What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 16

EPISODE #795

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 19, 1965 on CBS
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EPISODE #795
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Game 1: Sister Francis Marie - "Head of Military Academy" (salaried; The Sister, who was a member of the religious order Sisters of Saint Francis, appeared in her habit; she is the headmistress at the St. Aloysius Military Academy, which teaches 3rd to 8th grades; from New Lexington, OH)

Game 2: Wilford Schuster - "Sells Mistletoe" (self-employed; from Priddy, TX, he ships 100,000 lbs. of mistletoe around the country; it takes him all year to get ready)

Game 3: Lauren Bacall (9/16/1924 - 8/12/2014) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Marvin Terban - "Department Store Santa Claus" (salaried; he works at Macy's; he is also a Latin and grammar teacher; originally from Chelsea, MA; currently from NYC; listen as Arlene cutely says, "Santy Claus." . .

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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)

    Lauren Bacall

    Lauren Bacall

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Phyllis Newman

    Phyllis Newman

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Durward Kirby

    Durward Kirby

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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    • QUOTES (1)

      • Durward: Is your service a seasonal service?
        Marvin: It is.
        Durward: (hums "Deck the Halls," laughter from audience)
        John: Let's be candid about this.

    • NOTES (7)

      • MERRY 1965 CHRISTMAS!!! This was a very special Christmas-themed episode, due to at least four reasons. First - it was originally broadcast six days before Christmas. Second - interestingly, the panel came out in reverse order with Bennett in the "lead off" position and Arlene in Bennett's customary "anchor" position. Third - returning to the panel was the delightful Phyllis Newman. Fourth - the panel went a very impressive 3 for 4 on the evening. Unfortunately, things didn't get off to a good start as the panel was stumped by the Sister who also was the head of a military academy. They did get close as they figured out that she had something to do with education. However, the panel, more specifically Arlene, made up for it in the next game. Arlene put in a spectacular performance as she correctly guessed that the contestant from Texas was a mistletoe salesman. In the second game, Phyllis correctly identified screen legend Lauren Bacall. Lauren was on the show to promote the play "Cactus Flower." Also discussed was Bacall's husband Jason Robards' play, "The Devils." Arlene put the perfect capper on the evening when she correctly guessed that the young Latin and English teacher was a Santa Claus at Macy's. This definitely turned out to be a Merry Christmas. - Sargebri (2007)

        WELCOME BACK PHYLLIS!!! This was Phyllis Newman's first appearance on the show in over two years. This would also mark the beginning of her status as a semi-regular member of the panel, following Dorothy's passing. Phyllis would make a grand total of 34 appearances with the panel and she definitely added a much-needed youthful enthusiasm as well as a good amount of comic relief. - Sargebri (2007)

        CACTUS FLOWER!!! As Lauren Bacall mentioned, she was appearing in the play "Cactus Flower." The play was a huge success and ran from December 8, 1965 until November 23, 1968. The play would later be made into a hit motion picture. Ironically, "Betty" would not appear in the movie. Instead, the part of "Nurse Stephanie Dickinson" was played by Ingrid Bergman. Also, the film was notable for the fact that it marked the film debut of Goldie Hawn in the role of "Toni Simmons" and it won her the 1969 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. - Sargebri (2007)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at seven down because time was running short. The panel had quickly narrowed her down to being involved with education, but they had trouble identifying her exact position. Arlene essentially figured out the second contestant's occupation right away and John flipped all the cards without a single "no" answer having been given. - agent_0042 (2007)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's opening sponsor was apparently Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co., based on GSN's August 28, 2007 airing of this episode where they interrupted the opening sequence by stopping it in the middle and inserting their own commercial break, thereby excising the original vintage tobacco advertisement.
        (2) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the fourth episode since Dorothy Kilgallen's death to keep the opening words "And now, live from New York..." uncut. It is also one of the rare times in recent years that a Christmas-time edition was presented live.
        (3) PHYLLIS NEWMAN: Tonight's show was Phyllis Newman's first appearance on "WML?" since Dolly Mae's untimely passing, and her 11th overall. Miss Newman's most recent appearance up to this point had been via videotape, on EPISODE #677 of August 18, 1963; her most recent "live" appearance until now was EPISODE #667 of June 9, 1963, the only show on which she and Miss Kilgallen appeared together, and the only time Phyllis had filled in for Arlene Francis, who at that time was hospitalized after an auto accident.
        (4) DURWARD KIRBY: At the time of tonight's show, Durward Kirby was a co-host of "Candid Camera," and for many years was associated with Garry Moore as announcer and regular of his long-running variety show, "The Garry Moore Show." Today, Durward Kirby is mainly known, if at all, for his threatened lawsuit against cartoon producer Jay Ward over a 1961 installment of "The Bullwinkle Show" involving a hat called the "Kerwood Derby" (a pun on Mr. Kirby's name), where anybody who wore the hat automatically became the smartest person in the world - thus attracting the attention of Boris Badenov who planned to use such a hat for sinister and nefarious purposes. Ward had responded to the threatened suit by noting that it would bring added publicity to the show, and in the end, Kirby was dissuaded from bringing his lawsuit to trial.
        (5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: For tonight's show, Milt Myers makes a return to his old post of production supervisor.
        (6) Following the August 28, 2007 airing of tonight's "WML?" show, GSN ran a color videotape episode of the daytime edition of the "classic CBS" version of "To Tell the Truth" from its final (1967-1968) season. Bert Convy (the future host of such other Goodson/Todman game shows as "Tattletales" and "Super Password") was guest-hosting for the vacationing Bud Collyer, and the panel consisted of Robert Q. Lewis, Peggy Cass, Orson Bean and Kitty Carlisle. At the start of the show, country singer Loretta Lynn appeared as a celebrity guest, and the first contestants were her husband, Doolittle "Mooney" Lynn, and two impostors. The second contestants were Ted Holmes (who had been held hostage by two suspected murderers) and two impostors. - W-B (2007)

      • This was the panel's best performance in a couple of weeks. Even though they had trouble guessing what the Sister's profession was, guest panelist Phyllis Newman narrowed her vocation to education. She also guessed mystery guest Lauren Bacall. She showed that she could have been a capable replacement for Dorothy. It was Arlene who was the real star tonight. She guessed the second contestant, a mistletoe salesman, without getting a single "no" answer! Plus, she was able to guess the line of the final contestant, a department store Santa. Lauren Bacall was on the show to promote the play she was appearing in, "Cactus Flower." A few years after this episode, the play would later be made into a 1969 movie featuring Peter Sellers and Goldie Hawn. Hawn would win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film. Bacall also promoted the play that her then-husband, Jason Robards, was appearing in. This definitely was a Merry Christmas. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Lauren Bacall promoted her 1965 Broadway play, "Cactus Flower" written and directed by Abe Burrows, being performed at the Royale Theatre. She also promoted her husband's latest work. Jason Robards, Jr. is currently appearing in the Broadway play, "The Devils" at the Broadway Theatre. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Tidbits: Bennett walked on stage first and sat in the first chair. This was the Christmas 1965 show. John used an old saying when he said to the mistletoe shipper, "It's like carrying coals to Newcastle, saying 'Merry Christmas' to you." Of course, Newcastle, England is a large coal mining city.

      • Durward Kirby (8/24/1911 - 3/15/2000)

        Panel: Bennett Cerf, Phyllis Newman, Durward Kirby, Arlene Francis.

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