What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 16

EPISODE #743

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 20, 1964 on CBS
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EPISODE #743
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Game 1: Mr. Dee Darnay (b. 5/9/1926) - Two occupation overlay screens were shown: "CBS Makeup Artist" and "Makes Up What's My Line? Panel" (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel was blindfolded but the regular questioning format was used; John referred to Dee as "Mr. X" and did not mention whether or not "Dee" was a nickname for a longer name; salaried; Dee was born in the United States and is currently from New York, NY; John said that Dee has worked at CBS for "8 or 9 years" and is a makeup artist for several Goodson-Todman programs and also for CBS News; John mentioned that Dee was previously an actor and a stage director, having appeared in "The Time of the Cuckoo" in New York, and also having appeared with a national company in "A Streetcar Named Desire"; John did not state how long ago Dee's acting career took place, but to pinpoint his career, Arthur Laurents wrote "The Time of the Cuckoo" in 1952 and the play was staged on Broadway from October 15, 1952 to May 30, 1953 at the Empire Theatre; Tennessee Williams wrote "A Streetcar Named Desire" and it was staged on Broadway in 1947, the national touring company named "The Streetcar National Company" took the play on tour in 1949)

A 3-photo collage of Dee Darnay on "What's My Line?" is here:
http://home.comcast.net/~s.astorino/Dee-WML.jpg

Game 2: Mrs. Norma L. Olmsted - "Counts Dogs for Town Census" (salaried; she works for the Westchester County government, where tax fees are assessed for dog ownership; from Yorktown Heights, NY)

Game 3: Jack E. Leonard (4/24/1910 - 5/9/1973) (as Mystery Guest #2)

Game 4: Mr. Royce Caracappa - "Department Store Santa Claus" (salaried; he works at Lord & Taylor department store; he is age 21 and is also an actor; he is thin, but did not fool Dorothy, who single-handedly guessed his line; from Queens, NY)
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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)

    Dee Darnay

    Dee Darnay

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Jack E. Leonard

    Jack E. Leonard

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Steve Allen

    Steve Allen

    Guest Panelist

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • John: We thought that, you know, from 21, slim, studious, you'd never think...
        Bennett: John, Santa Clauses have been getting a meaner and hungrier look every year.

    • NOTES (6)

      • MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! This was the final WML before Christmas and even though the panel had a rather so-so performance, it was still a great evening. The holiday mood was highlighted by the return of prodigal son Steve Allen and a rather funny mystery guest round. Things got off to a rocky start in the first game as the panel was absolutely stumped by their make-up artist Dee Darnay. In fact, they had a streak of five or six "no" answers in a row. In the second game, Bennett was given credit for a correct guess due to the fact that he correctly guessed that the young lady had something to do with taxes. However, it wasn't until all the cards had been flipped that Dorothy guessed that she counted dogs for a census. In the mystery guest round, Dolly Mae made the correct guess of Jack E. Leonard. However, this time it was in regulation and the panel got a win. Jack was on the show to promote his upcoming engagements at Kelly's in Chicago as well as his February 4th show at Basin Street East. Dolly Mae also got the correct guess in the final game as she pulled off a solo in guessing that the final contestant was a department store Santa. John later commented that the producers thought they could sneak him in not only because he was so young and skinny, but also because the holiday season might have been far from their collective minds. And with this, the panel was able to go home and have a very nice Christmas. - Sargebri (2006)

        Jack E. Leonard was his usual funny self. His exaggerated "yeeesssss" and "noooooooo" answers were the highlight of the night. Leonard was a fixture on both this show and Goodson-Todman's other panel show, "I've Got a Secret" which was at this time hosted by Steve Allen. Steve was in his first full year of hosting after taking over for Garry Moore, who had just started his three-year retirement. In addition, Dorothy, and particularly Arlene, were looking very elegant this evening in their semi-formal gowns. - Sargebri (2004)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at six down. Bennett had correctly guessed an association with tax collection, while Dorothy had come close with "dog catcher" after the cards had been flipped. John flipped all the cards for the final contestant after Dorothy - without a single "no" answer - identified him as a Santa Claus. - agent_0042

      • For the first time since the 1961-1962 series of pre-taped shows, show announcer Johnny Olson's intro starts with the words, "And now, let's meet our 'What's My Line?' panel." Up to the prior season (the last time being the prerecorded EPISODE #729 of September 6, 1964), the intro started out with the words "And now, from New York..." which were spoken in real time, as opposed to kinescope recordings of virtually all live shows from early 1964 to early 1966 where the word "live" had been edited out. - W-B (2006)

      • Jack E. Leonard promoted his appearance at "Basin Street East" in NYC, and said he will be opening at "Mister Kelly's" jazz nightclub in Chicago, IL on January 11, 1965. He also mentioned his work in "The Mouth That Roars." Jack provided a very entertaining mystery guest game! It's adorable when he mouths "I love you" to a blindfolded Arlene Francis, and his imitation of Jonathan Winters is cute. - Suzanne (2004)

        During the end credits, Johnny Olson announced that this episode was prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on December 13, 1964. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Tidbits: Arlene's current play "Beekman Place" has now left Broadway and will be opening this coming Saturday night in Paramus, NJ. Its Broadway run ended on November 7, 1964. - Suzanne

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Steve Allen, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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