What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 8

EPISODE #736

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 25, 1964 on CBS
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Game 1: Craig Breedlove (b. 3/23/1937) - "Professional Speed Driver, Set New Speed Record 526 M.P.H." (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; he set the record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Bonneville, UT; his 3-wheeled jet engine speed vehicle was named Spirit of America; various problems included losing his steering control, trouble with his brakes and crashing into a lake; the vehicle engine was a military surplus J47 model; his sponsors were Shell Oil Company and Goodyear Tire Company; from Los Angeles, CA)

Game 2: Mrs. Jane Thomas (later known as Jane Chastain) (b. 9/16/1938) - "Predicts Weekly Football Scores on Television" (salaried; along with sports anchor/reporter Ed Thilenius, she co-hosts the TV program "Coach Friday" on television station WAGA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia; Jane and Ed predict the scores of the upcoming college football games, and later in the week, they compare their predictions against the actual scores to see who had the most correct predictions; she is in her second year of this occupation; last week, she was named the Honorary Coach of the Slippery Rock State College football team; from Atlanta, GA; see more notes below)

Game 3: James Garner (4/7/1928 - 7/19/2014) (as Mystery Guest #2)

Game 4: Robert Hyney - "Puts Stripes on Chewing Gum" (salaried; he works for the Beechnut Company; from Fort Plain, NY; although not mentioned, the specific product was Beechnut's 'Fruit Stripe' fruit-flavored gum which came in 5 flavors; lime, lemon, orange, cherry and mixed fruit)
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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)

    Craig Breedlove

    Craig Breedlove

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    James Garner

    James Garner

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Jane Chastain

    Jane Chastain

    Contestant

    Guest Star

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    • QUOTES (1)

      • (After a few other impressions, the panel requests that James Garner do a Ronald Coleman impression.)

        James Garner: (as Coleman) Why, I remember... (Going back to his own voice after deciding he's not doing a good imitation) ...oh, I don't remember.

    • NOTES (8)

      • As Jane Chastain, Jane Thomas made a return appearance on a 1976 syndicated episode of WML? during its final year. Her line was shown as "NETWORK TELEVISION SPORTS BROADCASTER (CBS)." Host Larry Blyden introduced her by saying, "Panel, Ms. Chastain is the first of her sex to achieve such eminence in her field." Dr. Joyce Brothers managed to guess her profession in five questions. - Garrison Skunk (2007)

      • REVIEW: This was a great night for the panel as they basically went 3 for 4 for the night. In the first game, Bennett correctly guessed that "Mr. X" was the then world land speed record holder Craig Breedlove. In the second game, Dorothy was given credit for a correct guess when she identified that the young lady from Atlanta was a sports reporter. However, the panel never did guess that she predicted football scores. Then again, this was at a time when women were still not thought of as having an aptitude for sports, especially a beautiful lady such as Jane Thomas. In the mystery guest round, the entire panel, all together, correctly identified James Garner. Garner used a wide variety of voices to try to fool the panel, including a great impersonation of Jonathan Winters' most famous character, "Maude Frickert." Jim was on the show to promote the film that would go down as his personal favorite, "The Americanization of Emily." Jim and Tony also managed to get in a few light-hearted digs at each other due to the fact that Tony was from Tulsa, Oklahoma and Jim was from Norman, Oklahoma. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time in the final game, so the contestant won the full prize by default. However, they probably would never have guessed his line, due to the unusual nature of his job. He worked in the Beechnut gum factory, putting stripes on the gum. So, it definitely was a blessing that time was called. - Sargebri (2006)

        When Bennett was questioning James Garner, he mentioned three films; "The Americanization of Emily," "My Fair Lady" and "Mary Poppins." Interestingly, all three films had a connection to Julie Andrews. Of course, Julie appeared in "Emily" and "Poppins." In fact, she won the Best Actress Oscar for her work in "Mary Poppins." However, her connection to the motion picture version of "My Fair Lady" is somewhat of a negative one. When it was announced that the classic musical was going to be made into a film, many assumed that Julie would be the odds-on favorite to reprise her role as "Eliza Doolittle" from the Broadway play. However, Jack Warner, the head of Warner Brothers, decided to go with Audrey Hepburn instead of Julie. His reasoning was that Audrey was a known commodity in Hollywood, while Julie was still relatively unknown outside of Broadway. However, there was one problem - Audrey couldn't sing and the producers brought in Marni Nixon to dub Audrey's voice. However, despite Audrey's great performance in the film, she wasn't nominated for a Best Actress Oscar, possibly because her voice was dubbed. Ironically, Julie was nominated and wound up winning the Oscar. What made it doubly ironic was when Rex Harrison won for the role of "Professor Higgins" in "Lady," it was Audrey who presented him with the award. During his acceptance speech, Harrison, being ever so gracious, dedicated the award to his two fair ladies, Julie and Audrey. - Sargebri (2006)

        During the post game chat following the mystery guest round, Arlene mentioned how much fun it was working with James Garner. The two had previously worked together in the 1963 film "The Thrill of It All," which also starred Doris Day. One of the most notable things about the movie was the fact that Arlene, who was in her 50's at the time, played the wife of Doris' boss, and at the climax, gave birth to a little girl. - Sargebri (2006)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at five down after Dorothy came up with "sports announcer," which was close. John flipped them all at six down for the final contestant because time ran out. - agent_0042 (2006)

      • (1) "LIVE" WATCH: The kinescope recording of tonight's live broadcast is the 25th known surviving episode to have the word "live" edited out of the intro.
        (2) "WML?" ANNOUNCER WATCH: Tonight, we hear a different announcer - possibly Jack Clark - who is filling in for Johnny Olson. The three straight weeks Hal Simms had filled in over the period up to last week marked his longest stretch to date of announcing for "WML?" since Hal's run as regular announcer ended in 1961. In contrast to Messrs. Simms and Olson, however, tonight's announcer does not identify himself during the end credits.
        (3) Speaking of last week, Dorothy has unveiled a new hairstyle more in tune with the "Swingin' '60's," with a "bangs" hairdo which at this point is covering the left side of her forehead. Over time, Dolly Mae's "bangs" hairdo will cover the whole of her forehead, as will be the case up to her death the next year.
        (4) JAMES GARNER: In 1974, ten years after his mystery guest appearance tonight, James Garner landed the role of private investigator "Jim Rockford" on the television series "The Rockford Files," which ran on NBC from September 13, 1974 to July 25, 1980. It was his second attempt at a TV series in the years since this "WML?" mystery guest appearance. Before "The Rockford Files," the former "Maverick" star fronted another TV series, "Nichols" (aka "James Garner as Nichols"), which ran on NBC from September 16, 1971 to August 1, 1972.
        (5) "WML?" END CREDITS WATCH: The end credits for tonight's show cut off after the slide card graphic for set designer John Ward. - W-B (2006)

      • Jane Thomas was the former name of Jane Chastain. She currently (as of May 2004) appears on the USA Radio network as the host of the "Judicial Watch Report" and also appears on Court TV. She is a columnist for WorldNetDaily.com, and a successful author. She was one of the first prominent female sports reporters in the world. The Atlanta TV affiliate is WAGA-TV (the "AGA" signifying [A]tlanta [G]eorgi[A]). WAGA switched its 45-year affiliation from CBS to FOX in 1995, when the FOX network secured the rights to the games of the NFC conference of the NFL. So, even after 40 years, football had an influence on WAGA-TV. - drexelgal (2004)

        Visit Jane's Home Page here:

        http://www.janechastain.com/

      • During the post game conversation with the second contestant, Bennett makes a reference to the fact that the Braves were talking about leaving Milwaukee and moving to Atlanta. Of course, two years later, this would take place as the Braves would move to Atlanta where they still are to this day. They also are the only team to win World Series in three different cities; Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta. The first contestant, Craig Breedlove, was the driver of the car that broke the world land speed record, which at the time was over 526 miles per hour. James Garner gave a good performance despite the fact that he was essentially identified after about five questions. He promoted his 1964 film, "The Americanization of Emily", in which he co-starred with Julie Andrews. Garner would later say that this film was his personal favorite of all his films. Guest panelist Tony Randall partially promoted his latest 1964 film, "Send Me No Flowers", which wound up being his final co-starring performance with Doris Day and Rock Hudson. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Tidbits: Tony Randall is off to England. Tony Randall is from Tulsa, OK, and James Garner is from Norman, OK. When asked if they spoke to one another, Garner received a laugh when he jokingly replied, "We speak down to them." - Suzanne (2004)

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

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