What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 43


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 26, 1966 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mary Quant (b. 2/11/1934) - "Leading British 'Mod' Fashion Designer" (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel was not blindfolded; the normal questioning format was used; self-employed; she signed in as "X X" and then drew her "Mary Quant daisy logo" out of circles, but Mr. Daly unknowingly referred to it as a tree; from London, England; she just received the Queen's "OBE" award - Order of the British Empire; her Fall collection is being promoted by J.C. Penney Company; see more notes below)

Game 2: Mr. Cecil Ellis - "Builds Saunas (Finish Dry Heat Baths)" (self-employed; originally from England, now from Middlefield, CT; he and his Finish wife own the C.E. Sauna Corp.; he stated you can get a good quality sauna for $2000)

Game 3: Carroll Baker (b. 5/28/1931) (as Mystery Guest #2)

Game 4: Miss Kathie Dibell (2/19/1938 - 12/7/2004) - "Sports Writer (Associated Press)" (salaried; she is ending 4 years of employment with the Associated Press and taking a job with the Baltimore Sun newspaper; from New York; she was later known as Kathie Dibell Briley; see notes below)

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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)

    Mary Quant

    Mary Quant

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Carroll Baker

    Carroll Baker

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Kathie Dibell

    Kathie Dibell


    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • John: And the only one who really won tonight was the fly.

      • John: There's a hooker in here, I must tell you right off the bat. As you probably have guessed by now, there's a rather special situation.
        Tony: A non-profit hooker?
        John: A non-profit hooker is exactly the way to put it.

      • Tony: Was it established that this -- the fly comes to the person who's on camera? (laughter from audience)
        John: Tony, do your realize it's taken us -- do you realize it's taken us seventeen years to train that little devil to do that? (louder laughter from audience)
        Arlene: He wants his family to see him. (more laughter)
        John: Is he waving?
        Tony: I'll wave for him. Anyway, has it been established that this is a useful product?
        John: I don't believe the question has been asked.
        Tony: I don't think I'm going to ask it. I'll leave it for Arlene. (loud laughter from audience)

    • NOTES (9)

      • REVIEW: Between Bennett's bad puns, a wayward fly and Tony uttering one of the most off-color remarks in 60's television, this had to be one of the most fun episodes in the 17 year history of WML. Topping it off was the fact that after the previous week's dismal performance, the panel rebounded nicely to go a very respectable 3 for 4. In the first game, Phyllis correctly guessed that the first contestant was a fashion designer. In fact, the contestant was none other than 60's fashion icon Mary Quant, the inventor of the miniskirt. It was also at this time that Bennett found a fly buzzing around, which led to the evening's running joke. In the second game, Arlene, with a lot of help from the audience, correctly deduced that the man from Connecticut via England made Finnish saunas. In actuality, Arlene's correct, although accidental, identification came during a conversation with Phyllis and Tony, when Arlene quietly blurted out "sauna" three times and the audience began clapping and let out a huge roar, tipping her off to the fact that she was correct. In the mystery guest round, the whole panel identified Carroll Baker, who was on the show to promote her upcoming summer stock appearance in the play "Anna Christie." Tony then remarked that he was disappointed that the questioning didn't get back to him so that he could ask his favorite question of her, "Did I ever save your children?" However, nothing could prepare John and the panel for what Tony would say in the final game. During the questioning of the female sports reporter for AP, John mentioned that she worked for a non-profit organization and that there was a hooker involved, to which Tony not-so-innocently responded, "A non-profit hooker?" That off-color joke caused Phyllis to turn her back and let out a little chuckle and the rest of the panel to turn several shades of red. As for the game itself, the panel failed to guess her line and she turned out to be the only winner on the night. However, this couldn't dampen the panel's high spirits or take away from the fact that this was definitely one of the most memorable moments in WML history. - Sargebri (2008)

        As was mentioned earlier, Tony's somewhat off-color remark was one of the most memorable moments in the history of WML. Of course, that remark would barely get a notice in an age where almost anything goes on television. However, this could still be a sign of how the times were changing, even in the 1960's. - Sargebri (2008)

      • FLIP REPORT and A MATTER OF TIME: When the final contestant was introduced, there were still about six minutes remaining in the program. Therefore, the panel had an unusual amount of time to guess her line. Her line, however, was a tricky one and time ran out at eight down, so John flipped the remaining cards. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's opening sponsor is another newcomer to the program, Kimberly-Clark's Kleenex designer paper towels.
        (2) "LIVE" WATCH: This edition is the 24th surviving kinescope of a live telecast from after Dorothy Kilgallen's death to maintain the full "live" wording on the intro.
        (3) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: For the third time since Dorothy's passing, Phyllis Newman is introduced first tonight. It is also the second show in this period on which she and increasingly prolific male guest panelist Tony Randall are on the same show. And finally, as he has done from time to time over the years, Bennett once again introduces "our panel moderator" by his (correct) full name of John Charles Patrick Croghan Daly.
        (4) CARROLL BAKER: In 1965, one year before her mystery guest appearance tonight, Carroll Baker appeared in one of two competing motion pictures titled "Harlow," as the ultimately doomed 1930s starlet Jean Harlow. Later this year, on EPISODE #839 of December 4, 1966, Angela Lansbury, who played "Mama Bello" in the bigger-budget version which starred Miss Baker, would appear as a mystery guest. The other actress to play Miss Harlow, Carol Lynley, who was in the considerably more inexpensive (and lesser-known) film of the same name, did not appear on "WML?" as a panelist or mystery guest in any of its incarnations, though Ginger Rogers, who played her mother in that production, made what turned out to be her final "WML?" appearance earlier this year as a guest panelist, on EPISODE #803 of February 13, 1966.
        (5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: For the third straight week, Milton A. "Milt" Myers is credited in his old position of production supervisor. And on the January 6, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN showed the end credits in full screen.
        (6) GSN's January 6, 2008 airing of tonight's episode was followed by a repeat of the February 5, 1962 episode of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore, with the "classic" panel of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson, and Michael Rennie as the celebrity guest. - W-B (2008)

      • When contacted in August 2004, Kathie Dibell Briley said that John Daly and the members of the panel were "pleasant and professional," but she didn't have any real interactions with them other than what was seen on the show. She said she practiced "signing in" before she went on. She also noted that because she lived in New York on E. 57th Street at the time, she was a back-up guest in case the show ran short or somebody failed to show up. For her earnings, she received $25 and cab fare for three weeks of being the back-up guest before she actually was on the show on June 26, 1966, and stumped the panel for $50. Unfortunately, Kathie Briley died in December, 2005, after battling cancer, according to her husband, Tom Briley. Tom said she had been thrilled when she was contacted in 2004 her about her appearance on "WML," and even more thrilled when she received a tape of her episode of "WML." According to Tom, Kathie especially liked the video screen captures of her appearance that were also sent to her. Tom said that the tape of Kathie's appearance on the show was aired at a memorial event held at her home after she died, and was "a highlight of the evening." Kathie was a great lady and a trailblazer for the women you see covering sports today. - Bill Savage, Sports Writer (2004)

      • Between the fly and Bennett's bad puns, the panel really was in high FLY-ing spirits tonight. The show got off to a bang when Phyllis guessed that the first guest, legendary fashion designer Mary Quant, had some connection with fashion. However, she didn't guess her name, that was up to Tony. Tony then joked that Mary's short dress looked like an old style bathing suit. Mary Quant smiled, and if Tony's comment insulted her, she didn't let it show. She was one of the major fashion designers of the 1960s. Luckily, Phyllis quickly smoothed things over by making a comment that she really loved Mary's designs, and that she had an opportunity to try them on during her recent trip to London. The biggest surprise of the night came when Arlene almost accidentally guessed that the second contestant had something to do with saunas. She had a stunned look on her face when, after the third time she blurted it out, she realized that she had gotten it right. Carroll Baker was on the show to promote her summer tour with the Eugene O'Neill play, "Anna Christie" which is playing through Saturday at the Tappanzee Playhouse in Nyack, New York. She also announced that this summer, she would be in Dallas and Indianapolis, making her first appearance in the musical "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." However, they didn't get the last contestant, sportswriter Kathie Dibell. As of 2004, Kathie Dibell Briley is now retired and living on Hilton Head Island, SC, having previously worked at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. After her round, Tony brought up the question about whether or not Associated Press was a profit-making organization. The explanation given was that Associated Press was not a company, but more or less a loose association of the various news outlets around the country. Even though the panel didn't guess the final contestant, and fly or no fly, they still had a superb evening.- Sargebri (2004)

        Censor Moment! During Kathie's game, while discussing the fact that she worked for a non-profit organization, Mr. Daly opened the door WIDE for Tony's joke when John said, "There's a hooker in here. I must tell you that right off the bat. As you probably have guessed by now, it's a rather special situation." Of course, John simply meant that there was a twist to things! But, the door was now open, and Tony couldn't resist! Taking advantage of this, Tony added, "A non-profit hooker?" Mr. Daly liked the joke and repeated it! The looks on both Arlene's and Phyllis' faces were priceless! Arlene looked at Tony in disbelief, and Phyllis turned her whole body away from Tony. It didn't matter though, because the audience loved Tony's joke! - Sargebri (2004)

        Tony's "non-profit hooker" remark got one of the biggest responses of the night, and if the episode had been shot in color, you would probably have seen Phyllis' face turn a few shades of red. You would never have known that Tony Randall had such a mischievous sense of humor. It's amazing they let him get away with it. But, since the episode was broadcast live, they had no choice! If a joke like this aired today in 2004, it would barely get noticed, but back in 1966, it's surprising that it didn't create a huge uproar. Of course, maybe the letters DID roll into Goodson-Todman! - Suzanne (2004)

      • TONY TO THE RESCUE, PART 2: We again hear how Tony saved Carroll's kids! We first heard about this unusual story on June 28, 1964 when Carroll Baker was the mystery guest and Tony Randall was the guest panelist on EPISODE #719. See that episode guide for background details. New details we learn tonight include the fact that Carroll said she had already left Fire Island when the rescue occurred. Tony said that with the help of the Coast Guard, he rounded up her kids and "threw them on the Jeep." Carroll also correctly surmised that the event happened four years previously. - Suzanne Astorino (2004)

      • For her appearance tonight, Mary Quant wore a dark dress with thick white accents at the collar, sleeves and hem. Her dress wasn't too short, maybe 2 or 3 inches above her knee. This was only 1966, and dresses would get a lot shorter before hemlines eventually fell again. Mary Quant is credited with many fashion innovations of the 1960s, including the miniskirt, the trouser suit, PVC rainwear, and hot pants. She opened her boutique, Bazaar, in London in 1955 with her husband Alexander Plunket-Greene, who was as daring and irreverent as she was. She started designing her own clothes a year later because she could not find the style of clothing she wanted to stock in her shop. Her clothes were whimsical and simple in design. She soon branched out into hosiery and cosmetics. Her popularity continued into the early 1970s, but as fashions changed, Quant shifted her focus to items such as housewares and home linens. - Suzanne (2004)

      • What's My FLY-ne? This was the Episode of the Fly! The pesky insect flew around John's, Tony's and Bennett's heads and drew quite a bit of attention to itself! John said it took 17 years to train the fly to do these tricks! Ironically, during Bennett's introduction of John, he called him a gadfly! This was before the trouble began! - Suzanne (2004)

        NOT THE LAST OF THE FLY: On the future EPISODE #830 of September 11, 1966, which was broadcast from a different studio than tonight's episode, yet another fly bothers the cast. John, in referencing tonight's episode, humorously tells Bennett that the fly came over with them. - Suzanne (2008)

        Tidbits: We see a new sponsor, Kleenex Designer Paper Towels by Kimberly-Clark. Phyllis Newman will soon be appearing in a television special with Donald O'Connor. Tony's new picture is "Bang! Bang! You're Dead!" which is also known as "Our Man in Marrakesh." Next month, Arlene Francis will star in a play written in 1952 by Arthur Laurents titled "The Time of the Cuckoo" which will be performed at the Playhouse in the Park in Philadelphia, PA. - Suzanne (2004 & 2008)

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

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