What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 24

EPISODE #751

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 14, 1965 on CBS
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EPISODE #751
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Game 1: Gloria Swanson (3/27/1899 - 4/4/1983) (as Mystery Guest #1) She was also a mystery guest during the first year of What's My Line? Indeed, she appeared on EPISODE #20 of October 15, 1950, which also happened to be Bennett Cerf's first appearance on WML.

Game 2: Miss Annette Clark - "Plays Records For Dancing in Discotheque (Night Club)" (salaried; African-American; she works at the L'Interdit disco in The Gotham Hotel; from Manhattan, NY; The Gotham Hotel became The Peninsula Hotel in 1988 when it was purchased and later renovated to its former 1905 glory.)

Game 3: Jayne Meadows, Phyllis Cerf, Martin Gabel, and Richard Kollmar (as Mystery Guest Spouses) - "Wives & Husbands of the Panel" Their signatures were pre-signed on the board. Jayne had signed in as Jayne Meadows Allen.

Jayne Meadows (b. 9/27/1920)
Phyllis Cerf (4/13/1916 - 11/25/2006)
Martin Gabel (6/19/1911 - 5/22/1986)
Richard Kollmar (12/31/1910 - 1/7/1971)

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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)

    Martin Gabel

    Martin Gabel

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Phyllis Cerf

    Phyllis Cerf

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Jayne Meadows

    Jayne Meadows

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

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      • HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! This was definitely a special night for a few good reasons. First, and most importantly, this was the 15th (crystal) anniversary of WML. Another reason it was so special was the fact that returning to the panel was old friend Steve Allen. Also, this special anniversary fell on Valentine's Day and the "spouses" mystery guest round was very appropriate for the evening. The evening began with a very special mystery guest round as a guest from the show's first season walked out on the stage, screen legend Gloria Swanson. Steverino blew the door wide open when he correctly guessed the classic film that she had appeared in, "Sunset Boulevard." Almost in unison, the rest of the panel completed the game and identified her. Gloria was on the show tonight to promote a documentary on the early years of Hollywood. She also discussed the fact that that year marked her 50th anniversary in films. As she left the stage, she presented John and the panel flowers to mark the show's anniversary. After Gloria exited the stage, a curtain opened, revealing a television monitor where the sign-in board usually resides. Next, a film was played showing the panel as they appeared on WML in 1953. Arlene later commented that her hair looked different and Steve later joked that he had the same hairdo as Dorothy. In the only regular game of the evening, John made it a little easy on the panel when he told them that the occupation of the young lady from Manhattan didn't exist at the time the show debuted. However, Dolly Mae correctly guessed that she was a disc jockey at an establishment that was the latest fad, the discotheque. The panel later joked about all the latest dances, including the Frug, the Watusi and the Monkey. Arlene asked Miss Clark for a dance demonstration, but Miss Clark was too shy to comply and based her decision upon the lack of music. The second mystery guest round was very appropriate because it was Valentine's Day and the spouses of the four panelists (Martin, Jayne Meadows, Dick Kollmar and Bennett's wife Phyllis) were the evening's mystery guests. The panel was given partial credit for guessing their respective mates and the four spouses had great fun fooling their mates. At the end of the evening, the panel thanked the audience, as well as Mark Goodson and Bill Todman, for 15 wonderful years on the air. However, little did the panel, or the audience for that matter, know, this would also be a year that would have great tragedy. - Sargebri (2006)

        KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Dorothy was in complete control of her faculties this evening. However, this episode marked the final appearance of her husband, Dick Kollmar, on the show. After Dolly Mae's November 1965 passing, Dick would essentially go into seclusion until his tragic suicide in 1971. - Sargebri (2006)

        SPOUSAL MYSTERY GUESTS: As was mentioned following the mystery guest round, this wasn't the first time that the spouses of the panel were on the show. The stunt was tried approximately four years earlier on the Christmas episode of 1960, only on that occasion, Tony Randall, not Steve Allen, was on the panel, and Tony's wife, Florence, was one of the mystery guests. On that occasion, Arlene correctly, and boisterously, figured out what was going on. - Sargebri (2006)

        THE SPIRIT OF HAL BLOCK!!! During the good nights, John mentioned that former WML bad boy Hal Block called in with his congratulations. However, many people doubt that the call was even made, especially due to the rather bitter way in which Hal was fired. - Sargebri (2006)

      • (1) To match the new "WML?" opening titles, tonight's opening sponsor, Kellogg's, unveils a new graphic with a box of Corn Flakes and a full cereal bowl, accompanied by the Kellogg's logo and the full slogan "The Best to You Each Morning" at the top right-hand corner of the screen. Prior to this, the slogan had been presented on screen as simply, "Best to You." This new, simplified, non-filmed graphic - the sixth variation of the Kellogg's opening billboard since 1958 - will be used on the remaining "WML?" episodes on which Kellogg's was opening sponsor.
        (2) "LIVE" WATCH: The kinescope recording of tonight's live show is the 37th known surviving such episode to have the word "live" cut from the intro.
        (3) As Arlene Francis introduced onetime regular panelist, now frequent guest panelist Steve Allen, she described him as a "valentine." Though tonight's show fell on Valentine's Day, there was some irony in her use of words to introduce him - as his full name was Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen. So technically, he himself was indeed a "valentine."
        (4) ANNIVERSARY WATCH: Because Johnny Olson announced at the start of the program that it was the 16th season of "WML?", Dorothy Kilgallen was the only contestant from the very first EPISODE #1 of February 2, 1950 to also be on the panel tonight. Alas, this year of 1965 will be Dolly Mae's last in this regard.
        (5) "BEST TO YOU" - TWICE OVER: There was an irony to the mystery guest appearance of the panelists' spouses tonight, in the context of this show's opening sponsor, Kellogg's. The last time that spouses of the "WML?" panelists appeared as mystery guests was on EPISODE #544 of December 25, 1960, the only difference being that Tony Randall was a panelist alongside Dorothy, Arlene and Bennett that night and Tony's first wife, Florence Gibbs Randall, stood alongside Phyllis, Martin and Dick. Kellogg's was the sponsor of that 1960 episode, as well. - W-B (2006)

      • Database Verified! At the end of the show, John Charles Daly states that this is the 751st episode of What's My Line? - Suzanne (2004)

      • Miss Clark, the record-changing contestant, was asked by Bennett if the Watusi or Frug (both variations of the Twist) were danced at the disco. Miss Clark calmly responded "yes." Then, John Daly asked about a new French dance. John told a story about a French dancer who accidently fell down during his routine. The public assumed the fall was on purpose, copied the fall, and now the actual dance steps includes falling down! Daly was serious, too! In addition, curiosity led me to research Phyllis Cerf Wagner. She was born in 1915 and has edited books for Random House. - ironcreekguy

      • This particular episode was nostalgic in more ways than one. The showing of the clip from 1953 was a trip down WML memory lane. It is of interest to note that in the clip, Bennett and Steve wore regular suits and neckties instead of tuxedos. During and after the questioning of the female disc jockey, it was also interesting when Bennett mentioned some of the dances that were in vogue at the time. Popular dances were the Frug and the Watusi (which Bennett mispronounced) as well as the Monkey, the Swim, the Mashed Potato and the Jerk. Ironically, one of the studios that WML was broadcast from eventually became a discotheque, the famous (or infamous) Studio 54. In addition to the new animated opening sequence and music, the lettering for the WML title is given a mod update. But the best part of this special broadcast was the appearance of the four spouses. This was what made the episode worth watching. - Sargebri (2004)

      • The famed New York disco, Studio 54, was located at 254 W. 54th Street and was in operation from April 26, 1977 until it closed in 1986. Indeed, the studio was formerly used to broadcast What's My Line? However, when CBS owned the studio, it was called CBS Studio 52. Vintage WML game show tickets have verified this. The same studio was also used for "To Tell the Truth" and "Password" and other shows as well. - Suzanne

      • Steve Allen's first show as a regular panelist is on January 4, 1953. The clip shown is from January 11, 1953. To view this brief clip of the 1953 panel introductions, a television monitor was placed on the floor in the area where the sign-in board usually resides. After the clip is shown, we see a rare shot of Arlene Francis wearing glasses. - Suzanne

      • Color episodes on a regular basis began with EPISODE #830 on September 11, 1966, as a result of the show's move to CBS Studio 50, now known as The Ed Sullivan Theater. However, you won't see color episodes on GSN, since only black and white kinescope copies were retained for posterity. At the time, it was much less expensive for Goodson-Todman to archive black and white copies than to archive color videotapes. The decision was made as a matter of economics. - Suzanne Astorino

      • NEW OPENING SEQUENCE - With this episode, a new opening sequence debuts. Now shown are animated cartoon characters of various occupations morphing into other occupations, by way of slicing the character into three horizontal segments on the screen. It would also be used 3 years later when the syndicated WML premiered. Although filmed in color, for viewers back in the 1960s, the credits wouldn't be seen in color until EPISODE #850 on February 19, 1967. As for the theme music, we still hear Sascha Burland's music theme "Sounds." However, it is again a variation of his original 1957-1962 tune. This is the second variation of his theme. The first variation of his theme debuted on the April 8, 1962 episode when the then-new "juggler" animated opening began. - Kirk Morgan & Suzanne Astorino

      • John stated that previous panelist Hal Block had "called to wish them good luck." Somehow, I doubt that this was the full story. A more likely scenario is that Goodson-Todman called Block and asked him if he wished to be a guest on this episode, and he refused, but wished them good luck anyway. Gil Fates stated in his 1978 WML book that Hal Block took it very hard when he was fired from the show in March 1953. Gil stated that Block was fired because his humor was considered too raw for the time period. - Suzanne (2004)

      • February 14, 1965! HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! HAPPY 15TH ANNIVERSARY! What's My Line? was first broadcast on February 2, 1950 and this is the fifteenth anniversary episode. Steve Allen is a guest panelist and after the first game, a special clip from from January 11, 1953 is shown. The final mystery guests are the spouses of the panelists as shown below. - Suzanne (2004)

        Phyllis Cerf (Panelist Bennett Cerf's wife)

        Martin Gabel (Panelist Arlene Francis' husband)

        Richard Kollmar (Panelist Dorothy Kilgallen's husband)

        Jayne Meadows (Guest panelist Steve Allen's wife)

      • Tidbits: No toupees here: John states that his hair is all his own. Martin Gabel is opening on Broadway in "Baker Street." If you listen to the new revamped opening theme, you can tell that it is a variation of the former opening theme, "Sounds" by Sascha Burland. You can hear the same familiar tune amongst the new orchestration. - Suzanne (2004)

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

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