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Betty White: Is this a useful product? No...
Bennett Cerf: (to Betty White) A girl as pretty as you doesn't need any words at all.
Fred: (to John) When pay television comes, I'm gonna get you unscrambled.
Fred: (to the challenger who modeled maternity clothes) Today is Father's Day. Would Father... (loud, sustained laughter and applause)
John: Seven down and three to go, Miss White.
Betty: (to the mystery guest) Is it a useful product?
Arnold: Ah, bigger than a breadbox.
(a cute reference to Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol")
Fred: (blindfolded, to Arnold Stang) Who are you?
Arnold: Well, I ain't Marley's ghost!
WAYBACK PLAYBACK: This episode aired on GSN on December 15, 2010 as part of a new feature called Wayback Playback. This was one of the first airings of the program on GSN after over a year and a half of the program being off the air. Once again, GSN failed to show the Christmas spirit by engaging in its miserable practice of "crunching" the program's closing credits. This airing was followed by an airing of I've Got a Secret featuring Lucille Ball.
IMAGE GHOSTING: A ghost image of the Stopette container used during the mid-show commercial temporarily was burned into one of the camera's lenses. If you look closely as Arnold Stang signs in, it appears on the right side of the sign-in board. It also appears on his hand as his signature crosses it. Garrison Skunk (2008)
WEENIE WATCH: Dorothy has a last minute, albeit incorrect, weenie during the final game. - Garrison Skunk (2005)
FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first challenger at four down and six to go. He flipped all the cards for the second challenger with just three down because the panel ran out of time. John didn't have to flip any cards for the mystery guest because the panel was stumped. For the final challenger, John flipped them all at five down and five to go and was thrilled giddy that they couldn't guess the occupation of Mr. Gunn, who makes guns! As has been the general custom of recent, John dispensed with the panel walk-by for this brief final game. - agent_0042 (2005)
BETTY WHITE: On December 25, 2005, this episode aired as part of "A Betty White Christmas," a five-hour event on cable/satellite's GSN featuring various game/panel show appearances by Betty White. - agent_0042 (2005)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: Tonight, the main sponsor is Stopette. And while this was Betty White's first "WML?" appearance, she was not exactly a stranger to Goodson-Todman at this point; Miss White was also a panelist on the short-lived 1955 series "Make the Connection."
(2) ARNOLD STANG: For the only "WML?" appearance of the self-described "actor who does comedy," his nameplate on the panel moderator's desk is set in the usual Title Gothic Condensed No. 11. Of the voices of the "Herman and Katnip" cartoon series for which Mr. Stang supplied "Herman's" voice, he was the only associated performer to be on "WML?"; Sid Raymond, who provided the voice of "Katnip," never made any kind of appearances on the panel show.
(3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the customary travel arrangements plug for American Airlines, the end credits cut off after the "A Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Production" art card. Even so, GSN, on its July 30, 2008 airing of this episode, found itself once more unable to resist the temptation to "crunch" the screen in the usual grating and galling manner.
(4) Following GSN's July 30, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel ran the December 9, 1952 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, with the panel consisting of Cliff Norton, Joan Alexander and Meredith Willson, and comic actress Zasu Pitts as the celebrity guest. Miss Pitts was yet another personality whose "TNTS" appearance survived, in contrast to her mystery guest spot on "WML?" EPISODE #107 of June 15, 1952 which is tragically lost to history. - W-B (2008)
This is Betty White's first appearance on What's My Line? Between now and 1967, she will make a total of 8 appearances on the series, twice as a mystery guest and 6 times as a guest panelist. - Suzanne (2005)
ARNOLD STANG will later become the voice of "Top Cat" in the 1961-1962 Hanna-Barbera cartoon television series of the same name. He has also been a panelist on another G-T quiz show, "The Name's The Same." Tonight, he answered the panel using a German accent that he said he learned from his father. - Suzanne (2005)
For more about Arnold Stang, the man who never saw himself as a comedian but rather as "an actor who does comedy," visit:
This biographical sketch appears to have been written in the late 1990's. (Note: There's a tiny pause button near the top of the page that will silence the MIDI piano score.) - Suzanne (2005)
REVIEW: This was another abysmal performance by the panel tonight. In the first game, the panel was totally stumped by first contestant who ran an alligator farm. However, when one thinks about it clearly, who would believe that someone would run an alligator farm in Mesa, Arizona? The panel also had major problems with the second contestant who modeled maternity wear. The panel did figure out that she modeled some form of clothing, but time ran out and she won the full prize by default. The panel also blew it in the mystery guest round when they were unable to identify former "The Name's the Same" panelist Arnold Stang. Curiously, his very distinctive high-pitched voice wasn't well disguised, yet the panel still had their problems. Finally, to put the capper on this crapper of an evening, the panel was totally stumped by Mr. Gunn, who ran one of the favorite shrines of the NRA, the Smith and Wesson factory. As Bennett mused during the good nights, Arlene must have wondered what kind of experts were on tonight. - Sargebri (2005)
HERMAN AND KATNIP: "Top Cat" wasn't the only cartoon voice that Arnold Stang performed. Another famous character that he voiced was the famous Harvey Comics character "Herman," the mouse of the "Herman and Katnip" series of cartoons. - Sargebri (2005)
FAMOUS STUDIOS: At the time of tonight's show, "Herman and Katnip" was produced by Famous Studios, the animated-cartoon arm of Paramount Pictures. Famous Studios was located in midtown Manhattan, and thus had many New York-based voice artists handling cartoon characters. Other characters that originated from Famous included "Casper, the Friendly Ghost," "Baby Huey," "Buzzy the Crow" and "Little Audrey." In 1956, one year after this episode, Famous Studios was reorganized as Paramount Cartoon Studios. In 1959, Paramount sold the post-1950 cartoons featuring these characters, as well as the rights to the characters themselves, to Harvey Comics. - W-B (2008)
BETTY WHITE: Almost eight years to the day after this episode aired, Betty White would marry "Password" host Allen Ludden on June 14, 1963. The couple would remain married until Allen's death from cancer on June 9, 1981. Of course, Betty would go on to play the predatory "Sue Ann Nivins" on the "Mary Tyler Moore" show and in 1984 she would take on her most famous role of dim-witted "Rose Nylund" on the classic sitcom "The Golden Girls." - Sargebri (2005)
Tidbits: Happy Father's Day 1955! This is Betty White's first appearance on What's My Line?, and as always, she is darling. Fred tells us that she is the star of her own show, the 1953-1955 comedy series, "Life with Elizabeth." He also jokingly tells us that she is the Honorary Mayor of Hollywood, California. - Suzanne (2005)
Betty White (b. 1/17/1922)
Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Betty White, Bennett Cerf. Arlene Francis has the night off. She is visiting Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington.
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