Since the holiday season is one of the periods when TV airs the Oscar-winning Going My Way -- repeatedly -- I thought that this would be a proper time to have the great character actor Barry Fitzgerald as the Mystery Guest on What's My Line? (Among the eight Academy Awards the film won, including Best Picture, Barry Fitzgerald won as Best Supporting Actor.) Given his incredibly-distinctive and highly recognizable thick Irish brogue, the big question was how on earth would he disguise it. Rather than tap the table or work around it, he actually comes up with a fun, fake voice -- though at one point he almost slips up but immediately recognizes his gaff.) If you want to jump right to his segment, it starts at the 16:30 mark.
Robert J. Elisberg is a two-time recipient of the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. He's written for film, TV, the stage, and two best-selling novels, is a regular columnist for the Writers Guild of America and was for the Huffington Post. Among his other writing, he has a long-time column on technology (which he sometimes understands), and co-wrote a book on world travel. As a lyricist, he is a member of ASCAP, and has contributed to numerous publications.
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