What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 8


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 24, 1965 on CBS
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Episode Summary

There are no regular contestants this evening. The challengers are three mystery guests. The panel is blindfolded for all three rounds.

Game 1: Danny Kaye (1/18/1911 - 3/3/1987) (as Mystery Guest #1)

Game 2: Yves Saint Laurent (8/1/1936 - 6/1/2008) (as Mystery Guest #2) - "Fashion Designer" (The panel was blindfolded, but the normal questioning format was used.)

Game 3: Bette Davis (4/5/1908 - 10/6/1989) (as Mystery Guest #3)

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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)

    Danny Kaye

    Danny Kaye

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Yves Saint Laurent

    Yves Saint Laurent

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Bette Davis

    Bette Davis

    Mystery Guest #3

    Guest Star

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      • Condensed / Excerpted from the article "WHO KILLED DOROTHY KILGALLEN?" (Midwest Today, 2007)

        As a gossip columnist- Dorothy Kilgallen made quite a name for herself disclosing frequently salacious gossip about the rich and famous. But she aspired to greater things.

        In the latter years of her life, Dorothy Kilgallen was deeply involved in an investigation of the assassination of JFK. She used her considerable media influence to question and critique the official account and media coverage- famously expressing skepticism about the authenticity of the "Oswald Backyard Rifle" photo that was used on the 9/3/65 cover of Life Magazine.

        Kilgallen's own sources- including Jack Ruby- apparently provided her with tantalizing insights into the assassination of JFK- which she planned to reveal in a book. She repeatedly told friends, "If it's the last thing I do, I'm going to break this case." She was apparently close to doing just that at time this episode was broadcast. But it was here, on the set of "What's My Line?" that the famed gossip-columnist found herself on the receiving end of a little of her own bitter medicine. And possibly as a warning about her continued investigations into the assassination.


        "On October 24, 1965, only two weeks before she died, and just minutes before she was to do "What's My Line?", an announcement came over the theater sound system that rattled Dorothy. A voice said, "The keys to Ron Pataky's room are waiting at the front desk of the Regency Hotel." No one knew who made the announcement or why they hadn't just brought her a note. She was so shaken up that as the show began and the panelists were introduced, Dorothy sat down too soon, and then quickly got up again, the only time that happened since the panelists started showing off their Sunday formal wear in 1954.... Was somebody trying to scare Dorothy with embarrassing personal disclosures?"

        Ron Pataky was Kilgallen's then 30-year soulmate- and, according to many, her secret lover. The disclosure of his name just moments prior to the broadcast- to an entire audience- left Kilgallen quite shaken.

        Only two weeks later, she would be found dead in her home- in very suspicious circumstances.

      • THE WML ALL-STAR GAME!!! This was a pretty interesting episode due to the fact that the panel was blindfolded for all three games. In fact, this episode holds the record for most mystery guest rounds. Also, a nice change was added this evening as, for the first time, a split screen effect was used to allow the television audience to see the panel member and the mystery guest side by side. In the first mystery guest round, guest panelist Buddy Hackett correctly identified Danny Kaye, who stuck his tongue out at the blindfolded Bennett as he walked onstage. Danny was on the show to promote his special "twelve cities in two days" tour for UNICEF's annual Halloween campaign. He also talked about his variety show that aired on CBS on Wednesday nights at the time. The second mystery guest round was played like a regular game. However, the panel was blindfolded because the panel, particularly Dorothy and Arlene, might have recognized famed French fashion designer Yves St. Laurent. Arlene did successfully guess that he was a fashion designer, but John flipped all the cards anyway and challenged Arlene to identify him, which she did. John also took time to promote Monsieur St. Laurent's new perfume, Y. Arlene was also successful in the third and final mystery guest round as she identified the legendary Bette Davis. It was in this final game that the split screen effect was used for the first time. Bette was on the show to promote her latest motion picture, the psychological thriller "The Nanny," which was filmed in England. This definitely was a special night, not only for all the mystery guest rounds and the technological aspects, but it also turned out to be a perfecto for the panel. - Sargebri (2007)

        THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGING!!! It was quite interesting to look at Yves St. Laurent's hair in this episode. He was previewing things to come as his hair was quite long for a male in 1965. Of course, this style was a byproduct of the Beatles and their famous dos. - Sargebri (2007)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for Yves St. Laurent at six down. Arlene had identified him as a fashion designer before the cards were flipped. After the cards were flipped, but before the blindfolds were removed, Arlene correctly identified the guest by name, after first making a few incorrect guesses. - agent_0042 (2007)

      • (1) THE DAYS DWINDLE DOWN: Tonight's show was the last time Buddy Hackett appeared on the panel - indeed, on the show itself - in Miss Kilgallen's lifetime. Following Dolly Mae's tragic death, he will appear on the classic CBS "WML?" twice more - once as a guest panelist, the other time as a mystery guest.
        (2) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Based on the fact that, on GSN's July 2, 2007 airing of this episode, a "new" commercial break aired during the middle of the opening titles, the original opening sponsor was Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co., makers of Kool cigarettes. B & W Tobacco was a rotating "WML?" co-sponsor from September to December of 1965.
        (3) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 66th known surviving episode wherein tonight's live transmission had the word "live" cut from the kinescope recording.
        (4) PANEL NAMEPLATE WATCH: After about ten months, it appears Buddy Hackett's old nameplate, which looked like it could have been hand-painted, has come back into use.
        (5) "WML?" END CREDITS WATCH: The closing credit sequence appears out-of-kilter and truncated, with Gil Fates' slide card graphic coming before that of Goodson & Todman, and only going up to associate producers Bob Bach and Ann Krieger's card before going back to the "WML?" title card. Also, the closing sponsor was Ford Motor Company.
        (6) Following GSN's July 2, 2007 airing of tonight's show, the channel aired an episode of the syndicated version of "To Tell the Truth" which was originally recorded and broadcast in 1975. The host was Garry Moore, the announcer was Bill Wendell, and the panel consisted of Gene Rayburn, Peggy Cass, Bill Cullen and Kitty Carlisle. The first contestants were then 12-year-old Alexandra Sheedy (author of a children's book called "She Was Nice to Mice: The Other Side of Elizabeth I's Character Never Before Revealed"; she would go on to greater fame beginning a decade later as actress and "Brat Pack" member Ally Sheedy) and two impostors. The second contestants were long-distance swimmer Benson Huggard and two impostors. - W-B (2007)

      • BUDDY HACKETT TRIBUTE: On July 5, 2003, GSN aired a tribute to Buddy Hackett, who had recently passed away on June 30, 2003. The 4-show black & white marathon included:
        Password (2/10/1963)
        What's My Line? (EPISODE #787 of 10/24/1965)
        I've Got A Secret (3/1/1965)
        To Tell The Truth (1965 Daytime version)
        - Suzanne

      • Danny Kaye promoted his 12-city Lear Jet tour to generate awareness and contributions for the UNICEF Fund. He's the pilot and the plane is being loaned to him. Bette Davis promoted her 1965 film, "The Nanny." She stated that it was her 82nd screen role. - Suzanne

      • Split Screen Camera Work: This episode used a small amount of split-screen camera work, with one side showing the panelist's face and the other side showing the guest's face. It's nice to be able to see both the mystery guest's and the panelist's expressions at the same time. This technique will be used one more time, on EPISODE #789 on Nov 7, 1965 with mystery guest Joey Heatherton, on what turns out to be Dorothy Kilgallen's final episode. - Suzanne

      • Arlene's signature heart-shaped diamond pendant was not visible, although you could see its usual chain around her neck. The heart was evidently twisted to the back of her neck, or caught under the second, longer necklace she was wearing. - Suzanne

      • Miss Kilgallen looked beautiful tonight! There was a very funny moment during the introductions when Dorothy accidentally sits down before John is introduced. As quick as she sat, she jumps back up again, her eyes are wide as if to say, "WHOOPS!" Too cute. Bette Davis = True Star Quality. After saying hello/goodbye to the panel, she turns to the audience and cameras, and then graciously bows. - fiveninegal

      • Dorothy Watch: This is Dorothy Kilgallen's second-to-last episode before her untimely death on November 8, 1965. She looked and sounded good. She was wearing a dark colored empire waist long gown with spaghetti straps. Dorothy said she had been at Yankee Stadium today.

      • Tidbits: This episode was shown in June 2003 as part of GSN's Buddy Hackett Tribute. Buddy had passed away on June 30, 2003.

      • Welcome to All-Star What's My Line? It was quite interesting to see an all mystery guest episode. Danny Kaye was very funny. Even though the panel identified him fairly quickly, he still provided a lot of humor. He was on the show to promote the annual UNICEF drive for underprivileged children. Mr. Kaye was known for many years as the special ambassador for this charity. The second round with Yves Saint Laurent was played like the usual game, except for the addition of blindfolds for the panel. This was necessary because the producers felt he would be recognized, especially by the distaff members of the panel. This appearance was before Saint Laurent became a household name, but within the next decade, his designs would become the toast of the fashion world. His English was limited, but he also promoted his new perfume for women, Y. Mr. Daly pronounced the perfume's name wrong, but was corrected by both Saint Laurent and Arlene Francis. Mr. Daly took it in his usual good stride. Bette Davis' appearance was very interesting because the television audience was given a unique screen view of both the questioning panel member and Miss Davis at the same time. This was achieved by the use of a split screen, showing the panel member on the left and Miss Davis on the right. This special effect had never been done on WML until now. Miss Davis was on the show to promote her upcoming picture, the suspense thriller "The Nanny." Also, get a load of Saint Laurent's hair! You certainly can see how much the times have changed, just by looking at the long length of his hair. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Buddy Hackett, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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