What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 15

EPISODE #794

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 12, 1965 on CBS
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EPISODE #794
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Game 1: Mrs. Belle Heinrich - "Bus Driver" (salaried; she works for National City Bus Lines; from El Paso, TX; she has 4 great-grandchildren; Tony told her she resembles the lady on Fanny Farmer candy boxes; see notes below)

Game 2: William T. Smith - "Grows Christmas Trees" (self-employed; from Big Flats, NY; he is a senior at Cornell University; he owns and operates two Christmas tree farms and grows 100,000 trees annually, which he wholesales to Christmas tree lots)

Game 3: Kate Smith (5/1/1907 - 6/17/1986) (as Mystery Guest) . .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)

    Kate Smith

    Kate Smith

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Tony Randall

    Tony Randall

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Betty White

    Betty White

    Guest Panelist

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      • MERV GRIFFIN TRIBUTE: GSN skipped this episode of "WML?" on August 20, 2007 to air an episode of the 1958-1963 game show "Play Your Hunch" hosted by Merv Griffin. It was broadcast as a tribute to the congenial singer, talk show host and game show mogul who died on August 12, 2007 at age 82. The episode shown on this occasion by the cable and satellite channel was the first prime-time edition of the show which originally aired on April 15, 1960, and featured as the celebrity guest Jonathan Winters, who at the time had released a record album, "The Wonderful World of Jonathan Winters" (Verve MG V-15009/MGVS 6099, issued in its "Celebrity Series"). "Play Your Hunch" was followed by an airing of the April 24, 1961 edition of "To Tell the Truth," sponsored by Aerowax and on which Merv filled in for regular host Bud Collyer. The panel on that occasion consisted of Tom Poston, Robin Bane, Don Ameche and Betty White (who, coincidentally, was a panelist on the "WML?" show that was skipped for the first half of the Griffin tribute). The first contestants were cocktail inventor Joe Gilmore and two impostors; the second contestants were Nancy Hogan (an "administrative assistant to the special assistant to the President of the United States") and two impostors; and the third contestants were Dr. Arthur Maxwell (who was associated with Project Mohole, which was a massive - although never completed - scientific project to drill down to the Earth's mantle) and two impostors. Both shows were announced by Johnny Olson. A side note about the "PYH" episode is that on May 22, 1960 - one month and one week after this particular show first aired - the New York flagship station of the NBC network which aired "PYH," known since 1954 as WRCA-TV, changed its call letters to WNBC-TV which it remains today (though the "-TV" suffix was dropped in the 1990's). A side note about the "TTTT" episode is that tonight's co-panelist Don Ameche, and onetime regular "TTTT" panelist Ralph Bellamy, would later appear together in the 1983 film "Trading Places" which starred Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. In addition, later in the 1960's, Don's younger brother, Jim Ameche, was a radio disk jockey who hosted a morning show on WHN (1050 AM) in New York, which ran a middle-of-the-road (MOR) format at the time. - W-B (2007)

      • During the end credits, Johnny Olson announced that this episode was prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on November 21, 1965. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Belle Q. Heinrich was born on May 19, 1902 and died in El Paso, Texas on June 10, 2001. So, she was a 63-year-old great-grandmother when she appeared on WML! She lived to be an amazing 99 years old! - cpdelta (2004)

      • This may have been a so-so night for the panel, but it was full of surprises. The first surprise came in the form of the first contestant, a bus driver. Bennett was genuinely astonished when he was able to guess her profession. What truly was surprising about her line was the fact that she was a great-grandmother. Another surprise came in the form of mystery guest Kate Smith. She managed to stump the panel using a voice that sounded as if it were two or three octaves above her normal speaking voice. She was on the show to promote her latest L.P. of seasonal songs, "How Great Thou Art." Betty White put in a great performance by asking several good questions. Of course, this wouldn't be the final time that she and fellow panelist Tony Randall would work together. A few years later, Betty and her husband, Allen Ludden, would guest star in the classic "Password" episode of "The Odd Couple" which, of course, starred Tony as "Felix" and Jack Klugman as "Oscar." - Sargebri (2004)

      • Kate Smith promoted her new record album, "How Great Thou Art" on RCA Victor. At the end of her round, she sweetly proclaimed, "God bless you, John. It's been a real pleasure to be here!" - Suzanne (2004)

      • Tidbits: Let's just forget about Bennett's "Sir Launch-a-lot" pun!

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Tony Randall, Betty White, Bennett Cerf.

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