Monday, January 14, 2008

To Tell the Truth with guest William M. Gaines

I've always wanted to see this! Mad Magazine publisher, William M. Gaines on To Tell the Truth! I imagine that panelist Gene Rayburn may have had the upper hand here, seeing as how the head writer of Match Game was Dick Debartolo, one of Mad's most prolific contributors. So perhaps Gene was acting coy when he delivered the wrong answer. Debartolo makes a rare public appearance without his moustache at the end of the show.

Dick saw the clip yesterday and wrote in to Classic Television Showbiz:

"How in the world did you know that was me without my stache? Amazing." Debartolo also put to rest the idea that Rayburn may have known who Gaines
actually was, "Actually, they led totally separate lives, so Rayburn probably heard MAD stories from me, but he never met Gaines. I don't think he was faking it when he didn't vote for him. Bill was thrilled that he stumped the panel. Especially since that was about the best dressed I ever saw Gaines! Still back stage Kitty [Carlisle] said to me: "I never figured it was him --- I mean look at the way he's dressed. I was looking for someone who ran a very successful magazine so I thought it couldn't be him!"

Thanks for the note, Dick, we'll be sure to hit you up for more anecdotes in a few weeks when we post the failed Vaughn Meader "comeback" comedy LP
The Second Coming.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hope one day someone finds Frank Zappa's appearence on "What's My Line?" from around 1971. Soupy Sales gussed him.

zoomardav said...

I am so jealous of your email. Can't wait for more anecdotes!

gainesgal said...

I loved seeing this. William Gaines was my dad. I am dying to get my hands on a copy of his appearance on "What's my Line." It must have been aired in the early 70's. I remember Soopy Sales disqualified himself because he recognized dad.

Lester Fenwick Crudders said...

Hey Gainesgal, I've nine, count 'em, nine rejection letters from your dad and also Al Feldstein. And I'm proud of every one of 'em.

Get a load of the toupee of the third contestant!

souldesqueeze said...

I've been a huge, lifelong EC fan, and this video tickles me to no end. Thanks so much for posting it!

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