What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 23

EPISODE #848

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 05, 1967 on CBS

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    • Tony Randall promoted his new LP recording on the Mercury label, "Vo, Vo, De, Oh, Doe." (That is the exact title, commas and all!) After Tony signed in, he did not put down the piece of chalk. He carried it over to his mystery guest seat with him. He then jokingly put the chalk in his mouth as if it were a cigarette! He plucked it out of his mouth with his hand and quickly waved it around as if it were a cigarette. Of course, Tony was a non-smoker, and all of this was merely for a "Dean Martin type" of dramatic flair. - Suzanne (2004)

      From the jacket of Tony's new LP, "Vo, Vo, De, Oh, Doe" written by Petey Fiddleman, a band singer of the 1930s: "Randall is the best authority I know on the style of the thirties. He does not burlesque or exaggerate it. He recreates it out of a mixture of nostalgia, hindsight and a bit of deviltry. His songs are not so much from memory (he is too young to truly remember the period) but old records, of which he is an avid collector. He is the only one to perceive, as far as I know, that the style - which seems "camp" to us today - was based sincerely on an ideal of grace, strongly influenced by Art Nouveau, with its endless curves and absence of angles." - Faustine (2004)

      I has a somewhat interesting, if brief, encounter with a semiregular on WML about 20 years ago in New York. I was at Lincoln Center with a friend of mine, attending a big performance of the Metropolitan Opera. As we left the Met, I looked to my left, and saw a man sort of bounding out of the theater, headed toward the plaza. He was holding hands with a woman who was about his same age, in their 50s. They had walked out of the theater in a manner that was anything but pretentious. It was Tony Randall. So yes, "Felix" did really go to the opera! - Bill Savage, August 2004

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