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What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 12


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 22, 1964 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Miss Marty O'Connor - "General Manager of Football Team, Chicago Panthers" (salaried; she manages this semi-pro league football team and "does everything except the coaching" per Mr. Daly; from Chicago, IL)

Game 2: Jack Schlanker - "Moves Haystacks (From Fields to Barns, Etc.)" (self-employed; from Forbes, ND)

Game 3: Elizabeth Ashley (b. 8/30/1939) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Michael Motto - "Toll Collector For New Verrazano Bridge" (salaried; he is a Bridge & Tunnel Operator for the City of New York; from Brooklyn, NY) . .moreless

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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)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • NOTES (6)

      • HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! Unfortunately, gamewise, this was a night where the panel didn't have a lot to be thankful about. In fact, if it wasn't for Arlene's last second save, the panel would have been shut out this night. In the first game, the panel was absolutely stumped by the lady who worked as a general manager for a semi-pro football team. Of course, in those days, as it is today, it was quite unusual for a woman to hold such a high office in a professional sports organization. In the second game, Dorothy managed to guess that the contestant had something to do with hay. Unfortunately, the panel never did guess that he moved it. The panel got a reprieve in the mystery guest round as Arlene made the last second save and correctly identified Elizabeth Ashley, who did an excellent job in disguising her very distinctive husky voice. Interestingly, she rushed off the stage before she talked about any project she might have been working on. However, that proved to be the panel's only success for the night as they reverted to their poor form and failed to guess that the final contestant was a toll collector on the recently opened Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Hopefully, after the panel had their fill of turkey later that week, they would return to give a better performance. - Sargebri (2006)

        KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Dorothy did speak a little slow and deliberate this week as if she had imbibed before the show. However, she still was in control of her faculties. - Sargebri (2006)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at six down, but Dorothy had figured out that he was involved with haystacks. John flipped them all for the final contestant at four down because time ran out. - agent_0042

      • (1) ANOTHER "LOST" OPPORTUNITY: As was mentioned in notes to other episodes, one of Dorothy Kilgallen's frequent questions to male mystery guests in the last years of her life had been to ask if they had ever dropped an address book out of a helicopter while flying over the Greek Isles. This year alone, she had asked that question twice, first to Jack Palance on EPISODE #722 of July 19, 1964 and also to Bob Cummings on EPISODE #727 of August 23, 1964; the next year, on EPISODE #784 of October 3, 1965, she would pose the question yet again to Sean Connery. In none of those times was it revealed whom she had in mind. Only on EPISODE #589 of November 19, 1961, when Bob Hope was the mystery guest, did Dolly Mae reveal that she was thinking of tonight's guest panelist, Anthony "Tony" Perkins, who at that time was filming "Phaedra" in Greece. Ironically, the one mystery guest Dorothy never posed the "lost address book" question to was Mr. Perkins himself. On his prior "WML?" appearance before tonight, as a mystery guest on EPISODE #652 of February 17, 1963, Dorothy was absent from the panel and was thus unable to pose the question directly to Tony. Nor would she be able to ask him about that address book on tonight's show - because Mr. Perkins was on the panel alongside her, Arlene and Bennett, rather than a mystery guest. This episode will be Tony's final "WML?" appearance; he made a total of six appearances on the program over seven years - three as a mystery guest, three as a guest panelist.

        An ironic side note to all this is that on one of Tony's earlier guest panelist appearances, EPISODE #550 of February 5, 1961, was when Dorothy made her famous appearance as a mystery guest after her first stay for treatment for substance abuse at New York's LeRoy Sanitarium.
        (2) "LIVE" WATCH: The kinescope recording of tonight's live broadcast is the 27th known surviving edition in which the word "live" was cut from the announcer's intro.
        (3) BAD PUN ALERT - AN EXPLANATION: Bennett's infamous "Oh, my bakin' yak!" punch line is a play, as noted elsewhere, on the phrase "Oh, my aching back." This witticism followed a tall tale Bennett told of "our panel moderator" keeping exotic pets such as yaks. Bennett said that the place where the yak was "domiciled" burned down one day in the past, leading John to supposedly make that cry.
        (4) During the end credits, Johnny Olson is heard making a PSA (Public Service Announcement) for the United Way. - W-B (2006)

      • Elizabeth Ashley nearly had the panel fooled with the voice she was using. She normally has a very distinctive husky voice and a southern drawl. For her disguised voice while she was being questioned, she used a high-pitched voice and sounded as if she came from New Jersey. She had just finished her Broadway run in Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park" and was no longer appearing in the play. However, the play ran until 1967 with 1530 performances. Elizabeth's co-star had been Robert Redford. Elizabeth was nominated for a 1964 Tony Award, and also was featured on the cover of Life Magazine in November 1963. When the MGM film version of "Barefoot in the Park" was released in 1967, Elizabeth Ashley's role of Corie Bratter was taken by Jane Fonda, while Robert Redford retained his role of Paul Bratter. Elizabeth made her film debut in 1963's "The Carpetbaggers." After her 1965 film "Ship of Fools," Elizabeth dropped out of acting for five years. In her 1978 autobiography "Actress: Postcards From the Road," she attributed her career hiatus to several factors: a bout with cancer, a difficult pregnancy, her unhappy marriage to George Peppard, and a professional "freeze-out" because she'd turned down the film version of "Barefoot in the Park." Oddly, Elizabeth rushed off the WML stage after she was identified and did not participate in the usual post-game conversation with Mr. Daly. - Sargebri & Suzanne (2004)

      • Tidbits: A reference is made to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, November 26, 1964. Bennett's decidedly bad pun ending with "Oh my bakin' yak." is a play on words of the phrase "Oh my aching back." However, later in the show, Bennett makes up for this lame joke with a really funny rejoinder. At the end of the game with the haystack mover, John Daly asks, "What does he DO with the haystacks?" Bennett quickly pipes up, "Looks for needles!" There is a big laugh from everybody! - Suzanne (2004)

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Anthony Perkins, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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