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What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 37


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 15, 1966 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Their leader Ralph Maglione signed in as "Ralph J. Maglione & Guests" - "U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Precision Flying Team" (salaried; Mr. Daly said that this coming Saturday, they will be performing at McGuire Air Force Base in Wrightstown, NJ; the fighter pilot team members who appeared are as follows;

Lt. Col. Ralph J. Maglione (1926 - 7/15/1990) (Leader; from Akron, OH)
Lt. Chris Paterakis (Left Wingman; from Modesto, CA)
Capt. Buster McGee (Right Wingman; from La Jolla, CA)
Capt. Hank Canterbury (Slot Man; from Huntsville, AL)
Capt. Bobby Morgan (Solo Position; from Pendleton, SC)
Capt. Bob Beckel (Solo Position; from Walla Walla WA)

Game 2: Mrs. Adeline Southwick - Sells Sweepstakes Tickets" (salaried; she works for the New Hampshire Sweepstakes Commission; in 2 years they have raised 5 million dollars for NH state education; from Salem, NH)

Game 3: Gwen Verdon (1/13/1925 - 10/18/2000) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Mrs. Helga Collberg - "Radio Operator on Ship" (salaried; she works for the Merchant Navy of Norway; her husband is also employed by them as a Chief Engineer; she prefers cargo vessels more than passenger vessels; from Oslo, Norway) . .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)

    Gwen Verdon

    Gwen Verdon

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Tony Randall

    Tony Randall

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Pamela Mason

    Pamela Mason

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Tony: As ever, it's a joy to introduce the queen of television, who always seemed to me to be the perfect New York woman, Boston's own Arlene Francis.

      • Tony: Mrs. Southwick, I generally look the contestant over from head to foot hoping for clues (laughter from the contestant and audience) but, in your case, I did it just for the enjoyment of it. (louder laughter from the audience)

    • NOTES (10)

      • REVIEW: This was a fairly good outing for the panel as they went an exceptional 3 for 4 on the evening. In the first game, they were given credit for correctly guessing that the team of challengers was stunt pilots for the United States Air Force. In fact, they were none other than the Thunderbirds. In the second game, Bennett correctly guessed that the lady from New Hampshire was involved in the sale of lottery tickets. In the mystery guest round, Arlene correctly identified Broadway legend Gwen Verdon. Gwen was on the show to promote the soon-to-be classic musical "Sweet Charity," which was directed by her husband Bob Fosse. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time in the final game, so the female radio operator won the full prize by default. However, that still could not put a damper on a very solid performance. - Sargebri (2008)

        NH STATE LOTTERY: As was mentioned in the post game chat following the second game, New Hampshire was the only state at the time that had a state run lottery. However, times sure have changed, because 41 years after this episode aired in 1966, pretty much every state in the union has some form of lottery game. Also, many states participate in multi-state games such as Powerball or Mega Millions. - Sargebri (2008)

      • LOTTERY: At the time that this episode originally aired, as was stated in the second game, New Hampshire was the only state to have a state lottery, or "sweepstakes," as it was also referred to. This is something that many might find hard to believe today, as all but eight U.S. states now have some type of state lottery. Proceeds from state lottery funds generally go to government education or other such causes. Nevertheless, state lotteries have often been referred to negatively as "tax on the stupid." Furthermore, in an episode of the popular CBS drama Numb3rs titled "Traffic", the show's main character, Charlie Eppes, stated that it was "three times more likely that you will be killed while driving to buy a lottery ticket than it is that you will win the lottery." - agent_0042 (2008)

      • CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: GSN's airing of this episode on New Year's Day, 2008 (the second to air since GSN returned to daily airings) featured an uncompressed closing credits sequence, rather than the split-screen promo credits often seen on GSN airings of game shows. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first group of contestants at six down. Arlene had come up with an association with the Air Force, and Tony had correctly guessed that they were part some sort of performing team. Time, however, was running short -- it was already over ten minutes into the program before the cards went over. John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at four down, again because time was short. Bennett had correctly identified an association with a Norwegian ship.

        Additionally, John deviated slightly from the norm in regards to the flipping of cards when panelists phrased questions in the form of "You're not ___, are you?" Oftentimes, panelists would be given a response of "No, he is not ___, yes" in response to such a query and allowed to continue. In this episode, he flipped a card when the panel chose to use such a line of questioning in an unfruitful way. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) The most recent airing of this episode by GSN on January 1, 2008, was delayed by one day due to the New Year's Eve 2007 showing of EPISODE #31 of December 31, 1950, featuring Guy Lombardo as the Mystery Guest.
        (2) As tonight's "WML?" was prerecorded, once again we hear the opening words on the intro as "And now, from New York..." Also, the introduction for Tony Randall is given as "The popular star of motion pictures, stage and television," as if to create an equivalent of the long-time intro for Arlene Francis, "The delightful star of stage and television."
        (3) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Coincidentally, both tonight's show and the earlier EPISODE #810 had as opening sponsor a product line from Johnson Wax. The difference is that on the earlier show, Glade air freshener was seen on the opening billboard, while tonight it's Bravo floor wax.
        (4) While tonight's mystery guest Gwen Verdon did not appear in the movie version of "Sweet Charity" which was released three years after tonight's show, she would be involved with the film as an uncredited assistant choreographer, working very closely with Shirley MacLaine behind the scenes. However, she did make her mark in films a decade before, when she appeared in the 1958 movie version of "Damn Yankees" in which she reprised the role of "Lola" that she originated in the original Broadway production. The "Damn Yankees" film also marked the first film appearance (in a small role) of Jean Stapleton, who would go on to greater fame as "Edith Bunker" on the 1971-1979 TV series "All in the Family." Twelve years after tonight's show, Miss Verdon would be part of an all-star cast that appeared in the 1978 movie version of The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," which in later years would be rated not only among the worst movies of all time, but also among the worst rock music soundtrack albums of all time.
        (5) GSN's January 1, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by a repeat of the January 1, 1962 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore, with the panel consisting of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Dorothy Collins (who was filling in for Bess Myerson), and Dick Van Dyke as the celebrity guest. On the cable and satellite channel's airings of this show, Mr. Moore's panel intro was chopped off, and they went directly from the opening title and sponsor to the first contestant's secret being shown on the overlay screen. - W-B (2008)

      • This episode was prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on April 3, 1966. - Suzanne (2004)

        DOUBLE THE PANEL: Given that the taping of this episode preceded the live airing of EPISODE #810 which also aired on April 3, 1966, the same panel lineup as on that earlier program (in airing order) is in place tonight, as is the production crew as seen on the end credits. - W-B (2008)

      • It's now Arlene's turn to be fashion forward. The previous year, Carol Channing shocked everyone when she walked out in a sailor-suit pantsuit. On this episode, Arlene did the same. However, Arlene's outfit looked more like a full, flowing formal gown and wasn't as casual. As for the game, the panel had pretty good night. They guessed that the first guests worked in aerobatics. However, they didn't guess that they were the world famous flying team, the USAF Thunderbirds. After Bennett recollected that at the time, New Hampshire was the only state to have a lottery, he was then able to guess that the second contestant sold lottery tickets. Of course, his comment was 38 years before the time of this commentary. Today in 2004, practically every state in the Union has some form of lottery. Mystery guest Gwen Verdon was promoting the musical "Sweet Charity," which had just opened two months earlier to rave reviews and was an instant smash on Broadway. She was married to the show's director/choreographer Bob Fosse from 1960 until his death in 1987 (not if you count the years they were separated). "Sweet Charity" was later made into a motion picture in 1969 with Shirley MacLaine in the title role. Fosse would go on to even bigger successes with musicals such as "Pippin" and "Chicago." Fosse would also branch out into films, directing such movies as "All That Jazz" and "Lenny." His biggest film success was "Cabaret" in 1972, which won eight Academy Awards, including Best Director for Fosse, Best Actress for Liza Minelli and Best Supporting Actor for Joel Grey. However, Fosse's biggest success would come some 15 years after his untimely death, when the film version of "Chicago" won five Oscars including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress for Catherine Zeta-Jones. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Redhead Gwen Verdon promoted her 1966 Broadway play "Sweet Charity" being performed at the Palace Theatre. She played the title role of "Charity," and the musical ran for 608 total performances. Her husband is the multi-talented writer, choreographer, director and performer Bob Fosse. They were married from 1960 until his death in 1987, although they separated in the mid-1970s but never divorced. Even though the 1969 film version of "Sweet Charity" was directed by Bob Fosse, Gwen did not reprise her title role in the movie version. Instead, the role of "Charity" went to another redhead, Shirley MacLaine. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Tidbits: We see a new item being advertised from a previous sponsor, Bravo Floor Wax by Johnson Wax. While introducing John, Bennett said John was occasionally flaccid. John wasn't sure about the meaning of the word, asking if it meant "fat and slow," and questioned Bennett on its use. Bennett said he'd been having fun with the word, since most people mispronounce it. Bennett explained that the correct pronunciation was "flaxcid." He said he'd lost a dollar on it today! Bennett was simply educating the world! However, the dictionary states both pronunciations are acceptable. For the record, it means, "lacking in strength or firmness or resilience." - Suzanne (2004)

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

    • ALLUSIONS (1)