What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 8


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 23, 1966 on CBS



  • Notes

    • This was an interesting episode due to the fact that it had the two women who many saw as the top two contenders for Dolly Mae's seat on the panel, Phyllis Newman and Suzy Knickerbocker. Also, this show marked Dick Cavett's first of only two appearances on the panel. He had an acceptable debut by asking several intelligent questions, but never had a chance to really get into the flow of the game. Suzy was pretty cute using a cat's voice to answer the panel's questions. Arlene wound up guessing her with two questions to go. Phyllis gave her usual solid performance by asking several intelligent questions and successfully guessing the mask maker's occupation. Ed Sullivan showed his sense of humor by answering in a high pitched voice. Bennett successfully identified Sullivan, who had just started the 19th year of his classic variety hour. Many celebrities appeared on his show, including Phyllis, who made several appearances. Possibly his most famous guest celebrity of all was The Beatles, or maybe Elvis. Ed Sullivan was an American institution. Sullivan's show would continue for about four more years before it was cancelled as part of the infamous CBS "Rural Purge" of 1971. For an explanation of the "Rural Purge," see the notes to EPISODE #804. - Sargebri (2004)

      DICK CAVETT - Three years after his appearance on the panel, Dick Cavett would get his own late night talk show on ABC. "The Dick Cavett Show" would run from 1969-1972. His show would be seen as the hip alternative to "The Tonight Show" starring Johnny Carson. Nothing pointed this out more than his willingness to book harder rock acts like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. In fact, one episode provided one of the most memorable moments in the history of rock. The Monday night after Woodstock, August 18, 1969. Joni Mitchell made her national television debut on Cavett's show. Mitchell had been invited to play at Woodstock, but her manager felt that due to the increased traffic caused by Woodstock, Mitchell could never make it to Cavett's studio in time for her appearance. Her then-boyfriend Graham Nash, however, would be appearing at Woodstock with his group, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, in what was their second-ever performance. The night of Mitchell's Cavett appearance, both Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and Jefferson Airplane (featuring Grace Slick) showed up while Mitchell was being interviewed! They gave their first-hand accounts of the events which took place at Woodstock. The acts then performed. Joni sang four songs, and CSN&Y and Jefferson Airplane had a spontaneous jam session that will be forever classic. Mitchell would later write the song "Woodstock" which was a hit for CSN&Y. She would record it as well. - Sargebri (2004)