What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 46


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 18, 1965 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Nancy Moses (her professional name is Nancy Zacchini, of the famed Zacchini Family) - "Human Cannonball" (salaried; she is shot out of a cannon at 125 mph; she is currently performing in the Florida Pavilion at the N.Y. World's Fair; from Ocala FL)

Game 2: Al Seipp - "Sells Suntan Oil" (salaried; he work for Coppertone Co.; from Santa Monica, CA)

Game 3: Milton Berle (7/12/1908 - 3/27/2002) (as Mystery Guest) He signs in as "Sophia Loren" . .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 episode continued the recent run of good fortune for the panel. In the first game, Arlene, almost by accident, correctly guessed that Mrs. Moses was a human cannonball. However, Arlene wasn't given credit for a correct guess because the panel started applauding as Arlene made her guess. This applause caused John to flip the remaining card and the guest won by default. In the second game, Dorothy correctly guessed that the contestant was a suntan oil salesman. Ironically, the guest panelist this evening was actor George Hamilton, who probably has the most famous suntan in Hollywood. In the mystery guest round, Dorothy once again did a great job when she correctly identified "Mr. Television" Milton Berle, who had jokingly signed in as "Sophia Loren." Milton was on the show not only to talk about his upcoming television appearances, but also to talk about the motion picture he was about to film, "The Oscar." He had a great time clowning with the panel and after he left the stage, he came back and sat in for the good nights. That definitely was a great way to close the show. - Sargebri (2007)

        UNCLE MILTIE'S NEW MOVIE: As Milton Berle mentioned in the post game chat, he was about to start working on a new picture, "The Oscar," which starred Stephen Boyd, Elke Sommer, Tony Bennett, Ernest Borgnine and Tony Bennett. The film was the story of the rise and fall of actor "Frank Fayne" (played by Boyd). When it was released, the film was an immediate critical and commercial bomb. In fact, it was called one of the worst films in history according to the book of the same name. - Sargebri (2007)

        GET THE MESSAGE: Following the GSN broadcast of this episode on March 26, 2007, the network aired an episode of the game show "Get the Message," which featured three people with ties to WML's sister show "To Tell the Truth"; Peggy Cass, Orson Bean and Phyllis Newman. - Sargebri (2007)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining card for the first contestant at nine down after Arlene, following on loud applause from the audience, deduced that the guest was shot out of a cannon. - agent_0042 (2007)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's opening sponsor is Kellogg's Corn Flakes cereal.
        (2) "LIVE" WATCH: The kinescope of tonight's live broadcast is the 58th known surviving episode to have the word "live" cut from the intro.
        (3) GEORGE HAMILTON: In what at this point is an extremely rare occurrence on "WML?", tonight's guest panelist George Hamilton is wearing a regular suit and tie.
        (4) MILTON BERLE: There was some irony in Mr. Berle's sitting with the regular panelists at the end of tonight's show. That's because in what would be his final "WML?" appearance on EPISODE #786 of October 17, 1965, he would do his only turn as a guest panelist.
        (5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Three of the last four credited production crew positions (production supervisor James Murphy, technical director Hal Classon and lighting director Hal Anderson, fill-ins all) are the same as last week.
        (6) Following GSN's March 26, 2007 airing of tonight's "WML?" episode, the channel aired an episode of the short-lived 1964 game show "Get the Message" which ran on the ABC network. The host of this episode, which was in black-and-white and preserved on kinescope, was Frank Buxton who hosted the first 26 of the 39 weeks the show was on the air (the last 13 weeks were hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, in one of his first hostings of a Goodson-Todman game show on ABC since his 1951-1954 run on "The Name's the Same"). Three of the celebrity panelists on this show were regulars on the "classic CBS" incarnation of "To Tell the Truth," with two - Orson Bean and Peggy Cass - from the nighttime version, and Phyllis Newman from the daytime edition; the other celebrity panelist was Howard Keel, and G-T mainstay Johnny Olson was announcer. The show originated from the Elysee Theatre (aka TV-15) on West 58th Street and Seventh Avenue, which was one of several studios used for years by ABC, and where several other shows such as "TNTS," "The Dick Cavett Show" and "The $10,000 Pyramid" also emanated, prior to its demolition in 1985. Other panelists who appeared on other editions of this short-lived program (which was characterized in IMDb as "an amalgam of several other Goodson-Todman game shows including, obviously, 'Password'" - ironic, given that a later version of "Password" would run on ABC itself, from 1971 to 1975) included another regular "TTTT" panelist, Tom Poston, as well as "WML?'s" resident "grande dame" herself, Arlene Francis. - W-B (2007)

      • EPISODE #254 of April 17, 1955 featured another member of the Flying Zacchini Family, Victoria Zacchini, who was also known as Victoria Sedlmayr. See that episode guide for more notes. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Amazingly, I actually knew one of the contestants on the episode that GSN aired today in June 2004! The first contestant, Nancy Moses, was a "Human Cannonball" in the Flying Zacchinis out of Ocala, Florida. Fast-forward 20 years to 1985: She has left the Zacchinis, divorced and remarried, and is now known as Nancy Hart. She is teaching Kindergarten at Curlew Creek Elementary School in Palm Harbor, Florida, which is between Clearwater and Tampa, FL. The school had opened in early 1983. This is the elementary school that I attended through fifth grade, although I never had Nancy as a teacher. However, I had heard of her "high-flying" past and had even seen a photo or two. It's a small world! It's amazing that I can even remember her all these years later, and there she was in 1965 on What's My Line?! - Gus (2004)

      • When I was in college, I took a class called Communication and the Law. I was assigned a term paper on the 1977 lawsuit "Zacchini v. Scripps-Howard Broadcasting Co." The lawsuit centered around the fact that a TV station (WABC) broadcast Hugo Zacchini's entire "human cannonball" 15-second act against his objections. The Supreme Court of Ohio held that it deprived Zacchini of the economic value of his performance. Nancy Moses was the wife of Hugo Zacchini. - Sandra Simmons (2004)

      • George Hamilton puts in a decent performance as a guest panelist. A few weeks earlier, he was a mystery guest and made a good impression. However, it is the distaff side once again that takes center stage. Arlene saves the panel from being stumped by guessing the first contestant's occupation. Dorothy, though, really shined tonight by not only guessing the second contestant, but Uncle Miltie as well. In a touch of irony, the second contestant was a suntan oil salesman. What really made it ironic was the fact that George Hamilton, who probably had (and still has) the most famous suntan in the entertainment world, was on the panel. After the mystery guest round, Milton Berle discussed several upcoming projects, including the movie which he is about to film, "The Oscar". That film would go down as one of the biggest flops in the history of film. In fact, according to the 1996 book which was also revised in 1999, "The Worst Movies of All Time: Or, What Were They Thinking?" written by Michael Sauter, this movie was probably the worst film to feature an all star cast. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Milton Berle promoted his nine upcoming television guest appearances. He is also beginning work on his 1966 film, "The Oscar."

      • Tidbits: Next Saturday, John will be a reporter at the Miss Universe Pageant to be broadcast on CBS at 10:00 PM. About the human cannonball, Bennett puns, "There are very few people of Mrs. Moses' caliber."

      • George Hamilton (b. 8/12/1939)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, George Hamilton, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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