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What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 14


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 05, 1965 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Bud Sagendorf (3/22/1915 - 9/22/1994) - "Writes & Draws Comic Strip Popeye" (as Mystery Guest #1 but the panel was not blindfolded; he signed in as "X" to avoid name recognition; self-employed; he produces the comic strip for King Features Syndicate; originally from Santa Monica, CA; currently from Connecticut; Forrest "Bud" Sagendorf said that for Popeye's upcoming 37th birthday, Popeye was finally getting his own brand of Spinach; Arlene punned, "I hope it's covered with Olive Oyl!" and got a laugh from the audience; the "Popeye the Sailor" comic strip was originally created in January 1929 by E. C. Segar; Sagendorf was Segar's longtime assistant and took over when Segar died)

Game 2: Mrs. Ethel Russell - "Raises Swans" (self-employed; from Great Oak / Chestertown, MD; she sell pairs of swans; she said they fly 100 mph and have a 9-foot wing spread)

Game 3: Edward G. Robinson (12/12/1893 - 1/26/1973) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Miss Georgiana Miranda (b. 7/1935) - "Assistant District Attorney" (salaried; from Jamaica, Long Island, NY, she was appointed by Queens County District Attorney Frank O'Connor)

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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)

    Bud Sagendorf

    Bud Sagendorf

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Edward G. Robinson

    Edward G. Robinson

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Martin Gabel

    Martin Gabel

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • QUOTES (1)

    • NOTES (7)

      • ALWAYS IN CHARACTER: After signing his name on the sign-in board, mystery guest Edward G. Robinson held the chalk up as if it were a gun, playfully "shooting" the applauding audience. He was alluding, of course, to his history of playing gangsters in the movies. - Garrison Skunk (2008)

      • WELCOME BACK MARTIN!!! It was good to see Martin Gabel back on the panel after several months away, during which time he was performing as "Professor Moriarty" in the smash musical "Baker Street." It was just another attempt to help return to a sense of normalcy following Dorothy's passing. As for the games themselves, just like the previous week, the panel had a rather mediocre night by getting a .500 record for the evening. In the first game, Bud Sagendorf signed in as Mr. "X" because some of the panel might have recognized his name as the current writer and artist of the "Popeye" comic strip. However, even though Arlene didn't guess the strip, she did guess that he was a cartoonist. In the second game, the panel failed to guess that the contestant raised swans. In the mystery guest round, the panel made quick work of legendary actor Edward G. Robinson. Eddie was making his annual appearance on the show to promote the Hanukah Festival that was starting that week at Madison Square Garden. In the final game, Bennett was getting close to guessing what the rather attractive young lady from Jamaica, Long Island did for her occupation, but John flipped the cards before Bennett guessed that she was an assistant district attorney for the City of New York. - Sargebri (2007)

        THE SEARCH CONTINUES!!! Tonight's candidate in the Dorothy replacement sweepstakes was columnist Marianne Means. It definitely was a historic evening as Marianne became the first contestant to be promoted to panelist. Of course, a few months later, CBS correspondent Jeanne Crane would become the second person to appear as both a contestant and later a panelist. As far as her performance went, Marianne asked several good questions and showed some good analytical skills. Unfortunately, she came off as rather dull and humorless and that probably played a role in the fact that this was her only appearance as a panelist. - Sargebri (2007)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at five down because time had run out. However, John stated that he thought the panel was "doing well" and likely would have guessed her line if given enough time. - agent_0042 (2007)

        HELLO GOVERNOR: John mentioned at the outset of the program that the governor of West Virginia was in the audience. William Wallace Barron (a Democrat from Randolph County) was West Virginia's governor at the time of this broadcast. Shortly after his mention on the program tonight, he was succeeded by Hulett C. Smith (a Democrat from Raleigh County). - agent_0042 (2007)

      • (1) "WML?" PANEL WATCH - POST-KILGALLEN: This was Martin Gabel's first appearance on "WML?" since Dorothy Kilgallen's death. It also marks the end of a streak of five straight shows where either Steve Allen or Tony Randall was on the panel.
        (2) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: This is the second straight episode where the opening sponsor billboard was cut out of the show opening titles.
        (3) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the third "post-Dorothy" episode to keep the opening words "And now, live from New York..." uncut.
        (4) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: For the first time since Dolly Mae's "WML?" swan song, EPISODE #789 of November 7, 1965, James Murphy is credited as production supervisor; also, tonight B.A. Taylor is back as audio engineer.
        (5) Following GSN's August 13, 2007 airing of tonight's "WML?" show, the cable and satellite channel ran a 1957 episode of "Two for the Money," hosted by Sam Levenson. This vintage "TFTM" episode was sponsored by Bulova Watch Company (as the primary sponsor) and by Old Gold Cigarettes (as the secondary sponsor). This is one of the very few episodes of this show that GSN is able to run, as most of the episodes of this 1952-1957 series were sponsored by Old Gold Cigarettes as the primary sponsor, and as such, carried the (now forbidden by GSN) Old Gold logo on the front of the studio set desk. Tonight's episode carried the Bulova Watch Company logo. As the secondary sponsor, cartons of Old Gold Cigarettes were prominently displayed on Sam's desk and were handed out to all the contestants. - W-B (2007)

      • Edward G. Robinson is in town for the Hanukkah Festival, which he promotes annually. He spoke French, but the panel recognized his voice immediately. John announced that Robinson will also be receiving the James A. Hackett award medal from New York City College. - Suzanne (2004)

        Marianne Means was introduced as a Washington Post columnist for political features. As of 2004, she a Washington D.C. syndicated columnist with Hearst Newspapers. - Suzanne (2004)

      • REVIEW: This was a King Features night! Marianne Means wrote, and still writes, a column that is syndicated by King Features. "Popeye" was distributed by them as well. In addition, it was through King Features that Dorothy's column was distributed. On top of all this, on a future episode on January 16, 1966, we also learn that Bennett writes a column for King Features! Regarding tonight's episode, this is one night the panel might want to forget. They were lucky that Arlene managed to guess that the first guest was a cartoonist with one card to go. But, they weren't able to guess the second contestant's line, despite the fact that they had narrowed down her occupation to raising birds. They made up for it with mystery guest Edward G. Robinson, who was in town to promote the Hanukah Festival. Unfortunately, they ran out of time with the deputy district attorney. In spite of this, guest panelist Marianne Means put in a decent performance by asking several good questions, like any journalist would. Bud Sagendorf was the son-in-law of "Popeye" creator E.C. Segar. Sagendorf drew the strip from 1959 until his death in 1994. He was on the show to promote the upcoming 37th anniversary of "Popeye," which would take place on January 19, 1966. He also promoted the new "Popeye" brand of spinach. After hearing this, John made a joke about his kids eating the green stuff and then looking for the town bully to beat up... with the outcome being that his kids would get beat up themselves! More on Marianne Means: She was the first woman reporter to cover the President full-time. In fact, she was the only woman in the White House Press Corps to be on assignment in Dallas the day President Kennedy was assassinated. A few months after her appearance on WML, she began writing the column that she still writes today. She is known for the straightforward, highly opinionated style in which she exposes the excesses and follies of both the President and Congress. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Tidbits: Again, no mention of Dorothy was made. I guess it's time to stop taking notice. - Suzanne (2004)

        Marianne Means (b. 6/13/1934)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Martin Gabel, Marianne Means, Bennett Cerf.

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