What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 18

EPISODE #797

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 02, 1966 on CBS
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EPISODE #797
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Game 1: Mrs. Mary McLung "Makes Bread Boxes" (salaried; she works for Chromex, Inc. in her hometown of Cleveland OH; her breadboxes sell for about $10)

Game 2: Charles Cabibi "Runs School for Barbers" (salaried; from Brooklyn, NY, he runs the Atlas Barber School in Manhattan; he also has a Masters Degree in Romance Languages from Columbia University)

Game 3: Geraldine Chaplin (b. 7/31/1944) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Werner Guggenheim "Sells Music Boxes" (salaried; from Queens, NY, he is the sales manager for Elpe Marketing Industries, Inc., which is the music box division of Thorens Music Box Company; the music boxes sell at prices ranging from $3.50 to $100; the two most requested adult tunes are "I Love You Truly" and "Let Me Call You Sweetheart"; the two most requested children's tunes are "Brahms' Lullaby" and "Rock-a-bye Baby" which are housed in stuffed animals instead of music boxes; although not stated on WML, the Thorens "pin" movements in these music boxes are made in Switzerland; Thorens is also known for some of the highest quality turntables in the world) . .moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Bennett Cerf

    Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

    Geraldine Chaplin

    Geraldine Chaplin

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Steve Allen

    Steve Allen

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Martin Gabel

    Martin Gabel

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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    • QUOTES (1)

      • Bennett: And now, here's a man who has resolved in 1966 never to mislead the panel -- and this is a resolution you will see burst to smithereens within the next ten minutes -- Mr. John Charles Daly. (loud cheers and applause)

    • NOTES (7)

      • HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! This was the first episode of 1966 and it was somewhat of an unusual one. Originally, Steverino's wife, Jayne Meadows, was supposed to join him on the panel. However, it didn't work out that way. Steve and Jayne flew from Los Angeles to New York on separate flights, but Jayne's flight was delayed and her plane was still circling in the air at show time. As a result of this, Arlene was the only female on the panel. As for the panel's performance, they had a .500 record for the evening as they went 2 for 4. In the first game, Arlene correctly guessed that the first contestant, who was placed on the show as a rib on Steve, had something to do with breadboxes. In fact, she made them. In the second game, Steve mentioned that the contestant had something to do with barbering, but he never followed up on his hunch. As a result, the panel never guessed that the contestant owned a barber college. In the mystery guest round, Bennett correctly identified Geraldine Chaplin, the beautiful young daughter of the legendary Charlie Chaplin. Geraldine was on the show to promote the soon-to-be current classic "Doctor Zhivago." In the final game, Bennett correctly guessed that the contestant made music boxes. The bad news was that Bennett's guess came after the panel had been stumped within the allotted game. Nevertheless, this was a very fun evening. - Sargebri (2007)

        THE PANEL: As was mentioned earlier, Steve's wife, Jayne Meadows, was supposed to join the panel this evening, but because of troubles with her flight, Martin had to fill in for her. This marked a historic occasion because, over the years, there have been very few occurrences where there has only been one woman on the panel. On the very first WML episode, Dorothy was the only woman on the panel (the other panelists that night were former New Jersey governor Harold G. Hoffman, Louis Untermeyer and Dr. Richard Hoffmann). Interestingly, Arlene was supposed to be on the panel that first night, but because of an earlier commitment, she wasn't able to make it. However, she did appear on the second episode with the three male panelists from the first episode, but Dorothy didn't appear with her. Dolly Mae was away on assignment that week and wouldn't be back until two weeks later, joining Arlene on the panel for the third episode. Doubly ironic was the fact that tonight's panel line-up would be the same as it would be on the WML finale. - Sargebri (2007)

        CHAPLIN SIBS: During the post game chat with Geraldine Chaplin, Bennett mentioned her older half-brother, Sydney Chaplin. Unlike his little sister, who was a film actress, Sydney was primarily a stage actor who only occasionally acted in films. Also, Sydney was a frequent guest on another Goodson-Todman show, "Password." - Sargebri (2007)

      • NONSTANDARD INTRODUCTION: At the outset of the program, the announcer stated, "Time now for television's favorite guessing game -- What's My Line?," rather than the usual, "And now, let's all play What's My Line?" - agent_0042 (2007)

      • TIME TO SPARE: There were still about seven minutes remaining in the program when the final contestant was introduced. As it turned out, the panel needed just about all of them to try to guess his line -- which was displayed in an unusual font -- suggesting a last-minute replacement. Ultimately, the panel was unable to discern his occupation within the allotted questioning time. Even after that, there was still enough time for GSN to add a brief commercial break, and also enough time for the full final goodbyes from John and the panel. - agent_0042 (2007)

        Details on this particular overlay font and its main uses, mostly in connection with last-minute contestants or replacement mystery guests, can be found in the notes to EPISODE #487 of October 25, 1959. In short, the rarely-used typeface was similar to the "interchangeable letters" on outdoor display signs such as those at churches or gathering spots. - W-B (2007)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: There is no known opening sponsor billboard for tonight's show, and GSN's editing of this opening segment appears along the lines of EPISODE #792 of November 28, 1965.
        (2) "LIVE" WATCH: Once again, Johnny Olson opens with the words, "And now, from New York..." He also introduces Steve Allen as "the moderator of 'I've Got a Secret' and other shows coast to coast." The "coast to coast" part may have been in some way a slight tip to the late Dorothy Kilgallen, given the introduction various "WML?" announcers used for her, in one form or another, over her run with the series - plus the fact that he was sitting in the chair that Miss Kilgallen frequently occupied. This is the first show since EPISODE #677 of August 18, 1963 where a guest panelist was introduced first, and the third such instance altogether. It is also the first known time in the recent history of "WML?" that a male panelist other than Bennett Cerf was introduced first.
        (3) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: As with the live EPISODE #794 of December 12, 1965, which aired after tonight's show was recorded, James Murphy was credited on one of the closing slide cards as production supervisor, along with the same set of other regular crew members.
        (4) Following GSN's September 10, 2007 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel aired an episode of the color syndicated "WML?" from Week #171, taped on October 26, 1972. The host was Larry Blyden, the announcer was Wayne Howell, and the panel consisted of Soupy Sales, Gail Sheldon, Alan Alda and Joanna Barnes. There was no mention of regular panel member Arlene Francis. The mystery guests on this 1972 edition were the comedy team of Bob & Ray (Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding), who had hosted Goodson-Todman's "The Name's the Same" briefly in 1955. At the time of this 1972 show, they had just come off of their appearance in the Broadway production "The Two and Only," and were about a year away from launching a radio comedy show on WOR (710 AM) in New York, which ran until 1976. - W-B (2007)

        Coincidentally, the panel lineup for tonight's show would also comprise the panel of the very last "WML?" EPISODE #876 of September 3, 1967. Over the long history of "WML?," these are the only two episodes with this specific configuration of panelists. - W-B (2006)

      • During the end credits, Johnny Olson announced that this episode was prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on December 12, 1965. - Suzanne (2004)

        Actress Jayne Meadows was supposed to appear on the panel with her husband Steve Allen, but her plane was still in the air at show time, so Arlene Francis' husband, Martin Gabel, stepped in as a guest panelist. - Suzanne (2004)

        Tidbits: John announced that Bennett was named as the Chairman of the Board at Random House. Bennett joked that he had been "kicked upstairs." - Suzanne (2004)

      • HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! This is the first show of 1966. This year would mark the final full year that What's My Line? would be on the air. Arlene must have been in heaven, as she was the only female in an otherwise all-male panel. Jayne Meadows, Steve's wife, was supposed to appear on the panel, but her plane was stuck in mid-air. The panel had a decent night. The first contestant was obviously booked as a "joke surprise" for Steve Allen. This is due to the fact that she made the "subject" of the "question" he made famous, breadboxes. On EPISODE #118 of January 18, 1953, Steve Allen first asked a question that referenced a breadbox. His 1953 question eventually evolved to being asked as, "Is it larger than a breadbox?" and this famous question has been in constant use since that time! The panel was able to guess her occupation, but they had a hard time with the man who ran the barber college. Ironically, Steve stated that he didn't think the man was a barber! Geraldine Chaplin promoted her 1965 film, "Doctor Zhivago." The panel identified her quite quickly, and mentioned her famous father, screen legend Charlie Chaplin. She is also the granddaughter of playwright Eugene O'Neal. Her first appearance on screen was as an eight-year-old in the 1952 film "Limelight," which starred her father. She went on to have a long film career, appearing in several foreign films. She also appeared in the 1992 biopic of her father, "Chaplin." She played the part of her own grandmother, Hannah Chaplin. The final contestant was a music box salesman. Steve managed to guess his line, but unfortunately it was after all the cards had been turned over. All in all, it was a pretty good beginning to the New Year. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Panel: Steve Allen, Martin Gabel, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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