What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 28


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

Game 1: Miss Ruth Anson (b. 10/11/1944) - "Television News Reporter" (salaried; she works for TV station KABC; from Los Angeles, CA; she is also a student at UCLA)

Game 2: Joe Dogan - "Makes Horseradish" (salaried; he is the general manager of the Thor-Shackel Horseradish Company in Burr Ridge, Illinois; he is also the President of the National Association of Horseradish Packers; from Chicago, IL; over 24 years later, in a Chicago Sun-Times newspaper article dated March 15, 1990, Joe Dogan was listed as having been the general manager of the Thor-Shackel Company for over a quarter of a century)

Game 3: Robert Preston (6/8/1918 - 3/12/1987) (as Mystery Guest)

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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)

Jeanne Parr

Jeanne Parr

Guest Panelist

Guest Star

Tony Randall

Tony Randall

Guest Panelist

Guest Star

Ruth Anson

Ruth Anson


Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • REVIEW: Tonight marked a historic occasion for WML as former contestant Jeanne Parr became just the second regular contestant to be promoted to full panelist. (The first person to achieve such an honor was former White House correspondent and political columnist Marianne Means.) It definitely was a good omen as the panel wound up scoring a perfecto this evening. The perfect night got started when Tony was given credit for correctly guessing that pretty young Ruth Anson from Los Angeles was a television news reporter for KABC channel 7 in Los Angeles, California. It also was revealed that she was carrying a full academic load at UCLA, which made her career even more remarkable. In the second game, Arlene, with a huge assist from Bennett, correctly guessed that the contestant made horseradish. In the mystery guest round, Tony definitely showed that he was having a hot night when he correctly identified Broadway legend Robert Preston. Bob was on the show to promote the play "The Lion in Winter," which was somewhat of a departure for him since it was a non-musical. There was no time for a fourth game, so the panel's perfecto was preserved. - Sargebri (2007)

      NEXT CANDIDATE!!! Television news correspondent Jeanne Parr was the latest in the long line of candidates to fill Dolly Mae's seat on the panel. She definitely added something to the panel with her grace and charm and she asked several good questions. Unfortunately, she never made it back to the WML panel. However, she went on to have a very successful career in television journalism and she became CBS's European correspondent. Also, probably either sitting backstage or at home waiting for her was her 11 year old son, Chris Noth, who would grow up to become a successful actor. His most famous roles would be that of officer "Mike Logan" on the classic police drama, "Law and Order" as well as its spin-off, "Law and Order: Criminal Intent." Chris also would appear in the classic HBO sitcom "Sex in the City" in the recurring role of "Mr. Big." - Sargebri (2007)

      MORE ABOUT JEANNE PARR & WCBS: In the same month of March 1966 that tonight's "WML?" edition aired, Jeanne Parr's employer, WCBS-TV (Channel 2), overhauled its news department under a new news director, Lee Hanna. It was during his watch that an array of "reporter-specialists" were hired. Two of Mr. Hanna's initial hires, police reporter Chris Borgen and science editor Earl Ubell, would be fixtures on Channel 2 well into the 1990's (excepting Ubell's mid-1970's stint with WNBC-TV, Channel 4 as its news director; ironically, at WNBC he worked under Mr. Hanna, who at the time was vice-president for news at NBC for its owned-and-operated stations). Other recruits included Jerome Wilson, a former New York State Senator, as political reporter; a colleague of Ubell's from the old New York Herald-Tribune, Martin Steadman, as investigative reporter; and Ed Wakin, who was a professor at Fordham University, as education editor. Former football great (and onetime "WML?" guest panelist and mystery guest) Frank Gifford was sports editor, a position he would hold until 1971 when he moved to ABC. Within a few years of these changes, WCBS began to overtake WNBC in the nightly local news ratings race. Jeanne herself, initially, was the consumer reporter under this arrangement, though she would branch out in other reporting areas, including one-on-one interviews, in later years at the station. It was this factor that likely explains Miss Parr's failure to ever appear again on "WML?" after tonight. - W-B (2007)

      THE LION IN WINTER: As was mentioned during the post game chat following the mystery guest round, Robert Preston was appearing on Broadway in the play "The Lion in Winter" in the role of "Henry II," which also featured Rosemary Harris as "Eleanor," James Rado as "Richard the Lionheart" and a young Christopher Walken as "Phillip." The play only ran for 92 performances from March 3, 1966 to March 21, 1966. The play would later be made into a highly successful motion picture, but without any of the Broadway cast. In the film, "Richard" would be played Anthony Hopkins (in his major debut in an American film), Peter O'Toole would play "Henry II," and Katharine Hepburn would play the role of "Eleanor of Aquitaine." Kate would wind up sharing the Best Actress Oscar honors with former WML mystery guest Barbra Streisand, who won for her work in "Funny Girl." - Sargebri & W-B (2007)

      VINTAGE TTTT: Following the airing of this episode on GSN on November 12, 2007, GSN aired an episode of the syndicated version of WML's sister show, "To Tell the Truth." The first three contestants all claimed to be Jeraldine Saunders, who wrote the book "The Love Boats." The book would later be made as a 1976 television movie, but it aired on ABC, not NBC, as it was announced on the show. That television movie starred Ted Hamilton as "Captain Thomas Ford," Dick Van Patten as the ship's physician "Doctor O'Neil," Theodore (Teddy) Wilson as the ship's bartender "Isaac," Terri (Terry) O'Mara as cruise director "Gerry" and Sandy Helberg as "Gopher." A year after this television movie aired, it was made into a weekly series with a whole new cast and it would enjoy a highly successful 1977-1986 run on Saturday nights on ABC. - Sargebri (2007)

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at four down. Tony had come up with "You read the news on television," but John put the cards over before he could come up with the exact line of "Television News Reporter." - agent_0042 (2007)

    • MORE ABOUT JEANNE PARR: Jeanne Parr worked for CBS News, as well as for the news division of its New York flagship station, WCBS-TV (Channel 2), for nearly two decades from the time of her previous "WML?" appearance on EPISODE #516 of June 5, 1960. More than a year after tonight's show, in 1967, Miss Parr would be one of several Channel 2 reporters and correspondents who covered the race riots that took place in Newark, NJ for six days in the month of July. In a segment of a special report which aired a day after the first night of rioting on July 12, she reported on the severe overcrowding in Newark public schools. This and another report she filed a few days later from a hospital where many of the riot victims had been treated, were excerpted in a half-hour documentary, "The Newark Riots," which was anchored by WCBS-TV news legend Jim Jensen, and aired in August of 1967. This program, like the original reports, originally aired in color; unfortunately, like all surviving "classic CBS" "WML?" episodes, this historical footage only exists today as a black-and-white kinescope. On the third day of the unrest, continuing coverage of the previous night's carnage preempted an edition of the mid-afternoon interview show "Two at One," which Jim Jensen co-hosted at the time with Joan Murray, who appeared as a panelist on the third-last "classic CBS" "WML?" edition, EPISODE #874 of August 20, 1967. Miss Parr later hosted an interview show, "With Jeanne Parr," that ran on WCBS-TV from 1975 to 1980, and which featured guests ranging from former White House counsel John Dean to then-First Lady Rosalynn Carter. In 1982, she formed her own company, Parr Communications, which produced several documentaries, and in 1993, she produced and narrated a documentary on the situation in Bosnia. Her official website is below. - W-B (2007)


      (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The opening sponsor tonight is Phillips' Milk of Magnesia.
      (2) "LIVE" WATCH: Of the surviving kinescopes of live "WML?" editions, this is the 13th since Dorothy Kilgallen's death to keep the "live" wording uncut.
      (3) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: For the first time since EPISODE #804 of February 20, 1966, and the seventh known time in the post-Dorothy era, the panel lineup, in terms of gender, is male, female, female and male, with Tony Randall introduced first. In his introduction of Jeanne Parr, he mentions that she works for "Channel 2" - a reference to the television dial position of CBS's New York outlet WCBS-TV.
      (4) DUELING BAD PUNSTERS: Bennett led off with another of his tall tales dealing with "our moderator," noting that during the latest snowstorm, John had shoveled snow out of a lady's car and she responded by telling him that "the age of shovelry is not dead yet" - a pun on the phrase "the age of chivalry." John then came out and retaliated with a repeat of a story supposedly told by Bennett in the past, one that ostensibly took place in the age of the Knights of the Round Table, about one of the knights seeking a room for his dog and an innkeeper telling him, "I wouldn't send a knight out on a dog like this," a pun-ny inversion of the rejoinder "I wouldn't send a dog out on a night like this."
      (5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Tonight's show does not list the position of program staff during the end credits, though the rest of the production crew, including production supervisor Anthony Boschetti (who on this edition is listed after associate director Dan F. Smith on one of the slide card graphics), is in place.
      (6) Following the November 12, 2007 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran a 1975 episode of the syndicated version of "To Tell the Truth." The host was Garry Moore, the announcer was Bill Wendell, and the panel consisted of Gene Rayburn, Peggy Cass, Bill Cullen and Kitty Carlisle. The first contestants were cruise director Jeraldine Saunders and two impostors; Miss Saunders' tales of what went on inside luxury liners formed the basis for a book called "The Love Boats," which in turn spawned the 1977-1986 television series "The Love Boat" (whose theme song was sung by former "WML?" guest panelist and mystery guest Jack Jones). The second contestants were ex-convict turned writer and book editor Frank Earl Andrews and two impostors. - W-B (2007)

    • This was a pretty good outing for the panel this night. Jeanne Parr puts in a good performance, asking several good questions as any good newswoman would. Her demeanor was eerily reminiscent of Dorothy. John mentioned that she appeared once as a WML contestant (EPISODE #516 on June 5, 1960) and the very next day she was offered her job with Channel 2 in New York. The only hiccup in her performance was when she mistakenly said the second contestant didn't have anything to do with horseradish, which, of course, he did. The panel also guessed the first contestant, who ironically was also a female newscaster for KABC TV Channel 7 in Los Angeles. Tony also had a good night when he correctly guessed Robert Preston. More on Jeanne Parr's son Chris Noth: her son Chris worked for six seasons playing detective "Mike Logan" on the hugely popular crime series, the original "Law & Order" from 1990 to 1995. A few years after leaving that show, he went on to play "Mr. Big" on the HBO series "Sex in the City." - Sargebri (2004)

    • Robert Preston, who appeared in a full bushy beard, promoted his role as "King Henry II" in the Broadway play, "The Lion in Winter." Performed at the Ambassador Theatre, the play ran for 1183 total performances. Although not mentioned, the opening night cast on March 3, 1966 also included a young Christopher Walken as the "King of France." - Suzanne (2004)

      PSA - John delivers a public service announcement. He informs that public that if they turned age 65 in 1965, they have until March 31, 1966 to enroll in the government's new Medicare program which was established in 1965. - Suzanne (2004)

      Jeanne Parr was a television news reporter (European correspondent) for CBS. She is the mother of actor Chris Noth who was born in 1954. Her occupation overlay screen showed, "TV newscaster." - Suzanne (2004)

      Tidbits: From the introductions, we learn three things: 1) Jeanne Parr has just returned from Russia. 2) Arlene Francis will be "greeting England's Prince Philip by song." From March 21, 1966 to March 23, 1966, His Royal Highness was on an official visit to Canada (Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal) to present medals to the recipients of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. He was not accompanied by his wife, Queen Elizabeth II. 3) Bennett's book, "Laugh Day" is now in its 4th printing. - Suzanne (2004)

    • Jeanne Parr (b. 3/30/1924)

      Panel: Arlene Francis, Tony Randall, Jeanne Parr, Bennett Cerf.