What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 22


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 29, 1967 on CBS



  • Notes

    • (1) "LIVE" WATCH: The kinescope of tonight's live show is the 38th surviving post-Kilgallen edition where the original "live" wording on the intro was left uncut.
      (2) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: This was Dina Merrill's fourth and final "WML?" appearance. She will also appear on the February 20, 1967 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Steve Allen who is sitting alongside her on the "WML?" panel tonight.
      (3) THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS - PART I: The program that "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" would be replacing the next week was Garry Moore's short-lived 1966-1967 variety show comeback attempt. Up to this point, the Sunday at 9:00 PM time slot was considered a de facto graveyard shift for CBS, in no small part due to the popular NBC western "Bonanza," the Number One show in the nation from 1964 to 1967, which led to many offerings from CBS being chewed up and spit out in that time slot. One of the more famous programs to fall victim in earlier years to the Cartwright juggernaut was Judy Garland's 1963-1964 CBS variety show, not just due to the low ratings but also due to constant network interference and a succession of producers, including George Schlatter, who would later go on to co-produce "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In." When the Smotherses stepped in to this slot, many critics and pundits predicted the same fate for them; but to the surprise of all, not only did they survive but also thrive. Moreover, in no small part due to the Smotherses, this year proved to be the last that "Bonanza" would be Number One for the whole season.
      (4) THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS - PART II: The program was fortuitous in that every episode of their 1967-1969 comedy/variety show was preserved on color videotape as opposed to the B&W kinescopes of "WML?," thus placing Tom and Dick in the same forward-looking league as Allen Funt -- (whose "Candid Camera," which aired in-between the Smotherses and "WML?," was also in its final season on the network) and Jackie Gleason (who returned to the Top 10 this season due to his resuming "The Honeymooners" as a regular series of sketches) -- rather than Gil Fates, whose minimalist attitude towards preservation, which has been noted in other episode notes, extended not only to "WML?" but also to the other Goodson-Todman shows he produced, including "I've Got a Secret" and the nighttime "To Tell the Truth." This factor made it possible for the "Comedy Hour" to be rerun by E! Entertainment Television in the 1990's. On those repeats, the brothers taped new intros and outros, and featured interviews with surviving regulars and guest stars who appeared on the program. The new E! airings also featured routines that had never been aired by CBS, including Harry Belafonte's controversial 1968 performance of "Don't Stop the Carnival," as well as a complete 1969 episode (the next-to-last of the series in production order) that never even aired on the network originally, on which Dan Rowan (of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In") filled in for Dick, who was participating in a race car match at the time of original taping.
      (5) THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS - PART III: Besides the below-mentioned examples (in Sargebri's 2004 notes) of Rob Reiner and Steve Martin, one other individual who went on to bigger and better things was Lorenzo Music, who during his time as a writer and sketch performer on "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" was known as Jerry Music. In the early 1970's, he became part of a writing-producing duo with David Davis at MTM Enterprises, and together they worked on such shows as "The Bob Newhart Show" and "Rhoda." In fact, it was on the latter show that Mr. Music's voice first became known in the role of "Carlton the Doorman." Starting in the 1980's, he became known to a generation of young viewers as the voice of the irascible cartoon cat "Garfield" in a series of animated specials, and also the 1988-1995 Saturday-morning series "Garfield and Friends." Another writer who became famous through his association with the Smotherses was Mason Williams. In 1968, he had a Top 10 hit with an instrumental, "Classical Gas," on Warner Bros.-Seven Arts (single #7190). The record was produced by Mike Post, who would become famous in later years as the composer of many TV show themes including "The Rockford Files," "The Greatest American Hero," "Hill Street Blues," and "Law & Order." Mr. Williams was also the co-writer, with Nancy Ames (of "That Was the Week That Was" fame), of "The Brothers' Theme" which was the opening theme music for "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour." Yet another performer who got his start on the show was Bob Einstein, who played "Officer Judy" on the program. In the 1980's, Mr. Einstein would gain fame as inept stuntman "Super Dave Osborne."
      (6) SIBLING IRONY: A little irony to GSN's February 2, 2008 airing of the Smothers Brothers' mystery guest appearance tonight had to do with such airing falling three days prior to the anniversary of the February 5, 1967 premiere of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour."
      (7) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Once more, GSN committed its daily egregious violation of viewer ethics by "crunching" the screen during the end credit sequence on the February 2, 2008 airing of this episode.
      (8) Following the February 2, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran an edition of "I've Got a Secret" which originated "live from New York" on November 26, 1962. There was no celebrity guest on this episode which was hosted by Garry Moore, with the usual panel lineup of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson; however, in one segment a male comedian billed as the "world's fastest talker" appeared. In another segment, a woman who could read (out loud) 750 words per minute appeared. - W-B (2008)

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