What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 7

EPISODE #735

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 18, 1964 on CBS
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EPISODE #735
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Game 1: Brian Epstein (9/19/1934 - 8/27/1967) - "Theatrical Manager for The Beatles, etc." (as Mystery Guest #1, he signed in as "Mr. X" and the panel was not blindfolded and the regular questioning format was used; salaried; from London, England)

Game 2: Mrs. Heather Reynolds - "Professional Dog Walker" (self-employed; just today, she started her own company called Walk-A-Dog, and can walk 6 dogs at one time; prior to this, she worked for another dog-walking company; she walks the dogs in Central Park; from New York, NY)

Game 3: Tony Bennett (b. 8/3/1926) (as Mystery Guest #2) He promoted his Thursday opening at the Copa.

Game 4: Mr. Grove Thomas - "Musician, Plays Washboard in Night Club Band" (salaried; he performs in Greenwich Village at the pub called 'Your Father's Mustache' aka 'Your Father's Moustache' and 'YFM'; his band is named 'The G-String Struggler' and he plays the washboard with knives; the club was formerly named 'The Red Garter'; from San Francisco, CA)

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

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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)

    Brian Epstein

    Brian Epstein

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Tony Bennett

    Tony Bennett

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Paul Anka

    Paul Anka

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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    • QUOTES (1)

      • Dorothy (to Brian Epstein): I want to hear you say "Mary had a little lamb."
        Brian Epstein: Mary had a little lamb.
        Arlene: Oh, well now you now who it is, don't you, Dorothy? It's the little lamb Mary had.

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      • REVIEW: After the first two games tonight, it looked as if the panel was well on its way to having a perfecto. Unfortunately, they faded in the last two games to wind up with a .500 record for the night. In the first game, Paul Anka voluntarily disqualified himself because he recognized Beatles manager Brian Epstein. However, the rest of the panel soon discerned his identity and Bennett won the game when he put two and two together and made the correct guess. "Eppy" was on the show to promote his book "A Cellar Full of Noise," which told the story of how he discovered the Beatles after several customers asked for a record that the band recorded while they were in Hamburg, Germany. For the record, the song that they recorded was a version of "My Bonnie" where they served as backing musicians for British singer Tony Sheridan. In the second game, Arlene correctly guessed that the contestant was a professional dog walker after just one "no." Unfortunately, the panel's momentum came to a screeching halt when they failed to identify tonight's mystery guest, Tony Bennett. Tony was on the show to promote his upcoming engagement at the Copacabana. In the final game, the panel ran out of time while questioning the washboard player, so he won the full prize by default. Gamewise, this definitely left a bitter taste in the panel's collective mouths. - Sargebri (2006)

        Did it sound as if Paul Anka had a little hostility in his voice and that he was staring daggers at Brian Epstein? Maybe it was all in fun, but Paul's days as a chart topping singer came to a screeching halt when Brian's charges, The Beatles, arrived in America. Of course, Epstein was the man responsible for discovering them as well as grooming them for success. In fact, many felt that Epstein's death from a suspected drug overdose signaled the beginning of the end for the Fab Four. The Beatles definitely were indebted to him and in 1967 they recorded a song allegedly dedicated to their manager, "Baby You're a Rich Man," which was on the soundtrack of their 1967 film "Magical Mystery Tour." However, the song was released after Brian's death. Also, even though the song was a tribute to Brian, the song might contain some black humor of John Lennon's. There is a persistent rumor about the song that during the fade-out, instead of singing "Baby you're a rich man too," Lennon sang "Baby you're a rich fag Jew" as a dig at Epstein, who was Jewish and gay. - Sargebri (2006)

      • FLIP REPORT: At Dorothy's urging, John flipped all the cards at just one down for the second contestant, in spite of the fact that Arlene had guessed that she was a dog-walker. John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at four down because time ran out. - agent_0042

      • Out of the blue, probably as a ruse to detect an accent, Dorothy asks Beatles manager Brian Epstein to say the line, "Mary had a little lamb." As it so happens eight years later in 1972, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney would write and record a song based that same nursery rhyme for his new group Wings. - GarrisonSkunk

      • (1) The opening sponsor for tonight's show, as seen in the title sequence, was Glade air freshener.
        (2) "WML?" ANNOUNCER "OLD HOME WEEK," AGAIN: For the third week in a row, former (1955-1961) "WML?" announcer Hal Simms is subbing for current regular announcer Johnny Olson.
        (3) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 24th known surviving "WML?" episode on which the word "live" was edited out of the intro on the kinescope copy of this live broadcast.
        (4) A CELLARFUL OF FONTS: While first contestant "Mr. X," Beatles manager Brian Epstein's name is set in the regular "WML?" overlay screen type font of Futura Demi Bold, a total of three different typefaces were used for the one occupation overlay screen which reads "Theatrical Manager for The Beatles, etc." The "for" was set in Venus Bold Extended, the ", etc." was set in Alternate Gothic No. 2 - and the rest was set in Grotesque No. 9, the latter of which was used as an overlay screen font primarily in Britain on many TV shows. - W-B

      • Tony Bennett stumped the panel! He promoted his upcoming Thursday appearance at the Copa. John Daly reminisces about how three years ago, he and Mrs. Daly heard Tony sing "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" before Tony had recorded it in 1962. The song became a big "comeback" hit for Tony and he earned a Grammy Award. It eventually became his signature song. - Suzanne (2004)

      • The Beatles manager Brian Epstein signs in as "Mr. X," and attempts to confound the panel with his line. Bennett jokingly asks Mr. Epstein if he ever had a moment where he regretted the "whole thing," and Brian says, "There hasn't been a sorry moment." Dorothy comments, "How could anyone not like The Beatles? They are so cute, sweet, and lovable." - Jim's TV Collectables

      • The panel was hot for the first two contestants, but were completely stumped when it came to mystery guest Tony Bennett and the washboard player. Brian Epstein was considered by many as the "fifth Beatle." He was the one who discovered them, polished their act, and managed to secure their audition with their eventual producer, Sir George Martin. Unfortunately, less than three years after his appearance on the show, Epstein was found dead of an apparent overdose of sleeping pills. Some have speculated that it might have been suicide, due to what many felt was his increasing depression over his homosexuality. It is widely believed that his death signaled the beginning of the end of the Beatles, who broke up in 1970, three years after Brian's untimely death. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Tidbits: John Daly mentions that he has a "fall cold."

      • Brian Epstein was the manager of the Beatles, and a major force behind the band's early appearance and success. None of the "Fab Four" Beatles ever appeared on What's My Line?, but many references were made to them as their enormous "Beatlemania" popularity swept across America. Paul Anka volunteered that he might know who the guest is, and Mr. Daly stated that he was "afraid of that" so he immediately disqualified Paul Anka from the game. (It makes you wonder why they just didn't blindfold the panel?) Brian's appearance as the mystery guest is disappointingly short. After Bennett guesses Brian's identity, John accidently calls him "Barry Epstein," but later mentally notes his error and corrects himself by saying "Brian" a couple of times. During the post-game chat, the mild-mannered Brian is barely ever given a chance to speak, as John unfortunately does most of the speaking for him. It would have been nice to hear Brian tell his own story of how he discovered the Beatles in 1961 at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. John also mentions Brian's new autobiographical book, "A Cellarful of Noise," published in October 1964. Sadly, Brian will die an early death caused by a suspected accidental drug overdose in August 1967. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Paul Anka, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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