What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 37


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 16, 1965 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Miss Pat McGee (b. 8/23/1945) - "Demonstrates Skateboards" (salaried; pretty blond; she is employed by and demonstrates a skateboard made by Vita-Pakt Citrus Company of Covina, California, and when John said he was confused by this, and asked Pat "did this develop from the boxes they pack oranges in?" Pat chuckled and explained that the company had branched out into other fields; Arlene began the questioning and identified Pat's profession all by herself, but John flipped all the cards anyway; John said that Pat was on the cover of Life magazine this week, shown standing on her hands on a skateboard; Pat said that prior to skateboarding, she surfed for 7 years, but explained to John that this was not in preparation for skateboarding and went on to say that skiers hone their skills on skateboards; she is currently in New York demonstrating her athletic skills at Macy's department store; from San Diego, California)

It is no longer there, but a nine-minute segment of this episode used to be on YouTube.com with the following description: 1965 Skateboard Champion Patti McGee on the WHAT'S MY LINE? TV show -- Pat McGee, "The Blonde Skateboarding Goddess" of the 1960's on the TV quiz show WHAT'S MY LINE? If you don't know who Pat is, she was the first Professional Girl Skateboarder. Sponsored by Hobie, she was on the cover of the 3rd SKATEBOARDER magazine in 1965 and made the cover of LIFE magazine the same year.

Game 2: Dick Hull - "Operates Automobile Crushing Machine (For Scrap Metal)" (salaried; he stumped the panel; after his line was revealed, Bennett mentioned the scene of the auto being crushed by a similar machine in the James Bond movie "Goldfinger" and asked Mr. Hull if that scene was accurate. Mr. Hull replied that he operated a different kind of crusher, a portable one; from Ottumwa, Iowa)

Game 3: Liza Minnelli (b. 3/12/1946) (as Mystery Guest) Liza is guessed very quickly. Arlene mentions that they were sure she would be on last week and then Bennett says almost disdainfully, "And what do we get? Soupy Sales!"

Game 4: Miss Yoshiko Yatsuwe or Yatsue (phonetic approximation) - "Television News Reporter" (salaried; Japanese girl; she signed her name in Japanese characters; Bennett determines that she appears on television, but asks if she is part of the Japanese WML program, which gets a "no" when the game is called for time; John describes her as the "Walter Cronkite of Japan"; from Tokyo, Japan)

Sponsors as shown in Gil Fates' show logs:

Sherwin Williams Paint
Yardley of London

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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: (questioning the demonstrator of skateboards) Is there something entertaining about the product?
        John: If you were using it, there sure would be! (loud laughter from audience)
        Arlene: Thank you, John.

      • John: Well, Miss McGee, I thought we were going to give them a lot of trouble. I'm sorry we didn't, but it certainly was a delight to have so pretty a young lady and so skillful a young lady on What's My Line?

    • NOTES (6)

      • REVIEW: After a terrific start, it wound up being a so-so night for the panel as they finished with a .500 record for the night. Arlene got things "rolling" when she pulled a solo in correctly figuring out that first contestant was a female skateboarding pro. The panel was quickly brought back down to earth when they failed to guess that the second contestant operated an automobile crushing machine. The panel had better luck in the mystery guest round when they correctly identified a certain new star by the name of Liza Minnelli. Liza was on the show to promote her current Broadway musical, "Flora, the Red Menace," for which she would win the "Best Actress in a Musical" Tony award Not surprisingly, the post-game conversation turned toward her famous mother, Judy Garland. Liza also reminded the audience of her father, director Vincent Minnelli. In the final game, Bennett correctly guessed that the young lady from Japan was a television personality. However, John decided to flip the remaining cards before they were able to guess that she was a television newswoman. However, this was still a fun night despite the panel's final record. - Sargebri (2007)

        LIZA: Liza Minnelli was just beginning her career that made her one of the most versatile entertainers ever. Four years after this appearance, she would receive her first Oscar nomination for playing the role of "Pookie" in the 1969 film "The Sterile Cuckoo." However, it was in 1972 when she would achieve her greatest success in films. That year, she appeared in the classic film, "Cabaret," playing the role of the legendary "Sally Bowles." It was for that role that Liza won the Oscar -- an award that her mother, Judy Garland, never won. However, this was not the only award that Liza won. Later that year, she also won an Emmy for her 1972 television special, "Liza, with a Z." - Sargebri (2007)

        JUDY: Two years after Liza's appearance on the show this evening, her mother, Judy Garland, also appeared on the show. However, for the producers, Judy's appearance was one of the most disturbing in WML history. An inebriated Judy created a problem when she refused to go on unless she received her fee in advance. However, reason prevailed, and with seconds until air time, Judy made her appearance. Also, rather that giving verbal answers to the panel, she rang a bell. That evening clearly was a night that Judy was not at her best. - Sargebri (2007)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant without receiving any "no" responses. Arlene had correctly and quickly ascertained the product, skateboards, but when Arlene couldn't quickly come up with the guest's precise involvement with skateboards, John took the opportunity to flip all the cards for the pretty, young contestant. John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at seven down, as time ran out. The panel had deduced that the lovely young Japanese woman was involved in a regular television show, but John didn't feel that they would determine her exact profession in the time remaining. - agent_0042 (2007)

      • In September 2006, I viewed this episode at The Museum of Radio & TV in New York City. In the first game, Arlene started the questioning of the first contestant, Pat McGee, and was able to guess her occupation after about 5 questions! The game went by so fast that John was able to interview Miss McGee about her skateboards and where they were made. In the second game, John Daly disclosed to the panel that the guest, Dick Hull, was salaried and dealt in a service. Dick came from the same town, Ottumwa, Iowa, that was the home of the character "Radar" on the 1972-1983 television series "M*A*S*H." In the mystery guest round, it only took the panel about 5 questions to identify Liza Minnelli as the mystery guest. Bennett commented that they thought she was going to be the mystery guest on the previous week, but said that they got Soupy Sales instead. Arlene said she was at Liza's opening and Judy Garland was in the fourth row and every time Liza finished a song, she would look at her mother as if to ask if she was doing okay. Liza also mentioned that her father was director Vincent Minnelli. The first commercial break was for Sherwin Williams. The second commercial was for Yardley Black Label After Shave lotion. The third commercial break was a CBS promo for "The Munsters." At the end of the show, Johnny Olson said that WML had been presented by Yardley. - ymike673 (2006)

      • After skipping this episode in 2002 and again in 2004, GSN aired it on January 22, 2007. - W-B (2007)

        I can confirm that this episode aired on GSN at some time between 1995 and 1998. Arlene's introduction of Paul Anka is missing from the kinescope. Dorothy introduces Bennett as "the only undeclared candidate for mayor of New York." - Eric Paddon (2006)

        On June 12, 2004, when it should have been shown in regular rotation, GSN did not air this episode. It was skipped for the Ronald Reagan Tribute. - Suzanne (2004)

        In March 2002, this episode was not aired by GSN because the network was not yet airing the WML episodes in a consistent and sequential manner. - Suzanne (2003)

      • (1) THIS EPISODE EXISTS: This particular episode does exist on kinescope, although it was not aired on GSN in either 2002 or 2004. The person who uploaded the segment of this video to YouTube.com in 2006 had uploaded only the first game. GSN finally ran this entire episode on January 22, 2007.
        (2) "LIVE" WATCH: Once again, as with virtually all "WML?" episodes of this period, the kinescope recording of this live episode had the word "live" edited out from the intro. This is the 50th known such surviving episode.
        (3) CONTINUITY BREAK: Arlene's introduction of guest panelist Paul Anka is completely missing from the kinescope. The kinescope was apparently damaged.
        (4) "SIGN IN" VARIATION: In introducing the first contestant, John varies the introductory salutation slightly, saying "Would you enter and sign in, please?" rather than the usual "Will you enter and sign in, please?" which he used for the second contestant and the mystery challenger.
        (5) At the time of her mystery guest appearance tonight, Liza Minnelli was starring in the Broadway musical "Flora, The Red Menace," which was the first major collaboration of songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb, who would go on to collaborate on such now-legendary musicals as "Cabaret" (the 1972 movie version of which starred Miss Minnelli as "Sally Bowles") and "Chicago." Kander and Ebb would also write the songs for the 1977 motion picture "New York, New York," the theme of which would be performed by Liza in the movie, but is today most associated with Dorothy's old sparring partner Frank Sinatra, who had his last big hit with it in 1980.
        (6) Following GSN's January 22, 2007 airing of this episode, the channel aired an episode of the 1974-1975 CBS version of the Goodson-Todman production "Now You See It," which was hosted by Jack Narz and announced by Johnny Olson. - W-B (2006 & 2007)

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Paul Anka, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)