What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 21

EPISODE #696

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 19, 1964 on CBS
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EPISODE #696
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Game 1: Miss Jerri Whittington (Geraldine Whittington)(9/11/1931 - 1/23/1994) - "Secretary to President Johnson" (salaried; she described President Lyndon Johnson with the following words and more, "great warmth, fair, kind, a perfectionist"; Jerri was the first African-American secretary in the White House; from West Rider, MD)

Game 2: Mr. Sabin Segal - "Sells Bird Seed" (salaried; he is the Sales Manager for Hartz Mountain Products and he sold 2 million dollars of bird seed last year; from New York, NY)

Game 3: Van Heflin (12/13/1908 - 7/23/1971) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Mrs. Joan Higgins (Joan Fairfax) (b. 6/24/1946) - "Band Leader (All Girl Orchestra)" (self-employed; blond; as "Joan Fairfax and Her All Girl Orchestra" she leads a 14 piece all-girl band which is currently performing at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City; she has quite a few net references due to her July 1959 to July 1960 Canadian CBC musical variety television show called "The Joan Fairfax Show"; she is also a trained coloratura soprano singer and plays the piano and accordion; from Englewood Cliffs, NJ)
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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Bennett Cerf

    Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Van Heflin

    Van Heflin

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Joan Fairfax

    Joan Fairfax

    Contestant

    Guest Star

    Steve Allen

    Steve Allen

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    • QUOTES (1)

      • PUNS APLENTY: Usually it's Bennett who gets off the puns, and occasionally John will fling one. But on this episode, both Steve Allen and Arlene Francis scored good ones too. When Van Heflin was revealed and Arlene recalled, "He was Bob to my Betty in the early radio days," Steve nailed a nice one with a reference to a children's song by quipping, "He was Bob to your Betty? He was Skip to My Lou for awhile." Later, while trying to identify the female orchestra leader, Arlene remarked, "I don't know. She looks like an adorable baton twirler, you know -- from Baton Rouge." The audience laughed and Bennett was probably proud of both Steve and Arlene! - Lee McIntyre

    • NOTES (7)

      • REVIEW: THE BAND IS BACK TOGETHER!!! Tonight was a very special night as former WML panelist Steve Allen returned to the show. As John put it so nicely, it was like "old home week" once again. Steverino's return seemed to inspire the panel as they had their best performance in quite a while. Dorothy got things rolling in the first game when she guessed that Jerri Whittington was a White House secretary. It was later revealed that she was one of the personal secretaries to President Johnson. In the second game, Steve was given credit for a correct guess when he figured out that the contestant dealt with bird seed. More precisely, he was a bird seed salesman. In the mystery guest round, Arlene correctly identified her former "Betty and Bob" co-star Van Heflin. Van was on the show to promote his upcoming play "A Case of Libel" which was based, in part, on former WML mystery guest Louis Nizer's book "My Life in Court." Bennett also asked about whether or not the then current investigation into ticket speculation (aka scalping) had any affect on ticket sales. Van said that he really hadn't noticed anything. In the final game, Arlene correctly figured out that the pretty young lady was in entertainment, but John flipped all the cards before Arlene could determine that she was a leader of an all girl orchestra. Nevertheless, this was definitely a nice way to end Steve's homecoming show. - Sargebri

        KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Dorothy sounded much better than on the previous two episodes, although there was still a little thickness in her voice. She also seemed much happier than she had in the past couple of weeks. - Sargebri

      • Miss Whittington's appearance on the show this evening was a nice preview of what was to come within the next few months in regards to Lyndon Johnson's greatest achievement in his controversial presidency, The Great Society. Miss Whittington was the first African-American to work as a personal secretary for a sitting president. Within a few months, President Johnson would introduce several programs that would do more to help minorities and the poor than any president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Johnson introduced such programs as Medicare, urban renewal, a war on poverty and major civil rights legislation, especially the Voting Rights Act. - Sargebri

      • A few months after his appearance on the show tonight, Steve Allen would return as a full-time Goodson-Todman Productions employee. However, his new job wouldn't be as a panelist on WML. Steve would take over as host of another Goodson-Todman show, "I've Got a Secret" when that show's host, Garry Moore, decided to retire. Garry Moore was not only leaving IGAS, but he was also retiring from his position as host of his very successful variety show. Ironically, Steve's wife, Jayne Meadows, was a former IGAS panelist from 1952-1959. However, by the time Steve assumed hosting duties in 1964, Jayne had long since quit that panel. - Sargebri

      • (1) When Dorothy Kilgallen was introduced, announcer Johnny Olson mentioned that Dorothy would be making a series of personal appearances with Miss Joan Crawford this coming week in the New York area. - Suzanne

        (2) During the introductions, Steve Allen mentioned that Arlene's play is now at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. From prior episodes, we know she is currently acting in a touring production of the comedy play "Kind Sir." Prior to the move to the Paper Mill Playhouse, her play was at the Mineola Playhouse in Mineola, New York, having opened on December 26, 1963. - Suzanne

        (3) Arlene Francis mentioned that she and mystery guest Van Heflin had worked together in radio, years ago. Arlene stated, "He was Bob to my Betty." It was stated that the radio program lasted for five years, but no dates were given. From the net, we learn that General Mills began creating its own radio programs in the 1930s. "Betty and Bob" were America's "radio sweethearts," whose daytime serial was sponsored by Bisquick, and aired from 1932 through the end of the decade. The name of the radio show was "Going Through Life with Betty and Bob." It is considered one of the first true network soap operas, as the characters suffered through trials and tribulations. - Suzanne

        (4) Van Heflin promoted his appearance in the Broadway play "A Case of Libel" which was based upon attorney Louis Nizer's best selling book, "My Life in Court," and ran for 242 total performances. Louis Nizer was a mystery guest on WML EPISODE #660 on April 21, 1963. - Suzanne

        (5) Bennett asked Van Helfin about the trouble with "ticket speculation" regarding Broadway play ticket sales. Evidently, people were buying show tickets and reselling them at higher prices, also called "scalping." - Suzanne Astorino

      • (1) There was an irony to the mention during the show opening of Dorothy's upcoming personal appearance tour with Joan Crawford. First involved what turned out to be Dorothy's very last original TV appearance, on the daytime "To Tell the Truth" which aired within several hours of Miss Kilgallen's death on November 8, 1965. On that fateful edition of "TTTT", Dolly Mae and Arlene Francis were impostors alongside Miss Crawford in the celebrity round. In addition, tonight's guest panelist, Steve Allen, was also a guest panelist on the very first post-Kilgallen "WML?" edition, EPISODE #790 of November 14, 1965.
        (2) "IS IT LIVE - OR IS IT...?" - This may well be the first episode in which the word "live" was cut from the kinescope film of tonight's edition, thus Johnny Olson's introduction comes out as sounding like "And now...from New York..." Alas, the way it was edited makes it obvious that it was a jump cut. Most live editions from here until 1966 would have the word "live" likewise edited out of the kinescopes. This procedure was most likely for airing in the Pacific (West Coast) time zone, as "WML?" was transmitted live in the Eastern (East Coast) and Central (Midwest) time zones.
        (3) During the introductions, Dorothy introduced Steve Allen as the host of "his own show." This was a reference to his early 1960's talk show, syndicated by Group W (Westinghouse Broadcasting). This incarnation of Mr. Allen's show ended upon his taking over the hosting gig on "I've Got a Secret" later in 1964. - W-B

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at three down after Dorothy correctly guessed the line. He flipped all the cards for the final contestant at four down, however, Arlene had come close. - agent_0042

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Steve Allen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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