What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 40


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 05, 1966 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • John: Don't forget the rule of Governor John King of New Hampshire -- be brave, be brief, and be seated.
      Bennett: Brief is the best.
      John: Brief is the best.

    • Bennett: Was there a full-page advertisement for you in the New York Times amusement section this morning?
      Vincent: Not in The Times.
      Bennett: (trying desperately to avoid a "no" answer and succeeding) The news! The news!
      John: The news?
      Vincent: Sí.
      John: Yes. Miss Newman?
      Phyllis: Gee, I didn't see the news today. Do you have dark hair and white teeth? (loud laughter from audience)
      John: Just a moment. Conference! Yeah.
      Phyllis: Oh, I still don't know who it is. (louder laughter from audience)

    • Arlene: Are you a theater personality?
      Vincent: Sí, señorita.
      Arlene: Ooh, nice.

    • Bennett: Uh, does anybody ever ride on this animal?
      Christine: Mm...
      John: They could.
      Christine: They could.
      Bennett: They could? Are you trying to scare me away from horses? (laughter from audience)
      John: We're not trying to scare you away.

    • Tony: I don't know where I am.
      John: Well, neither do I, so that makes two of us.

  • Notes

    • REVIEW: Once again, the panel put in a great performance. This was probably the peak of their recent good performances as they achieved the long-awaited perfecto, and it was Arlene who pulled the one-woman perfecto as she made every correct guest. In the first game, Phyllis pretty much knew that the first mystery guest was none other than comic legend Jack Benny, who signed in using his birth name of Kubelsky. However, a misstep prevented her from making the correct guess, but Arlene made the correct identification. Jack was on the show to promote several different performances that would be taking place over the next month. In the second game, Arlene again showed she was in great form as almost by accident she correctly guessed that the lady from Tennessee made horse collars. In the second mystery guest round, Arlene capped the evening by correctly identifying "Ben Casey" star Vince Edwards. Vince was on the show to promote his upcoming engagement at the Copacabana. There was no time for a fourth game, so there was no danger of them running out of time as was the case the past two weeks, so the perfecto was preserved. - Sargebri (2008)

    • A MATTER OF TIME: There were around six minutes remaining in the program when the mystery challenger was guessed. After the final commercial break, there were still around two to three minutes left. If there had been just a small bit longer, there might have been time for a final contestant. As it was, John filled time by talking with Tony Randall about an anecdote involving an invitation Tony received from an Indian chief. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Once again, on their January 2008 airing of this episode, GSN aired the complete closing credits sequence for this episode, rather than the split-screen credits with a promo for another show. This is the third time in a row this has been done, so this may now be the normal practice, and will not be noted again, unless the "crunch" reappears. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first regular contestants at seven down. Arlene, however, had stated "maybe it's a horse collar" before the cards were flipped. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "LIVE" WATCH: The kinescope of tonight's live broadcast is the 21st surviving episode since Dorothy Kilgallen's passing to keep the "live" wording uncut on the intro.
      (2) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: For the second time in the post-Kilgallen era, Phyllis Newman is introduced first. And for the second time in this same period, she is introduced with the same line usually reserved for Arlene, "The delightful star of stage, screen and television." In Miss Newman's case, this is the fourth time in "WML?'s" history that she has sat on the far end of the panel.
      (3) VINCE EDWARDS: For most of the 1961-1966 run of "Ben Casey" on which tonight's second mystery guest, Vince Edwards, played the titular doctor for the entire time it was on the air, the program's opening words, "Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity," were spoken by Sam Jaffe who played Dr. Casey's mentor and boss, "Dr. David Zorba," for all but its final season. In this last season which was ending, where Dr. Casey's new superior, "Dr. Daniel Niles Freeland," was played by Franchot Tone, the memorable opening line was spoken by Mr. Edwards himself. The show was produced by Bing Crosby Productions, which is today more famous for being involved in the production of "Hogan's Heroes" which premiered at the start of this, the 1965-1966 season, and ran until 1971. The main font used for the cast list and closing credits for "Ben Casey" was Bernhard Modern Bold. This typeface is perhaps most famous in television for its use in the episode intro and closing credits of "The Twilight Zone," which ran on CBS from 1959 to 1964 (with selected hour-long episodes from the second half of the 1962-1963 season rerun in 1965).
      (4) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Once again, James Murphy is credited as production supervisor. The remainder of the production crew is the same as the previous week.
      (5) Following the January 3, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the January 15, 1962 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore, with the "classic '60's" panel of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson, and celebrity guest Jane Powell. - W-B (2008)

    • Jack Benny promoted his July 23, 1966 concert at Lewisohn Stadium at the City College of New York. Benny also made reference to 6 concerts at the Westbury Music Fair in Westbury, Long Island, NY, and mentioned yet another upcoming concert in Dallas, Texas, at the State Farm Auditorium. - Suzanne (2004)

      Tidbits: Sponsored by Westinghouse. This coming Sunday morning, on June 12, 1966, Arlene will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Keuka College in Keuka Park, NY, which is near Syracuse. Tomorrow morning, on June 6, 1966, Bennett is being awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Western Maryland College in Westminster, MD. Phyllis Newman mentioned her husband, Adolph (Adolph Green) during a game question. - Suzanne (2004)

    • What a wonderful entertainer Jack Benny was. It was cute when "Concert Violinist" was shown as his occupation. Bennett could tell right away that Benny was the mystery guest. Benny mentioned that he had some tickets for sale for his upcoming concert. - ironcreekguy (2004)

    • This is Jack's third and final appearance on "What's My Line?" - Ken Dickson (2004)

    • This really was Arlene's night, as she guessed all three contestants! She joked with Jack Benny (aka "Mr. Kubelsky") by asking if he "Did like Nero and fiddled while Rome burned?" She also guessed that the second contestant made horse collars. The amusing thing about this game was that Phyllis did her best "Arnold Horshack" impersonation, as she wanted to take a stab at what the contestant made. Arlene completed the hat trick by guessing Vince Edwards. As you could tell by the post-game dialogue, Edwards' long running 1961-1966 medical series "Ben Casey" had just finished production, and he was on the show to promote his upcoming singing engagement at the Copacabana. His show opens on Thursday, and Edwards said he began his career as a singer. The immortal Jack Benny was on the show to promote his upcoming concert engagement in New York. However, the night definitely belonged Arlene. - Sargebri (2004)

    • Panel: Phyllis Newman, Tony Randall, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

  • Allusions

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