What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 32


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 11, 1965 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: John Daly - "Circus Clown" (salaried; he is a teenager, and is no relation to our host; from West Des Moines, IA, he works in a travelling circus with his father William B. Daly; on the job, he is known as "Little John"; John and his father are currently appearing at a circus in West Hempstead, NY; he was evidently nervous for his WML appearance, and barely smiled at all, but he looked cute in his tailored Beatles-type suit)

Game 2: Mrs. Adele May Jawer - "Makes Bibs for Lobster Eaters" (self-employed; from East Meadow, Long Island, NY, she is the President of A & A Lobster Bib Company which makes disposable paper bibs for several hundred local restaurants; as she exits the stage, check out the dingle-balls on the hem of her dress!; as of 2006, there is no reference on the Internet to her company, it may no longer exist)

Game 3: George Jessel (4/3/1898 - 5/24/1981) (as Mystery Guest) He signed in as Georgie Jessel

Game 4: Floyd Moore - "Operates San Francisco Cable Car" (salaried; he is a Grip Man on the Cable Car on Powell & Hyde Streets, San Francisco, CA)

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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)

    George Jessel

    George Jessel

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Tony Randall

    Tony Randall

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Marlo Thomas

    Marlo Thomas

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Bennett: (to Contestant Daly) Mr. Daly, I hope you know, there are some clowns named Daly who don't have to wear makeup. (loud laughter and applause from audience)

      • Bennett: (to Contestant Daly) Mr. Daly, uh, I hope you'll get over that -- having that name -- that's gonna haunt you for a while.

      • Host Daly: John... Daly? (light laughter and loud applause) Um, how do you do, Mr. Daly?
        Contestant Daly: Very fine.

      • John: Tony, you all braced and ready for what's about to happen?
        Tony: No. (chuckles from panel and audience)
        John: Well, all right. We'll all go home. We'll see you sometime next week.

      • Marlo: And the gentleman I'm going to introduce is known around Harvard mostly as the fabulous father of Christopher and Jonathan Cerf -- Mr. Bennett Cerf. (loud cheers and applause from audience)
        Bennett: I haven't got a chance with all these kids.

    • NOTES (8)

      • REVIEW: This was a rather so-so evening for the panel as they had a .500 record for the evening. The first game was quite fun and it was Bennett's worst nightmare because the young contestant's name was John Daly. However, it was Tony who correctly figured out that the younger Mr. Daly was a circus clown. This opened the door for Bennett to come up with one of his classic zingers by saying to John, "there are some clowns named Daly who don't need make up." In the second game, the panel wasn't as fortunate, as they failed to guess that the lady from Long Island made disposable lobster bibs. In the mystery guest round, guest panelist Marlo Thomas, who was filling in for a still-recovering Dorothy, figured out that the evening's guest was "America's Toastmaster" George Jessel. George didn't have a lot to promote, other than his upcoming itinerary of speaking engagements. John also brought up George's age, 67, and complimented him on his boundless energy. In the final game, the panel ran out of time before they could figure out that the contestant was a cable car operator, and as a result, he won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2006)

        THAT GIRL!!! This was a year and a half before guest panelist's Marlo Thomas' groundbreaking 1966-1971 sitcom "That Girl" made its debut on ABC. What made it so groundbreaking was the fact that it was the first show that featured a totally independent woman living on her own, pursuing her dream. Interestingly, during the final season of "That Girl," another sitcom about a single woman living on her own debuted, "The Mary Tyler Moore" show. Another interesting fact about "That Girl" was that the series originally was going to end with Marlo's character, "Ann Marie," finally marrying her longtime boyfriend, "Donald Hollinger," played by Ted Bessell. However, Marlo refused to have the show end that way because she felt it conveyed the wrong idea that women needed to get married to have their lives fulfilled. - Sargebri (2006)

        KILGALLEN WATCH!!! For the second week in a row, Dorothy is once again missing due to her broken shoulder. However, with hindsight being 20/20, it might have been other factors keeping her off the show. Of course, the days continue to dwindle down to Dorothy's tragic passing later that year. - Sargebri (2006)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at four down. The panel had correctly guessed his occupation once they had been reminded of the city where he came from -- San Francisco. - agent_0042 (2006)

      • (1) "LIVE" WATCH: Tonight's live episode is the 45th known surviving show to have the word "live" edited out of the kinescope recording.
        (2) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The opening sponsor for tonight's show was Kellogg's Cereal, whose Corn Flakes variety was displayed on the advertising slide.
        (3) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: While the regular contestants' occupation overlay screens were set in Futura Demi Bold, mystery guest George Jessel's overlay was set in Grotesque No. 9.
        (4) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: For the second week in a row, Larry Schneider is credited as audio engineer.
        (5) After tonight's show was aired by GSN on December 18, 2006, a 1970 color videotape episode of the syndicated version of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Garry Moore, was shown. The first contestants were palm-print reader Maxine Fiel and two impostors, and the second contestants were legendary Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee and two impostors. Prior to the introduction of the second contestants, Mr. Moore held up two then-recent comic books, one of which was "The Amazing Spider-Man" Issue #86 (July 1970), the other being "Captain America" Issue #126 (June 1970). The panel on this episode consisted of three of the panelists from the "classic CBS" (1956-1967) version of "TTTT" - Kitty Carlisle, Tom Poston and Peggy Cass - plus Bill Cullen who had been a panelist on the "classic CBS" version of "I've Got a Secret" which was hosted by Mr. Moore from 1952 to 1964; Mr. Cullen would be a "TTTT" panelist, as well as occasional substitute host, throughout its 1969-1978 syndicated run. The set was the "psychedelicized" version (with the title set in a fancy typeface called Davida) that was used in the early years of the syndicated show. Coincidentally, Larry Schneider was audio engineer on this episode, as well. As a side note, Maxine Lucille Fiel's "TTTT" appearance was in connection with a 1970 Parker Brothers board game of palmistry called "Touch" which was shown during the course of the program; she has made numerous other TV appearances and has written many magazine articles over the decades in connection with her expertise on body language. More information on her can be found here. - W-B (2006)

      • Tidbits: John Daly states that his relatives are from the Boston, MA area. He moved to that locale at about age 10, having been born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1914. - Suzanne (2004)

      • As Dorothy recovers from her broken shoulder bone, she is still absent tonight. She was not mentioned until the end of the episode, when both Arlene and John mentioned her briefly and wished her a speedy recovery. - Suzanne (2004)

      • During the post game chat, George Jessel says it's hard to disguise his voice and that he needs a drink. He grabs John's glass of water and throws the water out onto the floor! He discusses turning 67 years old, his around-the-world speaking tour, and becoming "Man of the Year" for the March of Dimes. John tells the next contestant not to trip on the water! - Jim's TV Collectables

      • "OH DONALD!!!" A year after this broadcast, Marlo Thomas would start her five year run on the groundbreaking 1966-1971 situation comedy "That Girl." This was the one of the first sitcoms to feature an independent woman, predating "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" by four years. At this appearance, Marlo was age 27. Of course, thirty years later, Marlo would play the occasional role of "Rachel's" equally vain mother "Sandra" on "Friends." Tony Randall was great as he injected his own brand of humor into the broadcast. In fact, when Bennett asked the bib maker if she had any connection to the previous contestant, this caused Tony to remark that there were millions of people on Long Island. That remark caused the panel as well as the usually unflappable John Charles Daly to get a case of the giggles. George Jessel was wonderful as always. He showed why he was "America's Toastmaster." - Sargebri (2004)

      • Marlo Thomas (b. 11/21/1937)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Tony Randall, Marlo Thomas, Bennett Cerf.

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