What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 17


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 27, 1964 on CBS
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Game 1: Mrs. Eddie Mae Koonce (pronounced as "Edie") - "Steeplejack" (self-employed; she paints items such as flagpoles, smokestacks and water towers; John said that her method is to "sand them going up and paint them going down"; in reply to a question from Bennett, she said that she has never taken a fall; from Houston, TX)

Game 2: Mr. Noel Levine - "Makes Shower Curtains" (self-employed; he is the President of "Hygiene Industries, Inc.," which John said is one of the largest makers of shower curtains in the United States; from Hewlett Bay Park, NY)

Game 3: Gene Kelly (8/23/1912 - 2/2/1996) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Glen Kaufman - "Professional Magician" (self-employed; Glen stood on a stool to reach the sign-in board; he is 9 years old and is also a school student; from Wayne, NJ)

There were 3 sponsors tonight, per Gil Fates' WML show logs:

Procter & Gamble
S.C. Johnson
Kellogg's . .moreless

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    Contestant 1 (steeplejack) was Eddie (pronounced "edie") Mae Koonce. Contestant 2 (the shower curtain company president) was Noel Levine. Contestant 3 (child pro magician) was Glen Kaufman.

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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)

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    • HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! This was the final edition of WML for 1964 and after tonight's program, the panel probably wished that the year was over, as they had a very poor game performance. In the first game, the panel was absolutely stumped by the grandmotherly steeplejack. Of course, it was not difficult to understand how the panel lost this game, because it was hard to believe that the elderly guest did such strenuous work. In the second game, the panel again struck out when they were unable to figure out that the contestant made shower curtains. The panel did get a reprieve when guest panelist Louis Jourdan correctly identified Gene Kelly. Unfortunately, Gene exited the stage immediately after his game, without promoting any appearance or project. Sadly, the panel reverted to form when they ran out of time while questioning the nine year old magician and as a result, he won the full prize by default. The panel's performance this night ushered out the year with a whimper rather than with a roar. - Sargebri (2006)

      FAREWELL 1964!!! This was the final episode of WML for 1964. The coming year of 1965 would prove to be one of the most tumultuous in its history as it went from the joyous high of celebrating the show's crystal anniversary (the 15th) to the very tragic low of Dorothy's untimely passing. - Sargebri (2006)

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at eight down because time was running short. He flipped them all for the final contestant at five down because time ran out. - agent_0042

    • (1) NOT LOST AFTER ALL: After skipping this episode in 2002 and 2004, GSN aired tonight's show on August 18, 2006.
      (2) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Of the sponsors listed tonight, per Gil Fates' logs, S.C. Johnson's Klear floor wax was shown during the opening title sequence.
      (3) For the opening of tonight's intro, Johnny Olson leads off with "And now, from New York..." Because this episode was prerecorded just before the live transmission of EPISODE #739 of November 22, 1964, his intro is spoken in real time, rather than through editing out the word "live" as was the case on all kinescope recordings of live "WML?" episodes of this period. It would also be one of the last times that this intro would be spoken as such in real time, however, as judging from the prior week's pre-taped EPISODE #743 (which, in terms of this season's prerecorded shows, was produced after tonight's edition), the wording would be changed to "And now, let's meet our 'What's My Line?' panel." - W-B

    • After having been skipped in both 2002 and 2004, this episode was finally aired by GSN on August 18, 2006. - Suzanne (2006)

      Tony Randall passed away on May 17, 2004. As a tribute, GSN aired a special broadcast of Tony's first WML appearance on EPISODE #327 of September 9, 1956. As they so often do with tributes, GSN then skipped this episode which was next in line to be shown, and did not air it. - Suzanne Astorino (2004)

      This episode was prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on November 22, 1964. - Suzanne (2003)

    • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Louis Jourdan, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.