What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 5


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



  • Notes

    • During the introductions, Mr. Cerf introduced Mr. Daly as "our devious, debonair, dashing panel moderator." Mr. Daly's immediate response was, "Well, at least he made me 'DDD' and not 'DDT.'" DDT is the acronym for Dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane, a pesticide which had achieved widespread infamy by 1964, due chiefly to Rachel Carson's controversial 1962 book "Silent Spring." In spring of 1963, CBS aired a documentary on the dangers of DDT titled "The Silent Spring of Rachel Carson." In April 1964, just six months before this WML episode, Carson died of breast cancer at age 56. Footnote: the US government would ban the agricultural use of DDT in 1972 due to its health and environmental hazards. - obbor (2004)

      This had to be one of the funniest episodes in the history of the series. To see the normally unflappable John Charles Daly make a major screw-up was a historic moment in television. Even with the blunder, Steve Allen was his usual funny self. It really was a fun show and the hot one on this particular evening was Bennett. He jokingly, but correctly, predicted that Daly would call for a conference when Betty Caywood walked out on the stage. He also was the one who correctly guessed that she was a broadcaster for the then Kansas City Athletics (aka the A's). The Athletics later moved to Oakland, CA. Within eight years of this broadcast, they would win three straight World Series titles from 1972 to 1974, and would win an additional one in the earthquake-interrupted series in 1989. - Sargebri (2004)

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