What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 44


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 04, 1965 on CBS
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Game 1: Miss Becky Blood - "Garbage Collector" (self-employed refuse worker; she is a recent high school graduate who is earning money to attend Gorham State Teacher's College; from South China, Maine)

Game 2: Joe Porcheddu - "Makes Fireworks" (salaried; he works for the Illinois Fireworks Company where he is a Vice-President; he is a 7th-generation pyrotechnician; from Danville, IL)

Game 3: Trini Lopez (b. 5/15/1937) (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


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      • HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!! This definitely was a happy Fourth of July, because after last week's mediocre performance the panel (in particular, the distaff side) they scored a perfecto. In the first game, it looked as if the panel was going down to defeat, especially after being led down the primrose path by focusing on pork. However, Arlene saved their bacon by getting onto the right track and figured out that the young girl from Maine was a garbage collector. In the second game, Dorothy correctly guessed that the contestant was, appropriately enough for the holiday, was a fireworks maker. In the mystery guest round, Arlene correctly identified then popular folk singer Trini Lopez. Trini was on the show to promote his upcoming command performance in Monaco for Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. The panel, in particular Steve, talked about Trini's recently concluded engagement at Basin Street East, which had drawn rave reviews. That definitely was a great way to end a terrific performance by the panel. - Sargebri (2007)

        During the post game chat, Trini Lopez talked about the recent benefit for the Dismas House of St. Louis where he opened for Frank Sinatra. The Dismas House was the first halfway house for ex-convicts. That benefit went down in history, because it also featured two of Frank's fellow Rat Pack brothers, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. (Another Rat Packer, Joey Bishop, was also scheduled to appear, but was unable to attend.) The show was broadcast across the country on closed-circuit television to theaters. The event was also seen on bootleg tapes for years until it was officially released in the 1990's and was shown as a television special on the TV Land cable network. - Sargebri (2007)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's opening sponsor is Kellogg's Special K cereal.
        (2) Because tonight's episode was pre-taped, just prior to the live transmission of last week's EPISODE #770, Johnny Olson's opening words of "And now, from New York...", were done in real time, rather than through cutting out the word "live" as was being done on all kinescopes of live "WML?" shows that aired during this period. This was the first prerecorded show since EPISODE #744 of December 27, 1964 on which he announced the show's locale origin.
        (3) MEMORY LANE WATCH - SORT OF: After taking his seat at his desk, John led off his salutatory greeting with the words, "Good evening and welcome to 'What's My Line?'" In the past, these opening words had begun with "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen..."
        (4) BAD PUN ALERT: Besides what was mentioned about his comments regarding the first contestant, Bennett sprung another one after she left the stage, indicating that the garbage collectors' national anthem was called "'Twas on the Isle of Debris That I Met Her." This was a pun on the lyrics of the song "Isle of Capri" which are "'Twas on the Isle of Capri that I found her." However, Bennett substituted "Debris," a reference to the guest's profession.
        (5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Because this show was taped prior to last week's live EPISODE #770, the same production crew is in place tonight.
        (6) Following GSN's March 12, 2006 airing of tonight's show, the channel aired a 1974 episode of the syndicated "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Garry Moore, with Bill Cullen, Peggy Cass, Alan Alda and Kitty Carlisle as panelists, and Bill Wendell as announcer. At this point in time, Mr. Alda was in the middle of his third season as "Captain 'Hawkeye' Pierce" on the long-running TV series "M*A*S*H", and Mr. Cullen had updated his "look" with a change in hairstyle and a new pair of glasses. The first contestants were former superspy Dusko Popov and two impostors (Mr. Moore introduced him as the prototype for the fictional "James Bond" character), and the second contestants were Paul Kimmelman (who had lost 350 pounds of body weight) and two impostors. - W-B (2007)

      • Welcome back, Steve! This is Steve Lawrence's first appearance as a guest panelist in almost a year. He provided much of the humor on this episode and showed that he hadn't missed a beat. However, it was the distaff side of the panel that made the correct guesses. Arlene guessed that the first contestant was a garbage collector, while Dorothy guessed that the second contestant had something to do with fireworks, even though she didn't say what exactly he did with them. However, Steve Lawrence did save face for the males on the panel when he opened the door for Arlene's correct guess of mystery guest Trini Lopez by asking if he were appearing at Basin Street East. - Sargebri (2004)

        Trini Lozez: Trini Lopez had just finished his performances at Basin Street East. He will be performing at a Red Cross Gala in Monaco for Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. John Daly also discussed another charity performance Lopez had done in St. Louis with Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack. On June 20, 1965, they had raised money for Father Dismas Clark and his halfway house. Father Dismas, a Jesuit priest, was known as the "Hoodlum Priest." Dismas House was the first halfway house for ex-convicts recently released from jail. This legendary performance is available for private viewing at The Museum of Television and Radio in New York, NY and Beverly Hills, CA. - Suzanne (2004)

        More on Trini Lopez: He was a fairly popular singer during the 1960s with his folk-pop song stylings. He was signed to an eight year recording contract to Frank Sinatra's Reprise records label. His hits included "If I Had a Hammer," "Michael" and "Lemon Tree," but he also was famous for recording the original version of "Feliz Navidad." Lopez parlayed his singing success into an acting career, and appeared in several films and television shows including "The Dirty Dozen" and a couple of episodes of "Adam-12." - Sargebri (2004)

      • Tidbits: Arlene will soon begin rehearsals for the play "Mrs. Dally." Dorothy is leaving for Ireland this week.

      • Several cute jokes surrounding the lady garbage collector were used by Bennett, Arlene and Steve. Bennett started off by stating, "How could anybody refuse her?" Arlene then chimed in with a pun involving the word "waste." Steve rounded out the trio of rapid-fire puns with a line that involved a pun on "litter". - ironcreekguy

      • In spite of several references to "today" being the 4th of July, during the end credits, Johnny Olson announced that this episode was prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on June 27, 1965. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Steve Lawrence, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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