What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 25


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 20, 1966 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Cecile Ritzwaller - "Makes Bar Stools" (self-employed; she and her husband own "Bar Stools Unlimited" in Fort Worth, Texas, and offer 100 styles of bar stools; from Ft. Worth, TX)

Game 2: Miss De De Hodges - "Logger (Cuts Down Trees)" (salaried; she and her father work for the Halquist Brothers of Plains, Montana; she uses a 17-lb. gas-powered chain saw; she quit school to pursue this occupation; from Thompson Falls, MT)

Game 3: Eddie Albert (4/22/1906 - 5/26/2005) & Eva Gabor (2/11/1919 - 7/4/1995) (as Mystery Guest Duo) "Co-Stars, TV Series, Green Acres"

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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)

    Eva Gabor

    Eva Gabor

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Eddie Albert

    Eddie Albert

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Martin Gabel

    Martin Gabel

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Martin: We're on terra firma all the way, machine, girl, everything.
        John: Yeah, the Wright Brothers took care of the other stuff. (loud laughter from audience)

      • Bennett: Well, here's a man with one of the most deceptively honest faces in all of television, John Charles Patrick Croghan Daly.
        John: In sixteen years of trying, that's the first time he got it right. First time.

    • NOTES (4)

      • REVIEW: This was a rather poor night, gamewise, as officially the panel went a dismal 0 for 3 on the evening. In the first game, the panel was totally stumped by the lady from Texas who sold barstools. The panel also was shut out in the second game by the female logger. The closest the panel came to a win the whole evening was when Suzy correctly identified Eva Gabor, and with some help, Eddie Albert. Unfortunately, this was after John had flipped all of the cards. Eddie and Eva were on the show to promote their classic 1965 to 1971 rural sitcom "Green Acres," which was in the middle of its first season. The duo also thanked John for the job he did as the narrator on the first episode, titled "Oliver Buys a Farm." That definitely helped to ease the blow for the panel being shut out this evening. - Sargebri (2007)

        WELCOME BACK SUZY!!! This was Suzy Knickerbocker's second appearance on the show. Unfortunately, she didn't do as well as she had during her first appearance. However, her charming personality definitely made her a crowd favorite and even though she didn't officially take over Dorothy's seat, she did make several more appearances on the show, making her somewhat of a semi-regular member of the panel. - Sargebri (2007)

        FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for mystery challengers Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor at five down because time was very short. In spite of having already flipped the cards, John allowed a still-blindfolded Suzy to make a guess and she correctly identified Eva Gabor. Suzy explained that she recognized Eva's giggle. The rest of the panel and John assisted with the identification of Eddie Albert. - agent_0042 (2007)

      • (1) "LIVE" WATCH: The kinescope of tonight's live presentation is the 10th surviving post-Dorothy episode to retain the "live" wording on the intro.
        (2) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: "The popular actor, Mr. Martin Gabel," is introduced first, for the first time in recent memory. Excepting Steve Allen and Tony Randall, Martin is the first male guest panelist to sit on the far end of the panel desk in the post-Kilgallen era. And as was mentioned in the notes to EPISODE #798 of January 9, 1966, a good part of the reason why fellow guest panelist Suzy Knickerbocker's nameplate now reads simply "Suzy" was to keep her nameplate in the same size of type as the other panelists' (and host John Daly's), and thus keep it easier to read, rather than a lowering of the formality guard on the program, which wouldn't take place until the start of the daily syndicated version more than two years after this installment.
        (3) GSN AIRING TALLY: GSN's most recent "regular" airing of tonight's show was October 22, 2007. Prior to that, it had aired on June 4, 2005 as part of the Eddie Albert tribute following his death on May 27, 2005. The previous two airings in "regular rotation" were on July 21, 2004 and April 27, 2002.
        (4) SPEAKING OF EDDIE ALBERT: It was around this time that Mr. Albert began to have his hair parted towards his right side, as was seen on tonight's show, and would be evident of episodes of "Green Acres" from the middle of this, the first (1965-1966) season, to its cancellation in 1971. In the earliest episodes, including the pilot which Mr. Daly narrated, as well as on the opening title sequence for every episode in the series, Eddie's hair had been parted towards his left side.
        (5) Because the show ran overtime, and based on GSN's airings of this episode in the past, there were again no end credits in 2007.
        (6) Following GSN's October 22, 2007 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel ran an episode of the color syndicated "Beat the Clock" from within its final few years (1972-1974) on the air, as the host at this point was Gene Wood and the title logo as seen in the open was set in Peignot Bold, rather than the free-floating, rounded bold type seen in its early years of syndication. - W-B (2007)

        EDDIE ALBERT TRIBUTE: GSN aired this episode on June 4, 2005 as a tribute to Eddie Albert, who died on May 27, 2005. The 2005 tribute airing of this "WML?" episode by GSN was preceded by a tribute showing of the August 30, 1955 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Clifton Fadiman, with the panel consisting of Roger Price, Audrey Meadows, Mike Wallace and Joan Alexander. Mr. Albert was the celebrity guest on this occasion. - W-B (2005 & 2008)

        NAME GAMES: Once again, as he has occasionally done since 1953, Bennett introduces the panel moderator by his full name of John Charles Patrick Croghan Daly. Looking very pleased, John praises Bennett for finally getting it right "after 16 years of trying." Of course, John is kidding, as Bennett has more than once correctly announced John by his full name. - W-B (2005)

      • GREEEEEN ACRES IS THE PLACE TO BE!!! This, of course, is the first line of the theme song to the wildly popular show of the same name. The studio audience went crazy as Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor emerged from behind the curtain. They stumped the panel, despite the fact that Bennett received a "yes" to his question, "Do you appear in a show where the people are less than sophisticated?" Unfortunately, time ran out and the cards were flipped over before Suzy Knickerbocker was able to make a correct guess. She managed to hear Eva's distinctive giggle and put two and two together. The panel also was completely stumped by the bar stool maker and the female logger. - Sargebri (2004)

        More on "Green Acres": this show was one of the most popular on CBS and ran for six seasons from 1965 to 1971. It was one of the most avant-garde series of its time. However, in 1971, it was one of the victims of the infamous "Rural Purge" (a.k.a. "Country Cut") of 1971. CBS executive Fred Silverman became their programming head in 1970, and soon decided to cancel every rural-based series because he felt that these shows did not appeal to city dwellers. Other cancelled rural-based shows included "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Mayberry R.F.D." and "Hee Haw." Also caught up in the purge was "The Ed Sullivan Show." Silverman felt that this show only appealed to older people, and he was looking for a younger audience with new 1971 CBS shows such as "All in the Family." Amazingly, all of the cancelled shows were still hugely popular at the time of the purge. Almost inexplicably, the year after Silverman cancelled all these homespun shows, a rural drama premiered on CBS, "The Waltons." Ironically, WML would also be caught up in a purge itself. In 1967, all of the Goodson-Todman shows that ran in primetime, "To Tell the Truth," "I've Got a Secret," "Password," as well as "What's My Line?" were all cancelled within months of each other. - Sargebri (2004)

      • The time on this episode runs so long that GSN cuts off the end segment. After the mystery guests depart, John states he'll be back in a moment. However, GSN does not bring him back for any goodbyes. No end credits are shown either. - Suzanne (2005)

        Tidbits: We see a new sponsor, Ben-Gay Penetrating Heat Lotion. The two women are again seated together on the panel. Tomorrow on February 21, 1966, John Daly will be the guest on "I've Got a Secret" with host Steve Allen. He'll quiz the panel on news events. - Suzanne (2004)

        Suzy Knickerbocker is the pen name of journalist Aileen Mehle. Her panel desk nameplate now shows only "Suzy." During a game, an occupation overlay screen is shown with her name and occupation of "Society Columnist." - Suzanne (2004)

        John Daly recalls acting as the narrator in the very first episode of the 1965-1971 comedy television series "Green Acres." The episode title is "Oliver Buys a Farm" which follows "Oliver and Lisa Douglas" as they move to "Hooterville." The two mystery guests, Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor, are the stars of this show which was first broadcast in September 1965. They credit John for helping to successfully launch the series. - Suzanne (2004)

        Panel: Martin Gabel, Arlene Francis, Suzy Knickerbocker, Bennett Cerf.

    • ALLUSIONS (0)