What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 29


Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Mar 21, 1965 on CBS



  • Notes

    • REVIEW: This had to be one of the wildest episodes in the history of WML. Sitting on the panel this evening were long-time favorite Alan King and, filling in for a missing Dorothy, Carol Channing, who gave one of her customary long-winded intros for Bennett. Unfortunately, this also was one of the poorest showings for them as they went an embarrassing 1 for 3. Only Bennett's correct identification of the mystery guest saved the panel from being completely shut out. The first game was highly unusual due to the fact that only Arlene was blindfolded. The reason for this was because the first contestant, Lillian Briggs, was Arlene's trombone teacher. Lillian was preparing Arlene for her role in the play "Mrs. Dally Has a Lover." The panel was completely stumped and Arlene was genuinely surprised when Lillian's identity was finally revealed. In the second game, John threw in the towel and flipped the remaining cards because he felt that the panel wouldn't be able to guess that the contestant made mini-submarines. The panel's luck did improve with the mystery guest round as Bennett was able to correctly identify Art Carney. Art was on the show to promote "The Odd Couple," which was just starting its Broadway run. John also talked about how he and Art had worked together previously. This helped to ease the blow of what was a very poor night, gamewise, for the panel. - Sargebri (2006)

      During the post-game chat following the mystery guest round, guest panelist Alan King joked that "The Odd Couple" should have starred New York City Mayor Wagner and New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller. Ironically, Bennett's wife, Phyllis Cerf, would marry Mayor Wagner a few years after Bennett's 1971 death. Sadly, the same weekend this episode aired on GSN in 2006, Phyllis Fraser Cerf Wagner died following a fall at the age of 90. - Sargebri (2006)

      As Art Carney mentioned, at the time of his appearance on the show, he was appearing in the classic comedy "The Odd Couple." Art played the role of neat freak "Felix Unger." Interestingly, the two actors that followed him in the role would also appear on WML. Jack Lemmon, who appeared as both a mystery guest and guest panelist, took over for Art when the play was adapted into a successful motion picture. However, the most famous "Felix" was long-time WML favorite Tony Randall, who took over the role on the classic 1970-1975 television version. - Sargebri (2006)

      KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Dorothy was missing this evening. However, there was no explanation as to why she was not on the show. Within a matter of months, Dorothy would be gone from the show forever, due to her unexpected and tragic death. - Sargebri (2006)