What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 39


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 30, 1965 on CBS



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    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at five down. Arlene had correctly guessed that Beverly was associated with snakes and that she extracted venom from them. John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at two down, as time was running extremely short. Prior to the start of Bonnie's game, John told the panel that she was appearing at the World's Fair. Bennett came close to identifying her line and Dorothy zeroed in on the association with water. - agent_0042 (2007)

    • A LOOK INTO THE FUTURE!!! This was a very interesting episode due to the fact that sitting in as a guest panelist this evening was Soupy Sales, who would go on to become a regular on the daily syndicated version three years later. Soupy probably was a nice good luck charm, as the panel nearly scored a perfecto. In the first game, Arlene was given credit for correctly guessing that the contestant was a keeper of venomous snakes; specifically, coral snakes. In the second game, Bennett correctly guessed that the contestant made trampolines. In the mystery guest round, which would become a specialty of Soupy's, Dorothy correctly identified Anthony Newley and his then-wife Joan Collins. Tony was on the show to promote his latest musical, "The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd." During the post game chat they also discussed another play of Tony's, the classic "Stop the World - I Want to Get Off." John also congratulated the couple on the upcoming birth of their baby. John did try to get a fourth game in and the panel did correctly guess that she had something to do with a water act, but time ran out before they could guess that she was in the water skiing show at the World's Fair. However, despite the failure in the final game, the panel still had a great night. - Sargebri (2007)

      AND BABY MAKES FOUR: The "upcoming baby" referred to in John's congratulations to mystery guests Anthony Newley and Joan Collins was their second child, Alexander (Sasha) Newley. In an eerie coincidence, the baby was born on November 8, 1965 - the exact same day as Dorothy Kilgallen's tragic death. (The Newley's first child, daughter Tara, was born on October 12, 1963.) - W-B (2007)

    • (1) "LIVE" WATCH: Tonight's live broadcast had the distinction of being the 52nd known surviving kinescope to have the word "live" cut out from the opening.
      (2) ANTHONY NEWLEY: Besides what has been mentioned about Anthony Newley's long career, special mention should be made of one of the songs from "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," "The Candy Man." That tune, upon its release on MGM single #K-14320 towards the end of 1971, became the biggest hit single of the long career of occasional "WML?" mystery guest and guest panelist Sammy Davis, Jr. In mid-1972, it reached the top of the pop singles chart. (Davis had previously had a Top Ten hit in 1962 with "What Kind of Fool Am I?") In addition, Mr. Newley was also responsible for the infamous 1969 flop "Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?" which he and then-wife Joan Collins co-starred (he played "Merkin"); the film also featured in small roles Newley and Collins' two children, Tara and Alexander (aka Sasha), as well as two people who had appeared on "WML?" as guest panelists and/or mystery guests, Milton Berle and George Jessel; and in the role of "Mercy Humppe" was Connie Kreski, who in 1969 was Playboy's Playmate of the Year. To date (as of 2007), this movie has never been commercially released on VHS or DVD.
      (3) "SIGN IN" WATCH: For the first time in quite a few years, John uses the old "Will you come in and sign in, please?" salutation when calling for mystery guests Anthony Newley and Joan Collins.
      (4) ABOUT TONIGHT'S OPENING "WML?" SPONSOR: Besides marketing shaving razors such as the "Speedshaver" which was the opening sponsor for tonight's show, Norelco would also introduce a product in 1965 which changed the course of the development of color television in America. In that year, the company first marketed a product developed by its parent, Netherlands-based N.V. Philips, a color studio camera called the PC-60 whose picture was provided by three Plumbicon tubes. (Earlier color cameras, such as RCA's TK-41, used image orthicon tubes, and that company's more recent TK-42 used vidicon tubes for the color picture and a large image orthicon tube for the luminance, or "Y" signal.) The picture elicited from these cameras was a vast improvement over the aforementioned earlier models. And from the point of view of CBS, which began using PC-60's in their studios the next (1965-1966) season as part of their push towards regularly scheduled color programming, besides the improved picture quality, an added bonus was that the camera was not manufactured by RCA; indeed, the PC-60 (and Ampex's high-band VR-2000 quadruplex video recorder, also introduced around this time) ended once and for all RCA's domination of the color broadcast equipment market.
      (5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Once again, James Murphy is credited as production supervisor, and this week, onetime "WML?" lighting director Hal Anderson returns to his old job, filling in for then-current lighting director Gene Ulrich.
      (6) Following GSN's February 5, 2007 airing of tonight's show, the channel aired a black-and-white kinescope episode of the "classic CBS" version of "To Tell the Truth" from March 5, 1957, hosted by Bud Collyer, with Polly Bergen, Ralph Bellamy, Kitty Carlisle (in her very first "TTTT" appearance) and Hy Gardner as the panelists, and Geritol as the sponsor. The first contestants were Steve Martini (personal barber to President Eisenhower) and two impostors, the second contestants were famed rock and roll disc jockey Alan Freed and two impostors, and the third contestants were Mrs. Arthur Whittaker and two impostors. - W-B (2007)

    • This probably could be seen as a preview of what's to come five years after this particular broadcast. Ironically, Arlene would be the one to introduce Soupy Sales. Soupy would, of course, join Arlene as a regular panelist on the future syndicated daily version of WML. Soupy had a promising showing by asking several good questions. He probably learned from his stint as a mystery guest on the show. Speaking of mystery guests, Anthony Newley had a long and distinguished career not only as an actor, but as a composer, director, producer and singer. He wrote the lyrics to the 1961 standard song "What Kind of Fool Am I?" This love song was written for the 1961 Broadway musical "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off," and sung by the incomparable Sammy Davis, Jr. Newley also wrote the lyrics for the title song of the 1964 James Bond film "Goldfinger," In fact, the song "Goldfinger" was a #2 hit for Shirley Bassey. Among the many films he composed music for was the 1971 film "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," which earned him an Academy Award nomination. Newley died in 1999 after a bout with renal cancer. Of course, Joan Collins would appear in several films before landing her most famous role of the ultimate soap opera bitch, "Alexis Carrington" on the 1981-1989 nighttime soap "Dynasty." Her sister, Jackie Collins, later would become famous in her own right as a novelist. Be sure to check out Joan Collins' hair. Either that was the biggest fright wig I ever saw, or she had it loaded with a lot of hairspray. - Sargebri (2004)

    • Anthony Newley and Joan Collins were married from May 1963 until their divorce in 1970. During this appearance, she was pregnant with their second child. Anthony Newley promoted the Broadway musical that he wrote and is starring in, "The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd" which ran for 231 total performances at the Shubert Theatre. - Suzanne (2004)

    • Tidbits: We see a new sponsor, the new Norelco Speedshaver. John will be appearing at the Miss USA Pageant next Friday. Arlene can't make it this year, and Sally Ann Howes is taking her place. Dorothy is off to England to attend a Royal Command Performance of the 1965 film, "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes." - Suzanne (2004)

    • Soupy Sales (1/8/1926 - 10/22/2009)

      Panel: Arlene Francis, Soupy Sales, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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