What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 13

EPISODE #838

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 27, 1966 on CBS

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    • THE NIGHT HELL FROZE OVER!!! When the evening started, it seemed like a typical episode for WML. The only thing that was different was that the boss, Mark Goodson himself, was sitting in this evening. However, all that changed when the first mystery guest came out; one Francis Albert Sinatra, the Chairman of the Board himself. The panel, of course, was blindfolded. The game started out normally, with Arlene and Phyllis asking the usual questions that would be asked of a mystery guest. However, Mark repeatedly asked some very bizarre questions and Bennett voluntarily disqualified himself for reasons he explained later, so it was only the distaff panelists who were asking all the serious questions. Eventually, it was Arlene who correctly identified "Old Blue Eyes." After the identification was made, Mark confessed that he knew that Frank would be on the show and that was the reason he had been asking all the weird questions. Mark said that Frank's appearance was many years in coming. In addition, Mark said that not only was Frank the first mystery guest, but Frank was also going to replace him on the panel. After things settled down, the show resumed with the first regular contestant. In that game, Bennett correctly guessed that Miss Castle was a barber. It was later revealed that she was the barber of WML's prodigal son Steve Allen. Also, she was a songwriter and one of her songs was just recorded by the Monkees, whose self-titled television show was the big hit of the 1966/1967 television season. In the second mystery guest round of the evening, Phyllis figured out that it was none other than the then current Mrs. Sinatra, Mia Farrow. However, Phyllis allowed Frank to make the identification. When he finally did so, he teasingly said to Mia, "naughty, naughty," called her a "sneak," and then he asked her why she wasn't at home. During the post game chat, it was revealed that Mia was up for the part of "Peter Pan" in a film that was supposed to be directed by former WML guest panelist Mel Ferrer. Unfortunately, the film was never made. In the final game of the evening, Arlene correctly guessed that the young boy from New York was an opera singer. Unfortunately, her identification came after all the cards had been flipped and he won the full prize by default. After the game tally, the panel went an impressive 3 for 4 this evening. However, this show will forever be remembered as the night Frank Sinatra finally appeared on WML. - Sargebri (2008)

      FRANK AND FAMILY: It was quite interesting that Frank Sinatra finally showed up after all the years that WML had been on the air. Most people suspect that he finally agreed to appear for one simple reason; it was a year and two weeks after the death of his former friend and later enemy, Dorothy Kilgallen. Of course, while Dorothy was alive, Frank never made an appearance on the show because of their feud, which often times was very nasty, with Frank making very low comments about her. In fact, on one occasion, Frank did a very tasteless thing by sending Dolly Mae a tombstone. Another ironic thing was the fact that Mia's mother, Maureen O'Sullivan, was the mystery guest the night of Dorothy's memorial show. Also, Mia and Maureen weren't the only members of the O'Sullivan/Farrow family to appear on a Goodson-Todman panel show. A few months prior to Mia's appearance on WML, her brother, John Charles Farrow, appeared on "To Tell the Truth" as an imposter claiming to be Olympic Gold Medalist Don Schollander. Speaking of the Farrow family, Mia's younger sister, Prudence Farrow, was the subject of one of the Beatles' most popular songs, "Dear Prudence." That song was meant as a slap at Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who was supposed to be a great spiritual leader, but was actually lusting after Mia and Prudence during the time the sisters and the Beatles were on retreat with the guru in India. - Sargebri (2008)

      ANOTHER SIGN OF THE TIMES!!! Phyllis Newman became the latest lady to break the fashion barrier when she showed up on stage wearing a pantsuit, joining Arlene and Carol Channing as the only female panelists, up to that point, to wear slacks. Also, a few weeks later, Suzy Knickerbocker would appear on the panel wearing slacks. One look at contestant Lynn Castle this evening and you could see how much the times and the fashions had changed from the early days of the show. - Sargebri (2008)

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