What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 23


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 06, 1966 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Sheva Rapoport - "Dentist" (self-employed; from Allentown, Pennsylvania, this attractive blond periodontist graduated with honors from Temple University Dental School; as a spokesperson for the American Dental Association, she promoted their "National Children's Dental Health Week"; from the net, we sadly learn that Sheva Rapoport, DDS passed away from breast cancer in July 2002 at age 65; she had been married to U.S. Magistrate Judge Arnold C. Rapoport for 39 years; see below for a note from her son Jed)

Game 2: Lt. S. S. Beasley - "Military Jet Pilot" (salaried; he is a lieutenant in India's military; his first name is never given; a resident of India, he is temporarily in Las Vegas, NV at Nellis Air Force Base taking flight lessons in an F-86 SabreJet aircraft; he has been in America for 6.5 months and will be returning home in a week; he wore a business suit and a turban)

Game 3: Carol Channing (b. 1/31/1921) (as Mystery Guest)

Per Gil Fates' handwritten logs, there was not enough time for the next scheduled contestant, a person who made kites. . .moreless

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Carol Channing

    Carol Channing

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Martin Gabel

    Martin Gabel

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Tony Randall

    Tony Randall

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • John: Mr. Gabel?
        Martin: I pass to my wife.
        John: Miss Francis?
        Arlene: Why did you do that? (Big laugh from John, some laughter from audience.)

    • NOTES (9)

      • NEW 1966 SPONSOR: Johnny Olson introduced tonight's new sponsor by saying, off camera, "New CornSilk, a unique cometic discovery -- a face powder made from corn." Shown on the TV screen was a pressed face powder compact with its accompanying powder puff. Manufactured by Shulton Cosmetics, Inc., this oil-absorbent, line of non-color, translucent cosmetics captured a large market share for many years. In 1970, Shulton was acquired by American Cyanamid Company. In 1977, the CornSilk line was sold to Chattem Drug and Chemical Company. Today in 2007, in spite of many more corporate exchanges, CornSilk is still in existence and is owned by Sally Hansen Cosmetics. - Suzanne (2007)

      • REVIEW: This was definitely a very memorable night for the panel and they managed to put in a pretty good performance as well. In the first game, Arlene correctly guessed that the attractive lady from Pennsylvania was a dentist. John further specified that she was a periodontist. In the second game, the panel was given partial credit because guest panelist Helen Gurley Brown (in her second appearance) correctly guessed that the gentleman from India was a member of his country's air force. However, John decided to flip the cards to signify that they were close and informed them that he was a fighter pilot and a lieutenant in the Indian air force. The big surprise came in the mystery guest round when frequent guest panelist Carol Channing blew in from Chicago just for the mystery guest round. She was evidently so rushed that she didn't even have time to take off her parka. Arlene had the honors of correctly identifying Carol and the panel was rightfully surprised. However, the main point for Carol's visit was to promote her upcoming television special on CBS that would be airing on February 18th at 8:30 PM Eastern and Pacific time, 7:30 Central time. In fact, that TV special's air time was the running joke during the post game chat as Tony occasionally kidded her. Also during the post game conversation, John announced that next week's show was the 16th anniversary of the series. He reported that sitting in with the panel would be Bennett's kissing cousin, Ginger Rogers, and the boss himself, Mark Goodson. That was definitely a nice way to close out the evening. - Sargebri (2007)

        A SNEAK PREVIEW!!! Little did anyone know, but tonight's episode was somewhat of a sneak preview as to how the panel would be arranged a few years later. When WML moved to five-days-a-week syndication, Arlene, due to her emeritus status on the panel, would take over the anchor position permanently and would hold that position for essentially the entire run of the syndicated series. - Sargebri (2007)

        HELEN GURLEY BROWN!!! Tonight marked the second appearance on the panel for Cosmopolitan publisher Helen Gurley Brown. Although she only got partial credit for a correct guess in the second game, she did ask good questions and once again showed that she would have made an excellent panelist in the post-Dolly Mae era. - Sargebri (2007)

        ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A FIFTH GRADER? Following GSN's 2007 rebroadcast of this episode of WML, the network showed a 1964 episode of WML's sister show, "I've Got a Secret," featuring host Garry Moore and the classic panel of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson. In the special guest segment of the show, the panel was given a quiz by guest star Sam Levenson with questions written by fifth grade students. Could this have been the inspiration for the hugely popular Fox quiz show, "Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?," which would be hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy some 42 years later? Also, on a side note, two of the members of the IGAS panel have also served on the WML panel, Betsy Palmer and Henry Morgan. In fact, Henry had a somewhat controversial appearance on a 1967 WML broadcast when he said some very insulting things about John and made some rather disparaging remarks about Bennett's customarily long introduction of John. However, all must have been forgiven, as Henry would appear several times on the syndicated version of WML. Ironically, Bill and Bess never appeared as panelists on WML, although Bill did make an appearance as a mystery guest in 1961. - Sargebri (2007)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at six down. The panel had essentially figured out that the lieutenant was a military pilot, but John did not make them fish for the exact line. - agent_0042 (2007)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's opening sponsor is a newcomer to the program, Corn Silk face powder.
        (2) Tonight's show is the eighth surviving episode since Dorothy Kilgallen's death to retain the "live" wording during the intro. For the second straight week, Tony Randall is introduced first, and apart from the fact that Bennett Cerf is off tonight and Martin Gabel is filling in, plus the seating arrangement, the panel lineup was otherwise the same as the first "proper" post-Kilgallen edition, EPISODE #791 of November 21, 1965. This is also the second show on which Mr. Gabel and Mr. Randall - the two most frequent male guest panelists in the 17.5-year history of "WML?'s" CBS run - appeared together on the panel. Their first joint appearance on the panel occurred on EPISODE #601 of February 11, 1962; they would appear together again twice in the show's final months on CBS, EPISODE #860 of May 7, 1967 and EPISODE #873 of August 13, 1967.
        (3) Following the October 8, 2007 airing of tonight's "WML?" show, GSN ran an edition of the "classic CBS" incarnation of "I've Got a Secret." This episode was first broadcast live from New York on June 22, 1964 and has the distinction of being the last "IGAS" show to be hosted by Garry Moore. (He did, however, co-host the September 14, 1964 episode on which the baton officially passed to Steve Allen, who hosted the show from that point in time until its demise on April 3, 1967; unfortunately, like "WML?" EPISODE #731 of September 13, 1964, Allen's first "IGAS" as regular host is lost to history.) As with all live editions of "WML?" from this period, the word "live" was likewise edited out of the kinescope recording of this "IGAS" episode, for the purpose of later airing in the Pacific and Mountain time zones. The panel is the "classic 1960's" lineup of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson, and the guest was Sam Levenson. - W-B (2007)

      • SHEVA RAPOPORT: My mother, Sheva Rapoport, made an appearance as a contestant on this episode of What's My Line? that GSN aired on July 19, 2004. Until now, my sister and I had never seen this appearance. Here is the background on Sheva's appearance and how it came to be. Sheva was a real pioneer. She was one of only two women in dental school at Temple University in the early 1960s. She also happened to be very good looking. When she graduated, DesiLu studios heard about this good looking woman who graduated with honors as a dentist. Actually, she had received an advanced dental degree as a periodontist. DesiLu contacted her and asked her to come out for a screen test. Sheva declined, she was not interested in this option. But, when she went into dentistry and quickly became well-respected for her accomplishments, the American Dental Association took her on as one of their official spokespeople. Although the ADA never admitted it publicly, they viewed Sheva Rapoport as their top spokesperson. She got all the difficult assignments and most of the high-profile ones. She was the one who paved the way for the many spokespersons who followed. This appearance on WML was one of her first TV appearances. Many years later, she was also a contestant on the syndicated version of What's My Line?, with Soupy Sales on the panel of her episode. She also made at least one appearance on The Phil Donahue Show. She traveled all over the country, making TV, radio and print appearances and interviews. She finally gave this up in the 1980s. One of her last appearances was to shoot a dozen PSA's - public service announcements - for, I believe, The Lifetime Network. - Jed Rapoport, December 2004

      • Did I forget to say February 18th? 8:30 PM EST! In color, too! Carol Channing was adorable as the mystery guest. She used a great vocal disguise! She was dressed in a dark hooded parka. She kept the white fur-lined hood up on her head during her entire performance. This made her face fully trimmed in fur, which was a cute sight. She also wore light colored stretch pants, which were popular at the time. During the post game chat, she discussed becoming an honorary Native American Indian and stated that she was given a special name. She mentioned that her upcoming TV special is going to be her very first television special! She said that David McCallum, among others, would be a guest. It must have been a good show, since Channing was awarded an Emmy Award for "An Evening With Carol Channing." Comedy writer Hal Goldman earned an Emmy for thie program as well. - Suzanne (2004)

        Martin Gabel told Sheva Rapoport, the periodontist from Allentown, PA, that he had graduated from Allentown Preparatory School. See a postcard of his school below. - Suzanne (2004)


      • THE NIGHT CAROL BLEW IN!!! Carol Channing's appearance as the mystery guest was a total surprise to everyone on the panel. It was assumed that she was in Chicago with the road company of "Hello, Dolly!" But she wasn't! She had flown into NY to be the mystery guest! It's possible that her plane had just landed and that she had gone straight to the studio. That might explain why she was still dressed in a parka. She gave the panel a rough time. However, with two questions to go, Arlene blurted her name out. When the applause started, Arlene knew that something fishy was up. Besides just showing up to "Say hello to old friends," Carol also took time (and lots of it!) to promote her upcoming television special on CBS, which would air on February 18th. Besides guessing Carol, Arlene was did a very good job in guessing that the first contestant was a dentist. In her second appearance on the panel, Helen Gurley Brown asked several good questions and guessed that the second contestant was a fighter jet pilot. Also, Tony Randall was his usual humorous self. But, this particular broadcast will always be remembered for Carol Channing and February 18th. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Tidbits: The panel is back to its usual configuration of alternating men and women. Arlene sits in the final chair and introduces John Daly. She mentions that this is a rare occurrence for her. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Panel: Tony Randall, Helen Gurley Brown, Martin Gabel, Arlene Francis. Bennett Cerf is in California.

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