More What's My Line?
We haven't had a 'Mystery Guest' segment of What's My Line? for too long, so let's head back. This time the guest is the great Maurice Chevalier. His voice is so recognizable that he struggles a bit to come up with a way of hiding it, which is sort of charming t see.
I have a sort of, kind of personal overlap here. The very first professional stage musical I ever saw was when I was a wee kidling and went with my folks to see The Music Man at the Shubert Theater in Chicago, on the show's national tour. And whenever I mention who starred as the fast-talking big city con man Prof. Harold Hill, the general reaction tends to be, "Oh, my god, yes, he's be great." It was Forrest Tucker, and yes, he was great -- at least, as best as I can remember. I bring this all up because one of the things I remember is that the show got delayed for maybe 20-30 minutes. That's because, bizarrely, a lot of the cast came out into the audience to get the autograph of someone sitting in one of the front rows. It was Maurice Chevalier.
Here he is without having to wait...
At the end of the segment, after he leaves, panelist Arlene Francis says, "I wish he would have sang, "Thank Heaven for Little Girls," which was from the Oscar-winning movie, Gigi, five years earlier, Host John Daly chimes in, I wish so, too. Since the segment is such a short one, I figured I'd toss in a bonus and given them their wish --
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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