Regular Panelist (1950-1967)
Regular Panelist (1951-1967)
Regular Panelist (1950-1965)
Bennett: Is it a condiment of some kind, like pickles?
Dorothy C.: No.
Bennett: Herring? Something like that? (loud reaction from audience)
John: (chuckles) Bennett, I, what we're going to have to do is throw all the cards over, actually...
Bennett: Pickled herring?
John: Pickled herring is right! (loud cheers and applause) No, actually, that is probably my fault, Mrs. Chase because...
Dorothy K.: No, it isn't, John. Uh, Bennett said as she walked in, "pickled herrings."
Dorothy K.: Uh, if I, uh, asked for your service, would I need it rather than want it? Would it be a necessity rather than a luxury service?
John: Yeah, I would say that if you had to consider the -- the use of the service, we would consider that you had a need of it and would want it. Yeah. That's very good, I thought. I didn't say anything there. (laughter from audience)
Dorothy K.: And on my left, a man all our hearts belong to, Bennett Cerf. (loud applause)
Bennett: And here's that incredible virtuoso of verbosity, Mr. John Charles Daly. (gasps of delighted surprise, loud applause)
John: Well, I haven't had much time to think about it, but I guess it was nice.
John: And I'd like to recommend this parachute jumping to Bennett. Good night, Arlene.
(Arlene, Bobby and Dorothy say their good nights.)
Bennett: And John, I'll treat you to a parachute ride. Good night.
John: And I'll hold the parachute! Good night from What's My Line?
Arlene, in the first chair, gets her tang tungled introducing Bobby Darin. She enters and appears to acknowledge the presence of someone off-camera as she reaches her chair and gives the individual a little bow. She takes her position, turns, glances at the desk (perhaps at an outline of what she intends to say), smiles bravely into the camera, and proceeds to massacre her prepared introduction when she says:
"Thank you! And now a very talented young man who is denote - duh - denoting [rolls eyes] - who is - who is devoting, uh, the month of February to the Heart Frund [yes, she says "Heart Frund"], uh, he is actually the ambassador of the Heart Fund, which starts its campaign tomorrow, Mr. Bobby Darin."
Throughout, she maintains her poise and smile, wonderful trooper that she is.
John: (trying to calm parachute instructor Guilfoyle's nervers) Don't worry about this. The theatre hasn't collapsed in years.
Dorothy: Are you known for one particular feature?
(Jimmy realizes the panel has him figured out.)
Jimmy Durante: (leaning forward to see that only one card has been flipped) Bobby, I never made a dime on this show! (John flips all the cards, though it doesn't actually make any difference.)
Bennett: Sorry, I'm a little hard of herring. (audience both groans and laughs
John: Bennett said he's a little hard of hearing. I'm not so sure he isn't pickled!
Bennett: (praising Jimmy Durante after his segment) John, he is one of the nicest people in show business - one of the nicest people in any business.
Even John Daly uttered a spoonerism of his own. Talking with Jimmy Durante about Jimmy's young adopted daughter, John got his mix talked up: "Well, CeCe is a very yucky lung - lucky young - lady."
(Definition: spoonerism - noun: transposition of initial consonants in a pair of words, named after the Reverend William Archibald Spooner (1844-1930), British cleric and scholar. who often spoke these aloud)
WELCOME HOME ARLENE!!! After a week away, Arlene is back at her rightful seat on the panel. Unfortunately, the panel didn't repeat their perfecto of the previous week and had to settle for a .500 record for the evening. In the first game, the panel was absolutely stumped by the female armored car guard from Florida. In the second game, Bennett was given credit, more or less, for guessing that the contestant from Mamaroneck, New York was in the pickled herring business. However, John flipped the card due to the fact that Bennett had originally asked if she had anything to do with pickles. A moment later, Bennett asked if she had anything to do with herring. A gasp arose and John decided to call the game at that moment. The real fun came after the game when Bennett jokingly said he was "a little hard of herring," which not only got a groan from the audience, but gave John a chance to respond that Bennett was "a little pickled." In the mystery guest round, the entire panel identified the legendary Jimmy Durante. "The Old Schnozolla" was on the show to promote his upcoming engagement at the Copacabana. It also was mentioned that his 72nd birthday was coming up, which really got a huge ovation from the audience. It also was great to see the entire panel stand and salute Jimmy, especially guest panelist Bobby Darin, who gave him a huge ovation. In the final game, the panel ran out of time while questioning the skydiving instructor and as a result, he won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2006)
KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Dolly Mae definitely sounded as if she had a little nip before coming out on stage this evening, because her voice was a little slurred and thick. Of course, in another ten months, the panel would be shaken by Dorothy's unexpected passing. - Sargebri (2006)
FLIP REPORT: All contestants won the full prize tonight. Although the first contestant stumped the panel, the rest were won by flips. John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at three down when Bennett came up with "pickled herring" after a "no" answer to pickles. John flipped them all for the Mystery Challenger, Jimmy Durante, at Dorothy Kilgallen's request. Of course, though the audience didn't know it, the Mystery Challenger always earned an appearance fee of $500, whether or not cards were flipped. John flipped the cards for the final contestant at four down because time ran out. - agent_0042 (2006)
(1) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 35th known surviving kinescope recording of a live episode in which the word "live" was cut from the intro.
(2) FINAL BOBBY DARIN "WHAT'S MY LINE?" APPEARANCE (AND JACK LEMMON, TOO): Tonight's show marked Bobby Darin's last "WML?" appearance. He had been on the show a total of five times, three as a mystery guest and the last two (including tonight) as a guest panelist. It would also be the last time Jack Lemmon appeared on the show, bringing his total "WML?" appearances to eight - three of which were as a guest panelist, including the special EPISODE #397 of January 12, 1958 which emanated from CBS Television City in Hollywood, California.
(3) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: There was a glitch in the presentation of tonight's end credits. After the slide card for set designer John Ward, they cut to the card for associate director Dan F. Smith and program staff Alyce Finell - and then cut back to Ward's card before showing the "WML?" card which signified the end of the program. None of the other crew members were shown tonight. - W-B (2006)
Bless Bobby Darin who was on this 1965 episode as an ambassador for the Heart Fund. He died after open-heart surgery when he was only 37 in 1973. GSN aired this episode out of sequence for the Bobby Darin Fest to celebrate "Beyond the Sea," so in one night, we literally saw the panel age eleven years. - talksonthephone
Excuse me for saying this, but I think both Dorothy and Arlene must have had a nip or two before this episode aired. Dorothy especially appeared tipsy. - Bishop
The panel had a so-so night this particular evening. They were totally stumped by the first contestant, the female armored car driver. However, Bennett was essentially on the right track when he asked if she worked for a non-profit organization, because he had a feeling that she had some sort of involvement with the law. The second contestant, the lady who pickled herring, won the full prize on a technicality. This was because after that game, Dorothy revealed that Bennett had told her after the lady had walked out that he had a feeling that she pickled herring. He felt this way because he had only known one other person from Mamaroneck, and that person also pickled herring! It had just been a coincidence. For the mystery guest round, Dorothy correctly guessed that the mystery guest was the delightful Jimmy Durante. The only "no" answer came when guest panelist Bobby Darin mistakenly asked if he was tearing up Broadway. Of course, the Copacabana was not on Broadway. The panel ran out of time during the questioning of the skydiving instructor and he wound up winning the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2004)
BAD BENNETT PUN OF THE NIGHT!!! After the second game, just before the pickled herring packer, Mrs. Chase, left the stage, Bennett said he was "a little hard of herring." - Sargebri (2004)
BOBBY DARIN: Before Neil Young, before David Bowie and before Madonna, Bobby Darin was the first true chameleon of popular music. In the early days of his career, he was one of the original rock and rollers, performing classic 1958 rock songs such as "Splish Splash" and "Queen of the Hop." By 1960, he moved on to performing pop music standards such as "Beyond the Sea" and the song that is most closely associated with him, his signature song "Mack the Knife." But late in the decade, he decided to really shock the world and began performing folk rock. He had his final top ten single in 1966 with the Tim Hardin classic "If I Were a Carpenter." He also started a film career, earning an Academy Award nomination for his performance in the 1963 film "Captain Newman M.D." He was a huge supporter of Bobby Kennedy. During Kennedy's June 1968 funeral service, Darin had a quasi-religious experience which prompted him to stop working, sell off all his possessions and give up performing for a year. He returned to recording in 1969, but unfortunately his comeback was short lived. Severe childhood rheumatic fever had scarred his heart, and he died in the recovery room following open-heart surgery in December 1973. In 1990, in recognition of his entire musical career, Darin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. - Sargebri (2004)
DURANTE: During John's post-game chat with Jimmy Durante, John brought up the fact that Durante was about to celebrate his 72nd birthday (on February 10, 1965), which got an even bigger applause than when Durante first walked out and signed in. Durante then thanked God for his good life and family and lovingly mentioned his three-year-old daughter. Durante's career would go on for several more years until his death on January 29, 1980 at the age of 86 (almost 87) in Santa Monica, California. - Sargebri (2004)
Ironically, the most nervous contestant was parachute instructor Mr. Lee Guilfoyle, who almost forgot his hometown. - Garrison Skunk
The second contestant was a lady from Mamaroneck, NY, who pickled herring. Ironically, when the lady said she was from Mamaroneck, Bennett said to Dorothy that she must pickle herring, because the only other person he had known from Mamaroneck also pickled herring! The game proceeded and her line was guessed. In the after-game discussion, Bennett tried, without much success, to explain his Mamaroneck association. Then, after a brief awkward pause and with perfect timing, Bennett punned, "I'm a little hard of herring." After the laughs died down, John Daly topped Bennett's groaner with one of his own when he said, "Bennett said he's a little hard of hearing. I'm not so sure he isn't pickled!" It was a classic moment! - Dave R.
The Difference in Show Biz Today! - The loving affection the audience and panel shows Mr. Durante is simply amazing! This kind of respect and admiration is almost gone in the business today. - exapno99
Jimmy Durante promoted his appearance at the Copa. He spoke of the love and joy his adopted 3-year old daughter Cecelia "CeCe" has brought into his life. He said he used to love being on the road, but now relishes time spent at home with his wife and daughter. He and his second wife Marjorie Little were married in 1960 and adopted CeCe in December 1961. Durante mentioned that when CeCe sees him on television, she runs up and kisses the television screen! Mr. Daly announced that Durante will soon celebrate his 72nd birthday. The panel stated how much Durante is admired and loved. Jimmy Durante passed away at age 86 on January 29, 1980. Good night Mr. Durante, wherever you are. - Suzanne (2004)
Read more about this episode on these two web sites! 1) Bobby Darin on 1965 WML 2) More Bobby Darin on 1965 WML
GSN broadcast this episode on December 28, 2004 as part of a week-long celebration of the release of the new Bobby Darin biopic, "Beyond the Sea," starring Kevin Spacey. This was the first of Bobby's five What's My Line? appearances to be aired during the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve. - Garrison Skunk
Tidbits: Bobby Darin was introduced by Arlene as the Ambassador of the Heart Fund. Arlene has a new "bubble" hairdo for this episode.
Panel: Arlene Francis, Bobby Darin, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.
No results found.
No results found.
No results found.
User Score: 39946
User Score: 12315
User Score: 2190
User Score: 1619
User Score: 578
User Score: 192
User Score: 155
User Score: 42
User Score: 26
User Score: 24