There may not be much mystery to this week's dual Mystery Challengers, and we've already seen one appearance by birthday girl Ginger Rogers, but there's so much richness in this clip that I couldn't resist.
Meanwhile, back in What's My Line? business, it's a busy, busy week. It's Mike Douglas's debut, we get a primo terrible pun from Bennett, and big theatrical news for Miss Francis. I really think I'd rather see Arlene headline Mrs. Dally Has a Lover in its pre-Broadway tryout up in Holyoke than brave Ginger's Dolly (I think the non-Carol Dolly I'd most long to have seen is Merman, although I bet both Martin and Ann Miller were big fun). By the time it hit the Great White Way in September, its title had been trimmed to Mrs. Dally, but that didn't help much, as the show closed in 53 performances. There's been one revival, for Judith Ivey back in 1988, and from that review it sounds like an odd choice for an Arlene Francis vehicle, as she would have played a frustrated lower-middle-class New York housewife with an unexpected past (as a trombone player!) and a teenage paramour.
All that and the very startling idea of John Daly as host of the Miss Universe pageant! It's enough to make you overlook how very much the Ginger of 1965 isn't the Ginger of 1936, but we've mourned that before, and after all Carol, birthday or not birthday, carries the day quite nicely.