John: Would you propose your question again, Bennett? Only be -- not, Bennett, because we're trying to entrap you -- believe me, I don't believe in entrapment, I'm -- I stand against it 100% and foursquare.
Bennett: John, I trust you, like I would trust a hooded cobra. (laughter from audience)
John: But it's too hot now, so I don't have my hood. But you put the question again, cause we wanna be fair.
Bennett: I'm gonna drop it altogether.
John: You're gonna drop it altogether, fine.
Bennett: Cause I don't remember what it was anymore.
REVIEW: This was a pretty good night for the panel and it was marked by one of the greatest game saving plays in the history of the show. In fact, it allowed the panel to go home with a .750 (3 for 4) record instead of a .500 (2 for 2) record. Unfortunately, things didn't start off so well as they were stumped by the tax collector from the state of New Jersey. Things did get better in the second round after Arlene, with a huge assist from Bennett, correctly guessed that the young college student dug clams to pay for his college education. It was a lot of fun seeing how after Bennett incorrectly guessed oysters instead of clams, you saw how Phyllis and guest panelist Larry Blyden guessed the wrong things he did with them, leaving it up to Arlene to guess that he dug them. In the mystery guest round, Phyllis correctly identified Shelley Winters. Shelley definitely looked like she was having fun as she literally sang out her answers (sometimes hilariously off-key) instead of using a funny voice. In the final game, it looked as if the panel was going to go down to defeat until, with one "no" to go, Larry correctly guessed that the lady from England was a stilt walker. Interestingly, her husband was on the show four years earlier. Larry definitely was the hero this evening. Perhaps this was how he wound up hosting the syndicated version? It certainly didn't hurt. - Sargebri (2008)
TAX PAYMENT REMINDER: The first contestant was a tax collector. Normally, income tax collectors or anyone else dealing with income taxes usually were contestants in late March or early April, as an annual reminder for people to hurry up and get their taxes done before the April 15th deadline. However, this guest dealt with property taxes and business taxes, not income taxes. Maybe it was a subtle reminder for the public to pay their real estate taxes. - Sargebri (2008)
FLIP REPORT and A MATTER OF TIME: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at four down after Arlene guessed the line. He was not shown on camera flipping them and no mention was made of it. He flipped the remaining card for the final contestant at nine down, though Larry pulled out a stunning last-second victory. There were less than five minutes left for the final contestant and the panel collaborated on a series of rapid-fire and effective questions. John signed off for the panel, but not before Bennett managed to slip in one last pun. - agent_0042 (2008)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's opening sponsor is Texaco.
(2) Once again, the originating locale of "WML?" is not mentioned by announcer Johnny Olson in this prerecorded episode; instead, he leads off with "And now, let's meet our 'What's My Line?' panel..."
(3) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: For the fourth time in the post-Kilgallen era, Phyllis Newman is introduced first. It now appears that the introductory phrase "The delightful star of stage and television" has been applied to her as well as to Arlene Francis. And in a reversal of the two previous times to date that he was a panelist, future syndicated "WML?" host Larry Blyden introduces Miss Francis.
(4) SHELLEY WINTERS: While on the face of it, she seemed to have nothing to promote tonight, Shelley Winters did appear in some memorable film and TV projects in 1966. Miss Winters played "Ruby" in the original Michael Caine version of "Alfie" which was released in the U.S. on August 24, 1966; earlier in the year, she played "Fay Estabrook" in the Paul Newman vehicle "Harper" (of note was that a future - and ill-fated - "WML?" guest panelist, Pamela Tiffin, appeared in that same film as "Miranda Sampson"); and perhaps most notably, she appeared in a two-part episode of the camp TV series "Batman" as gangstress "Ma Parker," in "The Greatest Mother of Them All" which originally aired on October 5, 1966, and "Ma Parker" which first aired the next day, October 6, 1966.
(5) BAD PUN ALERT - PART II: As John was saying his good nights for the panel, Bennett interrupted him with a pun-filled question about the stilt-walking final contestant when he asked, "John, do get in that Mrs. Sloan went to the Stilton School, would you?" John obviously loved this clever play on words on his old alma mater, Tilton School, and repeated the pun.
(6) "WML?" CREW CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: The same production crew credited on last week's show is listed again tonight - no surprise, as both were taped back-to-back on the same day - and GSN's January 11, 2008 airing once again employed the extremely undesirable "crunching" of the end credits sequence.
(7) Following the January 11, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the March 12, 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 guest appearances by pianist/showman Liberace and basketball great Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain. - W-B (2008)
Phyllis Newman continued to show why she should have been Dolly Mae's rightful heir on the panel. Like Dorothy was, Phyllis was a fast thinker, as seen by the several intelligent questions she asked the female tax collector. Unfortunately, she asked one wrong question and that seemed to throw everyone off. However, she more than made up for it when she was able to guess Shelley Winters. The panel also made up for their faux pas when they guessed the clam digger. But, the biggest "save" of the night came from Larry Blyden, who guessed the female stilt walker. Looking back on it, it is very appropriate that he would make the save, because six years later, Larry would take over hosting duties of the syndicated version in 1972. This definitely was a decent outing by the panel on this particular night. - Sargebri (2004)
During the end credits, Johnny Olson announced that this episode was prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on May 1, 1966, along with the previous episode. - Suzanne (2004)
Shelley Winters didn't seem to have anything in particular to promote. Mentioned were her roles in "Lolita" (1962) and "A Patch of Blue" (1965). John also mentioned her two Oscar Awards. - Suzanne (2004)
DUELING BAD PUNSTERS, AGAIN: Bennett tells a pun that John wrote a book called "Athlete's Feats." John very cleverly trumps Bennett when he replies, "That certainly was Absorbine." The audience exclaimed in unison with the panel, "Oooohhhhh!" and then clapped! - Suzanne (2004)
Panel: Phyllis Newman, Larry Blyden, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.
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