What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 12

EPISODE #791

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 21, 1965 on CBS
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EPISODE #791
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Game 1: Mrs. Billie Anderson - "Raises Turkeys" (self-employed; from Forestburg, TX; she owns the "Gobble Hollow Turkey Farm"; when her company name is said with a Texas accent, it sounds the way Mr. Daly pronounced it, "Gobble Holler Turkey Farm"; she raised 50,000 "Broad-Breasted Bronze Turkeys" in the past year)

Game 2: Richard H. Oller, Jr. - "Makes False Eyelashes" (self-employed; from New York City, NY; he owns Ingeborge Company and produces very light permanently curled synthetic fiber eyelashes that are applied under your own lashes with adhesive; he said they are more natural looking than human hair eyelashes; Arlene seemed interested in his product)

Game 3: Ray Milland (1/3/1907 - 3/10/1986) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Mrs. Eileen Henry - "Gives Out Parking Tickets (New York Traffic Cop 'Meter Maid')" (salaried; from Long Island, NY) . .moreless

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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)

    Ray Milland

    Ray Milland

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Tony Randall

    Tony Randall

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Helen Gurley Brown

    Helen Gurley Brown

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • THE POST-DOROTHY KILGALLEN ERA BEGINS!!! This was the first "in earnest" episode following Dorothy's tragic passing. In fact, the panel was in a much happier mood than they were the previous evening due to two factors. The first was the fact that long-time WML favorite Tony Randall was on the panel and he definitely helped keep the panel in an upbeat mood. Second of all, John celebrated the birth of his daughter earlier in the week, and as is often the case, a great tragedy is followed by a joyful moment. However, what really made this evening special was the fact that the panel scored a perfecto. In the first game, guest panelist, Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown, in her WML debut, correctly guessed that the first contestant raised turkeys. Of course, she had a lot of help from Tony, who blew the door wide open for her. In the second game, Helen again made the correct guess when, after a well timed conference, she figured out that the contestant made false eyelashes. In the mystery guest round, Bennett correctly identified Oscar winner Ray Milland. Ray was in town for rehearsals of the upcoming play "Hostile Witness," which was scheduled to open on February 14, 1966. In the final game, Arlene completed the perfecto by correctly guessing that the lady from Long Island was a New York City meter maid. Somewhere, Dolly Mae must have been smiling in the great beyond as the panel did a very spectacular job. - Sargebri (2007)

        THE FIRST CANDIDATE!!! Even though it wasn't officially announced, this might have been the first night of the "talent search" to find Dorothy's replacement. First up was Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown, who gave an excellent performance in her WML debut. She asked some very good questions and called for a conference at an appropriate time. She would make a few more appearances over the course of the show's run, but would never be named a permanent replacement for Dolly Mae. - Sargebri (2007)

        VINTAGE TTTT: In July 2007, following tonight's WML episode, GSN showed a rare color episode of "To Tell the Truth" featuring the classic panel of Tom Poston, Peggy Cass, Orson Bean and the grand dame of the panel, Kitty Carlisle. Of course, all four of them, at one time or another, would sit in on the WML panel, the most famous being Kitty's guest panelist appearance, when she sat in Dorothy's chair on the memorial show following Dorothy's passing. In 1966, the TTTT panel would make a surprise mystery guest appearance on WML. Ironically, the person who identified them was semi-regular WML panelist (and former member of the TTTT daytime panel) Phyllis Newman. In 1967, TTTT's host, Bud Collyer, would make a mystery guest appearance with "Match Game" host Gene Rayburn and "Snap Judgment" host (and Johnny Carson's second banana) Ed McMahon. - Sargebri (2007)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at three down. Tony Randall had correctly identified her as being associated with turkeys and Helen Gurley Brown figured out that she raised them. - agent_0042 (2007)

      • (1) "A TIME TO BE BORN, AND A TIME TO DIE": John Daly was not the only person to celebrate a blessed event in this, the first "true" post-Dorothy "WML?" On the very same day as Miss Kilgallen's untimely death on November 8, 1965, onetime "WML?" mystery guests Anthony Newley and Joan Collins welcomed into the world their second child, Alexander (Sasha) Newley - with whom Miss Collins was pregnant at the time of their mystery guest appearance on EPISODE #766 of May 30, 1965.
        (2) HELEN GURLEY BROWN: Like the recently-deceased Dolly Mae, HGB was in the employ of the Hearst Corporation which was, and still is, the publisher of Cosmopolitan magazine. She was editor of the magazine from 1965 to 1996. Her nameplate on the panel desk reads as "MRS. BROWN," as her husband is film producer David Brown, whose credits would later include the first two "Jaws" movies (1975 and 1978); "The Sugarland Express" (1974), the first feature film to be directed by Steven Spielberg; "Cocoon" (1985); and "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989).
        (3) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's opening sponsor is Brown & Williamson Tobacco. Because of this, on GSN's July 30, 2007 airing of this episode, the cable and satellite channel ran their own, new ad break in place of the original opening advertising billboard.
        (4) "LIVE" WATCH: For the first time since EPISODE #707 of April 5, 1964, announcer Johnny Olson's opening words of "And now, live from New York..." are left uncut. Thus far, 68 of the surviving episodes that originally aired live, dating back from 1964, had the word "live" edited out of their kinescope recordings for the benefit of airing in the Pacific and Mountain time zones.
        (5) RAY MILLAND: In the years since his mystery guest appearance tonight, Ray Milland would appear in two memorable episodes of the Peter Falk detective series "Columbo"; play "Oliver Barrett III" (father of Ryan O'Neal's character "Oliver Barrett IV") in the 1970 smash hit film "Love Story"; and appear in two movies released in 1972, that would in later years be listed as among "The Worst Films of All Time": "The Thing With Two Heads" (as "Dr. Maxwell Kirshner," a stone-cold bigot whose head is transplanted into the body of an African-American, "Jack Moss," played by former football great Rosey Grier), and "Frogs" (in which he played unscrupulous industrialist "Jason Crockett").
        (6) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: For the first time in over a month, Anthony Boschetti is credited as production supervisor tonight.
        (7) Following GSN's July 30, 2007 airing of tonight's show, the channel aired a color videotape episode from 1967 of the daytime edition of the classic CBS (1956-1968) incarnation of "To Tell the Truth." The host was Bud Collyer, the announcer was Johnny Olson, and the panel consisted of the "classic TTTT" lineup of Tom Poston, Peggy Cass, Orson Bean and Kitty Carlisle. The first contestants were Steve Musich (who had an unorthodox way of proposing to his girlfriend, who also appeared on this show) and two impostors, and the second contestants were John Caro (a former Bronx probation officer who once handled a young Lee Harvey Oswald, the future assassin of President John F. Kennedy) and two impostors. - W-B (2007)

      • Ray Milland promoted his upcoming Broadway play, "Hostile Witness." He is in rehearsals now, and the play is scheduled to open on February 14th, 1966 at the Music Box Theatre. It ran for 157 total performances.

      • For the first "real" show post-Dorothy, the panel did an excellent, professional job. Perhaps the news of John's newborn child helped cheer everyone up. There is nothing like celebrating a new life in helping one cope with a close friend's passing. - exapno99

      • THE POST-DOROTHY ERA BEGINS! This is the first "in ernest" episode since Dorothy's sad death, and the panel bounces back immediately from their dismal performance of the previous week. The mood was very light. Helping to make the mood fun was Tony Randall, who had the audience in stitches as he always does! This is also an evening of celebration, as John celebrated the birth of his daughter Nina Elizabeth that past Thursday. The panel performs well this night. Debuting panelist Helen Gurley Brown does an exceptional job of guessing the first two contestant's occupations. She used assists from Tony on the turkey farmer, and from Arlene on the man who made false eyelashes. Arlene had the final honor as she guessed the meter maid. HGB was (and still is) one of the most celebrated women in America. She began her career as an advertising executive. In 1962, she wrote the book that would change her life forever, "Sex and the Single Girl." This book was a classic advice book for career women. Ironically, Dorothy mentioned this book during the June 7, 1964 broadcast, when she thought mystery guest Sheilah Graham was Ms. Gurley Brown. This publication led to Helen Gurley Brown's second career as a columnist, which then led to the one thing HGB is most famous for. Earlier in 1965, she had been hired as Editor-in-Chief of the foundering Cosmopolitan magazine. Under her watch, "Cosmo" became one of the most-read magazines in the world. After this appearance on the show, she would make four more appearances on the panel. Somewhere up there, Dolly Mae was smiling down on the panel this episode, for the good job they did. - Sargebri (2004)

      • The panel bounces back after last week, as they identify all three occupations plus the mystery guest! - Kirk Morgan

      • IT'S A GIRL! Congratulations, John! Bennett announced that John and his wife Virginia had their third child, a girl. The baby is John Daly's sixth and final child. Nina Elizabeth Daly was born "Thursday morning" which was November 18, 1965. John said that Mrs. Daly was "up in Harkness" Pavilion, which is a reference to the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital at 180 Fort Washington, New York City. John spoke such sweet words when he said, "I have a way with girls. When I have a daughter, it's a real occasion." Nina is John's second daughter. - Suzanne

      • Tidbits: Just one episode after Dorothy Kilgallen's tribute show, no mention of her is made at all on this episode.

      • Helen Gurley Brown(2/18/1922 - 8/13/2012)


        Panel: Arlene Francis, Tony Randall, Helen Gurley Brown, Bennett Cerf.

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