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What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 13


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 28, 1965 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Bertha Meana - "Flying Instructor" (salaried; she works for Pilgrim Aviation Company; at age 65, she has just returned from 2 years in Peru with the Peace Corps; she is also a parachute rigger and a helicopter pilot; she has a degree in metallurgy; currently from New London, CT; she had an German accent and is originally from Persia)

Game 2: Mr. Onil Mercier - "Sells Hockey Sticks" (salaried; from Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada; he owns Melot & Freiers Company, or Mélot & Freyers, which phonetically sounded like Maylot and Frayers when said by Mr. Daly, but as of 2004 I can't find any net references so the spelling may be incorrect; there also used to be a company named Victoriaville Hockey Sticks, which is now out of business, that may have evolved from Onil Mercier's company; he makes both wood and professional fiberglass hockey sticks)

Game 3: Hayley Mills (b. 4/18/1946) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Mrs. Judy Story - "Makes Coats for Dogs" (self-employed; from New York City, NY; her dog coats are made in several designs, including a Santa coat for Christmas; Mr. Daly said they are sold in fine department stores and mentioned Lord & Taylor, and Hammacher Schlemmer)

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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)

    Hayley Mills

    Hayley Mills

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Steve Allen

    Steve Allen

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Joanna Barnes

    Joanna Barnes

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Arlene: Are you at the present time or are you about to open in a new picture?
        Hayley: Uh, well, uh, I might say yes.
        John: Mr. Allen?
        Arlene: (in a hilarious imitation of Hayley's southern belle accent) It's not Gone With the Wind, I'll tell you that. (heavy laughter from audience, applause)

    • NOTES (8)

      • REVIEW: After last week's perfecto, the panel had a somewhat mediocre performance as they had a .500 record for the evening. In the first game, guest panelist Joanna Barnes, who was making her WML debut, was given partial credit for guessing that the 65 year old lady was a flight instructor. In the second game, the panel pretty much guessed that the contestant from Quebec had something to do with the sport of hockey, but they failed to guess that he sold hockey sticks. In the mystery guest round, Bennett blew the door wide open when he correctly guessed that the guest had something to do with the film "That Darn Cat!" and then Arlene correctly identified the film's star, Hayley Mills. In the final game, the panel ran out of time, so the lady from New York, who made coats for dogs, won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2007)

        THE SEARCH CONTINUES!!! This was the WML debut for actress/author Joanna Barnes. Joanna would make one more appearance on the CBS WML, and then would not appear again on the original CBS version. However, a few years later, she would become a frequent guest panelist on the five days a week syndicated WML version. - Sargebri (2007)

        HAYLEY MILLS: Little did anyone know at the time that 1965's "That Darn Cat!" would be the last theatrical film that Hayley Mills would make for Walt Disney Studios until 1986 -- when she returned to make "Parent Trap II," which was a sequel to the 1961 motion picture "The Parent Trap.," reprising the dual roles of twins "Susan and Sharon." She also would take on the starring role in the Disney Channel's 1987 junior high sitcom "Good Morning, Miss Bliss." That show would later move to NBC, without Hayley, but with most of the cast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Lark Voorhees, Dustin Diamond and Dennis Haskins) intact. Also, the title would change to "Saved by the Bell" and it would become one of the most imitated teen-oriented sitcoms on Saturday morning television. - Sargebri (2007)

        HOCKEY STICK TRIVIA: During the questioning of the hockey stick salesmen, the question was asked if the product was made of metal, to which he correctly answered "yes." However, about 20 years later, aluminum hockey sticks would become widely used by many players, especially after Wayne Gretzky started using them. - Sargebri (2007)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the final card for the first contestant at nine down. The panel had more-or-less zeroed in on her line, but they failed to produce the exact occupation of "flying (flight) instructor." John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at six down. John warned the panel at the start of the game that it was a "tricky" line and, indeed, they weren't really close to identifying "makes coats for dogs" when time ran out. - agent_0042 (2007)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The opening sponsor billboard for tonight's show was edited out altogether, so it is possible that Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co. was the original opening sponsor. If so, this was a break from the style of editing used in previous episodes sponsored by Brown & Williamson, in which GSN added their own commercial break and then returned with the remainder of the opening theme after the break.
        (2) "LIVE" WATCH: For the second time since Dorothy Kilgallen's death, the opening sequence retained the word "live" during announcer Johnny Olson's intro.
        (3) ANOTHER PORTENT OF THE FUTURE: Tonight's episode marked the debut appearance of actress Joanna Barnes on the panel. This pointed the road to the future in the overall history of "WML?", as Miss Barnes would be a frequent panelist in the early years of its 1968-1975 syndicated run. Also, between tonight and the syndicated "WML?'s" start-up, Joanna was co-host, with syndicated gossip columnist Rona Barrett, of a daily "magazine" show called "Dateline: Hollywood" which ran on ABC from April to September of 1967, and which spotlighted the happenings of top celebrities of the day. Though that show, at the time, was a flop, it is regarded today as an important forerunner of the celebrity-themed "magazine" shows on the air today, such as "Entertainment Tonight," "Extra!", "Access Hollywood" and "The Insider." Miss Barnes later went on to become a writer and syndicated columnist.
        (4) This was Steve Allen's third appearance on the panel over the last five weeks, one of his longest streaks on "WML?" since his 1953-1954 run as a regular panelist.
        (5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Tonight, Larry Schneider is credited in place of B.A. Taylor as audio engineer, and Anthony Boschetti is once again production supervisor.
        (6) Following GSN's August 6, 2007 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel ran an episode of "Beat the Clock" which was originally broadcast on September 15, 1956. As host Bud Collyer announced at the top of the program, this was the last episode to be sponsored by Fresh Deodorants. Beginning with the next week's show, Hazel Bishop cosmetics would be the sponsor. Of note was that this "BTC" episode aired one week before the last of what is now regarded as the "Classic 39" episodes of Jackie Gleason's "The Honeymooners," entitled "A Man's Pride." - W-B (2007)

      • When Arlene realized who the mystery guest was, she started to say "Pa..." before she corrected herself and said "Hayley Mills." Undoubtedly, Arlene was about to say "Patty Duke." In 1965, Hayley Mills and Patty Duke were probably the most popular teenage actresses in North America. - dorothykfan

      • The panel was really run through the ringer this particular evening. Joanna Barnes, who was at the time was appearing in the series "The Trials of O'Brien" with Peter Falk, almost had a line figured out, but didn't ask the correct question that probably would have made a last second save. The same thing happened with Steve's last minute question to the hockey stick salesman. He had the sport narrowed down to hockey, but mentioned the wrong type of equipment when he said "pucks" instead of "sticks." However, the panel did guess Hayley Mills, who didn't fool the panel despite the fact she tried a couple of different accents, Southern and French. She was on the show to promote the film, "That Darn Cat!", which ironically would be her final feature for the studio that made her famous for several years, Walt Disney. In 1960, she made her debut for Disney in the classic "Pollyanna" which would earn her a special Oscar. In fact, when she began working for the "Mouse house," she was seen as the next Annette Funicello. After the round, John mentioned Hayley's famous family. Her father, Sir John Mills, is one of the greatest actors in the history of the British theater. In 1970, he would win an Academy Award for Best Supporting actor for his role in "Ryan's Daughter." Hayley's mother, Mary Hayley Bell, is both an actress and an acclaimed playwright. Finally, Hayley's sister, Juliet Mills, would later gain fame in the 1970-1971 sitcom "Nanny and the Professor." As of 2004, Juliet is currently starring as witch "Tabitha Lenox" on the daytime drama "Passions." Hayley's godfather is none other than the man who is considered by many the greatest actor of all time, Sir Lawrence Olivier. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Joanna Barnes (b. 11/15/1934)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Steve Allen, Joanna Barnes, Bennett Cerf.

      • Hayley Mills tried to stump the panel by first using a Southern Belle accent, and then using a French accent. She didn't succeed, and her identity was guessed. She promoted her final Walt Disney film, 1965's "That Darn Cat!" Her five-year contract with them had now expired, and tired of her "Pollyanna" image, she left the studio for other endeavors. However, she made some bad decisions along the way. In 1966, her squeaky-clean image was irreparably tarnished when she played a nude scene in "The Family Way." Her fans were shocked and her career was hurt. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Tidbits: Again, no mention of Dorothy. It will be interesting to see how many episodes it takes until they mention her name.

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