What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 34

EPISODE #813

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 24, 1966 on CBS
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EPISODE #813
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Game 1: Peter Tofts - "Makes Superman 'Fly' in the Broadway Musical" (salaried; he is a special effects man for the Broadway musical "It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman" which was performed at the Alvin Theatre and ran from March 29, 1966 to July 16, 1966, for a total of 129 performances; he wears a torso harness and jumps off a 14 foot ladder; his weight counterbalances Superman and makes him appear to fly; from London, England)

Game 2: Frank M. Bottley - "Grows Garlic" (self-employed; from Hazelton, PA; he is a retired government employee who had been in this new occupation for 2 years; he grows Elephant Garlic which is 8 times larger than generic garlic)

Game 3: Natalie Wood (7/20/1938 - 11/29/1981) (as Mystery Guest) . .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)

    Natalie Wood

    Natalie Wood

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Phyllis Newman

    Phyllis Newman

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Peter Ustinov

    Peter Ustinov

    Guest Panelist

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      • REVIEW: After a slow start in the first game, the panel came back nicely in the next two games to have a fairly decent night and wound up going a respectable 2 for 3. It also was very good night in terms of entertainment value due to the fact that not only Phyllis Newman returned to the panel after several months away, but also on the panel was Peter Ustinov, who really made the evening fun with his dry British sense of humor. In the first game, Peter did get close by guessing that the young man from England worked behind the scenes in the theater. Unfortunately, neither Peter nor the panel correctly guessed that the contestant was responsible for helping to control the wires that helped actor Bob Holiday "fly" in the Broadway musical "It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman." The revelation of the guest's occupation prompted Peter to make a very funny comment about the British aviation industry when he proclaimed, "I'm delighted to see that the British aircraft industry is not dead." The panel had better luck in the second game as Arlene correctly guessed that the elderly gentleman from Pennsylvania grew garlic. Arlene also correctly identified the evening's mystery guest Natalie Wood. Natalie was on the show to promote the film "This Property Is Condemned." So, after a somewhat slow start, the panel ended up having a great night. - Sargebri (2007)

        WELCOME BACK PHYLLIS!!! This was Phyllis Newman's first appearance on the show since December of the previous year. Of course, after this appearance, she would become a semi-regular on the WML panel for the remainder of the run and would often alternate with Aileen "Suzy Knickerbocker" Mehle. - Sargebri (2007)

      • The episode of "Beat The Clock" aired by GSN on December 24, 2007 was a special Christmas-themed show that was originally broadcast on December 22, 1956. - ymike673 (2007)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at four down. Arlene had identified him as being associated with garlic, but John did not make the panel continue playing for the guess of "grows garlic," perhaps because time was running a bit short. - agent_0042 (2007)

      • On the same day as tonight's show, the New York Herald Tribune and the New York Journal-American - the latter paper the longtime home of the late "WML?" panelist Dorothy Kilgallen and her "Voice of Broadway" column, and more recently the home of society columnist and frequent "WML?" guest panelist Aileen Mehle, aka Suzy Knickerbocker - published what turned out to be their final editions. On the previous day, April 23, 1966, the New York World-Telegram & Sun published its last new edition. The owners of the respective papers - John Hay "Jock" Whitney of the "Trib," Hearst of the J-A, and Scripps-Howard of the W-T&S - had thrown in the towel after years of declining circulations and financial losses, and still reeling from the lingering effects of the 113-day newspaper strike of 1962-1963. They had intended to pool their resources into a new jointly-operated entity, but another crippling newspaper strike in 1966 delayed the consummation of the agreement until August 15, 1966. The resulting creation, the World Journal Tribune - nicknamed the "Widget" because of its unwieldy name - first published on September 12, 1966, one day after "WML?" went color; but the new newspaper, by all accounts, was doomed from the start, and published its last edition on May 5, 1967. Thus, in "WML?'s" final months, the lineup of New York newspapers as still around today were all that was left: The New York Times, the Daily News and the New York Post. - W-B (2006)

        (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's opening sponsor is Poli-Grip denture adhesive.
        (2) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 19th surviving post-Kilgallen live broadcast on which the kinescope copy retained the "live" wording on the intro.
        (3) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: Tonight, Johnny Olson introduces Phyllis Newman with the description usually reserved for Arlene Francis, "The delightful star of stage and television." In previous years, the dear departed Dolly Mae had been erroneously introduced in this fashion on two different occasions. Miss Newman is also the first female guest panelist to be introduced first in the post-Dorothy era, after several shows on which Tony Randall or Steve Allen sat on the far end of the panel. Nor is Phyllis the only old favorite returning to "WML?" this evening, as Peter Ustinov is making his first appearance as a panelist since EPISODE #652 of February 17, 1963; interestingly, Miss Newman was on the panel on that earlier show as well. It is also his first appearance altogether since his turn as a mystery guest on EPISODE #665 of May 26, 1963. And as with most of Peter's "WML?" appearances, Mr. Daly once again pronounces his surname as "Oostinov," although Phyllis used the more common pronunciation of "Youstinov" in introducing him.
        (4) NATALIE WOOD: At the time of her drowning on November 29, 1981, tonight's mystery guest Natalie Wood was filming the movie "Brainstorm" which was released in 1983. A few years after its theatrical release, a New York television station promoted an upcoming airing of the film. But on the night it was supposed to air, the station instead ran another, completely different film with the same title of "Brainstorm" that was released in 1965 and starred Jeffrey Hunter and Anne Francis - neither of whom made any appearances of any kind on "WML?" It would be a few weeks before the TV station in question actually aired the "Brainstorm" that co-starred Miss Wood.
        (5) Following the December 24, 2007 airing of tonight's show, GSN aired an episode of "Beat the Clock" from the 1956-1957 season, during the period when the program's sponsor was Hazel Bishop cosmetics. The host was Bud Collyer. - W-B (2007)

        (6) The December 24, 2007 BTC broadcast on GSN was the final one to air as part of GSN's early Monday morning weekly "Black and White Overnight" block before GSN returned to daily airings of the program on New Year's Eve. - agent_0042 (2007)

      • Welcome back, Phyllis! Phyllis Newman makes her first appearance on the panel since December 19, 1965, and she is joined by Peter Ustinov. In an unusual arrangement, the two guest panelists are introduced before Arlene and Bennett take their places. Phyllis is her usual cute self, asking several good questions. The star of the night, though, is Sir Peter. He displays a very dry wit that helps make his appearance on the panel fun. This was another so-so night for the panel, as they were unable to guess the occupation of the first contestant. Arlene did manage to guess that the second contestant had something to do with garlic. Natalie Wood had a pretty decent run, and used a Russian accent for her disguised voice. This probably came easy to her, since her parents were of Russian descent. Besides promoting the 1966 film, "This Property Is Condemned," in which she co-starred with Robert Redford, Natalie also made a brief mention of her 1965 film, "Inside Daisy Clover," which also stars Redford. She also spoke of her younger sister Lana Wood. Lana had a moderately successful career of her own, playing in several movies, including the "Beach Party" inspired 1965 film, "The Girls on the Beach," which also featured The Beach Boys and Lesley Gore. Lana is probably best known as Bond-girl "Plenty O'Toole" in 1971's "Diamonds Are Forever." Lana also would have several guest appearances on various shows during the 1960s and 1970s, and her last notable role was on the daytime drama "Capitol" playing "Fran Burke" in 1983. Once again, the night belonged to Peter Ustinov, who made this a very memorable episode. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Arlene and Bennett both made reference to Natalie Wood visiting Harvard University. In 1966, The Harvard Lampoon declared her the "Worst Actress of the Year." Unlike any winner before, she accepted the award in person the day before this broadcast. - Moffofan (2004)

      • Natalie Wood talks about being born in San Francisco, CA. John Daly and Natalie talk about Borrego Springs, CA and her new movie, "This Property is Condemned." Natalie says she's heading back to Los Angeles, and that she visits her sister Lana in San Francisco "a lot." - Jim's TV Collectables (2004)

      • Tidbits: We learn from Peter that Arlene is dressed in a "ravishing pink tennis net!" Watch the hilarious moment as Peter Ustinov mock's Phyllis Newman's repeated use of the phrase, "When you do what you do..." - Suzanne (2004)

      • Panel: Phyllis Newman, Peter Ustinov, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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