) . .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: Maybe it was the return of Martin, but this evening's game performance was a marked improvement over the past few weeks, as the panel, more or less, went 3 for 4 tonight. In the first game, Dorothy was given credit for a correct guess when, during a conference, she mentioned that the husband and wife team from El Cajon, California could have been window washers. However, as soon as she mentioned it, the audience broke out in applause and gave the panel an unfair advantage. As a result, John flipped over the remaining card. In the second game, Arlene correctly guessed that the contestant made cotton (or spun) candy. Interestingly, Miss Malek's father was on WML 12 years earlier when he was a weight guesser at the same amusement park she worked at, Palisades Park. In the mystery guest round, Arlene correctly identified singer, and occasional panelist, Paul Anka. Paul had just returned from a tour of Sweden and was about to start an engagement at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. However, Dorothy later admitted that she thought it was Paul, but when he gave a "no" answer to having been in a film, she had been thrown off. Paul had a brief cameo in "The Longest Day," which he also wrote the music for. He also had a small part in a film he probably doesn't put on his resume, "The Secret Lives of Adam and Eve." Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time while questioning the breeder of racing pigeons and as a result, he won the full prize by default. Nevertheless, this still was a great performance by the panel. - Sargebri (2006)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining card for the first contestant at nine down. Dorothy guessed the occupation during a conference and the audience applauded. He flipped all the cards for the second contestant at five down, but Arlene got it this time. Finally, he also flipped all the cards for the final contestant at five down because time ran out.

      • (1) Tonight's mystery guest, Paul Anka, was a guest panelist on EPISODE #715 of May 31, 1964, which aired the week before tonight's show was prerecorded on June 7, 1964.
        (2) BAD PUN ALERT: Bennett, in his introduction of John, mentioned that "our panel moderator" had a terrible day at golf and was so mad that he threw his golf pants in the fire. Bennett's punch line was that John ended up having "burned his britches behind him." This was a play on the classic phrase "burned his bridges behind him."
        (3) "WML?" END CREDITS WATCH: The complete end credits sequence is on display tonight, unlike the live EPISODE #716 of June 7, 1964 which was transmitted right after the taping of this episode. On the earlier show, the end credits had cut off after the slide card graphic for set designer Willard Levitas. Unlike some of the more recent pre-taped shows, Johnny Olson indicated that this episode was prerecorded, and then gave his customary announcement of where to send for free tickets to be a "WML?" studio audience member. - W-B

      • PAUL ANKA: Paul Anka promoted his appearance at The Sands Casino in Las Vegas, NV. He said that he "opens tomorrow." Hopefully, when he taped this episode on June 7, 1964, he remembered that this episode was not going to be aired until August 30, 1964. If he made a mistake, and actually opened on June 8, 1964, then his plug was a moot one. If he opened on August 31, 1964, then his statement was correct. - Suzanne (2006)

        Arlene termed it correctly, there was plenty of "squealing" from the audience when Paul signed in. Yet, Paul managed to fool the panel for quite some time, with a very deep "Satchmo" voice disguise. - 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 June 7, 1964. - Suzanne

      • (1) BAD MATH ALERT: John Daly mentioned that Sura Malek's father had been a previous WML contestant with an occupation of "Weight Guesser." John said that this occurred "14 years ago in 1952." However, John should have said her dad appeared 12 years ago. Since WML began in 1950, John was inadvertently referring to the age of the series. According to Gil Fates' handwritten logs, twelve years previously on EPISODE #109 of June 29, 1952, was featured a male who was listed as a "Weight Guesser" as the final contestant in Game 4. The logs do not contain the names of the contestants. His episode is one of the early ones that is lost to history. - Suzanne

        (2) We learn that John Daly has a sweet tooth, when he announced that he loved cotton candy as a kid. - Suzanne

      • When Paul Anka was being questioned, Dorothy asked if he were in a film and he replied "no." However, Anka did have several small roles in many films including "The Private Lives of Adam and Eve" in 1961 (which featured Mickey Rooney, Mamie Van Doren and Martin Milner) and the classic 1962 war film "The Longest Day" (where he had a small cameo role as a young army ranger). Anka was one of many artists whose career was affected by the arrival of the Beatles and the ensuing "British Invasion" on the rock and roll landscape. However, not only did Anka become a successful composer for other artists, he also staged a successful comeback in the 1970s with the controversial 1974 #1 single duet with Odia Coates, "(You're) Having My Baby," and with the 1976 hit "Times of Your Life," which was later used in a Kodak film commercial. - Sargebri (2004)

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

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