What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 9


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



  • 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)

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