What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 42


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 20, 1965 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Doris Young - "Professional Skin Diver" (self-employed; from Nassau, The Bahamas, she and her husband own "Underwater Tours, Ltd."; she had previously attended Columbia University where she became a dental hygienist)

Game 2: James Kidder (1915 or 1916 - 5/9/2001) - "Makes Bridal Gowns" (self-employed; from Winchester, MA, he and his wife Priscilla Kidder design and sell wedding gowns at their business, "Priscilla of Boston"; Mr. Daly said their dresses were expensive, reaching $600; they went on to much fame and have several net references)

Game 3: George Hamilton (b. 8/12/1939) (as Mystery Guest) . .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)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Jim Backus: Some years ago in school, I had a roommate by the name of Martin Gabel. Now, I would like you to meet his current roommate, (slight Mr. Magoo cackle) Miss Arlene Francis.

    • NOTES (8)

      • HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!! This was a special episode. Not only was it Father's Day, it also marked the first appearance of Jim Backus on the panel for the first time in several years. As for the panel's game performance, it was a fairly decent night as they went a respectable 2 for 3. In the first game, the panel was given credit for correctly guessing that the contestant was a skin diver. In the second game, Bennett correctly guessed that the contestant made bridal gowns. Unfortunately, his correct identification came after all the cards had been flipped. Bennett did have better luck in the mystery guest round when he correctly identified George Hamilton. Of course, this was long before George became more famous for his perpetual tan than his acting ability. There was no time for a fourth game, but it still was a good night for the panel. - Sargebri (2007)

        KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Dorothy definitely sounded as if she had a little nip before she came onstage this evening. In fact, when she was questioning the first contestant, she mysteriously passed to Jim Backus. This might have been due to her being a little tipsy. Of course, when this show first aired in June 1965, little did anyone know that five months later, Dolly Mae would tragically die. - Sargebri (2007)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at just one down. The panel had essentially identified her as a diver, but did not make the exact identification of "skin diver" until after the cards were flipped. - agent_0042 (2007)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's opening sponsor is Kellogg's Corn Flakes.
        (2) "LIVE" WATCH: Among the surviving episodes of "WML?" still in existence, this is the 55th known episode where the kinescope of tonight's live telecast had the word "live" edited out of the opening.
        (3) JIM BACKUS: Tonight's edition was the first time Jim Backus appeared as a guest panelist since his string of appearances with the panel in 1957 (the most recent up to this point being EPISODE #389 of November 17, 1957). It was also his fifth and final "WML?" appearance during the classic CBS run. However, he would appear on the syndicated 1968-1975 version of "WML?" at least twice as a mystery guest, and on at least two separate weeks as a guest panelist.
        (4) GEORGE HAMILTON: Around the time of his mystery guest appearance tonight, George Hamilton, in addition to his acting career, was also trying his luck as a recording artist on the ABC-Paramount (later ABC Records) label. He is not to be confused with country singer George Hamilton IV, whose "A Rose and a Baby Ruth" was a hit on ABC-Paramount in 1957, and who at the time of this George Hamilton's "WML?" appearance this evening was recording for RCA Victor, where he had another hit with "Abilene" in 1963.
        (5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: After several weeks off, Milt Myers returns to his old post of production supervisor for tonight's show.
        (6) Following GSN's February 26, 2007 airing of tonight's show, the channel aired a black-and-white videotape episode of the nighttime CBS version of "Password" which originally aired on August 21, 1962. For the third week in a row, the channel aired a game show episode with a substitute host - in the case of this episode, Jack Clark (usually the program's announcer) for regular host Allen Ludden. The celebrity contestants on this edition were Rita Moreno and Bill Cullen. This also marked the third straight week a game show with Mr. Cullen on was shown on GSN after the classic CBS "WML?" - W-B (2007)

      • This almost seemed like a reunion among old friends. Jim Backus went to school with Martin Gabel and worked with John Daly during their days in radio. Also, Backus was a neighbor of mystery guest George Hamilton. Backus was on hiatus from his 1964 to 1967 television series "Gilligan's Island." He was waiting for the second season of filming to begin on the "castaway comedy" in which he played millionaire "Thurston Howell III." At this time, Backus was also the voice of the nearsighted cartoon character "Mister Magoo." The panel had another so-so night as they essentially guessed that the first contestant was a skin diver. Unfortunately, they had major problems with the second contestant when they spent too much time trying to discern whether or not his product had something to do with the head or face. Their confusion came when the guest agreed that his product could be worn above the shoulders. They thought that it might be something along the lines of a piece of jewelry or even a hearing aid. However, they did correctly guess that the mystery guest was George Hamilton, who even then displayed his famous suntan. - Sargebri (2004)

      • George Hamilton promoted his play "Gigi" which was being performed at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ. - Suzanne (2004)

      • In Gil Fates' 1978 WML book, in Appendix A of mystery guests, he acccidently lists George Hamilton's appearance as June 26, 1965. However, this is the correct date: June 20, 1965. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Tidbits: Bennett tells his bad "Unbrownable Molly Sink" joke, which is a pun on the book, play and movie called "The Unsinkable Molly Brown." Bennett also explains the meaning of "glitch." John Daly mentions that he attended a Titan 3C launch. On June 18, 1965, the U.S. Air Force Titan IIIC 3C-7 was launched from Cape Kennedy, FL. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Jim Backus, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

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