What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 17


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 25, 1966 on CBS



  • Notes

    • MERRY CHRISTMAS, MOM!!! Bennett may have guessed the occupation of Roger Mehle, but the look on Suzy's face when she realized that the first mystery guest was her son was priceless. You were able to see another side of Suzy, that of loving mother. This evening truly belonged to Suzy. This was at a time when most mothers were emotional after seeing their sons come home, due to Vietnam. The emotional Knickerbocker reunion probably had an effect on the next game, as the panel was completely stumped by the kilt maker. However, they rebounded nicely, and it was very appropriate that Suzy identified that the second mystery guest was Eva Marie Saint. Miss Saint promoted the classic 1966 auto racing film "Grand Prix," in which she co-starred with James Garner, Yves Montand and Toshiro Mifune. A mention was also made of a film which was released earlier in 1966, "The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming," in which she co-starred with Carl Reiner and Alan Arkin. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time with the bell maker. There was a funny moment when John accidently called Suzy "Miss Knockerbocker." At first, she just carried on and started to ask the bell maker her question. A moment later, the audience started tittering. At this point, John corrected himself, but then threw in the towel and humorously ended the game. This definitely was a Merry Christmas. - Sargebri (2004)

      Tonight was Suzy's turn to be fashion forward as she became the fourth female panelist behind Carol Channing, Arlene Francis and Phyllis Newman to wear a pants outfit. She wore a dressy, light-colored, multi-tiered, full-length pantsuit with wide flare legs. It's possible that it wasn't a pantsuit, but floor-length culottes. At any rate, the bottom half of her outfit was divided. How different things were in 1966, as compared to the 1950s when all the females on the panel wore elegant gowns or dresses. As Petula Clark sang in 1966, "It's a sign of the times!" - Sargebri & Suzanne (2004)

      Suzy Knickerbocker (the pen name of journalist Aileen Mehle) warms your heart tonight. She is so surprised and delighted to see her son, that she cries tears of joy. You can tell she wanted to jump up out of her seat and run over and give him a big hug! During the introductions, Johnny Olson announced that Suzy's syndicated column appears in the "NY World Journal Tribune." Previously, Suzy had been seen in Dorothy's paper, the "New York Journal-American." - Suzanne (2004)

      NY WORLD JOURNAL TRIBUNE: The "Widget," as it was nicknamed, published its first edition on September 12, 1966, one day after the first regular color edition of "WML?" This new publication was the end result of a merger among the "New York World-Telegram and Sun," the "Journal-American" and the "Herald Tribune." The ultimately short-lived "World Journal Tribune" closed in May 1967. More details on this ill-fated entity can be found in the notes to EPISODE #813 of April 24, 1966. - W-B (2008)

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