What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 18


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 01, 1967 on CBS



  • Notes

    • HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! For one of the few times in the show's history, tonight's episode was originally broadcast on New Year's Day. The panel showed little effects of any partying that might have gone on the night before, but they still only managed a .500 record by going 2 for 4 on the evening. In the first game, Sue came very close when she guessed that the young lady from Reading, Pennsylvania was a police officer. John gave the panel the win but flipped the cards and let the panel refine their choices. It was Arlene who then correctly pegged the guest as a detective. In the second game, the panel was utterly stumped by the man who made candy for dogs. Of course, they probably should not be blamed for losing this game, because at this time, hardly anybody had ever heard of such a thing. In the mystery guest round, Sue correctly identified Italian bombshell Gina Lollobrigida. Gina didn't have anything specific to promote and she was only in town on business. However, John did bring up the floods that were plaguing her country. In the final game of the evening, John called the game on account of time, so the kite salesman from New York via India won the full prize by default. And so began the year 1967. - Sargebri (2008)

      THE BEGINNING OF THE END: Little did anyone know at the time, but this episode started the 1967 countdown to WML's final episode eight months later. In 1967, a brash young executive named Fred Silverman decided to cancel all of CBS's prime-time game shows, including "I've Got a Secret," "To Tell the Truth" and "Password." Of course, this was just a prelude to what would happen in 1970 and 1971. In those two years, the other shoe dropped when Silverman decided to cancel the entire network's rural-based and many other comedy and variety shows in what would be known as the "Rural Purge of 1970-1971." In the first year, such holdover favorites as "The Jackie Gleason Show," "The Red Skelton Hour" and "Petticoat Junction" left the airwaves, followed the next year by the demise of "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Green Acres," "Hee Haw," "Mayberry RFD," "Hogan's Heroes" and "The Ed Sullivan Show." They were all cancelled despite the fact that many of them were still firmly entrenched in the top-25 of the Nielsen ratings. - Sargebri & W-B (2008)

      DICK CAVETT: Dick Cavett made his second and final appearance as a guest panelist on the show this evening. One year later, he would become the host of a very critically acclaimed late night talk show on ABC which went head to head with "The Tonight Show," which featured another former WML guest panelist, Johnny Carson. Cavett's show was no match for Carson, but it was still one of the best remembered shows of the late 1960's and early 1970's. One memorable moment was one that never aired. In 1971, Jerome Rodale, a pioneer of organic gardening and the founder of "Prevention" magazine, was a guest on the show. During the interview, Rodale died of a massive heart attack. Dick thought Rodale had fallen asleep. Ironically, the day before his Dick Cavett appearance, Jerome had stated in a "New York Times Magazine" interview that he intended to live until he was 100 years old. Unfortunately, he only lived to age 72. - Sargebri (2008)

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