What's My Line?

EPISODE #832

Season 18, Ep 4, Aired 9/25/66
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  • Episode Description
  • Game 1: Howard Pomerantz - "Makes Powder Puffs" (self-employed; he is the Treasurer of the family business, Victoria Vogue, Inc., which was started in 1934 by his father, Samuel L. Pomerantz; the powder puffs are marketed under the trade name "Luscious"; from Great Neck, Long Island, NY) SPECIAL NOTE: Howard E. Pomerantz' brother, Myron Pomerantz, was a contestant on EPISODE #652 of February 17, 1963, however, Mr. Daly did not mention this fact. More about that episode, and some Victoria Vogue company background too, on the guide to EPISODE #652. Game 2: Mrs. Charlotte Crowell - "Window Washer" (salaried; she works for New York Window Cleaners, Inc; she is also a member of the Building Service Employees Union Local #200; she works to a height of 10 floors, on electric scaffolding, but said that she prefers to use a belt; from Syracuse, NY; she signed her name vertically on the sign-in board, at a 90 degree angle) Game 3: "Dinner at Eight" Cast (as Mystery Guest Cast) "Arlene's Co-Stars in Dinner at Eight" Arlene's nine "Dinner at Eight" co-stars who appeared are: (in alphabetical order) Robert Burr (3/5/1922 - 5/13/2000) (as Mystery Guest) Mindy Carson (b. 7/16/1927) (as Mystery Guest) Ruth Ford (7/7/1911 - 8/12/2009) (as Mystery Guest) June Havoc (b. 11/8/1916) (as Mystery Guest) Jeffrey Lynn (2/16/1909 - 11/24/1995) (as Mystery Guest) Darren McGavin (5/7/1922 - 2/25/2006) (as Mystery Guest) Walter Pidgeon (9/23/1897 - 9/25/1984) (as Mystery Guest) Pamela Tiffin (b. 10/13/1942) (as Mystery Guest) Blanche Yurka (6/19/1887 - 6/6/1974) (as Mystery Guest) John explained that this is not the entire cast, but including Arlene Francis, it is the 10 main stars. Per Gil Fates' logs, there was not enough time for the fourth game, a person who "Walks Race Horses (To Cool Them After Racing)." This person, Miss Rosmare Trete, finally appears on EPISODE #837 of November 20, 1966. - Suzanne (2008) . .moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Robert Burr

    Mystery Guest Cast

  • Mindy Carson

    Mystery Guest Cast

  • Ruth Ford

    Mystery Guest Cast

  • Jeffrey Lynn

    Mystery Guest Cast

  • Pamela Tiffin

    Mystery Guest Cast

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    • REVIEW: This was a very special night for WML. Not only did the prodigal son, Steve Allen, and his charming wife, Jayne Meadows, appear on the show, it also was a night that featured a very special surprise for Arlene. As for the panel's performance, they had a very respectable night, going 2 for 3 on the evening. Unfortunately, the proceedings didn't start too well, as the panel was totally stumped by the man who made powder puffs. Jayne did a commendable job during her initial turn by finding out that the man had something to do with cosmetics, but the panel was thinking more along the lines of products such as lipstick, eyeliner or mascara. The panel was more successful in the second game as Arlene correctly guessed that the lady from Syracuse was a window washer. The mystery guest round turned out to be the highlight of the evening as Arlene's fellow cast mates from the play "Dinner at Eight" all appeared on the show. Unfortunately, Jayne voluntarily disqualified herself because she saw a couple of the cast members in the hallways prior to the show and made the connection. Once Arlene realized who the guests were, she deferred to Steverino and Bennett to finish out the game. Finally, it was Bennett who correctly guessed that they were the main cast members from Arlene's play. After the game, Arlene was asked by John to come to center stage to introduce the cast, which she did. When Arlene returned to her seat, Bennett told her to stand up and take some bows herself. Arlene got choked up after this and was really touched by all the sincerity. That definitely was a nice way to end the show. - Sargebri (2008) WML CONNECTIONS: Three of Arlene's "Dinner at Eight" co-stars had, or were about to have, some connection to WML in one way or another. 1) Including tonight, Walter Pigeon appeared three times as a mystery guest and three times as a guest panelist. 2) Pamela Tiffin (who also worked with Arlene in the 1961 classic Cold War comedy "One, Two, Three") would appear on the show as a guest panelist a few months later in a rather bizarre fashion. During her appearance on EPISODE #853 of March 12, 1967, Pamela Tiffin looked at best uninterested in working on the show and at worst she looked as if she had imbibed some substance before the show aired. Needless to say, she wasn't asked back after that appearance. 3) June Havoc's sister, Gypsy Rose Lee, appeared as both a mystery guest and a guest panelist. A few months after this episode aired, she would have one of the most infamous guest panelist stints in the show's history when she made a rude remark about Bennett and Random House. She did this when she introduced Bennett on EPISODE #854 of March 19, 1967 by saying, "And now, the man who was too short-sighted to publish any of my books, Bennett Cerf." The panel rarely spoke to her that evening and she was never invited back. - Sargebri (2008)

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at eight down. Arlene had stated, "You are not a window washer," prompting the remaining cards to go over. John flipped all the cards for the nine mystery challengers after the game was over, as none were flipped during their game. He commented that "all the cast" had been elicited, when it wasn't actually the full cast. Mystery challengers typically received a $500 appearance fee, though it's unknown whether the group split the fee or if they each received $500. Most likely, they all received $500. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "LIVE" WATCH: The kinescope copy of tonight's live transmission is the 29th surviving such show from within the post-Dorothy era to keep the "live" wording intact on announcer Johnny Olson's intro. (2) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: Tonight, Jayne Meadows becomes the third female guest panelist in the post-Kilgallen era - and the second if not counting regular guest panelist Phyllis Newman - to be introduced first and sit on the far end of the panel. It should be noted that prior to the beginning of the "curtain entrance" era in 1955, there were some instances of female guest panelists introduced first, whenever Miss Kilgallen was off; but for several years from about 1955-1956 until after Dorothy's passing, Arlene Francis was usually introduced first whenever Dolly Mae was on vacation, or assignment, or otherwise indisposed, as well as the usual procedure of Miss Francis' alternating with the "Voice of Broadway" columnist in taking the far seat on the panel desk. (3) One of the co-stars of "Dinner at Eight" alongside Arlene was Mindy Carson. Miss Carson was a pop singer of the late 1940's and into the 1950's who had recorded for such labels as RCA Victor and Columbia. Among her better known hits were the double-sided smash "Candy and Cake" / "My Foolish Heart" (RCA Victor 20-3204, 1950), and "Wake the Town and Tell the People" (Columbia [4-]40537, 1955). She also had a minor hit with a novelty duet with Guy Mitchell, "('Cause I Love You) That's a-Why" (Columbia [4-]39879), in 1952. Like most pop singers who became famous in the pre-rock 'n' roll era, Miss Carson's run on the charts faded after the mid-to-late 1950's (one of her last significant chart entries was a cover of Ivory Joe Hunter's "Since I Had You Baby," released on Columbia [4-]40789 in 1956), and she then appeared in various Broadway productions over the next several years, including the aforementioned "Dinner at Eight" revival. (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: The overly odious "crunching" procedure for the end credit sequence was once again applied by GSN on its most recent airing of tonight's show on January 18, 2008. (5) Following the January 18, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the April 30, 1962 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore. The panel on this edition consisted of Alan King (filling in for Bill Cullen who was still on vacation), Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson, and the celebrity guest was noted opera singer Helen Traubel. The first guests were the famed Tin Pan Alley songwriters and brothers Charles Tobias, Harry Tobias and Henry Tobias. - W-B (2008)

    • Howard E. Pomerantz later became President of Victoria Vogue, Inc., a cosmetic manufacturer. He served in that capacity from 1975 to 1985, and then retired. Sadly, he passed away on December 24, 2000. - Suzanne (2004)

    • One of the cast members of "Dinner at Eight" is June Havoc. She was the sister of Gypsy Rose Lee and was the child actress known as "Baby June" who is immortalized in the 1962 musical "Gypsy." She's not to be confused with June Haver, who was married to Fred MacMurray. - georob (2004)

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