What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 36


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 09, 1965 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Gloria Roeder and her 5 daughters: Michelle, Pamela, Gail, Donna & Sue - "Run Exercise Class on TV" (salaried; Gloria's 6th daughter, Shirley, was not able to appear because she had hurt herself skateboarding; the 3-year-old exercise class is seen all the way to the West coast, although not in New York; Gloria's husband is a Commander in the U.S. Navy, and he is stationed at the Defense Information School, Fort Slocum, New Rochelle, NY)

Gloria Roeder (9/29/1923 - 9/2/1995)
Michelle Roeder (b. 1/15/1958)
Pamela Roeder (b. 12/1/1953)
Gail Roeder (b. 8/19/1952)
Donna Roeder (b. 6/19/1950)
Sue Roeder (b. 2/18/1956)

Game 2: Mr. Brackett Hill - "Moves Houses" (salaried; he moves boats, too; from Tilton, NH, he was in the of 1927 at Tilton School; John Daly was in the Tilton School of 1930; Mr. Hill moved a 112 year-old church to Tilton School)

Game 3: Soupy Sales (1/8/1926 - 10/22/2009) (as Mystery Guest)

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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)

      • Bennett: (regarding the second contestant's product) Is it found outside the house rather than in inside? (loud laughter from audience)
        John: I quit! I quit! I throw all the cards over!

      • John: (regarding Soupy Sales) This is the first time we've had him with us. I think you'd be great on the panel.

    • NOTES (8)

      • REVIEW: This was one of those nights that if the panel hadn't had such fun, they might have wished they had stayed home. In the first game, the panel figured out that Mrs. Roeder and her daughters were involved in some form of entertainment, but they never were able to guess that the Roeders had an exercise show on television. In the second game, John threw in the towel and flipped the remaining cards after he decided that it was unlikely that the panel would ever figure out that the contestant moved houses. Things really went downhill when the panel ran out of time while questioning Soupy Sales. Soupy was on the show to promote his wildly popular children's show. The panel also brought up his soon-to-be hit song "Do the Mouse." The appearance of Soupy definitely helped ease the blow of a disastrous show, gamewise. - Sargebri (2007)

        During Dorothy's introduction of Robert Q., she mentioned that he was about to appear in the 1965 film "Ski Party," This film was an indirect part of the wildly popular "Beach Party" franchise and featured Frankie Avalon, but not his regular co-star, Annette Funicello. Dorothy Kilgallen also appeared in another film that was indirectly part of the series, "Pajama Party," which was released in 1964. Interestingly, Annette was the star of that film, but Frankie was only seen from the back as the Martian commander. - Sargebri (2007)

        During the mystery guest round, Dorothy asked Soupy if he had ever been on the panel and Q-sie followed it up by asking him if he ever wanted to be on the panel. Of course, Soupy would appear on the panel a few months later and when the syndicated version debuted in 1968, he would become a regular member of that panel and would appear on the show until it went off the air in 1975. - Sargebri (2007)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at five down. Much time had been spent on the first contestant, who ultimately stumped the panel, and time was running rather short for the rest of the episode. When Bennett asked if the contestant's product was found outside of the house rather than inside, John declared "I quit!" The product was, in fact, houses. John flipped all the cards for mystery challenger Soupy Sales at six down because time was again running short. - agent_0042 (2007)

      • (1) "LIVE" WATCH: The kinescope of tonight's live telecast is the 49th known surviving "WML?" episode where the word "live" was edited from the intro.
        (2) During the introductions, Dorothy mentioned that Robert Q. Lewis was appearing in a new movie called "Ski Party." The picture was notable in that it also featured the late James Brown, whose mystery guest appearance on the color syndicated "WML?" was aired by GSN on January 1, 2007. "Soul Brother Number One" performed what would become his biggest and best-known hit, "I Got You (I Feel Good)", in the film; the song's eventual release on King single #45-6015 (which mentioned "Ski Party" in the label copy) followed that of his first big pop hit, "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" (45-5999), which was released a few months following tonight's show. Another popular singer of the time who also appeared in the flick was Lesley Gore; she performed her hit "Sunshine, Lollipops and Roses," which became notable as an early composition from future legendary songwriter/musician Marvin Hamlisch.
        (3) Following GSN's January 15, 2007 airing of this show, the channel aired an episode of "To Tell the Truth" from its final original syndicated season of 1977-1978, with Joe Garagiola as host, the panel consisting of Bill Cullen, Kitty Carlisle, Nipsey Russell and Peggy Cass, and Bill Wendell as announcer. During the opening moments, Garagiola mentioned Russell's role in the movie version of the Broadway musical "The Wiz" which was released in 1978 and also starred Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. The first contestants of this show were Baroness Maria von Trapp (whose story formed the basis for the Broadway musical and movie "The Sound of Music") and two impostors, and the second contestants were "international ghost registrar" Mark Turk and two impostors. Judging from the order of the panelists, this was likely from Week #338, taped on January 17, 1978. - W-B (2007)

      • A lovely portrait of Mr. Daly was painted in 1984 by artist Charles J. Andres. John was 70 years old. The painting commemorated John's retirement as the Chairman of the Board at Tilton School in Tilton, New Hampshire. The portrait shows three buildings John was instrumental in having built or brought to the campus: the chapel, the field house, and the mansion. The 112-year-old church was discussed on this episode. - TheAngelTorgo (2004)

        The portrait can be seen here:
        John Daly Portrait

      • This was a preview of things to come. It was very ironic that Dorothy asked Soupy if he were ever on the panel. As we know, he will become a regular panelist on the syndicated version of the show a few years later. But first, he'll be a guest panelist on this show in three weeks. Several references were made to his hit single recording "Do the Mouse" which would become a Top 40 hit in 1965. However, Soupy wasn't the only person with musical talent in his family. His sons Tony Fox Sales and Hunt Sales would form the band Tony and the Tigers and would make several appearances on the 1965-1966 dance and music show "Hulabaloo." In the 1970s, they would become backing musicians for Iggy Pop, and in the 1990s, join David Bowie's band The Tin Machine. The panel had a rough time on this broadcast and were stumped by every contestant, including Soupy. - Sargebri (2004)

      • This is the first appearance of Soupy Sales on "What's My Line?" He will later become a panelist on the syndicated version, and will earn the reputation of being the most difficult person to stump during the mystery guest round. - TheAngelTorgo (2004)

      • Tidbits: Happy Mother's Day 1965!

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Robert Q. Lewis, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)