What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 13

EPISODE #740

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 29, 1964 on CBS
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EPISODE #740
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Game 1: Miss Reiko Yukawa (she signed her name in Japanese characters) - "Disc Jockey" (salaried; from Tokyo, Japan, she appears on 3 radio programs and television also; she wore a kimono and her English was somewhat limited; she said her radio station's most popular music group was the Beatles)

Game 2: Jim Blevins - "President of Popcorn Company" (self-employed; he is the president of the Pops-Rite Popcorn Company; from Nashville, TN)

Game 3: Buddy Hackett (8/31/1924 - 6/30/2003) (as Mystery Guest) He signed in as "Its me" (with no apostrophe) . .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)

    Buddy Hackett

    Buddy Hackett

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Reiko Yukawa

    Reiko Yukawa

    Contestant

    Guest Star

    Carol Channing

    Carol Channing

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • REVIEW: Bennett probably was in heaven this evening, because he was the only male on the panel tonight, along with Dorothy, Arlene and guest panelist Carol Channing. As for their game performance, the panel did a reasonably good job by going 2 for 3 on the evening. Unfortunately, things didn't get off to a good job as the panel was totally stumped by the female disc jockey from Tokyo. However, they did get as far as determining that she was in some form of entertainment. In the second game, Bennett correctly guessed that the contestant was involved in popcorn. Interestingly, Bennett had gotten a "no" and when he made the identification, it was actually Carol's turn. Normally, if the panelist spoke out of turn such as Bennett did, John would flip over all the cards and the contestant would win by default. However, John evidently wasn't paying attention to the game, didn't flip the cards, and let the panel's win stand. In the mystery guest round, Arlene correctly identified frequent WML guest panelist Buddy Hackett. Buddy was on the show to promote his upcoming play "Having a Ball." There was no time for a fourth game and, perhaps due to Carol's long winded introduction of Arlene, there were no good nights from the panel. Nevertheless, it still was a good night for them. - Sargebri (2006)

        A PREVIEW OF THINGS TO COME!!! It was quite interesting to see Arlene sitting in Bennett's customary anchor position. This would be the panel seat where Arlene would sit when WML moved to first run syndication due to the fact that she was the senior member of the panel. - Sargebri (2006)

        KILGALLEN WATCH!!! For the second week in a row, Dorothy definitely looked as if she had a little bit to drink before tonight's show. She was very talkative and there was a definite slur to her voice. However, in spite of her impairment, she was still was in control of her faculties. - Sargebri (2006)

        UNKNOWN: We don't know whether or not Dorothy consumed alcohol before the cameras started rolling. - stopettearoma (2008)

      • (1) The panel lineup for tonight's show is the same as that of EPISODE #731 of September 20, 1964, which is unfortunately lost to history. The only difference is in the seating arrangement. Also, for at least the fourth time in the program's history, Arlene is seated in the anchor position, and thus introduces John Daly. As with those earlier episodes, this was a forerunner to Miss Francis' being seated in the anchor position of the panel desk on the 1968-1975 color syndicated incarnation of "WML?"
        (2) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The opening sponsor for tonight's show, as seen in the title sequence, was S.C. Johnson company's Klear® floor wax.
        (3) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 28th known surviving episode in which the word "live" was cut from the kinescope recording of tonight's live transmission.
        (4) GSN most recently aired this episode in regular rotation on July 8, 2006. This preceded GSN's month-long airing of "WML?" episodes from both its 17.5-year CBS network run and its 7-year run in syndication, on which at least one figure associated with the world of baseball appeared in an episode of the program as a panelist, a mystery guest or, in some cases, a regular contestant. This month-long tribute was in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame, whose first inductee, in 1936, was the "Georgia Peach," Ty Cobb - who made one "WML?" mystery guest appearance, on EPISODE #269 of July 31, 1955, which was unfortunately and, in the context of this tribute, ironically lost to history. - W-B (2006)

      • Buddy Hackett used an excellent disguised voice. Even so, Arlene managed to identify him. He promoted his upcoming Broadway play, "I Had a Ball" which will open on December 15, 1964. The play had previously been in Detroit, MI. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Jim Blevins (also known as Jim V. Blevins and James V. Blevins) was the self-proclaimed "Popcorn King." He began working in the food brokerage business in the 1940s, and was soon supplying popcorn to movie theaters. Blevins Popcorn Company was founded in 1945. He developed the Pops-Rite brand. In 1952, he took popcorn to baseball stands in Japan, creating an entity he later sold to Frito Lay. Blevins later sold his company in 1961, but remained in management. He passed away in 1999. His full obituary is on the net at the web site below. - Suzanne (2004)

        http://www.slipcue.com/obits/01/obits13.html#blevins

      • Arlene Francis received an adorable and extra-long introduction from Miss Channing. Dorothy Kilgallen slurred some of her words and appeared to be a bit tipsy at times. At other times, she appeared sober. Not only that, but she also dominated the questioning! The first contestant was a disc jockey from Tokyo. After her game, the panel asked her what the current top-ten hits in Japan were, and then refined the question and asked what the number one hit in Japan was. She replied that "it is always the Beatles." The panel laughed about how even in Japan, the Beatles dominated the charts. Bennett then quickly added, "Japanese Beatles!", which received a huge laugh! Of course, this was a pun on the insect, Japanese beetles. - ironcreekguy

      • Tidbits: Bennett is not in his usual last seat, but in the second seat. He is surrounded by 3 women tonight. This is not the first time this has happened. Reiko Yukawa became quite famous also as a songwriter and music critic. There are several net references to her. After the popcorn man's game, the panel was discussing how high corn grows. Arlene gets a big laugh when she says, "Some of the corn on this show goes even higher!" - Suzanne (2004)

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf, Carol Channing, Arlene Francis.

      • This was a very good episode. We heard a very dated joke when Arlene told Miss Yukawa that she could call her "Arrene Flancis." Arlene then added that her name had been pronounced this way when she was in Japan, and that she "loved it." Arlene obviously did not mean any harm, but in today's politically correct times, her comments could have gotten her in a lot of trouble. Lucky Bennett, he really must have enjoyed himself being surrounded by the females on the panel. He definitely was the thorn amongst the roses. Dorothy really looked like she was having fun. She started giggling on several occasions, especially when she was questioning the president of Pops-Rite Popcorn. Carol Channing was especially cute when she introduced Arlene. You had to wonder if she was going to end. When she finished, you could overhear Bennett ask if there was going to be enough time left for the mystery guest! And last but not least, Buddy Hackett was great during the mystery guest round. He had been on the panel a few weeks earlier, and now he was on the other side of the fence. - Sargebri

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