What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 23


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 07, 1965 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Game 1: Melvin McNickle (1914 - 7/9/1986) & Marvin McNickle (1914 - 8/19/2007) (identical twin brothers) - "Major General (U.S. Air Force)" (both are salaried; Melvin F. McNickle is the commander of the Oak Leaf Oklahoma City Air Material Area; Marvin L. McNickle is the commander of the 9th Tactical Air Force; they are both graduates of the University of South Dakota; they donated their game winnings to the Air Force Aid Association; respectively from Oklahoma City, OK & Sumter, SC) Game 2: Miss Carole Ridings - "Makes Surfboards" (self-employed; her company, U.S. Surfboard Sales, makes several models including The Rocca; when Mr. Daly asked her if it was Miss or Mrs., she replied that it was "Miss, for business reasons"; from Fort Lauderdale, FL) Game 3: Floyd Patterson (1/4/1935 - 5/11/2006) (as Mystery Guest) . .


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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)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Arlene: They could, John, in case you were about to give me a "no."
        John: Yeah, I was about to give you a "no." I would say that is fair. We would have to assume that in coming, um, specifically to the particularities of the service which these two gentlemen do offer, that in some instances, individuals would come to them to seek some element of that particular element of the service (laughter from audience) that they might be particularly interested in.
        Arlene: (blank stare) You talked so long, they've already been promoted! (loud laughter and applause) Except that I like to hear you, John, even if I don't know what you're saying.

      • Richard: Does it move in any direction you decide yourself?
        Carole: Yes.
        John: Well, I would say that the latitude that is given to you to decide which direction that it's going to move in is to some degree controlled, but certainly you would concur in the decision as to the direction in which it was go (moaning from audience) based certainly on the other factors of which you had taken full account.

      • Bennett: How do you spell "Cerf," Miss Ridings?
        Carole: C-E-R-F.
        Bennett: Good.
        Arlene: Good girl! (laughter)
        John: You get, uh, you get a letter of praise. Oh man. Just imagine what you can do with Cerf - C-E-R-F and bored - B-O-R-E-D. (laughter and loud applause from audience)

    • NOTES (9)

      • REVIEW: The panel did a lot better this week than they did the previous week and essentially scored a perfecto. In the first game, Bennett was given credit for correctly guessing that the twins were generals. For the record, the McNickle brothers were both Major Generals with the United States Air Force. In the second game, Dorothy correctly guessed that the young lady from Florida made surfboards. Bennett later asked her how she spelled "surf" and she responded by saying "C-E-R-F." In the mystery guest round, Bennett correctly identified former heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson. Floyd had just won a match against the rugged Canadian George Chuvalo. When Bennett asked Floyd who he wanted to fight next, Floyd answered "Cassius Clay." Of course, he was referring to Muhammad Ali. This definitely was a nice way to end a perfect evening. - Sargebri (2006)

        BOXING MATCH: Floyd Patterson did get his wish to fight Muhammad Ali, but it was one that he probably should have been careful of what he wished for. On November 22, 1965, Patterson fought Ali with the hope of trying to regain the world title he lost three years earlier to Sonny Liston on September 25, 1962. Ali would wind up winning the fight on a 12th round technical knockout. However, the fight probably should have ended earlier, as by most accounts, the younger and faster Ali pretty much used Patterson for target practice. That proved to be a huge blow for Patterson, who was a strong critic of Ali's brash behavior as well as what he perceived as a wrong image Ali was portraying to the African-American community. Ali responded to the criticism by calling Patterson an "Uncle Tom." After his ring career ended, Patterson would become chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission. Sadly, on May 11, 2006, he would pass away from complications due to Alzheimer's and prostate cancer. - Sargebri (2006)

        KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Despite the fact that she sounded as if she had a little nip before show time, Dorothy did manage to have a great performance as she correctly guessed the occupation of the second contestant. Also, she looked somewhat cute in a floral print dress, especially with the flowers in her hair. In fact, if this were a couple of years later, she probably would have fit in nicely with the San Francisco hippies. - Sargebri (2006)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first pair of contestants at five down, however, Bennett had identified them as being in the military. John stated that their winnings were being donated to the Air Force Aid Association, but did not state whether the donation was $50 total or $50 each. However, Gil Fates had written that each contestant won $50 when their were multiple contestants, so we can safely assume that the USAF donation was $100. - agent_0042 (2006)

      • (1) END OF THE "JUGGLER" OPENING TITLE ERA: This was the 143rd and final episode to feature the animated opening "WML?" title sequence which started with a juggler on a unicycle. This opening sequence was first seen on EPISODE #608 of April 8, 1962. Beginning next week will be the "three-part" animated opening, which unveiled the 'mod' "WML?" logo that would be associated with the show for the rest of its run of producing new episodes, including the 1968-1975 color syndicated version.
        (2) "LIVE" WATCH: This episode is the 36th known surviving kinescope recording of a live broadcast to have the word "live" cut from the opening intro.
        (3) After GSN aired this episode of "WML?" on October 16, 2006 as part of their once-a-week "Black and White Overnight" block, the next program shown was an episode of "I've Got a Secret" which originally aired on June 8, 1960. The "IGAS" episode, sponsored by Bristol-Myers, was hosted by Garry Moore and featured regular panelists Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson. The guest star (and former occasional "WML?" guest panelist and mystery guest) was Anthony Perkins, in what turned out to be his only "IGAS" appearance. The episode was notable because it was the last episode of that series to emanate from CBS Studio 59, aka the Mansfield Theatre, which would be transformed later that year into the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. (The final "WML?" episode to come from that venue had been EPISODE #516 of June 5, 1960.) One bit of this "IGAS" episode was the dismantling of the set from the soon-to-be former studio. "IGAS" would, like "WML?", relocate to CBS Studio 52, aka the future home of Studio 54, beginning with the next week's edition. - W-B (2006)

      • I'm a sports writer, and a TV sportscaster and I had a long 2-on-1 chat with Floyd Patterson 15 years ago in my hometown of Scranton, PA, in 1989. Patterson frequently visited the area because he had interest in a restaurant or some such outside venture. He was personable and had a lot to say, especially about Mike Tyson. Not much of what he said was very positive, but most of it was very prophetic, considering what has happened to Tyson. However, at the end of all this, Patterson was careful to add "of course, this is all off the record." And off the record it did stay, until Tyson himself put it ON the record. - Bill Savage, August 2004

      • Floyd Patterson demonstrated the kind of class and character that was expected of world-renowned sports figures of his day. His comment about George Chuvalo, which was related to the WML TV audience by John Daly, was approximately: "George Chuvalo gained as much in defeat as I did in victory." Patterson would fight Ali in 1965 and make his exit from boxing following a seven-round TKO loss to Ali in September 1972. Later, he became the Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission until his 1998 resignation. He was, and is, a true class act. - drexelgal (2004)

      • Tidbits: We see a new sponsor, Johnson Wax's Glade. Arlene and John both have colds. John said they both belonged to the "Royal Society of the Sniffles." Pun time: Bennett asked the surfboard maker how she spells "surf." She immediately replied "C-E-R-F" which got a laugh. John then makes a pun on "Cerf-Bored." In closing the show, John announced that Steve Allen will be a guest panelist next week. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Victor Borge promoted his "one man show" on Broadway. Officially titled "Comedy in Music Opus 2," the show was performed at the John Golden Theatre. It ran from November 9, 1964 to April 24, 1965 for a total of 192 performances. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Dorothy the flower child. The dress that Dorothy wore for this broadcast would have been quite in vogue a couple of years later during the hippie era, especially since she was wearing flowers in her hair. She also sounded as if she might have imbibed a bit before the broadcast, due to her slow deliberate speech. Dorothy asked Floyd Patterson if his sport were played in the Olympics, and he replied "yes." In fact, Floyd Patterson won the Olympic gold medal in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. Floyd Patterson held the world heavyweight boxing title on two separate occasions: 1956-1959 and 1960-1962. His first reign was ended by another former mystery guest, Ingemar Johansson, in 1959. His second and final title reign was ended when he was knocked out by Sonny Liston on September 25, 1962. At the time of this appearance, Patterson had just had a 12-round match against top contender George Chuvalo. John announced that next Sunday, the tape of this fight will be shown on CBS. When Patterson was asked who he wanted to face next, he said "Cassius Clay." He was, of course, speaking of the current world boxing champion (and future mystery guest) Muhammad Ali. Ali would have a controversial world title rematch with Sonny Liston on May 25, 1965. Patterson's "Cassius Clay" remark was somewhat disrespectful of Ali, since Ali had changed his name a year earlier, in February 1964, when Ali converted to the Islamic faith. Patterson, among many blacks at the time, felt that Ali set a poor example for African-Americans due to Ali's membership in the Nation of Islam. Patterson was a more conservative black and was a member of the NAACP. On November 22, 1965 Patterson would face Ali and he wound up losing on a technical knockout in the 12th round. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Victor Borge, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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