What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 8


Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Oct 23, 1966 on CBS



  • Notes

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's opening sponsor is Phillips' Milk of Magnesia antacid/laxative.
      (2) "MEMOREX" WATCH: This is the ninth prerecorded program this year (in 1966) on which announcer Johnny Olson's intro started off with, "And now, let's meet our 'What's My Line?' panel...", once more leaving out the reference to its New York base. It is also the first known instance of an episode being pre-taped (for future airing) on a Monday, rather than on a Sunday prior to a live transmission.
      (3) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: Phyllis Newman is introduced first tonight for the sixth time since Dorothy Kilgallen's passing, and the eighth time since first appearing on the program in 1963. She mentions having once worked with Dick Cavett late at night. This was probably a reference to one of her first stints as guest host on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," on which Mr. Cavett was a writer early in its run.
      (4) DICK CAVETT: The late-night 1969-1972 talk show Dick Cavett hosted was actually his third for ABC. All of his shows for the network bore the same title of "The Dick Cavett Show." Mr. Cavett had previously hosted a five-day-a-week, 90-minute daytime talk show (which early in its run had been called "This Morning") that ran from March 4, 1968 to January 24, 1969, and a three-night-a-week, hour-long prime-time version that lasted from May 26, 1969 to September 19, 1969. The announcer for his late night talk show was Fred Foy, a former announcer for the old-time radio series "The Lone Ranger" who, by the time of "The Dick Cavett Show," was one of the New York-based staff announcers for ABC, as well as a booth announcer for its local owned-and-operated outlet WABC-TV (Channel 7). The August 18, 1969 edition mentioned below was actually from his prime-time run and preceded his late-night effort by more than four months. It was during his 1969-1972 show that a piece from Leonard Bernstein's "Candide," titled "Glitter and Be Gay," was first used, to signal the halfway (45-minute) mark of each show. In later years, the piece would become Dick's theme music. In addition, there was "DC: The Dick Cavett Show," a half-hour effort which aired on PBS from 1977 to 1982, as well as other shows for such entities as the USA cable network (1985-1986), ABC again (September-December 1986), and CNBC (1989-1996). Since 2006, Mr. Cavett has hosted a program on TCM (Turner Classic Movies). As well, there was a kind of a symbolism to his appearing tonight, coupled with onetime frequent "WML?" guest panelist Joey Bishop never appearing on the show again after EPISODE #829 of September 4, 1966 - as it was Joey whom Dick replaced on ABC to compete against yet another former "WML?" guest panelist, Johnny Carson, in the late-night wars starting on December 29, 1969.
      (5) MORE ON DICK CAVETT'S APPEARANCE TONIGHT: For this show, Mr. Cavett's hair was parted on his right side. By the time the most famous and well-remembered of his talk shows took to the air, he would have his hair parted on his left side.
      (6) MYSTERY GUEST WATCH: Tonight's show was the only time Suzy Knickerbocker (the mid-1960's nom de plume for journalist Aileen Mehle) appeared on "WML?" as a mystery guest. All her other appearances - including the prior episode - were as a guest panelist. In addition, it was interesting to see Ed Sullivan as the other mystery guest tonight, insofar as now he didn't have to go around the block to appear on "WML?", being that both this show and Mr. Sullivan's long-running variety hour now emanated from the exact same studio. Tonight's show also marked Ed's third and final "WML?" appearance.
      (7) CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: GSN continued the absolutely abominable practice of "crunching" the end credit sequence on its January 21, 2008 airing of tonight's show.
      (8) A DOUBLE DOSE OF ARLENE FRANCIS: GSN's January 21, 2008 airing of tonight's "WML?" episode was followed by a repeat of the May 21, 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 (aka "Mrs. Arnold Grant" as Garry called her during the introductions) back in business. "WML?'s" resident "grande dame," Arlene Francis, was the celebrity guest on this episode which fared better, in terms of archival preservation, than the September 27, 1961 "IGAS" edition on which she, Dorothy Kilgallen and Bennett Cerf appeared - and which is today lost to history. - W-B (2008)