What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 31

EPISODE #810

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 03, 1966 on CBS
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EPISODE #810
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Game 1: Mrs. Nancy Pegelow - "Nurse for Baby Gorilla (Baltimore Zoo)" (salaried; she takes care of two gorillas named Hercules and Silver; from Baltimore, MD)

Game 2: Mr. Gino Macrypodio - "Gondolier from Venice, Italy" (self-employed; the panel was not initially given his location and they later fished for it, but it did not help them much; he owns and operates 2 gondolas, and is a 5th generation gondolier in his family)

Game 3: Woody Allen (b. 12/1/1935) (as Mystery Guest) He signed in as "Cary Grant." . .moreless

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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)

Woody Allen

Woody Allen

Mystery Guest

Guest Star

Tony Randall

Tony Randall

Guest Panelist

Guest Star

Pamela Mason

Pamela Mason

Guest Panelist

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    • REVIEW: After the previous week's perfecto, the panel came crashing back down to earth. In the first game, the panel was given partial credit for guessing that the young lady worked in a zoo. However, John wound up telling them that the contestant was a nurse for two baby gorillas. In the second game, Arlene correctly guessed that the young gentleman from Italy was a gondolier. Unfortunately, her guess came after John had flipped the final card. The panel's long night ended when they were stumped by everyone's favorite neurotic comedian, former guest panelist Woody Allen, who used a very un-Woody voice to stump the panel. Woody really didn't have anything to promote, but he did talk about the film he was working on at the time, "Casino Royale." That definitely put a close on a very unsuccessful evening. - Sargebri (2007)

      NEXT CANDIDATE!!! The next candidate for Dorothy's seat on the panel was actress Pamela Mason. She asked a few good questions but seemed somewhat bored by being on the show. At the time of her appearance on the show, she was already two years removed from her divorce from actor James Mason. The couple was married for approximately 23 years in a union that produced two children, son Morgan Mason and daughter Portland Mason. Incidentally, Morgan is currently married to ex-Go-Gos singer Belinda Carlisle. - Sargebri (2007)

      CASINO ROYALE: As was mentioned during the post game chat following the mystery guest round, Woody Allen was working on the 1967 film "Casino Royale." Interestingly, when this film was produced, it was the only story not to have been purchased from Ian Fleming by Albert Broccoli's EON Productions. Instead, the rights to the novel were sold to another group who decided to turn the film into a farce starring Woody Allen along with Peter Sellers, David Niven, Orson Welles and Ursula Andress. Unfortunately, the film was universally panned and was named one of the worst films of all time, by the authors of the book of the same name. Amazingly, EON would finally obtain the rights to the book and would produce their own film version in 2006. That 2006 film featured the debut of the sixth actor to play Bond in the EON series, Daniel Craig. - Sargebri (2007)

    • NO CREDITS CRUNCH: Once again, GSN did not air split-screen promos over the closing credits, so it would appear they have returned to the previous practice of not airing them on their "late-night black-and-white lineup." - agent_0042 (2007)

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at seven down. Arlene shouted out the correct line just as John was moving to flip the cards. - agent_0042 (2007)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's opening sponsor is Johnson Wax company's Glade air freshener.
      (2) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 16th surviving kinescope of a live telecast from the "post-Dorothy" era to keep the "live" wording uncut on the intro.
      (3) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: As has been the case on most of his guest panelist appearances since Miss Kilgallen's passing, Tony Randall is once again introduced first. And despite Pamela Mason's having been divorced from actor James Mason since 1964, her nameplate on the panel desk reads as "Mrs. Mason."
      (4) BAD PUN ALERT: Bennett yet again spun a tall tale about "our panel moderator," this one dealing with a baseball game John supposedly played on an outdoor field at a farm. The story was that Mr. Daly hit a ball that ended up in a pig's mouth. Mr. Cerf's punch line described John as being the first person in the history of the game to hit an "inside-the-pork" home run - which was a play on the phrase "inside-the-park" home run. Unlike most occasions where Bennett sprang his lousy puns, this one, for some reason, warranted a round of applause. After John took his seat at his desk, he commented on Bennett's yarn and noted, "This time, the poke was in the pig" - an inversion of the phrase "a pig in a poke."
      (5) "CASINO ROYALE": Since the prior airing of tonight's show by GSN in 2004, Eon Productions indeed bought the rights to the story of "Casino Royale." In 2006, it was made once again as a movie and introduced Daniel Craig as the latest actor to play "Agent 007." The new version was also a co-production of MGM (which with Eon Productions holds the official Bond franchise) and Columbia Pictures (which had released the 1967 all-star version which co-starred tonight's mystery guest, Woody Allen.)
      (6) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Once again, the program staff position is missing from the end credits. Gene Ulrich is back as lighting director tonight, and for the second week in a row, A.J. Gulino is credited as audio engineer. On GSN's December 3, 2007 airing, the end credits were shown in full screen mode, complete with the ending "Rollercoaster" theme and Johnny Olson's ending announcement, in contrast to the "crunched" screen seen below promos for upcoming GSN shows as has been in place the past several months.
      (7) ANOTHER GOODSON-TODMAN OLDIE: Following the December 3, 2007 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran an episode of "Winner Take All" from its 1951 CBS run. The host on this edition was Barry Gray, who is perhaps best known in the New York area as a long-running radio talk show host (aka "The Father of Talk Radio") who worked for years at two different radio stations, WMCA (570 AM) and WOR (710 AM), prior to his death in 1996 at age 80. His style as host of "Winner Take All" is considered today by some to be a forerunner of the hosting styles of current (as of 2007) late-night talk show hosts such as David Letterman and Conan O'Brien. Mr. Gray also hosted another TV program, "The Barry Gray Show," on WOR-TV (Channel 9) in New York on its first day on the air on October 11, 1949. As for this "Winner Take All" episode, the end credits were also shown in full screen by GSN. - W-B (2007)

    • This was one of those so-so nights for the panel. Even though they were stumped by every contestant, including mystery guest Woody Allen, they still looked like they had fun. Pamela Mason put in an acceptable performance for her first time on the panel. Tony showed why he was such a favorite, by both asking good questions and having fun while doing so. They came close to identifying the gorilla nurse, and Arlene managed to guess the gondolier. Unfortunately, she identified his line after the final card had been flipped. Mystery guest Woody Allen really had the panel going with the "tough guy" voice. Tony made two wrong guesses that Woody was either Peter Falk or Kirk Douglas. Tony and Woody would work together a few years later in 1972 in one of Allen's funniest films, "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask." After the round was over, a mention was made about the film that Woody was filming in London, "Casino Royale," which also starred Peter Sellers, David Niven, Ursula Andress and Orson Welles. In the 1996 book which was also revised in 1999, "The Worst Movies of All Time: Or, What Were They Thinking?" written by Michael Sauter, this spy spoof movie is listed among the worst films ever made. Also, "Casino Royale" was Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel. It was the only one not sold to Eon Productions. As a result, CBS TV first adapted it for an episode of "Climax!" in 1954, starring Barry Nelson as CIA agent "Jimmy Bond." When plans began to adapt the novel as a motion picture, the original thought was to produce a straight film of the novel. But with the success of Sean Connery's Bond, it was decided the only way a rival Bond film could survive would be as a parody. Reportedly, Eon Productions has been trying to buy back the rights to "Casino Royale" for years, in hopes of someday making a serious Bond film out of the novel. - Sargebri (2004)

      UPDATE: In 2006, the hopes of Eon Productions regaining the rights to "Casino Royale" became a reality with the motion picture release of Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig as the new James Bond. - agent_0042 (2007)

    • Tidbits: This is actress Pamela Mason's first appearance on WML. She was married to actor James Mason from 1941 until their divorce in 1964. - Suzanne (2004)

    • Pamela Mason (3/10/1916 - 6/29/1996)

      Panel: Tony Randall, Arlene Francis, Pamela Mason, Bennett Cerf.

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