What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 35


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 02, 1965 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Miss Paula La Cross - "Target in Knife Throwing Act" (a high school senior, she works with her father Paul La Cross; she spins at 120 RPM and he outlines her form with knives, sometimes he is even blindfolded; from St. Albans, VT)

Game 2: Mr. Myron J. Greenfield - "Makes Bubble Bath" (he is the President of Tom Fields Ltd. which makes 25 varieties of bubble bath including Champagne, Bathtub Gin, and Tinkerbell for the kids; from Teaneck, NJ; see notes below)

Game 3: Jack Jones (b. 1/14/1938) (as Mystery Guest) . .moreless

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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 (2)

      • Arlene: Are you a leading man? So as not to be confused with a leading woman.
        Jack: That's a leading question.

      • Myron: But, uh, we coined a phrase, my brother coined a phrase which I think Mr. Cerf would like, uh, "the family that bathes together, uh, stays together."
        John: Thank you, Mr. Greenfield! That takes care of that.

    • NOTES (12)

      • REVIEW: The panel was hot tonight, in more ways than one, as they went a respectable 2 for 3 this evening. The evening got off to a slow start when they failed to guess that the pretty young high school student was a human target in a knife throwing act. The panel did bounce back nicely in the second game as Arlene, with a big assist from Dorothy, correctly guessed that the contestant from Teaneck, New Jersey made bubble bath. In the mystery guest round, Bennett correctly identified singer Jack Jones. Jack didn't have anything to promote other than his engagement in Pittsburgh. This final round was definitely a good way to end a good performance by the panel. - Sargebri (2007)

        JACK JONES: Jack Jones never did achieve the big time pop success that Frank Sinatra predicted for him. However, Jones did become a popular nightclub singer. Later, he sang the theme to "The Love Boat," a 1977-1986 comedy television series. - Sargebri (2007)

        There was some irony regarding Sinatra's prediction about Jones, as both men ended up recording competing versions of "Strangers in the Night" the next year. After Jones' label, Kapp, announced plans to release his recording of the song as a single, Sinatra's producer, Jimmy Bowen, rush-recorded and released his own version on Reprise. Sinatra's version, issued on single #0470, hit #1 on the singles charts, while Jones' didn't even make a dent; his rendition, issued on Kapp 755, ended up as the flip of "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)" from the musical "Man of La Mancha" which was a minor Top 40 chart entry that year. The tale of the competing versions of "Strangers in the Night" was told by Bowen in his 1997 book, "Rough Mix." - W-B (2007)

        KILGALLEN WATCH!!! One of the most humorous moments of the evening was provided by Dolly Mae. When the bubble bath maker announced the varieties of certain bubble baths (champagne and beer and gin scents) Dorothy let out a noticeable "Oh." Of course, at that time, it could have been seen as very humorous. However, looking back, it was rather sad due to the substance abuse problems that would lead to Dorothy's death a few months later. - Sargebri (2007)

      • STICK A KNIFE IN HER: The occupational line "Target in Knife Throwing Act" was seen again in EPISODE #872 of August 6, 1967. - agent_0042 (2007)

      • (1) "LIVE" WATCH: This episode is the 48th known kinescope of a live transmission still in existence, to cut the word "live" from the intro.
        (2) TECHNICAL WATCH: The camera which showed each of the panelists in closeup appeared slightly out-of-focus in certain spots tonight.
        (3) Following GSN's January 8, 2007 airing of tonight's "WML?" episode, the channel aired an episode from near the tail end of the 1969-1974 color syndicated version of "Beat the Clock," with Gene Wood as host and two-time "WML?" guest panelist William Shatner as guest. - W-B (2007)

      • WHAT WAS ARLENE REFERRING TO? As John Daly was walking over with his glass of water, Arlene's comment was, "Not on the mechanical. It's just like Louisville, Kentucky, it's on the far end." To which Bennett comments, "It's this end." After the commercial break, John Daly says, "If nothing else will teach Bennett that he can't sing, that little fire over in the microphone ought to have done the trick, I would think." - RuDan (2004)

      • ALL FIRED UP! The sequence of events in the fire incident is quite interesting. We initially see that there is a problem as Jack Jones is leaving John Daly's side. You can see John look over curiously toward Bennett and Dorothy's side of the panel at first, since the camera does catch Dorothy standing up as if there is a problem. Then, the camera follows Jack, and he and Bennett shake hands. Dorothy begins to shake hands with Jack, but warns Jack to cautiously reach over, because there is some sort of problem. You can even see Martin Gabel take a peek over at this point. You cannot hear anything at this time due to the applause of the audience. But, after Jack makes his way off stage, the applause stops. The camera, now shifted on John, shows him as he looks over again curiously. John then says, "Oh, we have a small problem over here which Bennett will take care of." Next, you hear Bennett say the words "small fire" in the background, which then leads John to say "Wait just a minute, just a second folks." John then walks over with his glass of water and dumps it on Bennett's microphone. As John is walking over to the panel's desk, Arlene says, "Not on the mechanical. It's like Louisville Kentucky, it's just the far end." John then says, "Oh, that's alright." Bennett immediately replies, "But, it's this end!" while John is pouring water on Bennett's microphone. What is even more interesting is that as I still-frame the whole sequence on my VCR, you can see a puff of smoke rise up from Bennett's microphone as Jack is moving from Arlene to wave to the audience. It's hard to see what is really on fire, but there are references to Bennett's microphone made, especially in the closing comments. This was yet another classic moment from a classic TV series! - Jim Getz (2004)

      • LOVE, EXCITING AND NEW! This, of course, is in reference to the fact that Jack Jones would later sing the theme song to the 1977-1986 romantic television hit "The Love Boat." Other notable Jack Jones songs include his two Grammy Award winning hits, "Lollipops and Roses" (released in 1961) and "Wives And Lovers" (released in 1963). Jack's famous parents, Allan Jones and Irene Hervey, were also mentioned. Jack's style of music became less popular with the advent of Beatlemania. Jack will soon be opening in the "Silver Lounge" at the Twin Coaches Supper Club on Route 51 in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, which is near Pittsburgh. The panel performed admirably well tonight, despite the fact that the first guest stumped them totally. Arlene, with an assist from Dorothy, guessed the bubble bath maker. Bennett earned his pay by guessing Jack Jones. The highlight of the night, of course, was not the fire, but hearing Bennett try to hum the melody to the Petula Clark song "Downtown." - Sargebri (2004)

      • MIC OR PIPE? There is a vague comment by Mr. Daly that the fire was started electrically. But, Bennett's pipe seems a more likely culprit. - TheAngelTorgo

      • Myron J. Greenfield founded the U.K. corporation, Tom Fields, Ltd., in 1952. He mentioned his Tinkerbell Bubble Bath product. "The family that bathes together, stays together." In 1952, he also registered the trademark name Tinkerbell. In 1953, Walt Disney Company released the animated film "Peter Pan" which features "Tinker Bell". Fast forward several decades and corporate buyouts. Even though the company that owned the Tinkerbell trademark never aggressively tried to stop Disney from marketing "Tinker Bell" items for decades, that company (New Tinkerbell, Inc. of Pennsylvania) sued Disney in 2000 for trademark infringement. They lost. - Suzanne

      • PHYSICS OF FIRE: If you watch Jack Jones closely as he exits, you will see that he notices the fire as he is shaking hands with the panel. You can see the smoke against Bennett's dark jacket. Regarding the fire dialogue, I've tried repeatedly to listen to the portion of the episode concerning the fire, but the sound on the kinescope is quite scratchy. By using headphones, I was able to detect Bennett exclaiming, "There's a small fire here!" John then informs the audience that "...we have a small problem." Martin Gabel's comment is not clearly audible. I think he says, "I tried that John, I don't know," or "Don't try that John, I don't know." At this point, John is making his way to the panel's desk with his glass of water. Arlene says, "Not on the mechanical, it's like Louisville, Kentucky, it's just the far end." As she is finishing her statement, John is dousing the problem. After the final commercial break, John Daly says that if nothing else will convince Bennett that he can't sing, that little fire in the microphone ought to do the trick. I'm guessing that Bennett's microphone must have shorted and started to smolder. It is strange that John would have poured water on a fire that was electrical in nature, as this can be very dangerous. I am an electrician, and I can tell you that a small wire like that in a microphone would have the potential to heat up very quickly under the right circumstances. Of course, the circumstances could vary, but the basic laws involved in electrical flow on a small conductor (in this case, the wire) will usually bring about the same end result. The smaller the conductor, the greater the resistance. In electricity, resistance creates heat. That's why a light bulb filament gets hot. That's why a toaster toasts. That's why... well, you get the point! - Nathan Laney

      • COME ON BABY, LIGHT MY FIRE! MR. DALY TO THE RESCUE! At the end of the episode, after Jack Jones walks out, the camera pans back to show the panel. Dorothy is still standing up, backed away from her seat and partially hidden from view since she is standing behind Martin Gabel. Something is wrong. We soon learn that there is a fire! Mr. Daly calmly picks up his glass of water, walks over to the panel desk, and douses the flames (which we never see) on Bennett's desk. Was this truly a microphone fire or did Bennett's pipe start a fire at the base of his microphone? There is never a dull moment on What's My Line?! - Suzanne (2004)

      • Tidbits: We see a new sponsor, Rose Lotion Vel Liquid Dish Soap. We also see new light-colored "bow tie shape" blindfolds for Arlene! Her usual black pearl-rimmed blindfolds are visible on the edge of the panel desk.

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Martin Gabel, Dorothy Kilgallen,
        Bennett Cerf.

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