What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 2


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 13, 1964 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Jerry Herman (b. 7/10/1931) - "Songwriter, Wrote Hello, Dolly!" (as Mystery Guest #1, he signed in as Mr. X and the panel was not blindfolded and the regular questioning format was used; self-employed)

 Game 2: Mrs. Patricia Hupperts - "Wine Steward (in Restaurant)" (salaried; Dorothy thought that she owned a dress identical to Patricia's, and asked Patricia if her dress was made by Louis Estevez, but Patricia replied no; she is a sommelier at The Tenderloin Room in the Chase Park Restaurant; while at work, she wears a chain of service around her neck and carries a brass cup; from St. Louis, MO)

Game 3: Henry Fonda (5/16/1905 - 8/12/1982) (as Mystery Guest #2)

Game 4: Miss Susan Haber - "Stockbroker" (salaried; shapely; it sounded like Mr. Daly said she was with Mae Lichtenstahl & Co., but then Bennett announced she was with McManley & Co.)

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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)

    Jerry Herman

    Jerry Herman

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Henry Fonda

    Henry Fonda

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Tony Randall

    Tony Randall

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • NOTES (7)

      • REVIEW: This was another successful night for the panel as they went 3 for 4 this evening. In the first game, Dorothy correctly guessed that the first contestant was a songwriter. In fact, it was none other than Jerry Herman, the composer of "Hello, Dolly!," who signed in as "Mr. X" to avoid being recognized by name. Ironically, Arlene had worked with Jerry earlier, but didn't recognize him. She later apologized to him and he graciously accepted. Arlene made up for it in the second game when she was given credit for figuring out that the young lady from St. Louis was a wine steward. In the mystery guest round, Bennett correctly identified his old friend, Henry Fonda. Henry was on the show to promote the film "Fail-Safe," which was going to premier as part of the New York City Film Festival. Unfortunately, time ran out in the final game, so the lady stockbroker won the full prize by default. However, nothing could dampen what was a great performance by the panel.- Sargebri (2006)

        THE FONDA FAMILY: The way that Bennett guessed Henry Fonda was by asking him if he had a beautiful daughter who was an actress. Bennett was referring to Henry's daughter, Jane Fonda, who was already making a name for herself in a career which would lead to her becoming a superstar in films. Also, during the post game chat, Henry mentioned his son, Peter Fonda, who was just beginning his career. Peter would go on to become a successful actor whose biggest hit, 1969's "Easy Rider," would become a cultural phenomena. Interestingly, in 1966, Henry and Peter would make a joint appearance on WML when Peter was on the show to promote the biker flick, "The Wild Angels." Fifteen years after that appearance, Henry would co-star with Jane in the classic 1981 film "On Golden Pond," and Henry's role in the film would earn him his only Oscar for Best Actor. It is also interesting to note that Henry, Jane and Peter never appeared in a film together. A few years after Henry's passing, Peter's daughter, Bridget Fonda, would become a successful actress herself and carry on the Fonda legacy for a new generation of fans. - Sargebri (2006)

      • GOOD TIMES: Something about the final contestant got Bennett's memory going. He brought up the time when the three occupations featured on an episode were a butcher, a baker and a candlestick maker. This happened back on EPISODE #512 of May 8, 1960. - agent_0042

        FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at four down, but Dorothy had guessed that he was a composer. John flipped them all for the second contestant at seven down, but Bennett had determined that she was involved with wine and Arlene said that she "serves" it. John flipped them all for the final contestant at three down because time ran out. - agent_0042

      • (1) YOU KNOW IT'S LIVE AGAIN WHEN... - Tonight's show is broadcast live - but for the 20th known time, once again the word "live" has been edited out of the intro on the kinescope recording, so that once more Johnny Olson's intro starts off as "And now...[click] from New York..." As was mentioned in notes to earlier episodes, the removal of the word "live" was for the benefit of airing the kinescope in the Pacific (Western) and Mountain (Rocky Mountain states) time zones, as "WML?" aired live in the Central (Midwest) and Eastern time zones.
        (2) SET DESIGN CHANGE - PART 1: While the old desks, the six-star-pattern background seen at the center of the stage where the panelists and Mr. Daly enter, and the sign-in chalkboard frame over which the sponsor's logo is displayed, are seen for the very last time tonight, a new background is seen over John and the members of the "WML?" panel. It is a finer textured pattern background than the "woven" pattern that had been in use since EPISODE #451 of February 8, 1959, and which is replaced with this new background from here on out. The basic shape of this background, however, remains unchanged. The second part of this set design revamp - with new desks, a new center stage background for the curtain entrance, and a redesign to the sign-in blackboard, all for a new "sponsor-free" look - not to mention a change in set designer credits - takes effect with the next show, but as that kinescope has not survived and thus the episode is lost to history, these changes will be first seen on the surviving EPISODE #732.
        (3) During the introductions, Arlene mentioned that Bennett's oldest son, Christopher Cerf, was going to Fort Dix.
        (4) In the early to mid-1970's, tonight's mystery guest, Henry Fonda, was the commercial spokesperson for GAF home movie cameras.
        (5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: This was the last episode on which Willard Levitas was credited as set designer. Beginning with the next show, EPISODE #731, John Ward will be credited in that position. However, since the next episode has been lost to history, Ward's credit will be seen the first time in the end credits for EPISODE #732. The rest of the crew lineup, as shown on the final slide card (telop) graphic, is the same as in the last half of the prior season. Also, Johnny Olson makes a PSA for seat belts over the end credits. - W-B

      • When Jerry Herman's identity is revealed, Mr. Daly brings our attention to Arlene. Soon, Arlene is embarrassed because she didn't recognize Jerry! She apologized, adding that Jerry played the piano for her during a singing engagement. She felt bad that she didn't place him. No year or the name of the engagement was mentioned. It must have been several years ago. - Sargebri (2004)

        Henry Fonda promoted his 1964 films, "Fail-Safe" and "The Best Man." John also mentioned Fonda's 1962 film "Advise and Consent" when he was pointing out that Henry had played many political figures on the screen. An interesting fact about "Fail-Safe" is that after it was released, it was immediately overshadowed by the more satiric and critically acclaimed film "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb." "Dr. Strangelove" was based on the novel "Red Alert" by Peter George, and it is also known as "Two Hours to Doom" (screenplay and adaptation). - Sargebri (2004)

      • Tidbits from Suzanne (2004):
        (1) Tonight's sponsor is Kellogg's. This is the last time you will see a commercial identification logo on the panel's desk, as these logo ads are being discontinued.
        (2) When Dorothy introduced Tony Randall, she mentioned his latest film, "Send Me No Flowers." This was the final film teaming Tony with Doris Day and Rock Hudson.
        (3) Tomorrow, September 14, 1964, Arlene Francis opens in the play "Beekman Place" at The Colonial Theatre in Boston, MA. She co-stars with Fernand Gravet. In October 1964, this play moves to Broadway for a short run with both stars.
        (4) Bennett's son, Christopher Cerf, has entered military service at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Bennett jokes that Chris does not like K.P. duty (U.S. military slang for either Kitchen Patrol duty or Kitchen Police duty).
        (5) John Daly said that next week, Carol Channing will be on the panel. Unfortunately, that episode is lost to history as the kinescope is damaged. However, Carol is a guest panelist on other surviving episodes.

      • Henry Fonda spoke as a Frenchman in the mystery round. Even blindfolded, Bennett recognized Henry's voice and identified him! Henry proudly commented on his son and daughter, Peter and Jane, and how busy they both are. - ironcreekguy

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Tony Randall, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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