What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 5


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 02, 1966 on CBS



  • Notes

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's opening sponsor is Kimberly-Clark's Kleenex tissues.
      (2) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 30th surviving kinescope copy of a live broadcast from within the post-Kilgallen era to keep the "live" wording intact and uncut on the opening.
      (3) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: This episode marked Martin Gabel's sixth appearance on the "WML?" panel since Dorothy Kilgallen's death almost eleven months earlier. Also, announcer Johnny Olson's intro for Arlene tonight is more reminiscent of some of the various panelists' intros of her over the years: "The young lady now starring in the Broadway musical 'Dinner at Eight'." Technically, Miss Francis was 58 years old at the time - but still young at heart!
      (4) DANNY KAYE: Tonight's show marked Danny Kaye's fifth and final appearance on "WML?" Only one such appearance - EPISODE #587 of November 5, 1961 - was as a guest panelist; the rest, including this evening, were as a mystery guest. In addition, this season was also the last for his variety series "The Danny Kaye Show," which debuted on CBS on September 25, 1963 and ran until June 7, 1967. Mr. Kaye's program was one of the first group of CBS series - including "The Andy Griffith Show," "My Favorite Martian," "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Petticoat Junction" and "The Ed Sullivan Show," as well as new shows such as "Green Acres" and "Hogan's Heroes" - that went color in the 1965-1966 season.
      (5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: This evening, the end credit sequence abruptly cuts off after a few milliseconds of the slide card graphic for associate director Dan F. Smith and program staff Barbara Griff. Also, GSN's January 19, 2008 airing of tonight's show continued the thoroughly despicable practice of "crunching" the end credit sequence on the screen.
      (6) Following the January 19, 2008 airing of tonight's "WML?" episode, GSN ran the May 7, 1962 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore, with the evening's panel consisting of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Gretchen Wyler (filling in for Bess Myerson, who was on a honeymoon with her second husband Arnold Grant), and Jane Powell as celebrity guest. It should be noted that early on in Miss Myerson's 1969-1973 stint as New York City Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, she was frequently referred to in the press as Bess Myerson Grant. - W-B (2008)

      SUE OAKLAND IN "WORLD JOURNAL TRIBUNE" ARTICLE: An article about tonight's guest panelist, Sue Oakland, was published on page 14 of the October 2, 1966 edition of the New York "World Journal Tribune." The article featured a close-up photo of her with the accompanying caption: "The Versatile Sue Oakland - Beauty, TV Panelist, The Mother of Two." (The two children referred to here were James, then 7½ years old, and Thomas, then 4½.) The title of this article, written by Patricia Smith, was "What's Her Line? Sue Oakland Masters Many." This piece mentioned that Sue's studies at Columbia University went as far back as at least 1963, the year she earned a master's degree for her original research on the inner workings of the United Nations, where she also gave lectures to visitors on the work done by the U.N. General Assembly. The article also featured a prescient quote from Sue who was quoted as saying that the prospect of becoming "a female Eric Sevareid" (in her words) had "an appealing sound to her" (in the article's words). At the time, in 1966, Mr. Sevareid (1912-1992), who had been one of the first round of mystery guests on the Chicago-based EPISODE #323 of August 12, 1956, did nightly commentary for the "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite," which he would continue to do until his retirement in 1977. As Sue Cott, she essentially fulfilled that part of her ambition in her role as director of editorials for WCBS-TV (Channel 2) in New York in the 1970's and early 1980's. - W-B (2008)