What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 52

EPISODE #828

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 28, 1966 on CBS
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EPISODE #828
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Game 1: Mr. Ray Barnett - "Sells Eyelash Curlers" (salaried; from Roslyn Heights, Long Island, NY; he is the Vice-President in charge of merchandising for Kurlash Co., Inc. of Rochester, NY; he said that his product has been in existence for 47 years, therefore, the eyelash curler was invented in 1919)

Game 2: Miss Louise Tesner (b. 12/25/1942) - "Municipal Judge" (salaried; from Milwaukee, WI, she was elected the misdemeanor judge for St. Francis, WI; she is in her 3rd year of law school)

Game 3: Pearl Bailey (3/29/1918 - 8/17/1990) (as Mystery Guest)
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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)

    Pearl Bailey

    Pearl Bailey

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Allen Ludden

    Allen Ludden

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Betty White

    Betty White

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • REVIEW: After the previous week's perfecto, the panel came crashing down to earth when they went a paltry 1 for 3 on the night. In the first game, guest panelist Betty White, who was appearing on the show with her husband Allen Ludden, correctly guessed that the contestant made eyelash curlers. Unfortunately, her identification came after all the cards had been flipped. In the second game, the panel had a general idea that the young girl from Wisconsin was a judge, but they were skirting around her profession so much that John decided to call the game. The panel did get a reprieve in the mystery guest round as Bennett correctly identified Pearl Bailey. Pearlie Mae had the panel going for a few minutes as she tried to disguise her distinctive deep voice with a quiet, brief, high-pitched yelp. However, as soon as Bennett narrowed the guests down to either Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll or Pearl Bailey, she decided to open up her mouth and use that famous deep voice of hers. This definitely was a great way to end the evening, in spite of their earlier losses. - Sargebri (2008)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at five down. The panel had essentially come up with the fact that she worked for a judge's office. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) This was the sixth pre-taped show this year in which "WML?'s" originating locale was not mentioned in the intro.
        (2) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: As with most episodes at the time this edition was taped, Arlene Francis was introduced as "The delightful star of stage, screen and television." Also, tonight's show was Betty White's eighth and final "WML?" appearance; her first two appearances were on EPISODE #263 of June 19, 1955 and EPISODE #264 of June 26, 1955, on both of which she filled in for Miss Francis; and two of her eight total "WML?" appearances were as a mystery guest.
        (3) TALL TALE ALERT: In his introduction of "our panel moderator," Bennett spun yet another yarn about John frequenting the Playboy Club and asking for the waiter.
        (4) PEARL BAILEY: There was some irony to Pearlie Mae's mystery guest appearance this evening, as it relates to tonight's show being taped prior to the live transmission of EPISODE #817 of June 12, 1966, on which Carol Channing was a guest panelist. That's because from November 12, 1967 until mid-December 1969, Miss Bailey appeared in the role Miss Channing originated, "Dolly Gallagher Levi," in the Broadway musical "Hello, Dolly!," which during her run in the title role featured an all-black cast. One of the co-stars of this revamped version, playing "Horace Vandergelder," was jazz music legend Cab Calloway, who was a mystery guest on "WML?" EPISODE #53 of June 3, 1951 which, like most episodes aired prior to July 1952, is unfortunately lost to history. The version of "Hello, Dolly!" which starred Miss Bailey and co-starred Mr. Calloway warranted a second original cast album which was released on the same label as the first original cast album, RCA Victor (issued as LOC/LSO-1147, whereas the first album with Miss Channing was released on LOCD/LSOD-1087). Pearl would also be involved in the 1975 revival of "Hello, Dolly!" which, as with her 1967-1969 run in the 1964-1970 Broadway production, likewise featured an all-black cast. One of her co-stars in the 1975 version was veteran performer Billy Daniels. A listing of the various replacements for the original Broadway production of "Hello, Dolly!" can be found on the link below:

        http://www.ibdb.com/productionreplacements.asp?ID=2810

        (5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Tonight's end credits feature the same production crew that also worked on the live EPISODE #817, as well as being credited on all of the pre-taped summer shows which aired up to this point. And yet again, the extremely objectionable "crunching" of the screen was employed during the end credit sequence by GSN at the time of its January 14, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (6) GSN's January 14, 2008 airing of tonight's "WML?" edition was followed by a rerun of the April 2, 1962 telecast of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore, with the regular panel of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson in tow, and Van Johnson as celebrity guest. - W-B (2008)

      • The panel had a rough time this particular evening, but it was offset by the playful banter between Betty White and her husband, the late great host of "Password," Allen Ludden. The fun began when the first contestant who sold eyelash curlers was being questioned. Allen asked if it were a product he or Betty could use and the man said no. However, Betty got a laugh when she said the man didn't know Allen's grooming habits. The fun continued when the rather young looking municipal judge from Milwaukee showed up. After the game, Bennett jokingly asked, "How can a 16 year old be a municipal judge?" However, the real fun on that night came when the legendary Pearl Bailey hit the stage. She was barely audible as she answered the panel's questions. Perhaps this was due to the fact that she had one of the most distinguishable voices in all of entertainment. However, when Bennett began narrowing it down to different female singers, and Pearlie Mae finally used her real voice, the panel almost immediately identified her and removed their masks. This definitely was a fun evening. - 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 June 12, 1966. - Suzanne (2004)

        Allen Ludden and Betty White were married from 1963 until his death in 1981. They are such a sweet couple. It's a joy seeing them together. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Tidbits: Next-to-last black & white episode. The sponsor is Pledge furniture polish by Johnson Wax. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Allen Ludden, Betty White, Bennett Cerf.

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