What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 52


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 29, 1965 on CBS
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Game 1: Miss Janell Jernigan - "Raises Goats" (self-employed; from Goldthwaite, TX, she will be a senior at Southern Methodist University in the fall; this is her summer job; she is a member of the American Angora Goat Breeders Association; her goats are prized for their long silky coats which are used to make mohair yarn; from the net - she was a member of the Goldthwaite High School Class of 1962, and married Class of 1961 student Charles Sherwood; Charles and Janell Jernigan Sherwood had two children, Brady and Bonnie)

Game 2: Daniel McCullough - "Operates Merry-Go-Round (at Coney Island)" (salaried; from Brookville, Long Island, NY; Daniel's historian/author father Edo McCullough also works with him at the carousel, and Daniel's grandfather James J. McCullough invented moving targets for mechanical shooting galleries used at amusement parks)

Game 3: Betty Grable (12/18/1916 - 7/2/1973) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Mrs. Norma Gorman - "Sells Swimming Pools" (salaried; from Wyckoff, NJ; Mr. Daly said she sells the "Buster Crabbe Pool" for Ray Westdyk Swimming Pools, Inc.; as seen on the net, she is probably related to Edward Gorman of Edison, New Jersey who founded Cascade Industries Inc. in 1949 which manufactures prefabricated in-ground vinyl-lined swimming pools; in the early 1960s, Cascade, Inc. expanded overseas, and by the late 1960s sold their "Buster Crabbe" pool in 28 countries; he was also associated with Esther Williams before she started her own pool company; Ed Gorman is still in business in 2004) . .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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      • WELCOME HOME STEVERINO!!! As John always mentions when Steve Allen appears on the panel, its "old home week" when Steve comes back to visit, and WML was indeed Steve's old home. The panel celebrated by having a fairly decent performance this evening as they basically went 3 for 4. In the first game, Arlene received credit for correctly guessing that the co-ed from Southern Methodist University raised goats. Unfortunately, the panel wasn't as successful in the second game as they failed to guess that the contestant operated the merry go round at Coney Island. In the mystery guest round, Dorothy correctly identified the iconic Betty Grable. Betty didn't have any special engagement to promote, but she did mention the fact that WML was one of her favorite shows. In the final game, Arlene was given partial credit for guessing that the contestant sold swimming pools. And on that note, the panel went home happy. - Sargebri (2007)

        Following the May 7, 2007 rebroadcast of this episode on GSN, the network reran a 1971 episode of the syndicated version of "To Tell the Truth" as a tribute to Tom Poston, who had passed away earlier that week. Interestingly, Tom's old boss, Steve Allen, was a guest panelist on the WML episode that preceded this TTTT episode. Tom was a regular on Steve's show from 1956 to 1959, and after a couple of years away, he returned in 1961. Also interesting was the fact that three of the four people on the TTTT panel on that episode (Tom, Kitty Carlisle and Peggy Cass) as well as the show's host, Garry Moore, all appeared at one time or another on WML. The only person on the panel who never appeared on WML as a guest panelist was Bill Cullen. Bill did make a mystery guest appearance on WML in 1961. Also, Tom, Peggy, Kitty, as well as former TTTT regular Orson Bean, made a joint mystery guest appearance on WML in 1966. Ironically, the person who identified them was Phyllis Newman, who was a regular on the daytime version of TTTT until 1965. - Sargebri (2007)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at just one down. Bennett had identified her as being involved with goats and the panel probably could have come up with the exact line if given more time. John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at three down. Arlene had brought up a possible involvement with swimming pools, but time was running so short that it wasn't possible to probe further. - agent_0042 (2007)

      • (1) THE "OLD GANG" IS BACK - TWICE: The "classic" panel of Arlene, Steve, Dorothy and Bennett were also assembled for the live EPISODE #768 of June 13, 1965 which aired right after the taping of tonight's show. This was the second "prerecorded" "WML?" episode of the summer of 1965 to have the same panel lineup as a live show from earlier in the year, as both the pre-taped EPISODE #775 of August 1, 1965 and the live EPISODE #753 of February 28, 1965 had Buddy Hackett seated alongside Miss Francis, Miss Kilgallen and Mr. Cerf. In production order, this was the third last "WML?" episode on which Mr. Allen sat with the panel while Dorothy was still alive; in airing order, this was the next-to-last.
        (2) "WML?" OPENING AND SPONSOR WATCH: Once again, Kellogg's Special K cereal is the opening sponsor. In addition, on all the pre-taped shows that aired this summer, the production staff cut from the animated opening to the center of the stage and dissolved in and out the "WML?" logo - in a manner reminiscent of episodes produced and aired between 1957 and 1962.
        (3) As with most pre-taped shows since 1963, announcer Johnny Olson's opening words are, "And now, from New York..." This practice of giving the show's origin on pre-taped shows will be phased out in the future.
        (4) THE CALM BEFORE THE (PREEMPTION) STORM: Of the individual seasons with preemptions, the 1964-1965 season was the first time since the 1954-1955 season to have only one preemption in the period in question. In recent years, two to three preemptions per season were the norm for "WML?" Of the 25 total preemptions over the course of the show's 17.5-year run, eight will be over the next (and last) two seasons, five in the final 1966-1967 season alone.
        (5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: The exact same production crew as had worked behind-the-scenes on the live EPISODE #768 were credited in the same respective capacities tonight.
        (6) TOM POSTON TRIBUTE: Following GSN's May 7, 2007 airing of tonight's "WML?" episode, the channel aired an episode of "To Tell the Truth" as a tribute to that show's long-time panelist, Tom Poston, who died on April 30, 2007 at age 85 - two weeks after the death of fellow "TTTT" panelist Kitty Carlisle. The episode was from the syndicated version, originally aired during the 1970-1971 season, with Garry Moore as host and the "psychedelic" "TTTT" set still in place, and Mr. Poston and Miss Carlisle were joined on the panel by Peggy Cass and Bill Cullen. The first contestants were caricaturist Bob Harmon (who drew a panoramic 30-panel mural of 1,001 Hollywood stars, including Kitty, that took up much of the stage) and two impostors. Bob stated he hoped to someday publish his work in a book, and in 1971, E. P. Dutton and Company, Inc. published "Bob Harmon's Hollywood Panorama." The second "TTTT" contestants were nature and animal photographer Patricia Caulfield and two impostors. - W-B (2007)

      • Betty Grable stated that she was an "avid fan" of WML. She said, "Every week I must watch the show." Betty was also referred to as "Mrs. Harry James," even though she was already under divorce proceedings. She had a rocky marriage to the famous bandleader and trumpeter from 1945 until their divorce in October 1965. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Steve Allen received a huge laugh when he said to John and the Merry-Go-Round operator, "His grandparents met on the carousel, and they've been going around together ever since." - Suzanne (2004)

      • Dorothy Watch: During the questioning of Betty Grable, Dorothy is perplexed and says, "Boy, I'm dead, ah, golly. May I assume that you are not Mrs. Steve Allen?" To be honest, the "I'm dead" phrase is one Dorothy has frequently used in years past. She used it on EPISODE #206 on May 9, 1954, EPISODE #420 on June 22, 1958 and on EPISODE #443 on December 7, 1958, and undoubtedly more. Still, it seems unusual, knowing her too-short life is drawing to a close. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Tidbits: Arlene's current play is "Mrs. Dally." For the record, "Dally" rhymes with "Sally" and is not pronounced as "Daly" or "Dolly." The play is adapted from the William Hanley work, "Mrs. Dally Has a Lover." - Suzanne (2004)

      • Dorothy's absences for the past couple of weeks were finally explained. It seems that she was in the country working on a book. This probably was "Murder One," the book she was writing at the time of her on November 8, 1965 death, which will happen a few weeks after this broadcast. The panel had a good night. Arlene guessed the first contestant with an assist from Bennett, and also had the third contestant's occupation narrowed down before time ran out. Unfortunately, they were completely stumped by the second contestant who operated the Coney Island carousel. Betty Grable, of course, was the "Farrah Fawcett" of the "Greatest Generation." Her classic leggy pinup photo graced the footlocker of every G.I. from Europe to the Pacific during World War II and is still remembered as one of the classic icons of that era. Ironically, Dorothy thought that she might have been Ginger Rogers, who was a mystery guest five weeks earlier. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Steve Allen, 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 June 13, 1965. - Suzanne (2004)

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