What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 45


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 11, 1965 on CBS
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Game 1: Mrs. Rosalind Paige - "Takes Bets at Race Track" (salaried; she takes certain bets called the "Twin Double" at the Monticello Raceway for the trotting horse races; to win the "Twin Double," one must pick 4 winning horses; Rosalind said that female racetrack employees may take bets from the public - but only male employees may pay out the bets to the winners; from Monticello, NY)

Game 2: Miss Mary Jane Polglase - "Makes Rubber Bands" (salaried; she works for the Eberhard Faber Co., where she makes from 5 to 10 million rubber bands per day; from Wilkes-Barre, PA)

Game 3: Jack Dempsey (6/24/1895 - 5/31/1983) (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)

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    • REVIEW: This was a fairly decent night for the panel as they went a respectable 2 for 3 this evening. In the first game, Bennett correctly guessed that the lady from Monticello, New York (in upstate New York) sold tickets at the famed Monticello raceway. In the post game chat, she explained the betting procedures for the racetrack. The only hiccup for the night occurred in the second game when the panel failed to guess that the lady from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania made rubber bands. In the mystery guest round, Bennett correctly identified former world heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey. Bennett had received a big tip from Tony when Tony blew the door wide open when he correctly questioned whether Jack had just recently celebrated his 70th birthday. In the post game chat, Jack talked about his efforts to help clean up boxing. However, the fight to clean up is ongoing and it's too bad that Jack is no longer around to keep up the fight. Still, Jack's good humor still made this a very fun night. - Sargebri (2007)

      DEMPSEY CAMPAIGNS: During the post game chat after the mystery guest round, it was mentioned that Jack Dempsey had been in California helping the son of his friend/rival Gene Tunney, John Tunney, during the younger Tunney's run for a seat in the House of Representatives, representing Riverside and Imperial counties of California. Gene Tunney would win that seat and would serve from 1965 to 1971. In 1970, Tunney would run for a seat in the U.S. Senate and would win. However, he was defeated for re-election by S. I. Hayakawa in 1976. - Sargebri (2007)

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at two down, even though Bennett had essentially made the correct identification of her line as a "ticket-seller." - agent_0042 (2007)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's opening sponsor is Wernet's Dentu-Creme. This is the first time since 1962 that we have seen this sponsor.
      (2) "LIVE" WATCH: As with all kinescopes of live transmissions during this point in time, the word "live" is once again cut out of the intro, and this is the 57th known surviving such episode.
      (3) BAD PUN ALERT: Surprisingly, the culprit this time out isn't Bennett, but "our panel moderator." During the intros, Mr. Cerf noted that John was named "Sitting Calf" by the Blackfeet Indian tribe. After taking his seat at his moderator's desk and describing the honor given him and the Blackfeets' loyalty to the show, Mr. Daly noted, "If they try to name me 'Sitting Bull,' I'll Sioux." John's pun was a play on the legal term of "sue," with reference to the Sioux Indian tribe. A variation of the "Sioux/sue" pun would turn up again within the opening moments of EPISODE #815 of May 29, 1966.
      (4) THE DAYS DWINDLE DOWN: This was the next-to-last live edition of "WML?" on which Tony Randall appeared on the panel while Dorothy Kilgallen was still alive. (The future EPISODE #775 of August 1, 1965 on which he also appeared alongside Arlene, Dorothy and Bennett, was taped in advance.) He would have the distinction of sitting on the panel on what would be Dolly Mae's very last "WML?" appearance, EPISODE #789 of November 7, 1965.
      (5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: This week, James Murphy is credited as production supervisor; Hal Classon is sitting in as technical director, filling in for Carl Schutzman; and onetime regular "WML?" lighting director Hal Anderson, for the second time in six weeks, is subbing for Gene Ulrich.
      (6) Following GSN's March 19, 2007 airing of this episode, the channel aired an episode of the 1952-1957 series "Two for the Money." This episode, hosted by Herb Shriner, was primarily sponsored by Bulova watches, which alternated with Old Gold cigarettes as the program's sub-sponsor. Since GSN's 2005 edict banning game shows with primary cigarette sponsors, this is one of the few episodes of "Two for the Money" that could be shown by the channel. - W-B (2007)

    • Monticello Raceway in New York's Catskill Mountains has an interesting history, and it is about to get yet more interesting! The raceway was opened in 1958, backed by several of the big resort owners of the time. This is why Mrs. Paige was correct in answering "yes" when asked if her line had anything to do with the resorts in the area. The resort owners opened the track principally as a way to have an additional form of entertainment for their guests. There was money to be made in gambling on the trotters and pacers. The track was very successful in the 1960s and early 1970s, until the resort business in the Catskills started to decline in the 1970s. The decline was partly due to the availability of gambling in Atlantic City, NJ, and later in Connecticut. These days in the area, only Kutscher's Resort and Country Club, and the Nevele Grande Resort and Country Club survive in any form like the old days. In the recent years up to 2004, Monticello Raceway has been a virtual ghost town. It was on the verge of closing until a Native American tribe bought into it. It will be opening on June 30, 2004 with a new concept, a "Racino." The harness races will stay, but with help from Bally's Casino, the tribe has remodeled and built a slots casino with thousands of slot machines. This will be the first casino-type gambling in the Catskills! It is hoped that the slots players will also walk over to the horse betting windows and plunk down a couple of bucks. If the red tape ever gets straightened out, the area might see real casinos in about five years. You will notice how quickly that the panel guessed Mrs. Paige's line! All of the panel was quite familiar with Monticello and the Raceway, which is only about 10 miles down the road from the site of the 3-day 500,000-guest 1969 Woodstock Festival & Concert. That site is going to be transformed into a Saratoga-type performing arts center in the next couple of years. The arts center would be the first permanent structure erected on the hillside 80 miles north of New York City since the famed "three days of peace, love & music" in August 1969. This too will be interesting to see! More about Monticello Raceway's new video gaming venture below. - exapno99 (2004)

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    • This episode continued a recent pattern that has been happening for about the past 10 episodes. The panel guesses the first contestant, but then they have trouble with the second one. The panel guessed the first contestant correctly after they were able to narrow it down to the fact that she worked at the horse race track in Monticello. Following the pattern, the panel was next unable to guess the occupation of the second contestant. A few years after this show aired, Monticello Raceway was forced to close down for one weekend in August of 1969, and lost money that weekend. The reason for the closure was that just down the road at White Lake in Bethel, New York, a certain rock festival was being held. That festival, of course, was Woodstock. Jack Dempsey, who was also known by his nickname "The Manassa Mauler," was born in Manassa, Colorado in 1895. He was the world heavyweight boxing champion for seven years from 1919 to 1926. He defeated Jess Willard for the title on July 4, 1919, and held it until he lost the title to Gene Tunney in the famous "long count" fight on September 23, 1926. As he was being questioned during the post game chat, he was asked about his activities in trying to get federal control in boxing. He said that he felt more controls were needed. Even today, there are still cries for more federal involvement in the sport. He also discussed the fact that he had been campaigning for Gene Tunney's son John Tunney who had run for a seat in the House of Representatives out of California. The younger Tunney won that election and took office in January 1965. Several years later, he became a California Senator as well. Bennett asked Dempsey what he thought about the infamous Ali-Liston fight, and once again Bennett incorrectly referred to Muhammad Ali as "Cassius Clay." Dempsey responded that he didn't see the fight live, but when he did see it, he said he felt that it was a farce. John Daly also wished Dempsey a happy 70th birthday. - Sargebri (2004)

    • Tidbits: Dorothy is back from Ireland. She had attended a charity ball given by Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco. John Daly spoke of the Blackfeet Indians that he had visited. He said the Blackfeet Indians are followers and fans of WML. They named him Chief Sitting Calf and he said it was an honor. - Suzanne (2004)

    • Panel: Arlene Francis, Tony Randall, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.