What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 2

EPISODE #781

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 12, 1965 on CBS
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EPISODE #781
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Game 1: Miss Marie McDonald (9/2/1937 - 9/1/1966) - "Broadcasts Traffic Reports From Helicopter" (salaried; she works for radio station WWDC and is heard on a network owned by the Crosley Broadcasting Corporation; she covers the states of Maryland and Virginia; her rush-hour motto is, "If you're in a jam, here I am!"; from Silver Spring, MD; see more notes below regarding Miss McDonald)

Game 2: Mrs. Edith Silver - "Gives Bagpipe Lessons" (self-employed; from Pennington, NJ, she learned how to play the bagpipe from a Scotsman)

Game 3: Edgar Bergen (2/16/1903 - 9/30/1978) & Candice Bergen (b. 5/9/1946) (as Mystery Guest Duo) The overlay screen read, "Edgar Bergen and daughter, Candice Bergen" John Daly referred to her as "Candy."
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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)

    Candice Bergen

    Candice Bergen

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Edgar Bergen

    Edgar Bergen

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Steve Lawrence

    Steve Lawrence

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      • BON VOYAGE BENNETT!!! This was Bennett's last appearance on the show for four weeks because he and his wife Phyllis celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary by enjoying a nice European vacation. Also, this episode marked the return of Steve Lawrence, whose new variety show would be debuting the next night. Unfortunately, the panel didn't give Bennett a nice going away present as they went a pathetic 1 for 3 on the evening. They did get off to a good start when Arlene correctly guessed that the young lady from Baltimore was a traffic reporter. Specifically, she reported on the traffic from a helicopter. In the second game, Arlene correctly guessed that the contestant was a music teacher. Unfortunately, Arlene never determined that she gave bagpipe lessons. In the mystery guest round, the panel really got stumped by the father/daughter duo of Edgar and Candice Bergen, who used Swedish accents to totally befuddle the panel. This definitely was not a good send off for Bennett. - Sargebri (2007)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the one remaining card for mystery guest duo Edgar and Candice Bergen at nine down because time was running short. - agent_0042 (2007)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's opening sponsor is Kellogg's Corn Flakes cereal.
        (2) "LIVE" WATCH (OR, YOU KNOW IT'S LIVE AGAIN WHEN...): This episode is the 60th known kinescope of a live broadcast to cut the word "live" from the show opening.
        (3) STEVE LAWRENCE: During the introductions, Dorothy mentioned that Steve Lawrence's upcoming new variety show on CBS (which ran from September 13, 1965 to December 13, 1965) would air on Mondays at 10:00 P.M. Interestingly, two years later, the Monday at 10:00 time slot would be the first time slot occupied by a new program, "The Carol Burnett Show," where it would run in its first four years (1967-1971) on the air. Also, on Mr. Lawrence's short-lived show, The Ernie Flatt Dancers would be among the regulars. Mr. Flatt's troupe would become associated with Miss Burnett throughout her show's long run. Finally, Steve would become a recurring guest on Carol's show over the years, to such a point that he would mistakenly be considered by some to be a regular.
        (3) THE DAYS DWINDLE DOWN: This episode was the last on which Steve Lawrence sat on the panel in Dorothy Kilgallen's lifetime.
        (4) BAD PUN ALERT: True to form, Bennett led off the first live show of the season with a tall tale of John in a "legacy," setting off 943 alarm clocks, the punchline being that John was "winding up the estate."
        (5) CANDICE BERGEN: More than ten years after her mystery guest appearance with her father Edgar Bergen tonight, Candice Bergen became the first female guest host of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" in only its fourth episode of November 8, 1975, and also the first person to host the show a second time, on December 20, 1975. She would host a total of five "SNL" episodes, the last being in 1990.
        (6) BEGINNING OF THE NEW "TELEVISION CODE" ERA: Tonight's "WML?" episode was the first on which a revised design of the National Association of Broadcasters' "Television Code" emblem was seen on the "A CBS Television Network Production" slide card graphic with the "balloon man." As was noted in the notes to EPISODE #630 of September 9, 1962, the type is set in a serif font. The design change came about in part due to the increasing number of television stations broadcasting in color. (The previous "Seal of Good Practice" design was seen only in black-and-white.) As seen for years on sign-ons and sign-offs of television stations which were TV Code members, the background was cloud blue, and the emblem itself was dark blue with the vines in a yellow color and the typesetting in white. This variation of the "Television Code" symbol will be seen on all remaining "WML?" episodes to the end of its CBS network run in 1967.
        (7) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: This was the second episode (after EPISODE #774 of July 25, 1965) where co-associate producer Ann Kaminsky was credited as Ann Krieger. She will be credited under her new name for the rest of the show's run. Also, with tonight's show there is a new production supervisor, Anthony Boschetti. He takes over from Milt Myers who had served in that capacity since the 1963-1964 season. Mr. Boschetti will be production supervisor on most shows this season, with James Murphy occasionally alternating. And for this show Vernon Cook is credited as lighting director.
        (8) Following GSN's May 21, 2007 airing of tonight's show, the channel aired an episode of "The Name's The Same," which was originally televised on November 17, 1953 and sponsored by Johnson's Wax. This edition was hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, with Bill Stern, Joan Alexander and Gene Rayburn as panelists. The celebrity guest was noted bandleader Paul Whiteman. - W-B (2007)

      • A SAD STORY - THE TRAGIC DEATH OF MARIE MCDONALD - Dorothy Kilgallen wasn't the only one on the show that night who didn't have long to live. The lovely Marie McDonald died in the summer of 1966 when her traffic helicopter crashed in Bladensburg, Maryland just outside of Washington, DC. McDonald and her pilot landed at an industrial park to pick up a cold drink on a hot day. Upon taking off, the helicopter struck power lines, crashed and burned, killing McDonald and her pilot. Another interesting note about McDonald: She came to Washington as a legislative assistant to Senator John Tower of Texas, who was one of Marie's college professors prior to his election to Congress. She was also, at the time, the youngest delegate to the Republican convention that nominated Barry Goldwater. Senator Tower later died in an airplane crash. This information comes from Dan Rosenson, aka "Captain Dan," a friend of McDonald's who was also her morning rush hour pilot. - Dave Statter (2004)

      • Dorothy Watch: For the third episode in a row, Dorothy makes a death-related comment. It is no doubt a coincidence, but under the upcoming circumstances, it is odd nonetheless. During the mystery guest questioning, Dorothy spoke out of turn and said, "It can't be Sammy and May because they don't sing, so I'm dead."

      • Tidbits: Bennett is leaving on a 4 week vacation to Tel Aviv, Israel; Athens, Greece; and Madrid, Spain. On Friday, September 17, 1965, Bennett and Phyllis Cerf will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. Steve Lawrence's new television show premieres tomorrow.

      • HAPPY EARLY ANNIVERSARY BENNETT!!! - Later this week, Bennett and Phyllis will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary! To celebrate, the Cerfs are going on vacation to Europe and Israel. Bennett will be away for the next three broadcasts, returning on October 10, 1965. The panel had an okay night. Arlene guessed that the first contestant was a traffic reporter, but they were unable to guess that the second contestant was a bagpipe instructor. However, they were able to narrow it down to the fact that she gave some form of musical instruction. Edgar Bergen was one of the most beloved entertainers of the 20th century. Along with his "friends" Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd, he entertained millions on radio, television and in film. Candice Bergen would go on to be a highly successful actress herself. The now-defunct "Look" magazine had recently declared her one of the future stars of motion pictures. However, her greatest success would come on the small screen twenty-three years later when she would star in the title role of the classic 1988-1998 sitcom "Murphy Brown." - Sargebri (2004)

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Steve Lawrence, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

      • When the panel was asking questions of the mystery guest Bergens, they found out that the couple didn't sing or play a musical instrument. With two questions left, Dorothy asked if the gentleman was of Italian descent. This received a big laugh, because Edgar Bergen, who was born in Chicago of Swedish immigrant parents, had been speaking with a Swedish accent. Dorothy received a "no" and it was now Steve Lawrence's turn. Steve was clueless and lost, and then Dorothy said something, and Steve must have asked her what she said. Dorothy then commented, "It can't be Sammy (Davis) and May Britt because they don't sing, so I'm dead." Knowing she only has 8 weeks left, I know I'm over analyzing everything she says, but come on, this IS strange. - talksonthephone

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