What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 25

EPISODE #752

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 21, 1965 on CBS
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EPISODE #752
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Game 1: Miss Sandra Brown - "Hand Feeds Whale Underwater (in Marine Show)" (salaried; she works at the new "Aquatarium" at St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, where she performs her act 5 times per day; she is also a college student at St. Petersburg Jr. College; from St. Petersburg, FL; she wore a heart-shaped pendant necklace similar to Arlene's necklace; The Aquatarium was in operation from June 30, 1964 until it became defunct and closed in 1978; see a vintage postcard of this marine aquarium at the URL below)

http://home.comcast.net/~s.astorino/Aquatarium_St_Petersburg.jpg

Game 2: Mr. Buz Hello (aka Bastian Hello)(b. 8/29/1923) - "Rocket Engineer (Gemini Space Project)" (salaried; John commented on his unusual surname; he works for the Martin Company, engineering the Titan II booster for the Gemini program; info from the net, of which there is a lot - after 13 years at Martin, he then worked for Rockwell International; from Lutherville, MD)

Game 3: James Mason (5/15/1909 - 7/27/1984) (as Mystery Guest)
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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)

    James Mason

    James Mason

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Martin Gabel

    Martin Gabel

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Carol Channing

    Carol Channing

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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    • QUOTES (1)

      • Bennett: You know, Mr. Hello, they said --- they're gonna send up a whole herd of cows in one these, uh, these ships --- it's gonna be known as the herd shot around the world. (applause and some moans from audience)
        John: And Bennett, you won't mind if I say that's a lot of bull. (laugher from audience) And thank you very much, Mr. Hello!

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      • REVIEW: This definitely was a very unusual night for the show. The first unusual event was that Bennett came out first and sat in the first chair, instead of sitting in the last chair, closest to John, which is his usual anchor position. The second uncommon event was a bold move by guest panelist Carol Channing who came out wearing slacks, which was highly unusual at the time for any lady appearing on the show either as a panelist or mystery guest. Also, missing in action was Dolly Mae, who, as John cryptically explained, was out with a case of "executive flu." Unfortunately, this was one night where Dorothy was sorely missed, as the panel was shut out this night. In the first game, the panel did figure out that the young lady from Florida had something to do with water, but they never figured out that she fed whales underwater at an undersea park. The panel was just as confused in the second game as they were stumped by the rocket engineer who was working on the soon to be launched Project Gemini. The coup de gras came in the mystery guest round as the panel identified every major cast member in the film "Lord Jim," except for the evening's mystery guest, James Mason. That definitely put a capper on what turned out to be a disastrous evening for the panel. - Sargebri (2006)

        MORE ABOUT WML FASHIONS FOR THE WOMEN: Carol Channing showed off her fashion forwardness by wearing a cute pantsuit on the show. At this time, wearing a pantsuit on a panel show was unusual, as females appearing on the show predominately wore dresses or gowns. However, Carol wasn't the first one to appear in pants. A few years earlier, actress/singer Betty Hutton, who was the mystery guest that night, appeared onstage wearing what appeared to be a cat suit. It was later explained that she had rushed over from her stage play and didn't have time to change into a dress. Arlene also showed a bit of fashion forwardness when she wore a pantsuit in a 1960 episode. In addition, Suzy Knickerbocker and Phyllis Newman wore pantsuits. However, what was unusual for the classic WML would become commonplace on the syndicated version where it wasn't unusual to see one, or even both female panelists, wearing slacks. - Sargebri (2006)

        KILGALLEN WATCH!!! As was mentioned during the opening, Dorothy missed this evening's show due to "executive flu." However, when looked at in the current context, it is very easy to think that she might have missed tonight because of something else. Of course, a few months later, Dorothy would be gone due to her tragic passing brought about by her substance abuse issues. - Sargebri (2006)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining card for the first contestant at nine down. Bennett had identified her as being a diver. John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at three down, saying "I know when I'm licked." The panel had identified an association with rockets. John flipped all the cards for the mystery challenger at seven down, as time was running out. Of course, though the audience didn't know it, the mystery challenger received an appearance fee of $500 whether or not the cards were flipped. - agent_0042 (2006)

      • (1) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 38th known surviving kinescope copy of a live broadcast wherein the word "live" was edited out of the intro.
        (2) Around the time of tonight's show in 1965, opening sponsor Cue toothpaste also had a billboard in New York's Times Square, on the west block of Broadway between West 46th and West 47th Streets.
        (3) After GSN's October 30, 2006 airing of this episode as part of their weekly "Black and White Overnight" block, the channel aired a black-and-white videotape episode of the nighttime CBS version of "Password," which originally aired on February 11, 1965 - exactly ten days prior to the original airing of tonight's "WML?" episode. The celebrity panelists on that "Password" episode were Lauren Bacall and Jack Palance - both of whom had appeared in the past as mystery guests on "WML?" - W-B (2006)

      • This episode might have marked "a first" as guest panelist Carol Channing became the first female panelist to wear slacks. In fact, before she walked on stage, Bennett mentioned that she had on a strange outfit. However, she was not outlandish. She wore a conservative matching "sailor suit" pantsuit. Her top had a large sailor collar and scarf. The set was mostly likely navy blue, with white accents. She looked very cute! But, this was a bold fashion statement for 1965, as the female panelists have always worn either dresses or gowns. Miss Channing provided a lot of the humor in this broadcast, particularly when she tried to use many of Dorothy's favorite phrases. Also, in another bold fashion statement, we see that Martin's hair is a little long in the back. He probably had to grow it long for his role as "Professor Moriarty" in the musical play "Baker Street". - Sargebri (2004)

      • Funny Moments: Miss Channing commented upon how much Arlene Francis adores James Mason's acting in his latest movie. Carol got a laugh from the audience when said, "You liked him so much, you forgot his name!" The panel was stumped in his segment. Bennett told the Gemini engineer a pun, "They are going to be sending cows in space. They will be known as the 'Herd Shot 'Round the World.'" - ironcreekguy

      • James Mason promoted his 1965 film, "Lord Jim" in which he co-starred with Peter O'Toole and upcoming mystery guest (EPISODE #755 of March 14, 1965) Eli Wallach. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Tidbits: We see a new sponsor, Cue Toothpaste with "Fluoraction"! Carol recites another cute but impossibly long introduction for Arlene and also mentions that tomorrow is George Washington's Birthday. Martin Gabel's play "Baker Street" is on Broadway. He sings a song in the play, and John said his singing is good! - Suzanne (2004)

      • Panel: Bennett Cerf, Carol Channing, Arlene Francis, Martin Gabel. Bennett sat in the first chair! Dorothy Kilgallen was absent. Mr. Daly stated she had "the executive flu" or a cold.

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