What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 16


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 18, 1966 on CBS



  • Notes

    • HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! This Christmas season episode definitely was a mixed bag of candy canes and coal for the panel as they went .500 for the evening. In the first game, Bennett correctly guessed that the young lady from Egypt was a guide at the pyramids. In the second game, the panel was totally stumped by the gentleman from Missouri who made ivory billiard balls. After the game, he announced that he was donating his winnings to Boys Town in St. James, Missouri. Also, as he was leaving the stage, he presented ivory rings to the two ladies on the panel, Arlene Francis and Helen Gurley Brown. In the mystery guest round, Arlene correctly identified Steve McQueen, who tried fooling the panel by using a voice reminiscent of either Bob Cummings "Grandpa Collins" character or Walter Brennan. Steve was on the show to promote the soon to be classic film "The Sand Pebbles." In the finale, Steverino Allen correctly guessed that the gentleman from just across the river in Newark, New Jersey was a camel handler. Unfortunately, Steve's identification came after all the cards had been flipped, so the contestant won by default. And thus ended another interesting installment of WML. - Sargebri (2008)

      THE EGYPTIAN PYRAMIDS: As the first contestant mentioned, the tour of the pyramids in Egypt was often accompanied by a "Sound and Light" show to add to the experience of visiting the great historical monuments. However, twelve years later in 1978, the famed pyramids were the site of another type of sound and light show, as the legendary rock band the Grateful Dead performed there for a series of legendary performances at the foot of The Great Pyramid of Giza. - Sargebri (2008)

      JOHN'S TURN FOR A PUN: During the post game chat with the gentleman who handled the camel that was used at Radio City Music Hall's Christmas spectacular, John said that the contestant's job was a "lucky strike." This was John's pun on two famous cigarette brands, "Camel" and "Lucky Strike." - Sargebri (2008)

      ONE-HIT WONDERS: During the good nights, Bennett joked about singing the song "Winchester Cathedral" to John as a Christmas present. That novelty 1920s-reminiscent song which was sung by a group known as the New Vaudeville Band was the surprise hit of 1966. It became the top record for that year, beating out such classic singles as "Paperback Writer" by the Beatles, "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys and "Paint it Black" by the Rolling Stones. Also, the group won the Best Contemporary (Rock and Roll) Recording Grammy for 1966. However, that proved to be the highlight for the band, as this song turned out to be their only hit, and they soon after broke up and disbanded. - Sargebri (2008)