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What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 27


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

Game 1: Pete Sa - "Makes Pizza" (self-employed; his pizza business in Metuchen, New Jersey is named "Wot a Place, Pete Sa's Pizza"; Mr. Daly spelled the unusual spelling of his business name; Pete said his surname was of Portuguese origin; from Edison, NJ)

Game 2: Scott Tutt - "Makes Artificial Snow for Skiing" (salaried; he works for "Metropolitan Ski Slopes, Inc." which fabricates snow for use at Van Courtland Park, NY; age 19; originally from Doylestown, PA; currently from New Jersey)

Game 3: Lucille Ball (8/6/1911 - 4/26/1989) (as Mystery Guest) She signed in as "Lucy".

Game 4: Miss Benita Caress - "Issues Passports" (salaried; she is an agent in the U.S. Passport Office in Rockefeller Center; from Little Neck, Long Island, NY) . .moreless

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Lucille Ball

    Lucille Ball

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Martin Gabel

    Martin Gabel

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Buddy Hackett

    Buddy Hackett

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Buddy: Are you a male?
        Lucille: Mostly no. (loud cheers and applause)
        Buddy: I didn't hear that.

      • Martin: The man I'm about to introduce has many gifts, but above all, he is the Rolls Royce of moderators - Mr. John Daly. (loud cheers and applause)

      • Arlene: And now, a gentleman who is starring in a big musical comedy hit, "I Had a Ball," and he sees to it that everybody in the audience has a ball - exactly that - Mr. Buddy Hackett. (loud cheers and applause)

    • NOTES (9)

      • WELCOME BACK BUDDY!!! Buddy Hackett made his return to the panel this evening and joining him was Martin, who sat in Bennett's anchor chair while Bennett was vacationing in the Caribbean. As for the games themselves, the panel had a fairly good night. In the first game, an astute Buddy got the joke and correctly guessed that the first contestant, Pete Sa, was a pizza maker. In the second game, Martin, who got a big assist from a rather sexy looking Dolly Mae, was given credit for guessing that the young college student had something to do with making snow. In the mystery guest round, Arlene correctly identified Lucille Ball, who appropriately used a Woody Woodpecker laugh while answering the panel. Lucy was on the show to promote the Easter Seals campaign for that year and reminded people of what the money was meant for. She also told a rather funny story about the night she and the rest of the "I Love Lucy" cast met President Eisenhower. In the final game, the panel ran out of time before they could figure out that the attractive lady from Long Island worked with the U. S. Passport Office, so she won the full prize by default. However, in spite of losing the final game, this still was a fun and successful night. - Sargebri (2006)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at two down after Buddy figured out the guest's association with pizza. John flipped them for the second contestant at seven down after Martin essentially made the identification. They were flipped at four down for the final contestant, as time ran out. - agent_0042 (2006)

      • (1) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 40th known surviving kinescope of a live "WML?" episode where the word "live" has been cut from the intro.
        (2) There is a new nameplate for Buddy Hackett, set in the regular type as with other "WML?" panelists and moderator John Daly (Title Gothic Condensed No. 11, aka Gothic Condensed No. 543), replacing what looked like a handwritten nameplate used for most of his past guest panelist appearances, right up to EPISODE #745 of January 3, 1965.
        (3) AND SPEAKING OF FONTS: The occupation overlay screens and mystery guest name overlay on tonight's show were set in Futura Medium, rather than the usual occupation and mystery guest name overlay type of Futura Demi Bold. Futura Medium had been in use on "WML?" end credit graphics since 1954 when Roy Doty's end credit title card drawings first took effect, and was sometimes used for mystery guest name overlays in the mid-to-late 1950's.
        (4) After GSN's November 13, 2006 airing of this episode, they next ran EPISODE #784 of October 3, 1965, with Sean Connery and Henry Fonda as mystery guests. Interestingly, on both this show and EPISODE #784, Bennett Cerf was absent and Martin Gabel filled in for him. - W-B (2006)

      • Buddy Hackett was his usual funny self. He did catch the "Pete Sa" joke and he provided a lot of humor. Lucille Ball was also very entertaining as she used one of her trademark voices to try to fool the panel. It was cute when she used the "Woody Woodpecker" laugh, especially due to the fact that she and Woody were probably two of the most famous redheads on television. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Lucille Ball was named Chairman of the Easter Seal Campaign, and solicited donations to the Easter Seal Society between now and Easter 1965. - Suzanne (2004)

      • The first contestant's name was Pete Sa (say it out loud), and he made pizza. Of course, Buddy Hackett was the first to catch on to this. It makes one wonder how soon Bennett would have guessed the occupation had he not been on vacation. - TheAngelTorgo

      • Tidbits: We see a new sponsor, Supp-hose Regular Stockings. Bennett is vacationing in Caneel Bay, St. John, Virgin Islands. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Buddy Hackett, Dorothy Kilgallen, Martin Gabel.

      • Joe Bananas: During Buddy Hackett's turn at questioning Pete Sa, he recalls that in his Brooklyn childhood, street vendors were nicknamed according to the products they sold. Dorothy interrupts him by saying, "Joe Bananas," and then Buddy gives her a shocked reaction. She was referring to Joseph Bonanno, the organized crime chieftain who was based in New York and Tucson, Arizona. The New York Times mentioned his name many times in the weeks before this episode. "Joe Bananas" became one of the few powerful men in his profession to die in old age of natural causes. Here is a link to a highly praised 1999 book written by Mr. Bonanno's son, Bill Bonanno: Bound by Honor: A Mafioso's Story Bill doesn't refer to What's My Line? in the text, but he explains why March 7, 1965 fell during a tumultuous period when his father was a fugitive whom the FBI tried zealously to capture. Dorothy had a lot of chutzpah to say what she said on live television, and Buddy Hackett's expression of alarm was understandable. - Jan Simonson

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