What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 51

EPISODE #778

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 22, 1965 on CBS
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EPISODE #778
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Game 1: Mrs. Mary Ay - "Manages Professional Wrestlers" (self-employed; her company is named WorldMar Corp.; one of her clients is world champion Antonino Rocca; from New York City, NY; her surname is pronounced "a" not "eye" although Dorothy makes this mistake once)

Game 2: Daniel Levin - "Makes Ice Cubes" (salaried; he works for G.M. Ice Butlers, Inc.; the ice cubes are sold in convenient 8 lb. bags; from Arlington, VA)

Game 3: Steve Lawrence (b. 7/8/1935) (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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    • QUOTES (2)

      • Bennett: Tonight, Mrs. Ay, I guess we'll be running the gamut from "Ay" to Z. (audience "oohs")
        John: That's that August heat for you.

      • Bennett: And now, here's a man who's known far and wide as television's finest moderator, but what on earth he's moderate about, this panel has never been able to discover. Moderator John Charles Daly.

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      • REVIEW: This was a fairly decent night for the panel as they went a respectable 2 for 3 on the evening. In the first game, it looked as if they were going to go down to defeat until Dorothy pulled off the last-second save by correctly guessing that Mrs. Mary Ay was a manager of professional wrestlers. In fact, she was the personal manager of wrestling legend Antonino Rocca. In the second game, the panel wasn't quite as lucky as they failed to guess that the contestant made ice cubes. However, their luck improved in the mystery guest round as the evening's guest panelist, Alan King, correctly identified another favorite guest panelist, Steve Lawrence. Steve was on the show to promote his upcoming variety show that was about to make its debut on CBS and would air on Monday nights from 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM. John also praised Steve for his recent run on Broadway in the hit musical "What Makes Sammy Run." That definitely ended the evening on a high note. - Sargebri (2007)

      • (1) AN EXPLANATION ABOUT DOROTHY: While no explanation was given about Dorothy Kilgallen's absences from the last two shows, in the context of when these episodes were pre-taped, her absence makes perfect sense. At the time the preceding two episodes were recorded, Dorothy was out recovering from a broken shoulder, plus whatever issues may have sprung up. By the time tonight's episode was taped, just before the airing of the live EPISODE #765 of May 23, 1965, she had already recovered from her injury and was no longer wearing a sling around her arm. Of course, it was less than three months from the airing of this show that Dolly Mae died, changing the course of "WML?" forever.
        (2) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: As with the other pre-taped shows from this year shown up to this point, the opening sponsor is Kellogg's Special K cereal.
        (3) Once again, announcer Johnny Olson uses the "And now, from New York..." intro as in use on most prerecorded shows during this period.
        (4) ALAN KING: This was Alan King's final appearance on "WML?" He was on the show a total of 13 times, 11 as a guest panelist (including tonight) and two as a mystery guest. His last "live" guest panelist appearance had been on EPISODE #756 of March 21, 1965 - which aired right after the taping of the future EPISODE #776 of August 8, 1965 which was one of the prerecorded shows where Dorothy had been absent.
        (5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: As with EPISODE #765, James Murphy is credited as production supervisor tonight.
        (6) Following GSN's April 30, 2007 airing of tonight's show, the channel aired an episode of the short-lived 1954 ABC series "What's Going On?" hosted by Lee Bowman. This program, which was produced by "I've Got a Secret" co-creator Allan Sherman and sponsored by Revlon, which would go on to sponsor "The $64,000 Question," had as the panel at the studio (called the "Ins") Sue Oakland, Gene Raymond and Kitty Carlisle, and outside (the "Outs") Cliff Norton, Hy Gardner and Audrey Meadows. Mr. Gardner and the recently-deceased Miss Carlisle would go on to become key panelists on "To Tell the Truth" which premiered two years after this ill-fated effort, though Kitty would become more synonymous with "TTTT" well into the 2000's when the most recent version was produced, whereas Hy only lasted a little more than two years on "TTTT," his last appearance being in 1959; and Miss Oakland would be one of the rotating female guest panelists on "WML?" in 1966 and 1967. Miss Meadows, besides being the "leading lady" on "The Jackie Gleason Show," as Mr. Bowman noted in the opening, was also a panelist on another Goodson-Todman game show, "The Name's the Same," around this time; her sister Jayne Meadows was a regular on "IGAS" at the time of this show; and Jayne's husband, Steve Allen, was, of course, a onetime regular panelist and later frequent guest panelist, on "WML?"

        "WGO?" had most recently aired (as interstitial programming) on GSN in 2005. - W-B (2007)

      • Welcome back Dolly Mae! This is Dorothy's first appearance on the panel in two weeks. However, no mention is made of her absences. The panel had a hard time on this broadcast. They reached the final question with the first contestant before Dorothy managed to correctly guess that Mrs. Ay was a manager of professional wrestlers. Her most famous client was the Argentine legend from "Wrestling's Golden Era," Antonino Rocca, who was famous for wrestling barefoot. Next, the panel was totally stumped by the second contestant and they weren't able to guess that he made ice cubes. They did manage to make up for it by correctly guessing mystery guest Steve Lawrence. He was promoting his upcoming Monday night variety show that was premiering September 13, 1965. After the panel correctly guessed what Mrs. Ay did for a living, Bennett asked the age old question, "Is professional wrestling on the level?" Mrs. Ay answered, "For Antonino Rocca, yes!" However, some twenty-five years later, World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment) president Vince McMahon broke "Kayfabe" (that is, let the cat out of the bag) and finally admitted that pro wrestling was staged, or in wrestling terminology "a work." He made the confession mainly for monetary and tax purposes, due to the fact that if he were running a sporting event, he would have had to pay more money to rent a building and to get a license than if he were to get a permit for an entertainment event. All in all, this was a pretty good show. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Steve Lawrence promoted his upcoming new 1965 televsion series, "The Steve Lawrence Show." Steve stated this new show was going to involve both music and humor. The series lasted for only one season. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Tidbits: Arlene's new play "Mrs. Dally" opens in Nyack, NY. Bennett accidently refers to CrackerJack Popcorn as "Blackjack Popcorn Candy." Nobody corrects him. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Alan King, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

      • During the end credits, Johnny Olson announced that this episode was prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on May 23, 1965. - Suzanne (2003)

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