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Carol Burnett On “What’s My Line?” February, 1964

April 26, 2020

Today a very special episode of “What’s My Line?” that aired live on February 16, 1964.

That night, for a second straight week, appearing for the first two times, The Beatles had performed on United States television on the seminal, “Ed Sullivan Show.” They were at The Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida (3 years and 2 days later, my parents and I arrived there as a nice vacation commenced).

Hours later, the magnificent Carol Burnett was the mystery guest.

Panelists were Dorothy Kilgallen, Buddy Hackett (Dorothy intro’d Buddy “as one of the funniest men and also one of the nicest”) Arlene Francis, and Bennett Cerf.

John Charles Daly is the show’s host. Cerf “played off” the Beatles hysteria, in introducing Daly, “urging” the older women in the audience to be calm upon the introduction. Noticeable “howling” followed. Good stuff. Enjoy the episode.

 

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