What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 15


Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Dec 11, 1966 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • John: (as the panel takes wild guesses at the line of the football score predictor) That's 27,000 down and more to go.

  • Notes

    • REVIEW: This was a mediocre night for the panel as they went 2 for 4 on the evening. In fact, it actually was Phyllis who should have been congratulated for getting both correct guesses. In the first game, Phyllis, after getting a huge assist from Bennett, correctly identified the members of the "To Tell the Truth" panel (Tom Poston, Peggy Cass, Orson Bean and, of course, Kitty Carlisle). The TTTT gang was on the show to promote their return to prime time after airing on Sunday afternoons from September 1966 to December 1966. Also indirectly promoted was the fact that Kitty would shortly be making her Metropolitan Opera debut. In the first regular game of the evening, the panel was absolutely stumped by the female football tout from Minneapolis. In the second mystery guest round, Phyllis correctly identified the father of her children's playmate, George Segal. George was on the show to promote his latest film, "The Quiller Memorandum." In the finale, Arlene had guessed that the contestant had something to do with light bulbs, but her guess came after John had called the game due to time, so he won the full prize by default. And that was how this mediocre night ended for our panel. - Sargebri (2008)

      WML WELCOMES THE TTTT PANEL: It was quite fitting that Phyllis both started the questioning and made the correct guess of the "To Tell the Truth" panel. Phyllis was a regular panelist for the daytime version of that show from 1962 to 1965, when that panel was replaced by the prime time panel. Also, as John mentioned, each of the TTTT panel sat in during various occasions with the WML panel. Also, Arlene, Bennett and Dorothy sat in with the TTTT panel on various occasions, as well. However, in one of the most ironic incidents in television history, on November 8, 1965, Arlene and Dorothy appeared on TTTT as imposters pretending to be Joan Crawford. Sadly, this prerecorded TTTT was broadcast the afternoon after Dolly Mae had been found dead in her apartment. After TTTT went off the air that afternoon, an announcement was made informing the world of the tragedy. Also, there was never an occasion when they switched both panels (WML and TTTT) to the others' show to see how they would do. However, the TTTT panel and the panel from "I've Got a Secret" did trade places with each other in January 1965. On that occasion, known as "The Night of the Big Switch," the IGAS panel of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson changed places with Tom, Peggy, Orson and Kitty. Ironically, IGAS was where Orson and Kitty first gained experience as members of a panel. Doubly ironic was the fact that Bill Cullen would go on to join the TTTT panel a few years into its syndicated run. - Sargebri (2008)

      ABOUT THE PREDICTION OF SUE COX: During the post game chat with the female football tout, Bennett asked Mrs. Cox what her prediction for the NFL Championship game would be if the Green Bay Packers would win the Western Division and if the Dallas Cowboys were to win the Eastern Division. She said that Green Bay would beat Dallas by 4 points. She was close, as Green Bay beat Dallas 34-27. It also should be noted that after the Packers won that game, they would be playing the AFL Champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, in the very first Super Bowl and the "Pack" would win that game as well beating the Chiefs 35-10 in the Los Angeles Coliseum. - Sargebri (2008)

      HOGAN'S HEROES: As was mentioned during the intros, Bob Crane was appearing in the wartime sitcom "Hogan's Heroes," which had just started its second season a few weeks earlier. That show ran from 1965 until 1971 when it became part of Fred Silverman's "Rural Purge" of shows that he thought either appealed to rural audiences or older fans. - Sargebri (2008)

    • FLIP REPORT and A MATTER OF TIME: There was a large amount of time left for the final game, around five to six minutes. Still, the panel was unable to guess his line and John finally flipped the remaining cards at seven down because time ran out. Arlene then correctly guessed his line on a wild guess. John also signed out for the panel because they was no time left for any last-minute goodbyes. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's opening sponsor is Bayer aspirin.
      (2) "LIVE" WATCH: Tonight's edition is the 33rd surviving kinescope recording of a live telecast from within the post-Kilgallen era to leave announcer Johnny Olson's opening "live" wording intact and uncut.
      (3) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: This is the eighth time since Dorothy's tragic death that Phyllis Newman was introduced first.
      (4) BOB CRANE: In the late 1950's and early '60's, Bob Crane was a popular morning drive-time radio personality on KNX (1070 AM), the CBS flagship radio station in Los Angeles. In 1962, KNX released a promotional-only album titled "Laffter - Sweet and Profane" which was intended to sell more radio advertising spots. (However, in recent years, this rare record has been made available on CD on certain web sites and online auction sites.) The "sweet" side of humor was represented on the LP by Pat Buttram, long remembered as Gene Autry's sidekick in the movies, who had a midday show on the same station; ironically, given the circumstances of Bob's subsequent death in 1978, he was represented as being on the "profane" side. Indeed, Mr. Crane's radio show is considered today to be a forerunner of the more irreverent and raucous "morning zoo" type radio shows across the country, as well as paving the way for the likes of Howard Stern. The record consisted of various airchecks from Mr. Crane's and Mr. Buttram's respective shows, in Bob's case excerpts from his fifth-anniversary show in 1962. Coincidentally, both men ended up on now-classic TV sitcoms for CBS in the same year of 1965; in addition to Bob's landing the title role on "Hogan's Heroes," Pat was cast as con man "Mr. Eustace Haney" on "Green Acres." Even more coincidentally, both shows were cancelled by CBS in 1971 in the same "purge" that led to such other long-time favorites as "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Hee Haw" and "The Ed Sullivan Show" - as well as Red Skelton's 1970-1971 NBC comedy/variety series (he moved to that network after CBS gave him the axe in 1970) and ABC's "The Lawrence Welk Show" - leaving the respective schedules.
      (5) "HOGAN'S HEROES" CAST ON GOODSON-TODMAN SHOWS: Besides tonight's "WML?", Bob Crane appeared on the October 10, 1966 edition of "Password" along with Irene Ryan, who played "Granny" on "The Beverly Hillbillies." He was also on the original NBC "Match Game" for the week of May 5, 1969, with future "Love Story" co-star Ali MacGraw. Of Mr. Crane's "Hogan" co-stars, Werner Klemperer, who played "Col. Wilhelm Klink," appeared in a 1970 episode of the syndicated "Beat the Clock" and a 1971 edition of the ABC version of "Password"; and Larry Hovis, aka "Sergeant Andrew Carter," was featured in two different weeks of CBS's "Match Game '74." But of the cast of "Hogan's Heroes," the one who ended up making the most impact with Goodson-Todman was Richard Dawson, who played British prisoner of war "Corporal Peter Newkirk." Mr. Dawson first made an impression as a regular panelist on the short-lived 1972-1973 syndicated revival of "I've Got a Secret." From there, he became one of the core celebrity panelists on the 1970's version of "Match Game" (both the CBS and syndicated incarnations) on which he appeared through 1978, and then became host of "Family Feud" throughout its 1976-1985 ABC run, as well as on CBS from 1994 to 1995. He also appeared on a number of other G-T shows as a panelist and, in the case of "Tattletales," as a sub-host one week in 1976 while regular host Bert Convy was one of the contestants.
      (6) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: GSN's completely contemptible "crunching" of the end credit sequence was on display again on the January 26, 2008 airing of this installment.
      (7) GSN's January 26, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by a rerun of "I've Got a Secret" from July 2, 1962, which was the last original show of the 1961-1962 season before they entered into repeats for the summer. The host, as always, was Garry Moore, the panel as usual consisted of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson, and the celebrity guest was Arthur Godfrey. In an interesting coincidence, given the opening sponsor for the 1966 "WML?", "IGAS's" sponsor was Excedrin aspirin. - W-B (2008)

    • For tonight's games, the panel had a so-so night. They were totally stumped by both of the regular contestants, but Phyllis was able to figure out that the second mystery guest was George Segal. He promoted his 1966 film which is opening on December 15, 1966, "The Quiller Memorandum." Also mentioned was another film that Segal made that year, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. This was Bob Crane's first, and only, appearance on the panel. He was in the middle of his second season playing the wily "Colonel Hogan" on the popular 1965-1971 POW sitcom, "Hogan's Heroes." John frequently referred to Bob as "Colonel" this evening. Crane would later gain infamy for his off-set personal activities. Many felt that his obsession with making pornographic videos would lead to his unsolved 1978 brutal murder in a Scottsdale, Arizona hotel room, just three weeks shy of his 50th birthday. In 2002, the film "Auto Focus" was released. It was based on Robert Graysmith's 1993 book, "The Murder of Bob Crane." Greg Kinnear played the part of Bob Crane. This drama was based on Crane's life, and concentrated on the more lurid aspects of his life and career. - Sargebri (2004)

      WILL THE REAL PANEL PLEASE STAND UP!!! - On the first game, it was very appropriate that Phyllis not only got to ask the first question, but that she also got to make the successful TTTT panel identification! What made it so very fitting was the fact that Phyllis was a regular panelist on the daytime "To Tell the Truth" until 1965. In addition, she would also occasionally work the nighttime version as well. Unfortunately, John failed to mention Phyllis' TTTT connection, but he did mention the fact that each of the TTTT gang had, at various times, sat in with the WML panel. Of course, Kitty Carlisle appeared on panel the week after Dorothy's passing, and Orson Bean had just been on the panel a couple of weeks earlier. The only person missing on this "TTTT Party Night" was the TTTT moderator himself, the congenial Bud Collyer. He hosted both the daytime version AND the nighttime version! - Sargebri (2004)

      The second contestant, Sue Cox, makes weekly predictions of football game scores for a Minneapolis TV station. After her game, Bennett asks her for a prediction on the NFL Championship game. He wants to know who will win if the Championship game ends up being played between Dallas and Green Bay. She predicts Green Bay to win by a margin of four points. She was very close, as Green Bay won 34-27 in the first of two exciting Championship games they would play. - Sargebri (2004)

    • The first mystery guests were the new nighttime panel members of "To Tell The Truth" (Peggy Cass, Kitty Carlisle, Orson Bean and Tom Poston) who were there to mark their return to the CBS primetime nightly schedule the next night. - Suzanne (2004)

    • Tidbits: Phyllis Newman is currently in the Broadway play, "The Apple Tree." Bennett Cerf is on the cover of Time Magazine this week, dated December 16, 1966. - Suzanne (2004)

    • Bob Crane (7/13/1928 - 6/29/1978)

      Panel: Phyllis Newman, Bob Crane, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

  • Allusions

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