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"Do you work in the legitimate theater?"

Why did Arlene Francis always word the question this way? Did she worry they were sneaking in brulesque stars behind her blindfold?

Also, why did she always seem to first assume they had brought a Broadway star on? It was almost never an actual Broadway star.

by Anonymousreply 2910/19/2013

Because they were in New York?

by Anonymousreply 103/23/2013

Did Bennett Cerf and Arlene rolls their eyes every time Dorothy Killgallen started whining that the mystery guest had been misleading?

by Anonymousreply 203/23/2013

Dorothy whined about that constantly, didn't she? No wonder Sinatra and LBJ had her offed. She must have annoyed the shit out of everyone.

by Anonymousreply 303/23/2013

[quote] Did she worry they were sneaking in brulesque stars behind her blindfold?

She was super pissed about the time that she didn't guess the owner of a flea circus.

by Anonymousreply 403/23/2013

[quote]Did she worry they were sneaking in brulesque stars behind her blindfold?

That's because they had brulesque stars on three times in the first season. Brulesque was very big in the Village in those days. They also offered a Brulesque course at City College.

by Anonymousreply 503/23/2013

I thought the legitimate theater meant plays not musicals.

by Anonymousreply 603/23/2013

[quote]Legitimate theatre is the term used to refer to plays that rely on the spoken word to convey the message oposed to musicals, reviews, dance, opera, or concerts.

[quote]An example of this is Romeo and Juliet. This is legitimate theater. Its counterpart, West Side Story which is the same basic story as Romeo & Juliet but with musical numbers throughout is not legitimate theater.

Sources: Gillette, J. Michael. Theatrical Design and Production. 4th ed. Mountain View: Mayfield, 1999

by Anonymousreply 703/23/2013

^ Fuck off, Benay. I need a little softness around my face.

by Anonymousreply 803/23/2013

[quote]Did she worry they were sneaking in brulesque stars behind her blindfold?

Well, they were!

by Anonymousreply 903/23/2013

I thought 'legitimate' theatre meant on Broadway versus off-Broadway.

by Anonymousreply 1003/23/2013

Gypsy Rose Lee was not a "brulesque" star.

by Anonymousreply 1103/23/2013

Maybe r5 means "brulée" stars: you know, famous dessert chefs who produced a delicious creme brulée.

by Anonymousreply 1203/23/2013

Not only Gypsy Rose Lee but also Sally Rand was on What's My Line.

But that's somewhat beside the point as has been pointed out by explaining to OP what "legitimate theatre" means.

by Anonymousreply 1303/23/2013

In addition to the fact that OP's "brulesque" doesn't exist.

by Anonymousreply 1403/23/2013

The term "legitimate theater" dates back to the Licensing Act of 1737, which restricted "serious" theatre performances to the two patent theatres licensed to perform "spoken drama" after the English Restoration in 1662. Other theatres were permitted to show comedy, pantomime or melodrama, but were ranked as "illegitimate theatre".

The suspension of the act in 1968 eventually ended the split between legitimate and illegitimate theatres.

by Anonymousreply 1503/23/2013

"Did Bennett Cerf and Arlene rolls their eyes "

How could anyone tell? They wore blindfolds.

by Anonymousreply 1603/23/2013

Because the Gaiety was not yet considered a legitimate theater in 1965.

by Anonymousreply 1703/23/2013

r15: Zzzzzzzz...

by Anonymousreply 1803/23/2013

It was just an affectation to make me seem more sophisticated.

by Anonymousreply 1903/23/2013

"Did she worry they were sneaking in brulesque stars behind her blindfold?"

This made me LOL!

by Anonymousreply 2003/23/2013

I wanted to make sure they were appearing live on a Broadway stage and not just in a movie house showing their latest PIK-cha.

by Anonymousreply 2103/23/2013

Arlene Francis, now appearing in Ross Hunter's latest Universal-International release, "The Thrill of It All," playing a 56-year-old woman giving birth for the first time! Catch it at your local theatre or drive-in!

by Anonymousreply 2203/23/2013

Have you a pik-cha currently playing or about to open on Broadway?

by Anonymousreply 2303/23/2013

Gypsy on WML is fab. Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 2403/23/2013

[quote]Have you a pik-cha currently playing or about to open on Broadway?

"No, but I have karn cob holders in my handbag!"

by Anonymousreply 2503/24/2013

My father said Dorothy's blindfold was really one of her old bras.

by Anonymousreply 2610/18/2013

"Are your feet big enough to propel a small sea-going vessel?"

by Anonymousreply 2710/19/2013

Broadway was big in those days, as well as being nearby. It was the TV screens that got smaller than a breadbox.

by Anonymousreply 2810/19/2013

I love What's My Line threads.

by Anonymousreply 2910/19/2013
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