What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 10


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 07, 1965 on CBS



  • Notes

    • (1) "THIS IS THE END, BEAUTIFUL FRIEND": As mentioned, this was Dorothy Kilgallen's final appearance on "WML?" Fittingly, the person to have the distinction of sitting on the panel with Dorothy, Arlene and Bennett on this pivotal occasion was the second most prolific male guest panelist in the show's history, Tony Randall. Interestingly, Mr. Randall was one of two people - the other being "prodigal son" and "old friend" Steve Allen - who sat on the panel with Dorothy one week and then appeared again two weeks after their respective previous appearances, following her death. Indeed, for four straight weeks in this period, the two of them made "back-to-back" appearances on the program. Tony's next appearance after tonight's show will be EPISODE #791 of November 21, 1965. After that, he will appear 19 more times, including once as a mystery guest, until the end of "WML?'s" CBS run in 1967 - more than the 13 times that Martin Gabel, the most prolific of the male guest panelists, appeared in the post-Kilgallen era.
      (2) GSN AIRING TALLY: GSN's most recent airing of this episode was July 16, 2007. Previously, the cable and satellite channel had run it on July 7, 2004, and before that, on April 14, 2002.
      (3) MYSTERY GUEST IRONY #1: Given Joey Heatherton's use of a throaty, "mannish" voice to try to throw off the panel and Dorothy's asking at one point if her real first name was Norma, more than five years before tonight's show, on EPISODE #503 of February 28, 1960, Peggy Lee - whose birth name was Norma Dolores Egstrom, which was the basis for Dolly Mae's question on this occasion - was the mystery guest, and the panelist who successfully guessed her identity back then was Miss Kilgallen herself. However, on the 1960 show, Miss Lee had used a little girl's voice.
      (4) MYSTERY GUEST IRONY #2: Four years to the day of Dorothy's passing, on November 8, 1969, Miss Heatherton appeared as a guest in a "Color Honeymooners" episode of "The Jackie Gleason Show," entitled "Happiness Is a Rich Uncle." Joey played gold-digging go-go girl "Emily Gogolak" who was romancing Ralph's "Uncle Howard" (played by David Burns). This episode was most recently aired on the American Life cable channel on July 21 and 22, 2007 - less than a week after GSN's July 16, 2007 airing of tonight's "WML?" show.
      (5) HEATHERTON RELATIONS: Mystery guest Joey Heatherton was not the only offspring of "Merry Mailman" Ray Heatherton's to make a name independent of her dad's fame. Her brother, Dick Heatherton, was a radio disk jockey who held the afternoon drive slot at New York oldies station WCBS-FM from 1972 to 1986. He also served as program director for a Los Angeles beautiful music station and worked as a broadcasting consultant. In addition, in the late 1970's, he was a sub-announcer on "The $20,000 Pyramid."
      (6) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's opening sponsor is Fleischmann's Margarine, and the closing sponsor is Kool cigarettes. (The Kool "Filter Kings" cigarette ad has been omitted from GSN airings ever since the cable and satellite channel's self-imposed ban on vintage cigarette advertising took effect). - W-B (2007 & 2008)
      (7) "LIVE" WATCH: This, Dorothy's "WML?" swan song, is the 68th known surviving kinescope of a live transmission wherein the opening had the word "live" edited out.
      (8) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: As was the case last week, James Murphy is credited as production supervisor.
      (9) After the July 16, 2007 airing of tonight's show, GSN aired the very last episode of "The Name's the Same," originally broadcast on October 7, 1955. This series finale was sponsored by Ralston Purina and hosted by Clifton Fadiman, with the panel consisting of Joan Alexander, Mike Wallace (whom Mr. Fadiman introduced as a "Broadway producer" as well as television personality), Audrey Meadows and Roger Price, and the celebrity guest was Brooklyn Dodgers first baseman (and future New York Mets manager) Gil Hodges. Interestingly, almost all the people on this installment appeared in one way or another on "WML?" - Miss Meadows as a mystery guest, Mr. Fadiman as one of only three guest "panel moderators" in "WML?'s" history, and Mr. Price and Miss Alexander as guest panelists. The only notable exception was the future "60 Minutes" co-anchor, who at John Daly's insistence was replaced at the last minute as mystery guest with Sammy Davis, Jr. on EPISODE #364 of May 26, 1957; details of which can be found in the notes to that episode. Mr. Hodges himself would appear on "WML?", as a mystery guest on EPISODE #665 of May 26, 1963 - exactly six years to the day after that earlier "WML?" show. - W-B (2007)

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