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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    • REVIEW: This was an interesting broadcast due to the fact that it was Phyllis' turn to show her fashion forwardness by wearing a very attractive pantsuit and black go-go boots. Producer Mark Goodson commented on it as he sat next to her, by saying that Phyllis was part of the "Yeah Yeah" generation and that Arlene was more of the "Waltz" generation. Phyllis thus became the third female panelist following Carol Channing and Arlene to break tradition and wear slacks while sitting on the panel. As far as the show was concerned, the panel had a very good night. Arlene was able to guess that Frank was the first mystery guest. Bennett really was the star, as he guessed that Lynn Castle was a barber, and not just any barber, as one of her clients was old friend Steve Allen. (Obviously, Jayne Meadows wasn't the jealous type!) The audience roared as Frank's current wife, Mia Farrow, took her place next to John as the second mystery guest. Of course, Frank's marriage to Mia was very controversial at the time. In fact, it was almost as controversial as his marriage to Ava Gardner. What made it controversial was the fact that there was nearly a thirty year age gap between Frank and Mia. They married in June of 1966 but wound up divorcing two years later. Mia wasn't the only famous member of her family. Her mother, Maureen O'Sullivan, was the original "Jane" in the "Tarzan" series. Maureen also appeared as a mystery guest numerous times on WML, including Dorothy's memorial show. Mia's brother, John Charles Farrow, was a contestant on Goodson-Todman's other panel show, "To Tell the Truth," appearing as an imposter claiming to be Don Schollander, a man who won four gold medals at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. However, the most famous of Mia's siblings has to be her sister Prudence Farrow, who was the subject of the Beatles' song "Dear Prudence," which appeared on the group's classic 1968 album "The Beatles" (aka "The White Album"). After divorcing Frank, Mia would later marry composer Andre Previn. The two of them would have three children of their own as well as adopt three children, including a daughter named Soon-Yi Previn. Of course, several years later, Soon-Yi would be at the center of a major controversy herself, as she would begin an affair with Mia's then-lover, former WML guest panelist/mystery guest Woody Allen. Oh, the crazy lives of the rich and famous! - Sargebri (2004)

      MUSIC NOTES: As was mentioned earlier, Don Kirshner, the musical supervisor for The Monkees, refused to release the comical song "Teenie Tiny Gnome" on the group's second album. This was just another hint of the growing dissension between Kirshner and the group he helped to create. Things came to a head a year later when the band wanted to record the song "Valleri" written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, as well as Neil Diamond's "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You." However, Kirshner had other ideas as he wanted the group to record a song that had been written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich entitled "Sugar, Sugar." This created a huge row between the group and Kirshner, which led to Kirshner being fired as the show's musical supervisor. Not only did "Valleri" become a major hit for The Monkees, reaching #3 on the Billboard charts in 1968, it also was their final major hit single. Ironically, Kirshner did find a group to record "Sugar, Sugar," albeit a fictional one. In 1969, Kirshner became the musical supervisor for the animated "Archie" series and a major feature of the show was that Archie and the gang "performed" songs on the show. "Sugar, Sugar" (Calendar 63-1008) eventually became a million-selling #1 single featuring Ron Dante as "Archie" and co-composer Ellie Greenwich supplying backing vocals. In fact, the song became the top selling single for all of 1969. In addition, Mr. Kirshner was also the musical supervisor for the 1970-1974 series "The Partridge Family," and the host of "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert" which ran from 1973 to 1982. As for Mr. Dante, he also sang all the parts on The Cuff Links' 1969 hit "Tracy" (Decca 32533), and in the 1970's was co-producer of Barry Manilow's big hits including "Mandy," "I Write the Songs," and "Looks Like We Made It." - Sargebri (2004) with additional info by W-B (2008)

      FINALLY, FRANK IS ON THE PANEL!!! - For several years, every member of the Rat Pack, except for one, has appeared on the panel. Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop all were mystery guests on the show. Sammy, Pete and Joey also served on the panel. The one exception was the leader of entertainment's most famous clique, Francis Albert Sinatra. Perhaps the main reason for his resistance to appear was his feud with onetime friend Dorothy Kilgallen. We'll never know. Ironically, Frank finally appeared on the show nearly one year after Dolly Mae's death. Certainly, his appearance made many people ask, "What took so long?" Frank seemed to have a genuinely good time on the show, both as a mystery guest and as a guest panelist. He had fun and asked several wild questions. Many of his questions and spontaneous jokes referred to drinking, and the audience laughed. During Frank's game as the first mystery guest, while he was being questioned, Arlene asked if he had just been elected Governor of California. This was a reference to the fact that in November of 1966, future president and former WML mystery guest Ronald Reagan was elected as Governor of California, a job he would hold for eight years. The connection here is that Frank would later be accused by poison-pen gossip columnist Kitty Kelley of having an affair with Nancy Reagan, an allegation which was denied. - Sargebri (2004)

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