What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 6

EPISODE #734

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 11, 1964 on CBS
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EPISODE #734
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Game 1: Clete Boyer (2/9/1937 - 6/14/2007) and Ken Boyer (5/20/1931 - 9/7/1982) - Three occupation overlay screens were shown - "The Boyer Brothers" and "World Series 3rd Basemen" and "Clete Boyer, New York Yankees / Ken Boyer, St. Louis Cardinals" (as Mystery Guest Duo, and the panel was blindfolded, but the regular questioning format was used; they signed in as Cletis and Ken Boyer; both are salaried; out of 13 children, there are 7 brothers in the Boyer family and they have all been professional baseball players!)

Game 2: Miss Terry Wein - "Interviewer For Political Polls" (salaried; she works for Louis Harris & Associates, Inc.; aka Lou Harris and Associates, Inc.; John said that her employer works closely with CBS News on election nights; from New York, NY)

Game 3: Phyllis Diller (b. 7/17/1917) (as Mystery Guest #2) One solid laugh-filled game! Too short though! Dorothy recognized her voice!

Gil Fates' logs show that both EPISODE #734 and EPISODE #735 were "5 Minutes Short" but no explanation was given why. - Suzannemoreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Mr. Daly make mistakes? Unusual but once in awhile I guess he did.

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    Upon revealing that the panel did indeed guess the indentity of Brian Epstein, John Daly refers to Mr. Epstein as Barry Epstein. I guess Mr. Daly was still reeling from mistakenly calling out Steve Allen\'s name as the mystery guest instead of saying Mr. Cerf, it\'s your turn just a few weeks earlier. Nobody corrected the error about Mr. Epstein.
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)

Ken Boyer (II)

Ken Boyer (II)

Mystery Guest Duo

Guest Star

Clete Boyer

Clete Boyer

Mystery Guest Duo

Guest Star

Phyllis Diller

Phyllis Diller

Mystery Guest #2

Guest Star

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • John: Everybody's been warned -- you know Bennett's coming this week. Pack the kids up, put 'em in the back of the car and run, run, run!

  • NOTES (6)

    • REVIEW: The panel continued their recent streak of good performances as they went 2 for 3 this evening. Of course, in a little bit of unfinished business from the previous week, as Bennett jokingly said, John was in a generous mood that week. As for this evening's episode, the first two games were very fitting as they dealt with a couple of current events that were going on at the time. In the first game, the panel was blindfolded due to the fact that they probably would have recognized the first set of contestants. However, Bennett correctly identified baseball playing brothers Cletis Leroy Boyer and Kenton Lloyd Boyer. The Boyers were playing on opposite sides of the 1964 World Series, Clete for the New York Yankees and Ken for the St. Louis Cardinals. Unfortunately, the panel didn't do as well in the second game as they were totally stumped by the political pollster who worked for the Harris Poll. Of course, the theme in that game was the fact that in a few weeks, the 1964 presidential election was going to be taking place. In the mystery guest round, Dorothy discerned that Phyllis Diller was the night's guest, but she didn't take the win herself. While on camera, Dorothy whispered a "suggestion" to guest panelist Sammy Davis Jr. which allowed him to get the glory and correctly identify Phyllis. After the game, Phyllis entertained the audience as only she could and had the audience in stitches as she made like a Paris model and displayed the wild outfit she was wearing. That definitely helped make this a very fun night. - Sargebri (2006)

      THE 1964 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION!!! Barry Goldwater probably could have used Miss Wein's services. If he had, he probably wouldn't have been beaten as badly as he was in one of the most lopsided elections in history. However, the thing that really turned the tide in that election was the fact that in one of the most blatant uses of negative campaigning, LBJ made Goldwater look like one of the biggest warmongers in history. A few weeks before the election, the Johnson campaign ran a television ad showing a young girl in a field, pulling petals from a daisy and counting down as if she were launching a rocket. As the count got to the three second mark, a man's voice could also be heard counting down. As the girl reached zero, a film of a nuclear explosion filled the screen. That image made Goldwater appear to be trigger happy and inferred that he would not hesitate to launch a full scale nuclear attack. The ad was immediately pulled off the air, but it still made a huge impression and helped Johnson win in a landslide. - Sargebri (2006)

    • (1) DOUBLE DUTY: In 2006, GSN aired this episode in regular rotation on July 3, 2006, and then again on August 5, 2006 as part of a month-long airing of "WML?" episodes (in both its 1950-1967 CBS network and 1968-1975 color syndicated incarnations) tying in to the 70th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame, with at least one baseball-related figure appearing in each episode.
      (2) "LIVE" WATCH AND "WML?" ANNOUNCER "OLD HOME WEEK," CONTINUED: Tonight's live broadcast once again has the word "live" cut out of the intro on the kinescope recording - the 23rd known surviving episode to be so edited. And once again tonight, former regular "WML?" announcer Hal Simms is filling in for current announcer Johnny Olson, for the second straight week.
      (3) The nameplates have returned to both the panel's and Mr. Daly's desks, after being absent from the prior episode during the studio set upgrade.
      (4) Following the mystery guest round, Phyllis Diller leaves the moderator's desk, shakes hands with the panel and walks off the stage. John then announces, "We'll all be back after this word." Tonight's primary sponsor, Kellogg's, also shared sponsorship on this episode with S.C. Johnson and Procter & Gamble, per Gil Fates' logbook. - W-B (2006)

    • Phyllis Diller stole the show. She had the audience and the panel in stitches during her turn as the mystery guest. She was, and still is, the original "domestic goddess" comedienne and made numerous appearances on various game shows during the 1960s and 1970s. However, when she was asked if she appeared in films, she incorrectly answered "no." She had appeared in smaller roles prior to this appearance on WML, but wouldn't get her first major roles until a couple of years later. She also was, and still is, a major influence on the many female stand-up comics that came after her. Sammy Davis, Jr. put in a good first performance as a guest panelist, asking several intelligent questions. His appearance was partially due to the fact that he was promoting his upcoming Broadway musical "Golden Boy." This play will open on October 20, 1964, and run for 568 total performances at the Majestic Theatre. Sammy earns a "Best Actor in a Musical" Tony nomination for his lead role. Sammy was the third member of the Rat Pack (following Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop) to appear as both a mystery guest and a guest panelist. He was the fourth Pack member overall to appear on the show (Dean Martin was the first). Frank Sinatra, the leader of the Pack, didn't appear on the show until 1966. Also, another note about the 1964 World Series that the Boyer brothers were playing in: This would be the final appearance for the Yankees until 1976. The Cardinals would make two more appearances in "the Fall Classic" during the 1960s. In 1967, they defeated the Boston Red Sox, four games to three. In 1968, they lost to the Detroit Tigers by the same margin. - Sargebri (2004)

    • Clete and Ken Boyer were very much in the news at this time. The two brothers BOTH played third base in the 1964 World Series, for opposing teams! Clete was a member of the team that Dorothy referred to as "Our Boys," the NY Yankees. Ken played for the St. Louis Cardinals. Unfortunately for Yankee fans, the Cardinals won the Series, four games to three. The panel was blindfolded, and Dorothy almost nailed the identification right away. She started the questioning, and by herself narrowed it down to World Series baseball players. - Mike Arroyo

    • Tidbits: We love her when she's feisty! During the Boyer Brothers game, listen as Dorothy says to John, "I think I can communicate to Bennett better than you can!" You go, girl!

    • Sammy Davis, Jr. (12/8/1925 - 5/16/1990)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Sammy Davis Jr., Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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