What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 4


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 27, 1964 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Game 1: David Aylott (aka Dave Aylott) - "Makes False Eyelashes" (self-employed; tall, deep voice, male pattern baldness; he owns and operates Eylure of London, pronounced Eye-Lure of London, a British manufacturer which makes false eyelashes out of components such as human hair, sable fur, and mink fur; his very successful products are sold worldwide; although it was not mentioned on the program tonight, he co-founded the company with his brother, Eric Aylott, a noted makeup artist; David stated that he was a former "movie-maker" for 20 years, and he has a long list of over 100 credits at IMDb, mostly from the silent film era; from London, England)

The cosmetics company that David and Eric Aylott founded is still in business as of 2006 and mentions the brothers in the historical sketch of the business:

Game 2: Miss Dianne Steiner - "Issues Tickets to Overtime Parkers" (salaried; she works for the Finance Department of the City of Beverly Hills; while on duty, she wears a uniform; from Beverly Hills, CA; see more notes below)

Game 3: Steve Lawrence (b. 7/8/1935) & Eydie Gorme (8/16/1928 - 8/10/2013) (as Mystery Guest Duo) They signed in as "Huntley & Brinkley."


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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)

    Eydie Gorme

    Eydie Gorme

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Steve Lawrence

    Steve Lawrence

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    David Aylott

    David Aylott


    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • NOTES (8)

      • UPDATE ON DIANNE STEINER: The second contestant, Dianne Steiner of Beverly Hills, California, worked as a parking meter maid at the time of this original 1964 broadcast. After her Sunday appearance, she remained in Manhattan on Monday and Tuesday to sightsee. A reporter for the New York Journal American, which was the home base for Dorothy Kilgallen's newspaper column, interviewed Miss Steiner for an article which appeared in the October 7, 1964 edition. The article pointed out that meter maids in Beverly Hills, including Miss Steiner, are known as "parkettes." In 2007, almost 43 years later, Dianne Steiner Bennett appeared as a contestant in the live stage show "What's My Line? - Live On Stage" in Los Angeles with her new line of "Matchmaker." After she stumped the panel, a plasma screen was lowered from the ceiling of the Acme Comedy Theater, and everyone watched the kinescope of her 1964 broadcast. Dianne then reminisced about what happened off-camera in 1964, such as the fact that she and people who worked in stores adjacent to the parking meters she checked made a joint effort to ask Goodson Todman to put her on "What's My Line?" She said that they all pitched in for a professional photographer to take a formal portrait that they then enclosed with their letter. Their efforts paid off when Dianne got a phone call from Goodson Todman inviting her to appear on the show. Dianne also claimed that backstage at CBS Studio 52, shortly before she went on camera, Mark Goodson came in the dressing room and made a pass at her. - stopettearoma (2008)

      • REVIEW: This was a night that belonged to Arlene and Dorothy, especially Arlene, as the two of them were responsible for a perfecto. Dolly Mae got things rolling in the first game when she correctly guessed that former movie producer and make-up artist David Aylott made false eyelashes. The funny thing about Dorothy's guessing his line was that she was obviously wearing a pair of false eyelashes, although they probably weren't the ones that Aylott made. In the second game, Arlene correctly guessed that the lovely young lady from Beverly Hills was a meter maid for that city. Arlene also was responsible for identifying the evening's mystery guests, frequent guest panelist Steve Lawrence and his wife Eydie Gorme. Steve was on the show to promote his hit musical "What Makes Sammy Run?" and Eydie was on to promote her engagement at the Empire Room. That definitely was a nice way to end the show. - Sargebri (2006)

        EYDIE: It is interesting to note that even though Steve Lawrence was, at the time, a frequent guest panelist on WML, his wife Eydie Gorme never sat in on the panel, even after Dorothy Kilgallen's passing. However, Eydie did appear on several other game shows, especially "Password." - Sargebri (2006)

        GIFFORD: Following the 1964 season, Frank Gifford retired from pro-football to become a full-time sportscaster. In fact, he would go on to become one of the most famous play-by-play men in history. Gifford got his start working for CBS. However, he later moved to ABC where he would gain his biggest acclaim, working with former Dallas Cowboys quarterback "Dandy" Don Meredith and the ever-controversial Howard Cosell on ABC's "Monday Night Football" broadcasts. - Sargebri (2006)

      • (1) FRANK GIFFORD: This season will be Frank Gifford's last as an active football player. In 1965, one year after his guest panelist appearance tonight, Mr. Gifford joined CBS as a sports color commentator. He will remain with the network through 1971, also handling the sports reports on the local nightly news on the New York CBS flagship station, WCBS-TV (Channel 2), for a few years in the late 1960's. It was because of his contract with CBS that he was not on the first season (1970-1971) of ABC's "NFL Monday Night Football," in which Keith Jackson sat with Howard Cosell and Don Meredith in the announcers' booth. Upon the end of his CBS contract, Frank jumped ship to ABC and joined "Humble" Howard and "Dandy" Don for a partnership that lasted in that form from 1971 to 1973 and again from 1977 to 1984. Between football seasons in 1972 and 1973, Gifford did sports for New York station WABC-TV's (Channel 7) "Eyewitness News," where Cosell had been the resident sportscaster from 1968 to 1970.
        (2) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: On the opening title sequence, Kellogg's is presented as the sponsor.
        (3) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 21st known surviving "WML?" episode on which the word "live" was cut out of the kinescope recording of this live transmission.
        (4) SET DESIGN CHANGE - PART 2: While the "WML?" studio set design change first took effect in the previous EPISODE #731, the fact that the kinescope of that show is lost to history means that the specifics of the change will be noted here. Besides the change to the pattern background seen over the panelists and John Daly, as had taken effect in EPISODE #730, there is a new background pattern seen at the center stage where the panel members and panel moderator emerge to take their respective positions. The design of this new background looks almost like an extended grille. As for the panel's and Mr. Daly's new desks, the fronts look somewhat like fancy cabinets associated with hi-fi stereo systems made during the period of this episode (middle 1960's). The wooden frame which surrounds the sign-in board has now dispensed with sponsors' logos, which had been displayed from within the first few weeks of the show's debut (although the shape of the frame had changed over the years). In its place, the current 1964 "WHAT'S MY LINE?" logo is printed on the wooden surface above the sign-in board. (The final change to the set over the course of the show's CBS run will become effective with EPISODE #751 of February 14, 1965 when the new "mod" "WML?" logo and "three-part" opening animated title sequence take effect, and the logo above the sign-in board is adjusted accordingly.) The flip cards John uses have not changed in appearance.
        (5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Though John Ward, who was responsible for the latest alterations to the "WML?" studio set, was first credited as set designer on last week's show, this is the first episode still in existence on which he is so credited. He will remain in the closing credits to the very end of the network run of "WML?"

        A side note on the new set designer: According to IMDb, there were two different projects on which both Mr. Ward and the previous "WML?" set designer, Willard Levitas, had been credited in the same work. First was "Evening Primrose," a production which aired on "ABC Stage 67" on November 16, 1966. This musical, with songs by Stephen Sondheim and David Shire, starred occasional "WML?" guest panelist and mystery guest Anthony Perkins, and also featured in the cast Charmian Carr who had played "Liesl von Trapp" in the 1965 motion picture "The Sound of Music." Levitas was credited as producer (John Houseman was executive producer) while Ward was credited as production designer. The second project was the 1968 movie "A Lovely Way to Die," where Levitas was credited as art director and production manager, and Ward shared set decorator's credit with John McCarthy. "A Lovely Way to Die" featured among its cast, the likes of once and/or future "WML?" guest panelists and/or mystery guests Kirk Douglas, Eli Wallach and Martyn Green. - W-B

      • NEW SPONSOR: Starting with this episode, "What's My Line?" has a new sponsor, the American Tobacco Company. This tobacco company was never WML's primary sponsor, but always the secondary sponsor, and they appeared as the alternate sponsor on an occasional basis. This information is taken from Gil Fates' handwritten logs. - Suzanne Astorino (2005)

        NO GSN THREAT: Even though many episodes of "What's My Line?" from here on out were sponsored by the American Tobacco Company, no tobacco advertisements are contained within the kinescopes. Therefore, these episodes of WML are exempt from GSN's policy of banning programs that feature tobacco advertising. - Suzanne (2006)

      • I'm a sports writer, and Frank Gifford was appearing on "Monday Night Football" at the time when I encountered him a few years ago. I can't remember what charity he was supporting at the time, but they brought him in and he insisted on an informal chat, rather than a press conference. Unfortunately, nobody else seemed to want to talk to him, so I ended up doing most of the chatting. Our discussion was primarily about football, but I think he was already married to Kathie Lee, and that may have come up briefly. He was a very nice man. - Bill Savage, August 2004

      • Leave it to Dorothy to guess that the first contestant manufactured false eyelashes. Once again, Arlene and Dorothy manage to save face for the panel by guessing both contestants. John Daly's voice was a little hoarse this night due to the fact that he had been watching guest panelist Frank Gifford in Gifford's regular job as a member of the New York Giants football team. Gifford would start working on Monday nights rather than Sundays a few years later. In 1971, he takes over as the lead analyst for the hugely successful "NFL Monday Night Football" television series. Besides playing for the Giants, Gifford was working as a sportscaster in New York. Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme were wonderful during the mystery guest round. They managed to confuse the panel when they answered "no" as to whether or not they worked together. After the round, Mr. Daly clarified this by explaining that Eydie was working solo, while her husband was in the middle of his hugely successful run in the musical "What Makes Sammy Run?" (That is, when he was not appearing on the panel as a frequent guest panelist!) All in all, this was a great show. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Steve Lawrence promoted his Broadway play "What Makes Sammy Run?" and Eydie Gorme promoted her upcoming appearance at the Copa. Steve and Eydie have been husband and wife since December 29, 1957. - Suzanne (2004)

        Tidbits from Suzanne (2004):
        (1) Arlene's travelling play, "Beekman Place" is now in Pennsylvania.
        (2) John has a slight case of laryngitis from cheering too loudly at a football game on Friday.

      • Frank Gifford (b. 8/16/1930)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Frank Gifford, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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