What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 38


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 23, 1965 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • When Robert Goulet mentions that he will sing the National Anthem at the fight, one of the panelists wonders if the fight will be shorter than the anthem. And of course, that is what happened -- Ali won the fight very early in the first round. - ymike673 (2007)

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • REVIEW: Despite Tony's worst fears about breaking his own record for the most consecutive "no" answers, he turned out to be the star of the night. In fact, the panel essentially had a perfecto this evening. In the first game, Tony was given credit for guessing that the young lady taught parenting classes. However, it was in the second game that Tony pulled one out of thin air. In that game, it looked as if the panel was going to go down in defeat, when out of the blue Tony correctly guessed that the contestant made glue. The only time Tony didn't have a hand in a win was in the mystery guest round. In that game, Dorothy correctly identified Robert Goulet. Bob didn't have an engagement in town, but he did promote his upcoming appearance at the Muhammad Ali/Sony Liston heavyweight championship fight. Bob also promoted his wife Carol Lawrence's engagement at the Americana Hotel. This was definitely a fun night. - Sargebri (2007)

      THE ALI/LISTON FIGHT: As was mentioned in the post game chat following the mystery guest round, Robert Goulet was going to sing the national anthem at the upcoming Muhammad Ali/Sonny Liston fight. Bob was very apprehensive about singing the anthem because he said that a lot of singers never make it through the song without some kind of error. Bob's fears were well-warranted, because he did sing one word of the lyrics incorrectly -- in one of the most famous bloopers in musical history. However, that wasn't the only bizarre thing that happened that night. The second Ali/Liston fight turned out to be one of the most controversial fights in the history of boxing. Originally, the fight was scheduled to take place a few months earlier. However, Ali was forced to undergo surgery to repair a hernia. When the fight did take place, it ended on a highly controversial note. In the first round, Ali hit Liston with a punch and Liston went down. When Liston fell, Ali took several seconds to go to the neutral corner. When Ali finally went to the neutral corner, referee (and former heavyweight champion) Jersey Joe Walcott began his count and Liston was able to get up before Walcott got to ten. The fight then resumed, but as the two fighters started to box, Walcott was called over to the side of the ring, and a few seconds later, the fight ended with Ali being declared the winner. The reason given was that even though Liston had beaten the referee's count, he was still counted out by the official time keeper. After that, many people had said the fight was fixed, especially after several people who viewed the fight questioned the power of Ali's punch. The result also caused irreparable damage to Liston's career and he would never again fight for the world title. - Sargebri (2007)

      MATCHMAKER: During the post mystery guest round chat, Robert Goulet mentioned his and Carol Lawrence's six month old son. Interestingly, when Tony Randall had earlier appeared on an episode of "Password," he joked that he was responsible for Carol being pregnant. The reason he gave was that he had been responsible for bringing Bob and Carol together. - Sargebri (2007)

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at six down. He had accidentally given the panel a small clue that she was involved in an area of teaching. - agent_0042 (2007)

    • (1) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 51st known surviving kinescope of a live transmission to have the word "live" edited out of the intro.
      (2) BAD PUN ALERT: After a long break from puns, Bennett strikes again, with a tall tale of "our panel moderator" saving a princess in Peru from drowning. The punch line of his joke was that when John saw how beautiful the princess was, he "signed her up before the Inca was dry." This was a "double play" on "ink" and "Inca," the ancient highland people of Peru. In addition, there is a dual meaning to the word "dry," referencing both the ink and the princess. Overall, it was a more complicated pun than many of Bennett's previous jokes. Nevertheless, as with most of Mr. Cerf's puns, it was met with groans from both the audience and his fellow panelists.
      (3) ROBERT GOULET: A few months before his mystery guest appearance tonight, Robert Goulet had his biggest hit on the pop singles charts with "My Love, Forgive Me (Amore, Scusami)" (Columbia single #4-43131). He remained with Columbia through 1970. At the time of this appearance, Mr. Goulet was in the middle of his marriage to actress, singer and dancer Carol Lawrence, who had been a mystery guest on "WML?" EPISODE #685 of October 20, 1963. Their marriage lasted from 1963 to 1981 and produced two children. Interestingly, due to a misunderstanding, for many years Mr. Goulet's real name was mistakenly assumed to be Stanley Appelbaum and was erroneously cited as such in many reference books. In fact, Goulet was indeed his family name, and he is of French-Canadian extraction. (There was a Stan Appelbaum who was an orchestra conductor on many New York-recorded pop hits of the late 1950's and early 1960's, however he and Goulet were never related.)
      (4) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: For this episode, James Murphy was credited in place of Milt Myers as production supervisor.
      (5) SYNDICATED EPISODE: Following GSN's January 29, 2007 airing of tonight's classic CBS episode, the channel ran an episode of the color syndicated version of "WML?" from its fifth season. The episode was from Week #173, taped on November 9, 1972. The host was Larry Blyden, the panel consisted of Soupy Sales, Sherrye Henry, Henry Morgan and Arlene Francis, and the announcer was Chet Gould. On this edition, the mystery guest was Geoffrey Holder, who at the time of taping had appeared as the "Sorcerer" in the movie "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask." That film featured a few people who had been connected to the "classic CBS" "WML?", among them Tony Randall, Robert Q. Lewis, and of course, the motion picture's writer/producer/star, Woody Allen. Also in a small role as "The Girl" was one Erin Fleming, who later gained infamy as the companion of onetime "WML?" guest panelist and mystery guest Groucho Marx in the final years of his life. Within several months of this episode, Mr. Holder would appear as "Baron Samedi" in the film "Live and Let Die" (the first James Bond movie to star Roger Moore as 007). As a side note, at the time of this 1972 episode, Sherrye Henry was hosting a radio show on New York station WOR, on whose airwaves, at one time or another, not only Arlene but also Henry Morgan appeared (in his case, in the 1940's on "Here's Morgan") - to say nothing of the dear, departed Dorothy Kilgallen. - W-B (2007)

    • Aside from Tony's good luck, game 2 includes one of the best moments of the night, a nice little flub from Bennett! Arlene asks the glue maker if his product is a solid, and she receives a "no" answer. This is immediately followed by Bennett asking the contestant if the product "can be worn." This receives a good laugh from the panel and a comment from Dorothy about the product being "drip dry." - TheAngelTorgo

    • Robert Goulet will be singing our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, at the upcoming boxing match in Lewiston, Maine. Although the panel joked that they wanted Floyd Patterson to win, the famous match on May 25, 1965 at Lewiston was fought between Muhammad Ali (formerly known as Cassius Clay) and Sonny Liston. Ali knocked out Liston in the first round with what some claim was a "phantom punch." Many sports historians feel that the fight was fixed. - Suzanne (2004)

      Although Robert Goulet was born in the United States, he moved to Canada when he was 14 years old and had never sung the Star-Spangled Banner in public before May 25, 1965. That night, moments before the rematch of boxing heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston, Goulet stood in the ring and began by singing, "Oh say, can you see, by the dawn's early night..." Although he has now sung the song without incident hundreds of times since that night, Goulet says he is always asked about his infamous "Star-Mangled Banner" flub. He said he made a mistake on one word, and he wishes he could "take it back." - Suzanne (2004)

    • Tidbits: We see a new blindfold on Arlene. It it made of a gingham check fabric with ruffled edges.

    • In a strange case of premonition, Robert Goulet states his concerns over singing the "Star-Bangled Banner" before the Ali-Liston rematch. He stated that many performers make mistakes with the lyrics to our national anthem. Goulet admitted that he was nervous about singing the song and John Daly agreed that it was a difficult song to sing. Goulet's concerns were well justified, because in one of the most famous flubs in history, Goulet forgot the words as he was singing! For years, he was not able to live this down. Also, Tony Randall made mention of the fact that he held the record for most "no" answers at seven. However, tonight he really shined! He guessed that the first contestant had something to do with childbirth, but that was nothing compared to the what happened with the next contestant. After Dorothy had finished asking her questions, Tony innocently asked if the contestant made glue and he was correct. He was totally shocked when he found out that he made a correct guess. After the show, John Daly told Tony that a special "Yes" medal would be waiting for him. - Sargebri (2004)

    • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Tony Randall, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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