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What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 24


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 13, 1966 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Verda McCartney - "Makes Mouse Traps" (salaried; she is employed by McGill Metal Products, which is one of the two largest makers of mousetraps; they produced 4 to 5 million per year; from Marengo, IL)

Game 2: Miss Rosemary Smith (b. 8/7/1937) - "Automobile Race Driver" (salaried; from Dublin, Ireland, she was named the Outstanding Woman Driver of 1965; she drives a Sunbeam Alpine auto; she has many net references)

Game 3: Harry Belafonte (b. 3/1/1927) (as Mystery Guest)

Per Gil Fates' handwritten logs, there was not enough time for the next scheduled contestant, a person who distributed tickets for CBS television shows.

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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)

    Harry Belafonte

    Harry Belafonte

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Mark Goodson

    Mark Goodson

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Ginger Rogers

    Ginger Rogers

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Bennett: John, you didn't hear me say "rodents," did you?
        John: I heard you say "rodent," but that was after you got your "no."
        Bennett: Oh, you dirty dog.

      • Bennett: Well, Ginger, you're in on a very interesting experiment tonight because we want to see if John Daly will try the same obfuscating tactics that he's deviled us with every Sunday night for sixteen years when the boss Mark Goodson is around. So, we'll find out whether he's going to be the same old John Daly. And here he is, John Charles "Batman" Daly. (loud applause)

    • NOTES (11)

      • GOOD-BYE GINGER: This was Ginger Rogers' final appearance on the program in any form. Between 1954 and 1965, Ginger had appeared five times previously on the panel as a mystery guest, but this was her only appearance as a guest panelist. - agent_0042 (2007)

      • HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! This was a very special night for WML. Not only was it the 16th anniversary of the show, but joining Arlene and Bennett on the panel this evening were two very important guests: Bennett's "kissin' cousin" Ginger Rogers and the show's producer, Mark Goodson. The panel put on a pretty good performance as they scored - for all intents and purposes - a semi-perfecto. In the first game, the panel was given partial credit for guessing that the contestant made mouse traps. In the second game, Bennett correctly guessed that the rather sexy lady was a race car driver. Bennett also correctly identified mystery guest Harry Belafonte. However, the cards had already been flipped, but the crowd still reacted wildly when Bennett made the identification. Harry was on the show not to promote any upcoming appearances, but to promote the upcoming television special "The Strolling 20's." That definitely was a nice way to end the evening and it made for a fun anniversary celebration. However, it would have been even more special if Dorothy had still been around. - Sargebri (2007)

        NEXT CANDIDATE!!! The latest candidate in the search for Dolly Mae's replacement was Bennett's cousin-in-law, Ginger Rogers. Even though she never made a correct guess, Ginger did a good job by asking some intelligent questions and, in the end, she made a good accounting for herself. It was a shame that her busy "Hello, Dolly!" acting schedule precluded her from making any more appearances. She definitely would have brightened up the panel. - Sargebri (2007)

      • A BETTER MOUSETRAP?: This was not the first time the panel had been faced with a woman from Marengo, Illinois, who made mousetraps. The exact same line from the exact same city and state was also seen in EPISODE #216 of July 18, 1954. On that episode, Dorothy Kilgallen correctly made the identification. - agent_0042 (2007)

      • FLIP REPORT: Though the panel did rather well, the cards were flipped before ten down for all three games. John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at eight down. The panel had correctly identified an association with mice and when Mark suggested things like "wheels for mice" John flipped the cards at eight down. John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at just two down. Mark had come close with "testing racing cars" and then Bennett was able to narrow her line down to "racing cars" just after the cards were flipped. For the mystery guest round, as John noted, time was running very short. In an unusual move, John flipped the cards at four down for mystery challenger Harry Belafonte. Bennett came up with the correct identification on a guess just after the cards were flipped. - agent_0042 (2007)

      • (1) This special edition is the ninth surviving post-Kilgallen episode to retain the "live" wording on the opening. Among the surviving kinescopes of "WML?", tonight's show is the first time since EPISODE #796 of December 26, 1965 that Arlene Francis was introduced first, after five consecutive shows that are still in existence where Steve Allen or Tony Randall sat on the far end of the panel desk (or to the viewer's left side); as EPISODE #800 of January 23, 1966 is lost to history, it is not known who came out first during the intros. And as noted below, this was co-producer Mark Goodson's first appearance as a "WML?" panelist; he will make four more appearances on the panel, including EPISODE #838 of November 27, 1966 on which Frank Sinatra was both a mystery guest and a guest panelist. Mr. Goodson's final guest panelist appearance will be on EPISODE #869 of July 16, 1967.
        (2) GINGER ROGERS: One year before her guest panelist appearance tonight, Ginger Rogers was in one of two movies, both called "Harlow," about the life of the ultimately-doomed 1930's actress Jean Harlow. Ginger played "Mama Bello" in the version which starred Carol Lynley in the title role. (In the better-known, bigger-budget version which starred Carroll Baker, Angela Lansbury - who would subsequently appear as a "WML?" mystery guest on EPISODE #839 of December 4, 1966 - played her mother.) This lesser-known, more cheaply-produced "Harlow" proved to be Miss Rogers' last film. She also played "The Queen" in the 1965 TV version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella," on which Lesley Ann Warren first shot to stardom in the title role - and which was also a first step in CBS's moving towards full color, which began at the start of this season and would be essentially complete by 1967, when "The Secret Storm" was the last of the then-current shows still on the air on the network to go color.
        (3) ANOTHER EXPLANATION ON BENNETT'S "JOHN CHARLES 'BATMAN' DALY" INTRO: While the "Batman" TV series, as noted below, premiered the month prior to tonight's show to blockbuster ratings, the word "batman" has also applied, in some European countries (notably England, France and Germany), to a servant for commissioned military officers - the equivalent of an "aide-de-camp."
        (4) Following GSN's October 15, 2007 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel ran a black-and-white kinescope episode of the 1969-1970 game show "He Said, She Said," which was hosted by Joe Garagiola. The panelists on this edition were former football player-turned-sportscaster Kyle Rote, syndicated "WML?" host Wally Bruner, TV producer and talk show host David Susskind, comedian Jerry Stiller, and their respective spouses - in Stiller's case, his comic partner Anne Meara. - W-B (2007)

      • CBS LOGO - When an episode of What's My Line? has been taped in advance, the announcer makes the statement during the end credits. However, tonight Johnny Olson did not make his usual statement. However, on GSN, we did see the CBS "eye" logo at the end of the credits. Across the logo were the words in capital letters, "THE PRECEDING PROGRAM WAS PRE-RECORDED." This logo was added to the end of the kinescope for the broadcasts shown on the West coast. Those shows were shown via kinescope so they could be time-shifted. On the East coast, this episode was shown live. - Suzanne (2004)

        The CBS logo showing "The Preceding Program Was Pre-Recorded" was added to the end on the kinescope, not the live show itself. It was rare that GSN allowed it to be aired. It actually has appeared on programs back to the late 1950s. It does not indicate a pre-taped program, it merely was a notification to those viewing the kinescope. Obviously, if someone is viewing the 16mm kine of a show, the show must have been prerecorded. - WML Fan (2004)

        When GSN aired this episode on July 20, 2004, we got a rare glimpse of the 1966 CBS logo, the CBS "eye" amid clouds. - Kirk Morgan (2004)

      • Harry Belafonte promoted his television special due to air "a week from tomorrow," which would have been February 21, 1966. It was his television producing debut, a special called "The Strolling '20s." Also mentioned was his "recent spread in Life Magazine." He was featured on the cover of the February 4, 1966 issue, along with Sammy Davis, Jr. and Sidney Poitier, who were also performers on his TV special. - Suzanne (2004)

      • This was a fun show, not only because it was the 16th anniversary, but because it was the first appearance of the boss, Mark Goodson, as a guest panelist. It was funny to see Bennett and John "acting on their best behavior" with the boss on the panel. Also on the panel this night was Bennett's "cousin-in-law" Ginger Rogers, who was cute as always. For the game itself, the panel had a pretty good night. They were able to determine that the first contestant dealt with mice, but they didn't guess that she made mousetraps. Let's give "the boss" credit for guessing that the second contestant was involved in racing cars. Harry Belafonte had the audience rolling when he broke out the Irish brogue for his appearance. He was on the show to promote his upcoming television special with Sammy Davis Jr., Diahann Carroll and Duke Ellington. Also briefly mentioned was Belafonte's recent trip to Africa on behalf of the Peace Corps. This definitely was a happy anniversary show. Too bad Dorothy wasn't there to celebrate with the gang. - Sargebri (2004)

        Holy game show hosts, Batman! When Bennett introduced John as John "Batman" Daly, this was in reference to the 1966-1968 television series "Batman," which had recently premiered in January 1966 to huge ratings and rave reviews. Adam West played the role of "Batman." - Sargebri (2004)

      • Tidbits: We see a new sponsor, Corning, maker of Centura and Pyrex. John mentioned that this was episode #803. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Mark Goodson (1/24/1915 - 12/18/1992)

        Ginger Rogers (7/16/1911 - 4/25/1995)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Mark Goodson, Ginger Rogers, Bennett Cerf.

      • HAPPY 16TH ANNIVERSARY! What's My Line? was first broadcast on February 2, 1950, and this is the "sixteenth anniversary" show.

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