What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 39


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



  • Notes

    • (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)

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