What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 40


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 06, 1965 on CBS
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Game 1: Mrs. Joan Dempsey Klein (b. 8/18/1924) - "Municipal Court Judge" (salaried; from Los Angeles, CA, she was appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court by California Governor Pat Brown; in earlier years, she had been a member of Buster Crabbe's swimming team; she is still a judge in 2006 and has numerous net references)

Game 2: Ron Hoffman - "Trains Fleas (for Flea Circus)" (self-employed; originally from Long Beach, CA, currently from Atlantic City, NJ; his travelling act, the Coyote Gulch Flea Show, will soon be opening at the Million Dollar Pier in Atlantic City, NJ)

Game 3: Tallulah Bankhead (1/31/1902 - 12/12/1968) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Mrs. Jean Karch - "Sells Safes" (self-employed; she owns and operates the Floyd Lock & Safe Company in her home town of Minneapolis, MN) . .moreless

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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)

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    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at seven down. Bennett had correctly ascertained the association with trained fleas during a conference and Arlene chose to use it. John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at four down because time ran out. - agent_0042 (2007)

    • REVIEW: After one of the worst puns in history, uttered by Bennett, this was a night the panel was really at the top of their game as they nearly scored a perfecto. Things got off to a great start when Dorothy correctly guessed that the first contestant was a judge. In fact, Dolly Mae did such a great job, that Martin saluted her for her powers of deduction. In the second game, Arlene, with a huge assist from Bennett, correctly guessed that the contestant ran a flea circus in Atlantic City. In the mystery guest round, Dorothy correctly identified Tallulah Bankhead, who never made any effort to disguise her famous croak. Tallulah explained that she got the idea from someone who was imitating her and she figured that if she did an exaggerated version of herself, that she could get away with it. As for the reason why the "Alabama Foghorn" was on the show, Tallulah made an appearance tonight to promote her latest film, "Die, Die My Darling." Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time in the final game, so they weren't able to guess that the contestant sold safes. However, not even a loss in the final game could spoil a great night like this. - Sargebri (2007)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's opening sponsor is Kellogg's "Special K."
      (2) "LIVE" WATCH: Once again, as with all live "WML?" broadcasts of this era, the kinescope of tonight's show is missing the word "live" from the intro. This is the 53rd known episode still in existence to have such an edit.
      (3) TALLULAH BANKHEAD: This episode was Miss Bankhead's second and final "WML?" appearance. Both times, she appeared as a mystery guest. Her first appearance had been on EPISODE #551 of February 12, 1961 - first aired exactly 46 years to the day before GSN's February 12, 2007 airing of tonight's show. Among her last major TV appearances were as the "Black Widow" in the two-part "Batman" episode, "Black Widow Strikes Again"/"Caught in the Spider's Den" (part one originally aired on March 15, 1967, part two on March 16, 1967), and a guest shot on "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" as first aired on December 17, 1967 (among the other guests that night were Motown singing group The Temptations). Miss Bankhead died of pneumonia and influenza in New York on December 12, 1968. As a side note, Tallulah's last-ever TV appearance was on the May 15, 1968 edition of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," guest-hosted that night by Joe Garagiola. That particular show was more famous for the fact that John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles also appeared, to announce the formation of the group's own company, Apple Corps Ltd. The complete episode no longer exists, though one Beatle fan filmed the portion on which Lennon and McCartney appeared by pointing an 8mm film camera at the television screen, and another made an audio tape recording of that segment.
      (4) SPEAKING OF TALLULAH... ("WML?" FONT WATCH): Miss Bankhead's name on the overlay screen was set in Grotesque No. 9, rather than the usual Futura Demi Bold typeface which was used for the regular contestants' occupation overlays tonight.
      (5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Once again, James Murphy is credited as production supervisor; and Gene Ulrich is back as lighting director.
      (6) Following GSN's February 12, 2007 airing of tonight's show, the channel aired an episode of the "classic CBS" version of "I've Got a Secret," which was originally broadcast on August 16, 1961 and was sponsored by Clairol and Bristol-Myers. This edition was guest-hosted by Betsy Palmer who was substituting for regular host Garry Moore; the panel consisted of Bill Cullen, Denise Lor (a regular of Mr. Moore's variety show, who was sitting in Miss Palmer's usual spot), Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson; and the guest was Edie Adams. - W-B (2007)

    • I have always thought about how hilarious it would be if Tallulah came out and imitated herself for her disguised mystery voice. I'll be darned if that is not just what she did! I loved it! - Clay in Alabama (which is Tallulah's home state!) (2004)

    • Tallulah Bankhead promoted her 1965 horror film, "Die! Die! My Darling!" which is also known as "Fanatic." Mr. Daly paid Tallulah a compliment when he said that Sir Winston Churchill had sat through one of her performances five times. - Suzanne (2004)

    • There must have been some confusion over the word "animal" by many people in the 1950s and 1960s. The assumption seems to have been that the word "animal" was used only to describe a mammal. Fish, birds and insects don't seem to have been included in the definition. We have seen this misconception repeatedly over the years. Tonight, Dorothy asked John if a seal was an animal, which seems like a strange question today. Also tonight, Martin Gabel told John that he didn't think insects were animals. These comments are a mystery, because these are intelligent, educated people. Often, the WML panel will not consider a plant a "living thing." There is an incident similar to this one in an episode of "I've Got a Secret." Bill Cullen received a "yes" to his question of, "Do you work with animals?" Garry Moore got into a minor argument regarding the meaning of the word "animal" with the panel. John Daly, in an abstract move, only said he assumed the usual meaning of "animal, vegetable or mineral" when asked the question by Arlene regarding the second contestant who trained fleas in a flea circus. Of course, the point is probably a moot one since the flea circus is an illusion anyway. - TheAngelTorgo (2004)

    • The panel had a pretty good outing this particular episode. Dorothy was able to guess that the first contestant was a judge. With an assist from Bennett, Arlene was able to correctly guess that the second contestant ran a flea circus. For some reason, Tallulah Bankhead (aka the Alabama Foghorn) decided to throw caution to the wind and use her own deep voice during the mystery guest round. However, the panel very quickly placed her voice and identified her. She still came off as a good guest with her ability to charm not only the panel, but also John and the audience. - Sargebri (2004)

    • Tidbits: Dorothy is back from England. She had attended 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." She commented that England's Price Philip looked great! Bennett told a bad pun about John getting bitten by a horse, while feeding the horse a doughnut. It turned out that this was a "horse of a different cruller." Groan! (If once was not bad enough, Bennett uses this pun again on EPISODE #851 on February 26, 1967.) Bennett will be a commencement speaker for Washington & Jefferson College, and will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. John Daly had been a master of ceremonies at the Miss USA Pageant last Friday night. - Suzanne (2004)

    • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Martin Gabel, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.