What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 12


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 20, 1966 on CBS



  • Notes

    • This had to be international beauty night. Each of the female contestants, including mystery guest Virna Lisi, were from foreign countries. Only the male worm breeder was an American. This episode was very interesting due to the fact that Larry Blyden was on the panel. He would become the second host of the syndicated version of WML, and the third WML host overall. Also on the panel was Sheila MacRae, whose daughter Meredith MacRae would become a frequent panelist on the syndicated show. In fact, Meredith was on the panel the first week of the syndicated show. Also, a few weeks earlier, Meredith made her debut on "Petticoat Junction," taking over the role of oldest daughter "Billie Jo Bradley" from Gunilla Hutton. As for the game itself, the panel had a pretty good evening. Bennett guessed that the first contestant was an aviatrix. After that round, Bennett made mention of Dorothy's round the world trip. Perhaps subconsciously, Dolly Mae was on Bennett's mind as this episode was taped a few weeks before the first anniversary of Dorothy's tragic death. Arlene also managed to correctly guess that the second contestant raised worms. One of the biggest laughs of the night came during this contestant's post game chat. Sheila asked, "So how do you grow them, from other worms or eggs or what?" Gerald replied with a smile, "They're bisexual and they take care of that very well themselves." John's face must have turned about three shades of red as he said, "That will be enough!" Remember, this was 1966 when bisexuality of any form, even worms, was never discussed on television. Arlene also guessed Virna Lisi, who seemed to have a really good time playing the mystery guest round. She promoted her 1966 comedy film "Not with My Wife, You Don't!" in which she co-starred with Tony Curtis and George C. Scott. Unfortunately, time ran out when they were questioning the horse walker, so she won the game by default. All in all, this was a good night for the panel and a fun night for the show. - Sargebri (2004)