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What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 22


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 30, 1966 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Sam Spiegel (11/11/1901 - 12/31/1985) (as Mystery Guest #1) - "Film Producer: The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, The African Queen, Etc."

Game 2: Mrs. Joyce Romer - "Demonstrates & Sells Motorcycles" (salaried; she works for Honda of Indianapolis; Bennett told us she was a redhead; from Indianapolis, IN)

Game 3: Hugh O'Brian (b. 4/19/1925) (as Mystery Guest #2)

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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)

    Sam Spiegel

    Sam Spiegel

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Hugh O'Brian

    Hugh O'Brian

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Tony Randall

    Tony Randall

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • John: When you say "the Broadway area," would you define exactly the category that you have reference to? (light laughter from audience)
        Tony: I meant somewhere between the Atlantic and the Mississippi River. (loud laughter from audience)

      • Tony: I'm so close to that voice, it's just - uh - tantalizing me. Have we ever worked together?
        Hugh: Yes.
        John: Miss Francis. (loud laughter from audience)
        Hugh: Someplace between the Mississippi and the Atlantic Ocean. (heavy laughter and applause from audience)

    • NOTES (7)

      • REVIEW: This was a fairly decent night for the panel as they went a respectable 2 for 3 on the evening. The average was helped by the fact that there were two mystery guest rounds this evening. In the first mystery guest round, Arlene correctly identified famed producer Sam Spiegel. Mr. Spiegel was on the show to promote his latest picture, "The Chase." In the only regular game of the evening, the panel failed to guess that the lady from Indianapolis sold and demonstrated Honda motorcycles. In the final mystery guest round, Bennett correctly identified former "Wyatt Earp" star Hugh O'Brian. Hugh was on the show to promote his latest film, "Ten Little Indians," which was based on the classic Agatha Christie work, "And Then There Were None." Hugh also talked about his trip to Vietnam. This definitely was a great night for the panel. - Sargebri (2007)

        VIETNAM!!! As was mentioned during the post game chat following the mystery guest round, Hugh O'Brian discussed his recent trip to Vietnam. This was still relatively early in the United States' involvement in the conflict and before the country became bitterly divided over it. In fact, it would be almost two years to the day when public opinion would change over the war, following the Tet Offensive in January of 1968. - Sargebri (2007)

        FAREWELL JOANNA, FOR NOW!!! This was the final appearance of Joanna Barnes on the classic version of WML. However, she would become a frequent guest panelist on the five-day-a-week syndicated version of the show. - Sargebri (2007)

      • OPENING INTRO: The line "Time now for television's favorite guessing game - What's My Line?" was once again used, as opposed to "And now let's all play What's My Line?"

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: There is no known opening sponsor billboard, and the editing of the opening sequence is the same as on EPISODE #792 of November 28, 1965 and EPISODE #797 of January 2, 1966.
        (2) With last week's episode lost to history, tonight's show is the seventh surviving post-Dorothy episode to retain the "live" wording on the opening. And, as appears to have become something of a trend in the months following Miss Kilgallen's death, once again a male guest panelist - this time, Tony Randall - is introduced first. The movie he was appearing in at the time, "The Alphabet Murders," was directed by former cartoon director-turned-live action director, Frank Tashlin, who had directed the 1957 movie "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" in which Mr. Randall had played the title character. After "The Alphabet Murders," Tashlin would direct three more movies, two of which would be among Doris Day's final theatrical films ("The Glass Bottom Boat" and "Caprice") before his death on May 5, 1972 at age 59.
        (3) HUGH O'BRIAN: Also in 1972, tonight's mystery guest, Hugh O'Brian, would star in a TV adventure series, "Search," which ran on NBC from September 13, 1972 to August 29, 1973. Mr. O'Brian played "Hugh Lockwood," one of three agents who worked for a high-tech private investigation firm whose agents had a transmitter and earphone implanted in one ear, so they could remain in constant contact with mission control. The series also featured onetime "WML?" mystery guest Tony Franciosa as fellow agent "Nick Bianco" and Burgess Meredith (who made his only "WML?" appearance as a guest panelist on EPISODE #338 of November 25, 1956) as "Cameron," the head of "Search Control." The third agent, "C.R. Grover," was played by Doug McClure, who never made any appearance of any kind on "WML?" in either of its incarnations (CBS or syndicated). The high-tech setup of the Search Control offices was designed by Fred Harpman. This set design would serve as the inspiration for the set design of the nation's first two-hour local newscast, "NewsCenter 4," which debuted on New York's WNBC-TV (Channel 4) on April 15, 1974 - and for which Harpman himself designed the set, with the overhanging futuristic light setups, sprawling TV monitors and multiple desks.
        (4) ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: GSN most recently aired tonight's "WML?" show in the early morning hours of October 1, 2007 - the 45th anniversary of the start of former "WML?" guest panelist (and one-time-only mystery guest) Johnny Carson's nearly 30-year run as host of "The Tonight Show," and also the 45th anniversary of another onetime "WML?" guest panelist, Merv Griffin, commencing a nearly quarter-century span as host of his own talk show. Both Carson and Griffin's respective runs started on October 1, 1962.
        (5) Following the October 1, 2007 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran an episode of "The Name's the Same" which was originally broadcast on February 21, 1955. This edition was hosted by Dennis James, and the panel consisted of Joan Alexander, John Henry Faulk, Audrey Meadows and Roger Price. This was not long before Faulk's blacklisting which led to a major libel case that formed the basis for his book "Fear on Trial." Faulk's attorney in his ultimately successful libel suit was Louis Nizer, who appeared as the first mystery guest on "WML?" EPISODE #660 of April 21, 1963; additional details of this landmark case can be found in the notes to that episode. The celebrity guest on this vintage "TNTS" episode was legendary singer Pearl Bailey. Her "secret" was that she wanted to be a disc jockey. This airing may well have been tied in to the 52nd anniversary of the debut of the "Classic 39" incarnation of "The Honeymooners" which premiered October 1, 1955 - on which Miss Meadows played "Alice Kramden." - W-B (2007)

      • Sam Spiegel promoted his 1966 film, "The Chase." At the prompting of John and Bennett, Spiegel also listed the seven languages he feels proficient in: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Hebrew and Polish. - Suzanne (2004)

        Hugh O'Brian promoted his 1965 film, "Ten Little Indians." He also spoke about his recent 2-week trip to Vietnam. He stated that he went alone, not with an entourage. He gave a Pro-American speech outlining how helpful the American soldiers are to the citizens of Vietnam. He said he witnessed the soldiers providing food, medical care and civil aid to the South Vietnamese. The unfortunate American sentiment against our men in Vietnam didn't become widespread until after the Tet Offensive in January 1968. - Suzanne (2004)

      • This was a good outing for the panel. Joanna Barnes makes her second appearance as a guest panelist. Once again, the panel is arranged with the two female members sitting next to each other. Arlene was able to guess the first mystery guest, producer Sam Spiegel. Mr. Spiegel was on the show to promote his latest production, "The Chase." However, they did get stumped by the second contestant who sold and demonstrated Honda motorcycles. Bennett saved the panel when he correctly guessed the second mystery guest, Hugh O'Brian, with just one "no" to go. O'Brian not only promoted his latest film, "Ten Little Indians," he also discussed his experience travelling to Vietnam. He discussed the positive actions of the troops and had nothing negative to say. This was at a time when support for the war was still high, and before the American public began questioning our actions in that part of the world. All in all, this was a decent night. - Sargebri (2004)

        This wasn't Joanna Barnes' last appearance on WML. She later would appear several times on the syndicated version as well. Her July 1, 1969 syndicated episode was aired on GSN on January 8, 2005 as part of their "Jerry Orbach Tribute." On that episode, she appeared on the panel along with Soupy Sales, Jack Cassidy and Arlene Francis. Wally Bruner was the host. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Tidbits: Bennett mentioned that New York had blizzard conditions tonight. Again, we see the unusual seating pattern of the two women flanked by the men. As a public service announcement, John Daly stated that non-citizens are required by federal law to report their address each January, and urged listeners to do so if they were non-U.S. citizens. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Panel: Tony Randall, Arlene Francis, Joanna Barnes, Bennett Cerf.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)