What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 9


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 31, 1965 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • John: (after Arlene guesses the "Grows Pumpkins" line without a single "no") I'm afraid, Bill, we tried to get away with something and we didn't get away with it.
      Arlene: We've been thinking about Halloween all day, John.
      John: All day.
      Arlene: And I knew he wasn't a witch!

  • Notes

    • HAPPY HALLOWEEN AND HAPPY HOMECOMING!!! This was a special night as WML was broadcast on Halloween and it also was special due to the appearance of former panelist Steve Allen on the show. In fact, the way everything began, it looked as if the panel was going to have a perfect night. Unfortunately, after a great beginning, the panel limped home with a .500 record. In the first game, Arlene pulled off a remarkable performance by doing a solo as she correctly guessed that the young 16 year-old entrepreneur grew pumpkins, which was appropriate because it was Halloween. In the second game, after Dorothy correctly guessed that the lady from Hawaii trained porpoises, it looked like the panel was on the verge of a perfecto. Unfortunately, everything changed in the mystery guest round as the panel was totally stumped by Andy Griffith. Andy talked about his very popular sitcom, which had just started its 6th season a month earlier, as well as a variety-special he was on and the "Andy" spin-off series called "Gomer Pyle, USMC." In the final game, the panel ran out of time as they were questioning the very attractive stockbroker, and she won the full prize by default. So, after a great beginning, the panel limped home. However, could it have been the Halloween gremlins having fun with the panel? - Sargebri (2007)

      GOMER PYLE, U.S.M.C.: As Andy Griffith mentioned during the post game chat, the spin-off to Andy's very popular sitcom, "The Andy Griffith Show," "Gomer Pyle, USMC," was in the top ten. In fact, the new show, starring Jim Nabors as the naive mechanic-turned-Marine, ironically almost didn't premier on CBS. When the series was first proposed, CBS executives didn't think a military-themed sitcom would be popular, especially among women. However, when producer Sheldon Leonard threatened to take all of his shows to rival NBC, the CBS brain trust changed their minds. - Sargebri (2007)

      DON KNOTTS CONNECTION: Interestingly, Andy Griffith and Steve Allen had someone in common, Don Knotts. It was Steverino who first gave Don his big break on television. However, before working with Steve, Don had appeared with Andy in the classic play "No Time for Sergeants." A few years later, Don would become a household name when he portrayed the classic character of "Deputy Barney Fife" on Andy's classic sitcom. - Sargebri (2007)

      STEVE'S RETURN: It was definitely great to see Steve Allen back on the panel this evening. Unfortunately, the next time he would appear on the panel, it would be under difficult circumstances. Two weeks later, he would join Arlene, Bennett and "To Tell the Truth" star Kitty Carlisle on Dorothy's memorial show. - Sargebri (2007)

      VINTAGE 1966 PASSWORD: Following tonight's episode in July 2007, GSN showed an episode of "Password" from September 12, 1966 with guest stars Barbara Bain and Brian Keith. From all indications, this was the first "Password" that was broadcast in color. Also significant was that the night this "Password" originally aired, Brian's soon-to-be-classic sitcom, "Family Affair," began its five-year run on CBS. Also, five nights after this "Password" episode originally aired, Barbara would be appearing in the show "Mission: Impossible," in which she co-starred for three years with her then-husband Martin Landau. - Sargebri (2007)

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant after Arlene ascertained his line without receiving a single "no" answer. John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at five down because time was running short. The panel wasn't close on this one and failed to come any closer with a few wild guesses after the cards had been flipped. - agent_0042 (2007)

    • (1) THE "OLD GANG" - TOGETHER AGAIN FOR THE LAST TIME: Not only was tonight's show Dorothy Kilgallen's next-to-last "WML?" appearance prior to her tragic death, it was also the very last time that the "classic" panel lineup of Dorothy, Steve Allen, Arlene and Bennett was assembled on the show. In addition to the 1953-1954 period where Mr. Allen was a regular panelist, the Kilgallen / Allen / Francis / Cerf combo graced a total of ten "WML?" episodes including tonight, since "Steverino" began making frequent "guest" appearances from 1956 on; four of these shows, including this one, were aired in this year of 1965 alone. He will also be on the panel for the first post-Kilgallen "WML?" edition two episodes from now; ironically, EPISODE #302 of March 18, 1956, the first of these post-1956 episodes with "the old gang," was the first show immediately following the death of Steve's successor on the panel, Fred Allen. And of course, the then-current host of "I've Got a Secret" will be part of the panel of the very last "classic CBS" EPISODE #876 of September 3, 1967.
      (2) "LIVE" WATCH: The kinescope of tonight's show is the 67th known surviving episode to have the word "live" cut out of the intro.
      (3) There was some irony in Arlene's mentioning Steve's then-new book, "Letter to a Conservative," during the intro - as in his later years, up to the time of his death in 2000, the man who once had Lenny Bruce and Jack Kerouac as guests on his show would align with conservative groups, most notably the Parents Television Council, in pushing for decency in television, and deploring "vulgarity" and "filth" in the medium.
      (4) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: James Murphy is credited as production supervisor tonight.
      (5) Following GSN's July 9, 2007 airing of this show, the channel aired the very first color videotape episode of the CBS daytime edition of "Password," which was originally broadcast on September 12, 1966 and taped at CBS Television City in Hollywood, for the start of what would be a 14-week stay for the show on the West Coast. Coincidentally, this first aired one day after the very first color episode of "WML?" which, in contrast, was only preserved in black-and-white kinescope form. The celebrity contestants on this edition of "Password" were Barbara Bain (then beginning the first of three seasons as "Cinnamon Carter" on the new adventure series "Mission: Impossible" which would take over the Sunday night time slot from "Candid Camera" and "WML?" in 1967, and run till 1973) and Brian Keith (who was beginning a five-year run on the sitcom "Family Affair" which premiered at 9:00 PM that very night of September 12, 1966 and in which he would play "'Uncle' Bill Davis"). The "Password" host, of course, was Allen Ludden. - W-B (2007)

    • Way to go, Arlene! Arlene Francis correctly guessed the first occupation, pumpkin grower, within one minute after starting the game! She did this all by herself, and no one else even got a chance at bat! She started the round and ended the round! - Kirk Morgan

    • Andy Griffith promoted his 1960-1968 television series, "The Andy Griffith Show." He played an excellent game and stumped the panel! He disguised his distinctive voice with a British accent, and kept his answers short. He wanted to laugh out loud so many times, but kept his composure and won the game! He also promoted the 1964-1969 spinoff series, "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." That show's star, Jim Nabors, first portrayed the "Gomer Pyle" character on Andy Griffith's show. - Suzanne (2004)

    • HALLOWEEN 1965 - WML fell on Halloween twice over its run, in 1954 and in 1965. Steve Allen got a big laugh during the introductions when he said that Dorothy's youngest son (Kerry Kollmar) was out trick-or-treating, in a limousine!

    • Happy Halloween!!! The ladies were the definite stars this particular evening. Arlene didn't even let the monotone pumpkin grower get past her, as she nailed him all by herself. She basically guessed him after her first couple of questions. Dorothy did well herself, essentially guessing that the second contestant was a porpoise trainer. The only hiccups this evening were with Andy Griffith and the female stockbroker. After the mystery guest round, Andy mentioned that this was the furthest he had ever gotten without someone guessing him. Baffled, Steve made a couple of very wrong guesses when he thought that Andy was either Steve Lawrence or Joey Bishop, due to the fact that he thought Griffith had a Brooklyn accent. Griffith had just started the sixth season of his popular 1960 to 1968 series. This would be the first season that his show would be seen in color. The previous 1964-1965 season was the last in black and white, and it was also the final season with Don Knotts in the cast as "Barney Fife." After the change to color and the departure of Knotts, many of the show's long time fans thought that the quality had gone down. The panel didn't guess the female stockbroker because they ran out of time, but no matter what, it was still an exceptional performance. - Sargebri (2004)

    • Dorothy Watch: This is Dorothy Kilgallen's next-to-last appearance before her sudden death on November 8, 1965. She again looked wonderful and sounded cheerful. She was dressed in a light-colored long gown, sleeveless with thin straps, scoop neckline, and an empire waist. She accessorized her gown with a 4-strand pearl necklace on which a large gemstone pendant hung.

    • Tidbits: We see a new sponsor, Champion Spark Plugs.

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

  • Allusions

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