What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 12

EPISODE #837

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

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    • (1) At the time of her guest panelist appearance tonight, Sheila MacRae had already landed the role of "Alice Kramden" in the 1966-1970 musical "Honeymooners" remakes on "The Jackie Gleason Show" - as duly noted by Larry Blyden in his introduction of her. Coincidentally, both that show and "Petticoat Junction," on which Sheila's daughter, Meredith MacRae, appeared in the role of "Billie Jo Bradley," were cancelled by CBS in 1970. ("WML?" announcer Johnny Olson's ties to the Gleason show can be found in the notes to EPISODE #560 of April 16, 1961.)
      (2) MORE ABOUT "THE JACKIE GLEASON SHOW": Jackie Gleason's long-running variety show was among the "final" group of shows, including "WML?", to convert to color in the 1966-1967 season. Gleason's contract with CBS stipulated that he was to retain ownership of all his shows, which after 1962 were videotaped in advance. However, unlike Goodson-Todman Productions, which only saved episodes of the original network "WML?" in black-and-white kinescope form, Gleason opted to keep the videotapes of all his post-1962 shows. Thus, all his shows from 1966 onwards exist on color videotape. This made it possible for the "Honeymooners" episodes from this later run to be syndicated on their own as "The Color Honeymooners," which began airing in 2003 on the GoodLife TV channel. In 2005, GoodLife changed its name to AmericanLife.
      (3) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: For the second consecutive week, and the third time over the last four episodes, Supp-hose Stockings is the opening sponsor.
      (4) "MEMOREX" WATCH: For the first time since the prerecorded EPISODE #797 of January 2, 1966, announcer Johnny Olson's opening words were, "And now, from New York, let's meet our 'What's My Line?' panel." This was after ten straight pre-taped shows in this year of 1966 where Mr. Olson left out the show's origin, instead leading off with "And now, let's meet our 'What's My Line?' panel" - a wording which, nonetheless, will be used on most remaining prerecorded episodes to the end. It is also one of the longest stretches of airing consecutive pre-taped shows in a period other than the summer months, since the program started taping some episodes in advance in 1959. And this is the third episode this year to be taped on a Monday - which happened to fall on Halloween.
      (5) "WML?" PANEL AND NAMEPLATE WATCH: Besides what was already mentioned, the "AC" part of the "MISS MacRAE" nameplate for Sheila MacRae was of a type size similar to that for Orson Bean's nameplate on EPISODE #746 of January 10, 1965 - but only slightly bigger than the type used for the "MISS KNICKERBOCKER" nameplate of frequent guest panelist Suzy Knickerbocker. In part due to her continuing work on the Florida-based "The Jackie Gleason Show," this was Sheila's final "WML?" appearance.
      (6) "WML?" CREW CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Due to a vintage glitch, many of the end credit slide graphics are shown out of order, with the last of the slides (showing the positions of production supervisor, technical director, audio engineer and lighting director) not being shown tonight. And as always, the January 23, 2008 airing of this episode by GSN marred the end credit sequence by showing them in the exceedingly egregious "crunching" manner.
      (7) GSN's January 23, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by a repeat of the June 4, 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, with Carol Burnett - then a regular on Mr. Moore's 1958-1964 variety show - as the celebrity guest. - W-B (2005, updated 2008)

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