I feel fortunate to own a (extremely poor quality) copy of this eppy-sode ... it was tacked onto the end of a VHS tape of the (semi-poor quality) complete 2-part British Arena show version of the Debbie Geller documentary "The Brian Epstein Story" that I lucked into finding! ♥ Brian ... only wish I could see his face clearly on this tape.
What's My Line? - EPISODE #735
Synopsis: Game 1: Brian Epstein (as Mystery Guest #1, he signed in as "Mr. X" and the panel was not blindfolded) - "Theatrical Manager for The Beatles, etc." (from London, England)
Panel: Arlene Francis, Paul Anka, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.
Tidbits: John Daly mentions that he has a "fall cold."
Brian Epstein was the manager of the Beatles, and a major force behind the band's early appearance and success. None of the "Fab Four" Beatles ever appeared on What's My Line?, but many references were made to them as their enormous "Beatlemania" popularity swept across America. Paul Anka volunteered that he might know who the guest is, and Mr. Daly stated that he was "afraid of that" so he immediately disqualified Paul Anka from the game. (It makes you wonder why they just didn't blindfold the panel?) Brian's appearance as the mystery guest is disappointingly short. After Bennett guesses Brian's identity, John accidently calls him "Barry Epstein", but later mentally notes his error and corrects himself by saying "Brian" a couple of times.
During the post-game chat, the mild-mannered Brian is barely ever given a chance to speak, as John unfortunately does most of the speaking for him. It would have been nice to hear Brian tell his own story of how he discovered the Beatles in 1961 at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. John also mentions Brian's new autobiographical book, "A Cellarful of Noise", published in October 1964. Sadly, Brian will die an early death caused by a suspected accidental drug overdose in August 1967. - Suzanne
The panel was hot for the first two contestants, but were completely stumped when it came to mystery guest Tony Bennett and the washboard player. Brian Epstein was considered by many as the "fifth Beatle". He was the one who discovered them, polished their act, and managed to secure their audition with their eventual producer, Sir George Martin. Unfortunately, less than three years after his appearance on the show, Epstein was found dead of an apparent overdose of sleeping pills. Some have speculated that it might have been suicide, due to what many felt was his increasing depression over his homosexuality. It is widely believed that his death signaled the beginning of the end of the Beatles, who broke up in 1970, three years after Brian's untimely death. - Sargebri
The Beatles manager Brian Epstein signs in as "Mr. X," and attempts to confound the panel with his line. Bennett jokingly asks Mr. Epstein if he ever had a moment where he regretted the "whole thing," and Brian says, "There hasn't been a sorry moment." Dorothy comments, "How could anyone not like The Beatles? They are so cute, sweet, and lovable." - Jim's TV Collectables
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