What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 9


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



  • Notes

    • (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)

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