What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 42

EPISODE #818

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 19, 1966 on CBS

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    • REVIEW: After nearly a month of very solid performances by the panel, they definitely were due for a poor one and it came on this night as they went a rather paltry 1 for 3 on the evening. The evening got started with a surprise appearance by WML's prodigal son Steve Allen. Interestingly, the panel wasn't blindfolded nor did Steverino sign in as "Mr. X." Instead, they played the regular game and the panel had to guess what their old mate did other than his known occupation of entertainer/author. Unfortunately, they never were able to figure out that in his spare time when he was not hosting WML's sister show, "I've Got a Secret," that he sold motorcycles. Things were even worse in the second game as the panel failed to guess that the lady from San Francisco was a fire eater. They did get close when they figured out that she was an entertainer, but that's all they got. The panel finally got some satisfaction in the mystery guest round as Bennett correctly identified Jerry Lewis. Jerry was on the show to promote his upcoming film "Three on a Couch." Jerry also talked about the fact that he wasn't the only Lewis making it big in show business, as his son, Gary, was in the middle of his chart run with his band the Playboys. That definitely helped to cushion the blow of what had been a very dismal evening. - Sargebri (2008)

      A LOOK INTO THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF WML!!! Looking back, this definitely was one of the most interesting WML episodes in history. The past was represented by the appearance of Steverino in the first game; the present was represented by Arlene, Bennett and John; and the future was represented by Larry Blyden, who would go on to host the five days a week WML syndicated version when he took over for Wally Bruner in 1972. Another interesting thing was that for one of the few times in history, the nameplate of one of the panel members only used the first name of a panelist, as was the case with Aileen "Suzy Knickerbocker" Mehle. Of course, when the show moved to syndication, that practice of only putting the first name of a contestant on the nameplate would become standard and would signal the more casual attitude of the syndicated WML. - Sargebri (2008)

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