What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 41

EPISODE #817

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 12, 1966 on CBS
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EPISODE #817
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Game 1: David Merrick (11/27/1911 - 4/25/2000) (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel was blindfolded) The 3 overlay screens read "David Merrick, Broadway Producer" - "Hello Dolly, Gypsy, Irma La Douce" - "Oliver, Becket, Cactus Flower, etc."

Game 2: Miss Jennie Golby - "Wine Steward (in Restaurant)" (salaried; she is a sommelier at the Menzies Hotel in her home town of Sydney, Australia)

Game 3: Peter Fonda (b. 2/23/1940) & Henry Fonda (5/16/1905 - 8/12/1982) (as Mystery Guest Duo) They signed in as "Henry Fonda & Son!" The overlay screen read "Henry Fonda and son Peter Fonda"

Game 4: Mrs. Maria Kastner - "Operates Dude Ranch" (self-employed; with her husband, she operates the White Stallion Ranch in her hometown of Hillsdale, NY; she teaches horses to do tricks; Mr. Daly said she was a former showgirl and photographer's model) . .moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Bennett Cerf

    Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

    David Merrick

    David Merrick

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Peter Fonda

    Peter Fonda

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Henry Fonda

    Henry Fonda

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

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    • QUOTES (2)

      • John: (after flipping four, then two, then three cards at the end of the first regular contestant's game) I ran out of cards. There you are.

      • David: Seventeen years. I don't think even "Hello Dolly" could run that long.
        John: But, of course, if we had Carol, we could run another seventeen years.

    • NOTES (8)

      • REVIEW: The panel's streak of great performances continued as they went a solid 3 for 4 on the evening. In the first game, which was a rib on guest panelist Carol Channing, Bennett correctly identified Broadway producer David Merrick, who was the producer of "Hello, Dolly!" The second game was really fun as WML's producer, Mark Goodson, was squirming in his guest panelist seat as he did a great job of narrowing down the occupation of the lady from Australia. In fact, he was trying not to guess her occupation, for fear that everyone might have thought the fix was in. However, he did figure out that she had something to do with wine, and it was the rest of the panel that was given partial credit for figuring out that she was a wind stewardess. In the mystery guest round, Arlene, with some help from Bennett, correctly identified the father/son duo of Henry and Peter Fonda. Henry was on the show promoting not only his current play, "Generations," but also his current film, "A Big Hand for the Little Lady." Peter was on the show to promote his first starring role in the cult biker film "The Wild Angels." In the final game, due to a shortage of time, the panel was unable to correctly guess that the lady from upstate New York ran a dude ranch, so she won the full prize by default. However, nothing could dampen a very fun night. - Sargebri (2008)

        FONDA FAMILY: During the post game chat with the Fondas, Bennett asked Henry and Peter where Jane Fonda was, to which they both replied, "Baton Rouge." However, if Peter's two year old daughter Bridget was there, they would have had a glimpse into the future as Bridget herself would become an actress starring in several films, including "Singles" and "Point of No Return." Interestingly, she would make her film debut in the classic film "Easy Rider," playing a child in a commune. Also, it was very interesting to see Peter come out on stage with long hair and sunglasses. That definitely showed that the times were changing. - Sargebri (2008)

        THE WILD ANGELS!!! As John had mentioned during the post game chat with Henry and Peter, Peter Fonda's first starring role would be in 1966's "The Wild Angels," in which he co-starred with Nancy Sinatra, Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd. That film started biker film genre that became popular during the 1960's. In fact, in its wake would come out such films as "Hell's Angels on Wheels," "The Born Losers," "Devil's Angels," "Satan's Sadists" and "CC and Company." However, the most successful of these films on both a critical and a box office level was one that Peter not only starred in, but also wrote and produced as well; the classic "Easy Rider." - Sargebri (2008)

      • FLIP REPORT: During the first regular contestant's game, John flipped four cards at one down because time was running short. He then flipped two, followed by the remaining three, when the panel was unable to guess the contestant's exact line. Mark Goodson had come up with an association with wine and Arlene was in the general area, but none of the panel stated the exact line of "wine steward." John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at three down because time ran out. The panel had identified a general area of recreation, but nothing more. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's opening sponsor is Phillips' Milk of Magnesia tablets.
        (2) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 22nd surviving post-Kilgallen kinescope of a live transmission to leave the opening "live" wording uncut.
        (3) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: With tonight's show, Carol Channing becomes the first female guest panelist other than Phyllis Newman, in the post-Dorothy era, to be introduced first and sit on the far end of the panel. Also, co-producer Mark Goodson makes his second appearance as a panelist this evening.
        (4) PETER FONDA: Two years before tonight's show, co-mystery guest, Peter Fonda, and his first wife, Susan Brewer, had a daughter, Bridget Fonda, who would go on to become an accomplished actress in her own right. Over the years, Bridget's film credits included "The Godfather - Part III" (1990), "Doc Hollywood" (1991), "Single White Female" (1992), "It Could Happen to You" (1994), and "Jackie Brown" (1997). Since 2003, Bridget's been married to music composer Danny Elfman, with whom she had a son, Oliver, born in January 2005. The birth of her son, coupled with the aftermath of an auto accident in February 2003 in which she suffered back injuries, led to her apparent retirement from acting. Her last roles to date (as of 2008) being the title character in the 2002 movie "Snow Queen," and a handful of episodes of the 2001-2004 Showtime cable channel series "The Chris Isaak Show" in which she played "Stephanie Furst."
        (5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Tonight, former "WML?" production supervisor Milt Myers returns to his old position, albeit credited under the more formal moniker of Milton A. Myers. And as has been the case since the return of "Black & White Overnight" to a daily schedule, GSN's most recent airing of tonight's show, on January 4, 2008, showed the full end credits without the infamous "crunching" by the cable and satellite channel.
        (6) Following the January 4, 2008 airing of tonight's "WML?" show, GSN ran the January 22, 1962 edition of "I've Got a Secret," with Henry Morgan substituting for the vacationing Garry Moore as host, and the panel lineup consisting this time around of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Don Ameche, and Bess Myerson. The celebrity guest was Hugh O'Brian. - W-B (2008)

      • It was refreshing to see Henry and Peter were just plain old father and son. It was indeed unusual at that time for a man to have hair as long as Peter's! - ironcreekguy (2004)

      • This was a really fun show tonight. It certainly was "Boss Appreciation Night" as John's, Arlene's and Bennett's boss, Mark Goodson, sat in with the panel tonight, and Carol's boss, producer David Merrick, was the first mystery guest. Another thing that made it fun was seeing how Mark Goodson questioned the female wine steward. As John said during the round, if it were a few months later they would have seen how red Goodson's face was getting, as he tried not to make it look like he was cheating. Of course he wasn't cheating, but he was getting a long string of "yes" answers which unnerved him. He was, after all, a novice guest panelist! It was also funny seeing John constantly flipping the cards over, two and three at a time, when the panelists made a wrong guess as to her actual occupation. Also, you can see in this episode how the times had changed, by looking at the length of Peter Fonda's hair. After the second mystery guest round, the Fondas discussed their latest projects. Henry talked about the play he was in, and there was a mention of Peter's first starring role in the cult classic, "The Wild Angels" which was directed by Roger Corman and co-starred Nancy Sinatra, Bruce Dern and Dianne Ladd. There are a few interesting things about that film. One is the fact that Corman used some actual members of the Hell's Angels as extras in the film. Another is the fact that a few months after the release of the film, the Angels brought a $5 million defamation of character suit against Corman for what they perceived as a negative portrayal of them. But the most interesting fact about the film was that during shooting, Dianne Ladd, who at the time was married to her co-star Bruce Dern, became pregnant. Nine months later, she gave birth to a girl that they named Laura. Of course, Laura Dern would grow up to become one of the most accomplished actresses in films today. "The Wild Angels" wasn't the last biker movie that Peter Fonda would work on. Three years later, he would make the ground-breaking "Easy Rider," which he co-wrote with Dennis Hopper, who also directed the film. It also featured Jack Nicholson in his breakout, Oscar nominated performance. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Henry Fonda promoted his Broadway play "Generation" which was playing at the Morosco Theatre. He'll be leaving the play in 2 weeks and starting a picture in July. Arlene pointed out that Henry also has a film which just opened, "A Big Hand for the Little Lady." Peter Fonda promoted his upcoming 1966 film, "The Wild Angels," which Mr. Daly said was his first starring role. On June 30th, 1966, the New Yorker Theatre is holding the first "Henry Fonda Festival" to honor Henry Fonda's 40 films. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Tidbits: Carol Channing has now completed her 1,029th performance of "Hello, Dolly!" She again gave a looooooong introduction, this time for Mark Goodson.

      • Panel: Carol Channing, Mark Goodson, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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