What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 46

EPISODE #822

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 17, 1966 on CBS
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EPISODE #822
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Game 1: Mrs. Lynne Jordan - "Dives 40 Ft. Into Tank on Horseback" (salaried; she works at Steel Pier in Atlantic City, NJ, and dives into 10 feet of water; from Orlando, FL)

Game 2: Lawrence Burriss - "Makes Soda Straws" (salaried; he works for the Stone Straw Corp.; Mr. Daly said that in 1888, Mr. Stone invented a straw out of beeswax; Lawrence said plastic straws are now becoming popular; he said that his company has a product on the moon, and explained that they produced the plastic tubing that houses the electrical wires inside of the 1958 automated unmanned Moon probe Explorer I; from Waverly, OH)

Game 3: Jayne Mansfield (4/19/1933 - 6/29/1967) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Miss Linda Biederman - "Rock & Roll Drummer" (self-employed; she is a sophomore at the University of Cincinnati in her home town of Cincinnati, OH; she founded her band, "The Blooming Lot," with 3 other young men)

STEEL PIER DIVING HORSES: What's My Line? loved the Steel Pier diving horses featured in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and featured this occupation 4 times: EPISODE #314 of June 10, 1956; EPISODE #451 of February 8, 1959; EPISODE #577 of August 20, 1961; and EPISODE #822 of July 17, 1966. See photos at this web site dedicated to the diving horses! - Suzanne (2006)

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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)

    Jayne Mansfield

    Jayne Mansfield

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Phyllis Newman

    Phyllis Newman

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Pierre Salinger

    Pierre Salinger

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • REVIEW: After their poor performance two weeks earlier, the panel bounced back and had a solid .500 record for the evening. In the first game, Phyllis went with something she remembered hearing about and used that memory to correctly guess that the lady from Florida worked as one of the famed horse divers who worked at Steel Pier in Atlantic City. That, of course, was the act in which a person on horseback guided the horse off a platform and dove 40 feet into a tank filled with ten feet of water. In the second game, the panel was utterly stumped by the gentleman who made drinking straws. However, they probably shouldn't be blamed for their loss, because the contestant had a very obscure occupation. In the mystery guest round, the panel correctly identified Jayne Mansfield. Jayne was on the show to promote her summer stock appearance in the play "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." She also had a lot of fun flirting with Bennett during the post game chat. In the final game, the panel ran out of time before they could guess that the young co-ed from the University of Cincinnati was a female drummer in an otherwise all-male band, and as a result, she won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2008)

        JAYNE MANSFIELD'S FINAL APPEARANCE!!! Unfortunately, this was Jayne Mansfield's final appearance on WML. Sadly, she and a couple of friends would be tragically killed a year later when the car she was riding in ran into the back of a mosquito fogging truck. Fortunately, Jayne's children, who were sound asleep in the back of the car, survived with minor injuries. One of those children, her daughter Mariska Hargitay, would grow up to become an actress in her own right. In fact, Mariska currently plays "Detective Olivia Benson" on the hit crime drama "Law & Order: SVU." - Sargebri (2008)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at two down and said he was doing so "just for exercise." Phyllis Newman had guessed the line, which she said she had read about. John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at five down because time was running short. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • Technically, in production order, this was the second-last "WML?" episode to originate from CBS's "Studio 52," and also the second-last black-and-white episode. Phyllis Newman did double-duty as a guest panelist tonight, as she also served on the panel of the future EPISODE #829 of September 4, 1966 which was taped prior to the live transmission of this episode. The (technically) last black-and-white episode - and last live "WML?" show to emanate from this studio - will air next week. - W-B (2006)

        (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: It is conceivable that a cigarette manufacturer was the original opening sponsor, as GSN's January 8, 2008 airing of tonight's show substituted the cable and satellite channel's own new ad break for the episode's original opening sponsor billboard.
        (2) "LIVE" WATCH: With last week's EPISODE #821 lost to history, the kinescope of tonight's live telecast is the 25th surviving episode of the post-Kilgallen era to maintain the original "live" wording uncut in Johnny Olson's opening dialogue.
        (3) The introduction for Arlene Francis has reverted to the usual "The delightful star of stage and television," after a few shows within the last seven editions in which she was introduced as "The delightful star of stage, screen and television." And for the second time in three weeks, Bennett again introduces our panel moderator by his correct full name of John Charles Patrick Croghan Daly.
        (4) Tonight's show was Jayne Mansfield's fourth and final "WML?" appearance. Sadly, it was less than a year later, on June 29, 1967, that she died in a road accident near Slidell, Louisiana, at age 34.

        A side note about Miss Mansfield is that on January 5 and 6, 2008, the American Life cable channel ran an episode of the 1963-1966 ABC crime drama series "Burke's Law" titled "Who Killed Molly?" which originally aired on March 27, 1964. In that episode, Jayne, making her final TV dramatic/acting appearance (as opposed to appearing as herself), played "Cleo Patrick," a stripper who had performed with such animals as a python and a boa constrictor. An irony involving her character in this vintage episode was that she wore blonde wigs, given that in real life, at the point of her death, the wig she was wearing had flown off from the impact, thus giving rise to the rumor that she had been decapitated in the accident.
        (5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Probably due to the shortness of time at the end, with John saying good night for all the panel, there was some glitch in the end credit sequence, as the "Mark Goodson/Bill Todman" slide card graphic was shown for the second time after that for associate producers Bob Bach and Ann Krieger, thus skipping the slide graphic for set designer John Ward. Also, tonight Sid Sirulnick is credited as production supervisor. He will take over that position for the next and final season of the network "WML?" (As EPISODE #821 no longer exists, it is not known if he or Milton A. "Milt" Myers was production supervisor on that episode.) On the minus side, GSN's January 8, 2008 airing resumed the crunching of the end credits.
        (6) Following the January 8, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the February 19, 1962 edition of "I've Got a Secret," with host Garry Moore, the panel consisting that evening of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan, and Marilyn Maxwell who was filling in for Bess Myerson, and celebrity guest James Garner. - W-B (2008)

      • Bennett the pussycat! That's how Phyllis introduced Bennett for this particular episode, as "an adorable cutesy-pie pussycat!" Bennett then walks out and says, "Meow!" It may have been a good luck thing, because she wound up guessing that the first contestant was one of those individuals who dove off a scaffold while on horseback. However, they were totally stumped by the straw maker. The cuteness continued when Jayne Mansfield walked on the stage and answered the panel's questions using a cute French accent. Unfortunately, it was also a sad episode to watch, as Mansfield would be killed in an auto accident a year later as she was travelling to New Orleans on a dark stretch of road. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time when the female drummer took the stage. Despite this, it still was a very cute show. - Sargebri (2004)

        Pierre Salinger was the former White House press secretary to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson from January 1961 until March 1964. Salinger then became an interim Democratic senator for the state of California in 1964 until he was defeated by George Murray. Salinger would later become a foreign correspondent for ABC News. He also would have a comedic turn in the television series "Batman." Although Salinger is generally credited to have appeared in two episodes, he actually only appeared in one episode. The confusion arises because the two-part story was broken up into two distinct episodes, and Salinger's name gets incorrectly credited on both episodes. In January 1968, he played the character of defense attorney "Lucky Pierre." He defended "Catwoman" and "The Joker" (played by former mystery guest Eartha Kitt and former guest panelist Cesar Romero, respectively) in the episode "The Joke's on Catwoman." He authored books and documentaries as well. He would later gain infamy in 1996 when he insisted that a "friendly fire" missile fired by the U.S. Navy was responsible for the tragic explosion of TWA Flight 800 on July 19, 1996. The Boeing exploded off Long Island in mid-air and crashed into the ocean, killing all 230 people on board. It was later proven that faulty wiring was responsible for igniting the fuel and causing the plane to explode. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Jayne Mansfield promoted her upcoming play, "Gentlemen Prefer Blonds," which opens on Tuesday in Westbury, Long Island, NY. - Suzanne (2004)

        Tidbits: Pierre Salinger has written a new book titled "With Kennedy" which will be out in September 1966. A condensed version appears this week in Good Housekeeping magazine. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Pierre Salinger (6/14/1925 - 10/16/2004)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Pierre Salinger, Phyllis Newman, Bennett Cerf.

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