What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 5


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 04, 1964 on CBS



  • Notes

    • REVIEW: The secret word for the night was FOREST RANGER. The reason for this was that in the first two games, Buddy would jokingly either guess or ask if the contestants were forest rangers. Also, it would play a big part in one of the most embarrassing moments in the career of John Charles Daly. In the first game, baseball fan Bennett correctly guessed that Betty Caywood was a baseball announcer. In fact, when Miss Caywood said she worked in radio and that she was from Kansas City, Missouri, Bennett was able to put two and two together and make the correct guess. In the second game, the panel was absolutely stumped by the lady who worked in the box office where Arlene's play "Beekman Place" was going to open that coming Wednesday. However, that proved to be the lull before one of the funniest moments in the history of WML took place. When prodigal son Steve Allen walked out for the mystery guest round, he signed in as "Forest Ranger" and promptly took his seat. After Dorothy asked her question and Steve gave her a "yes" answer, John did as he usually does and moved to Bennett. However, when he called for Bennett, John referred to Bennett as "Mr. Allen" rather than "Mr. Cerf." That let the cat out of the bag and John immediately turned several shades of red. He later admitted that when Steve signed in as "Forest Ranger," it threw him and stayed in the back of his mind, probably adding to his slip up. He also admitted that that kind of slip was the one thing he had been afraid of ever since the start of the series. Steve then joked that rather than he replacing Garry Moore as host of "I've Got a Secret," he should replace John, because John might be looking for another job. However, in spite of the egg on his face, John took it in stride and they all got a big laugh out of it. In the final game, the panel ran out of time while questioning the cheesecake maker, and he won the full prize by default. However, not even that could dampen what turned out to be one of the classic moments in the show's 14 years on the air. - Sargebri (2006)

      As was mentioned in the aborted mystery guest round, Steve had just replaced Garry Moore as host of "I've Got a Secret" following Garry's retirement as host. Steve would host the show until its cancellation in 1967. Steve also would host the syndicated version as well. - Sargebri (2006)