What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 47


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 25, 1965 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Dorothy: Is it vegetable?
      Edward: Yes.
      Dorothy: One of you is saying this (she shakes her head slightly) and one of you is saying... (camera cuts to John)
      John: That's to confuse you.

  • Notes

    • REVIEW: This was a great night for the panel. In fact, they probably would have gotten a perfecto if the time hadn't run out in the final game. In the first game, the panel had to blindfold themselves because the first two guests were no strangers to the panel; Carol Channing and Bennett's kissing cousin-in-law, Ginger Rogers. However, the panel correctly identified them with very little trouble. The reason the two of them were on was twofold. Carol was on to promote her upcoming national tour of "Hello, Dolly!" as well as the play's upcoming engagement in Britain. Ginger was on to promote the fact that she would be taking over the role on August 7, 1965. In the second game, Arlene correctly guessed that the contestant had something to do with saunas. However, it was Bennett who correctly guessed that the young man sold them. In the second mystery guest round of the night, guest panelist Mike Douglas correctly identified Lucille Ball. Lucy was in town to appear on Steve Lawrence's variety show and she discussed the time change for her then current sitcom, "The Lucy Show." In the final game of the night, the panel ran out of time as they were questioning the fudge maker and as a result, he won the full prize by default. No matter what, this still was a very successful evening. - Sargebri (2007)

      MIKE DOUGLAS: Appearing tonight on the panel was Mike Douglas, whose syndicated daytime talk show was just beginning its long run. In fact, Arlene had just finished a week of co-hosting with Mike on his show. However, as was mentioned on an earlier post, two of the most famous guest co-hosts were John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono. Also, in 1973, a strange young band from New York made their television debut on the show. That band was none other than Kiss, who would go on to become one of the biggest selling bands of the 1970's. - Sargebri (2007)

      KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Dorothy definitely sounded as if she had had a little nip before the show began. Not only was her voice a little slurry, Dolly Mae also tended to ramble a bit this evening. Of course, in about three more months, she would be gone as a result of her demons. - Sargebri (2007)

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first regular contestant at only one down, as time was running short. - agent_0042 (2007)

    • (1) MIKE DOUGLAS AND THE WESTINGHOUSE/NBC LICENSE SWAP: At the time of his guest panelist appearance tonight, Mike Douglas was a month into his daytime talk show, having moved from Cleveland, OH (the show's original base of operations from its 1961 debut) to Philadelphia, PA. This was a consequence of the end of a convoluted nine and a half year broadcast license saga between Group W (Westinghouse Broadcasting), owners of KYW-TV which produced "The Mike Douglas Show," and NBC, with which the station was affiliated. In January of 1956, NBC and Westinghouse had agreed to a license transfer of their respective TV and radio stations, where Westinghouse's KYW would relocate to Cleveland on Channel 3 and NBC would move to Philadelphia, where that city's TV station's call letters, previously WPTZ, were changed to WRCV-TV (which was also on Channel 3; the radio outlet also adopted the WRCV calls). Westinghouse later filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission alleging that NBC forced them to agree to the license switch by coercive means, and in 1965, the FCC ordered the two companies back to the cities where they were licensed prior to 1956. Thus, on June 19, 1965, KYW returned to Philadelphia - and as Mr. Douglas was employed by Group W then, he went with them. NBC changed the Cleveland station's call letters to WKYC-TV, which it remains today, though NBC relinquished ownership in the late 1980's. WKYC continued to air "The Mike Douglas Show" for several more years in its original time slot after the license switch. It would be another 30 years from tonight's show before NBC owned a Philadelphia station again, when in 1995 they acquired, and switched the network affiliation of, WCAU-TV (Channel 10) from CBS, which became the new affiliate for KYW. Several months later, Westinghouse acquired CBS and all of Westinghouse's TV stations therefore became CBS O&O's (owned-and-operated stations).

      As a side note about KYW, a month after tonight's show, that station's news director, Al Primo, launched a new type of newscast called "Eyewitness News." Primo had said that the application and debut of this format was brought about due to the fact that the station's newscasters were under contract to AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), and as written in their contracts, they could cover news stories in the field without extra compensation over their base pay. The new newscast was a hit and eventually surged past WCAU and its legendary news anchor John Facenda. In 1968, Primo moved to WABC-TV (Channel 7) in New York and revamped all its newscasts under the "Eyewitness News" banner. Under his leadership there, the station, a former also-ran in the ratings, leapfrogged over its rivals, WCBS-TV (Channel 2) and WNBC-TV (Channel 4), in the process becoming a kitsch icon with the addition of another element called "Happy Talk." But it wasn't just KYW-TV that made broadcast news history in Philly in 1965; on September 21 of that year, KYW-AM (1060) became the second of Group W's stations to adopt an all-news format, following in the footsteps of New York's WINS-AM (1010), which became all-news on April 19, 1965. Both stations provide "all news, all the time" to this day.
      (2) MORE ABOUT MIKE DOUGLAS: During the opening, Dorothy introduced Mike as "the delightful star of television and records." In late 1965, Mr. Douglas released his biggest hit as a solo artist, "The Men In My Little Girl's Life" (Epic single #5-9876), which hit the Top Ten in early 1966. In later years, he would record for other labels such as Decca, MGM, Word, 20th Century Fox, Stax (in 1975, towards the end of the legendary R&B label's existence) and, in 1976, a record for Atlantic which he made with many of the musicians who played on many classic 1970s hits that to many music fans epitomized the "sound of Philadelphia." Prior to "The Men In My Little Girl's Life," his biggest hit had been a song he recorded when he was a vocalist with Kay Kyser and his Orchestra, the Hoagy Carmichael composition "Ole Buttermilk Sky" (Columbia 37073, 1946).
      (3) LUCILLE BALL: Beginning with the 1965-1966 season, Miss Ball's series, "The Lucy Show," would be aired by CBS in color. However, she had produced the show in color since 1963, although the network continued to air it in black-and-white until the 1964-1965 season. The following year, 1966, her company, Desilu Productions, would start production on two TV shows that remain icons to this day, "Mission: Impossible" and "Star Trek." But whereas the original "Star Trek" was a virtual ratings flop for NBC and only lasted until 1969, "Mission: Impossible" hit the Top 20 in the 1968-1969 season (in the time slot once occupied by "Candid Camera" and "WML?") and ran on CBS until 1973. In 1967, Lucy would sell Desilu to Gulf & Western, which rebranded the unit as Paramount Television. Due to a series of media mergers and acquisitions over the last few years - not to mention being one of the main ironies of the situation - Paramount today shares common corporate ownership with CBS. It was also in 1967 that her classic "I Love Lucy" sitcom was first aired in syndication on local TV stations across the country.
      (4) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 59th known surviving kinescope of a live "WML?" episode to have the word "live" cut from the intro.
      (5) BAD PUN ALERT: Bennett strikes again, this time with a tall tale about John (whom he called "our host" this time out) attempting to recruit convicts at Sing Sing Prison to play against the Army football team in the fall. Mr. Cerf concluded this story by noting that "he wants to prove once and for all that the pen is mightier than the sword." This was a play on the famous phrase which in that wording originated from Edward Bulwer-Lytton's 1839 play about Cardinal Richelieu, with "pen" in the context of Bennett's yarn being short for "penitentiary," and "sword" a reference to the Army football team. After taking his seat at his desk and talking about his hosting the Miss Universe Pageant in Miami, John got in a little pun of his own when he mentioned that a local chowder club extended an invitation to Bennett and added, "They want to put some mussels on you." John's pun was a play on the word "muscles."
      (6) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: For this final live show for the summer, the same substitute production supervisor, technical director and lighting director as were on duty the previous two weeks, are credited tonight. Also, effective with this episode, co-associate producer Ann Kaminsky is hereafter credited as Ann Krieger, as she will be known for the rest of the "classic CBS" run of "WML?", with the possible exception of the pre-taped "new" episodes that will air over the next few weeks.
      (7) Following GSN's April 2, 2007 airing of tonight's show, the channel ran a black-and-white kinescope episode of the "classic CBS" nighttime edition of "To Tell the Truth" which was originally broadcast on June 21, 1965, one month and four days prior to tonight's "WML?" installment. The host was Bud Collyer, the announcer was Johnny Olson, and the panel consisted of Orson Bean, Peggy Cass, Fritz Weaver (substituting for Tom Poston) and Kitty Carlisle. The first contestants were British mod designer Angela Cash and two impostors, the second contestants were hotel owner James Blackford and two impostors, and the third contestants were Boston University professor Gerald Hawkins and two impostors. The opening sponsor of this "TTTT" episode was Chef Boy-ar-dee Pizza, and closing sponsor was Dristan. Coincidentally, James Murphy was production supervisor on both the "WML?" and "TTTT" shows that aired on GSN on April 2, 2007. The quality of this kinescope at certain points suggests that it may have been recorded off a videotape. - W-B (2007)

    • Opening advertising sponsor billboard - PoliGrip denture adhesive cream.

    • Carol Channing and Ginger Rogers were cute as they sat up there like a couple of teenagers, answering the panel's questions. Their identities were guessed fairly quickly, but it didn't matter, as they provided some fun early on. The same can be said of everyone's favorite redhead, Lucy. The way she answered the questions had the audience in stitches. She also announced that her current program, "The Lucy Show," was changing times to 8:30 PM on Monday nights, a half an hour earlier than it came on the previous season. Guest panelist Mike Douglas performed well in his first appearance. He had experience though, since he was in the middle of hosting his highly successful daytime talk show. "The Mike Douglas Show" was on the air from 1961 to 1982. In fact, he made up a "trinity" of popular talk show hosts which also included Merv Griffin and, of course, Johnny Carson. Douglas' talk show also provided some of the most historical moments on television. In 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-hosted with him for a week. Their guests that week ranged from rocker Chuck Berry to radical leader Jerry Rubin of the Chicago 7, and it is still talked about today. Also, Douglas was indirectly responsible for one of television's biggest hits. On one broadcast, he had as his guests Donny and Marie Osmond. Many who saw that particular episode were impressed by the chemistry the brother and sister duo had together, and this led to their popular 1976-1979 variety show, "Donny and Marie." - Sargebri (2004)

    • Lucy promoted her upcoming appearance as a guest on the Steve Lawrence Show.

    • Carol Channing and Ginger Rogers are the first mystery guests. Ginger is taking over Carol's part as "Dolly Levi" in the Broadway musical "Hello, Dolly!" staged at the St. James Theatre in NY. Carol is now going on the road, taking "Hello, Dolly!" on tour around the United States and London, England. - Suzanne (2004)

    • Mike Douglas (8/11/1920 - 8/11/2006)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Mike Douglas, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

    • Tidbits: John speaks of being a reporter yesterday at the Miss Universe Pageant in Miami, Florida. Arlene's new play "Mrs. Dally" is soon to open in Holyoke, MA.

    • Poor Mike Douglas! Both Carol and Ginger give kisses as well as handshakes to Bennett, Arlene, and Dorothy, yet since he's the new kid on the block (as Gene Rayburn might say) Mike just gets two stiff handshakes as both women hurry on to greet Dorothy in the next seat. - Garrison Skunk

  • Allusions

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