What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 14


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 06, 1964 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. June S. Bass - "Justice of the Peace" (salaried; from Wilson, NC)

Game 2: Mr. Ross Sobel - "Golf Pro on Ocean Liner" (John described him as both salaried and self-employed; he works for Eastern Steamship Lines on the vessel Ariadne; from Coral Gables, FL; listen for Bennett's "Golf of New Mexico" pun)

Game 3: Eddie Fisher (8/10/1928 - 9/22/2010) (as Mystery Guest)

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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


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Arlene: John, I'm sorry, but when I said before "Do people come to you singly rather than in pairs?" I was thinking of justice of the peace...
        John: Yeah, but we said...
        Arlene: ...because it takes two to tango!

    • NOTES (6)

      • REVIEW: John mentioned that the temperature was a chilly 28 degrees. The panel probably should have stayed home, warm and snug, because they pretty much laid an egg this evening. In fact, if it wasn't for Bennett's correct guess in the mystery guest round, the panel would have been shut out. In the first game, Arlene was on the right track when she thought that Mrs. Bass was a justice of the peace. Unfortunately, she asked the question is such a way that she wound up getting a "no" answer, and that eventually caused the panel to lose that game. In the second game, the panel was absolutely stumped by the golf pro who worked on a cruise ship. Of course, when one thinks of golf pros, they normally think of country clubs or public golf links, not a cruise liner. However, the evening wasn't a total loss, as Bennett correctly identified Eddie Fisher. Eddie was in town to finalize the details for the musical he owned a piece of, "Paint Your Wagon," as well as to record a few songs for RCA Victor. That definitely put a nice cap on what was a poor evening, gamewise. - Sargebri (2006)

        PAINT YOUR WAGON: During the post game chat after the mystery guest round, Eddie Fisher extended an invite to Martin to join the cast of "Paint Your Wagon" once his run as "Professor Moriarty" in "Baker Street" had ended. Interestingly, during the good nights, Arlene jokingly advised her husband not to do it. Arlene must have been psychic because the film version of "Wagon" was a critical and commercial flop. In fact, it was called one of the worst films of all time in the book of the same name. - Sargebri (2006)

        WEIGHT LOSS: If Martin looked a little thinner, it was possibly because he was preparing for his role as "Professor Moriarty" in the musical "Baker Street." In fact, Martin's weight wasn't the only thing about his appearance that would change. In the next few months, he would begin growing his hair longer, making him look as if he would fit in more with the burgeoning hippie culture of the 1960's. - Sargebri (2006)

        EDDIE FISHER: Eddie Fisher was one of the most popular singers in America until his controversial 1959 marriage to Elizabeth Taylor. It was controversial was because Fisher left "America's Sweetheart" Debbie Reynolds, who was the mother of his two oldest children Carrie and Todd. Carrie Fisher later gained fame as "Princess Leia" in the "Star Wars" films, and also became a successful author. Also fueling the fire was the fact that Taylor was the widow of Fisher's best friend, Mike Todd. The affair and scandal irreparably damaged his career. Ironically, in March 1964, a few months before he appeared on this broadcast, he and Taylor divorced when she left him for Richard Burton. Fisher was later married to Connie Stevens from 1967 until their divorce in 1969. They had two daughters, Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher, who both became actresses. On the sad side, Eddie Fisher was an absentee father, an alcoholic and a self-confessed drug addict. The musical he owned partial rights to, "Paint Your Wagon", later became a film in 1969 starring Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood and Jean Seberg. - Sargebri (2004)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at eight down. Bennett had correctly figured out an association with matrimony and her line was guessed just after John flipped the cards. - agent_0042

      • (1) GSN aired this episode on August 15, 2006, following a month-long tribute in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame. This tribute lasted from July 8, 2006 to August 14, 2006 and featured episodes from both the 1950-1967 "classic" and 1968-1975 syndicated eras. EPISODE #740 had aired on July 8, 2006.
        (2) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 29th known "WML?" episode still in existence today, in which the word "live" has been cut from the opening of the kinescope recording of tonight's live telecast. - W-B (2006)

      • Eddie Fisher promoted his upcoming December 10, 1964 appearance with Danny Thomas. He also promoted his new RCA Victor recordings, as he said he had recently returned to that label. Also mentioned was Fisher's October 1962 Broadway variety concert show, "Eddie Fisher at the Winter Garden" which lasted for 5 weeks (40 total performances) at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York. In closing, he mentioned that he owns (some sort of ??) rights to the musical "Paint Your Wagon," which was on Broadway from 1951-1952 and was made into a film version in 1969. Eddie incorrectly predicted that this musical would be more successful than "My Fair Lady." In reality, "Paint Your Wagon" was not an overwhelming success. In the 1996 book which was also revised in 1999, "The Worst Movies of All Time: Or, What Were They Thinking?" written by Michael Sauter, this movie is listed among the worst films ever made. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Tidbits from Suzanne (2004)
        (1) When Martin Gabel walks on stage, it is immediately apparent that he has lost weight since the last time we saw him on EPISODE #728 of August 30, 1964. At the end of this episode, Bennett tells him not to lose any more weight. No reason is given for his weight loss.
        (2) Martin Gabel opens in Boston, MA as "Professor Moriarty" in the musical "Baker Street, A Musical Adventure of Sherlock Holmes." The play, along with Martin, will move to Broadway in February 1965 for 311 performances.
        (3) While the subject of weight has been brought up, it is also apparent that Dorothy Kilgallen has gained quite a bit of weight since her March 1963 hospitalization for substance abuse. It is most apparent around her midriff.
        (4) John Daly reported that it was 28 degrees Fahrenheit outside.

        MORE ABOUT MARTIN GABEL'S WEIGHT LOSS: Hints of guest panelist Martin Gabel's weight loss had begun to be noticed starting in mid-1964 (EPISODE #728 of August 30, 1964 was pre-taped on June 7, 1964), and was becoming clearer by EPISODE #723 of July 26, 1964. Coincidentally, on that July 1964 edition when Arlene introduced Martin, she noted that he had agreed to take on the role of "Professor Moriarty" in "Baker Street." - W-B (2006)

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Martin Gabel, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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