What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 23


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 05, 1967 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Arlene: I'm going to pass because I think Bennett knows who it is.
      Bennett: I think it's a scoundrel named Tony Randall. (laughter from John, applause from audience)

    • Bennett: There's something terribly familiar about that voice. Have you -- have you ever been on the panel of this particular television show?
      Tony: Hmm?

    • Allen: Do you paint it colors for decorative purposes?
      Ted: Sometimes.
      John: You could, we would not suggest that this line of questioning is leading you anywhere except to disaster, however. (laughter from audience)

  • Notes

    • REVIEW: Once again, the panel continued their trend of very poor performances as they were only able to go 1 for 3 on the evening. In the first game, the panel was stumped by beautiful, blond, famed disc jockey Chris Noel, who signed in as Miss X to keep the panel from recognizing her name and identifying her right away. In the second game, the good news was that Arlene correctly guessed that the contestant had something to do with flagpoles. Unfortunately, the bad news was that her identification came after John had flipped all the cards, so her correct guess didn't count and the contestant won the game. The panel did redeem themselves in the mystery guest round by correctly identifying long time WML favorite Tony Randall. Tony was on the show to promote his record of 1920s and 1930s vocal music associated with Vaudeville titled "Vo, Vo, De, Oh, Doe." He also talked about his work doing commentary for the weekly Metropolitan Opera broadcasts. At least the panel did go home with some satisfaction. - Sargebri (2008)

      TONY RANDALL: It is interesting to note that two of Tony Randall's interests (1930's era music and opera) would play a role in the character he would be forever remembered as, the very neurotic hypochondriac "Felix Unger" on the classic sitcom "The Odd Couple." Of course, besides being a neat freak, "Felix" was a huge fan of opera. In addition, in the show's later seasons, he and "Murray" (played by Al Molinaro) would form a band that specialized in the music of the 1930's. Also, it was very interesting that sitting in with the panel on this particular evening was Allen Ludden. One of the classic "Odd Couple" episodes dealt with how desperately "Felix" wanted to be a contestant on the show; so desperate that he conned "Oscar" (played by Jack Klugman) to pick him to be his partner on the show. Ironically, the lone surviving episode of "Password" from its ABC run featured Jack and his then wife, "Match Game" panelist Brett Somers, as the celebrity guests. Also, Tony was a frequent guest on the CBS version of the show. - Sargebri (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's opening sponsor is Polident denture cleanser tablets.
      (2) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 39th surviving post-Kilgallen kinescope of a live edition to leave intact the "live" wording on announcer Johnny Olson's intro.
      (3) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: Yet again, Phyllis Newman is introduced first - the 10th time she had this honor since Dorothy Kilgallen's passing. In her introduction of Allen Ludden, seen tonight in his next-to-last "WML?" appearance, Miss Newman noted that his show, "Password," can be seen daily and "on Sundays at 5:00 [PM] in color." Actually, "Password's" executive producer, Frank Wayne, was more "forward-looking" in the preservation department than "WML?'s" "minimalist" Gil Fates, given that those episodes of the 1961-1967 CBS version of "Password" that still exist are on videotape, whether black-and-white pre-1966 or color post-1966.
      (4) CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR: GSN's most recent airing of tonight's show was February 3, 2008 - two days' shy of 41 years from the original airing on CBS.
      (5) TONY RANDALL: His "Vo, Vo, De, Oh, Doe" album (issued on MG 21108/SR 61108, several months after The New Vaudeville Band's "Winchester Cathedral" on sister label Fontana) would not be the only album he would put out for the Mercury label. Later in the year, as "WML?" was reaching the end of its 17.5-year CBS run, Mr. Randall released another LP on Mercury, "Warm and Wavery" (MG 21128/SR 61128). Among the contents of that album were such standards as "The Debutante's Ball," "Me and My Shadow," and "You Ought to Be in Pictures." In earlier years, Tony had recorded for the Imperial label (of Fats Domino and Ricky Nelson fame), prior to its 1963 acquisition by Liberty Records. Thus the claim of his being a "New Recording Star," as displayed on the overlay screen next to his name, stretched the truth a bit.
      (6) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: GSN's diabolically dastardly habit of "crunching" the screen during the end credit sequence continued unabated as of the cable and satellite channel's February 3, 2008 airing of this edition.
      (7) GSN's February 3, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by a rerun of an episode of "I've Got a Secret" which was originally transmitted "live from New York" on December 10, 1962. The host was Garry Moore, the panel consisted of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson, and the celebrity guest was Ray Bolger. - W-B (2008)

    • Tony Randall promoted his new LP recording on the Mercury label, "Vo, Vo, De, Oh, Doe." (That is the exact title, commas and all!) After Tony signed in, he did not put down the piece of chalk. He carried it over to his mystery guest seat with him. He then jokingly put the chalk in his mouth as if it were a cigarette! He plucked it out of his mouth with his hand and quickly waved it around as if it were a cigarette. Of course, Tony was a non-smoker, and all of this was merely for a "Dean Martin type" of dramatic flair. - Suzanne (2004)

      From the jacket of Tony's new LP, "Vo, Vo, De, Oh, Doe" written by Petey Fiddleman, a band singer of the 1930s: "Randall is the best authority I know on the style of the thirties. He does not burlesque or exaggerate it. He recreates it out of a mixture of nostalgia, hindsight and a bit of deviltry. His songs are not so much from memory (he is too young to truly remember the period) but old records, of which he is an avid collector. He is the only one to perceive, as far as I know, that the style - which seems "camp" to us today - was based sincerely on an ideal of grace, strongly influenced by Art Nouveau, with its endless curves and absence of angles." - Faustine (2004)

      I has a somewhat interesting, if brief, encounter with a semiregular on WML about 20 years ago in New York. I was at Lincoln Center with a friend of mine, attending a big performance of the Metropolitan Opera. As we left the Met, I looked to my left, and saw a man sort of bounding out of the theater, headed toward the plaza. He was holding hands with a woman who was about his same age, in their 50s. They had walked out of the theater in a manner that was anything but pretentious. It was Tony Randall. So yes, "Felix" did really go to the opera! - Bill Savage, August 2004

    • The panel had a pretty rough night of it as they failed to get either of the regular contestants this particular night. Phyllis got the closest when she said that Chris Noel played records. Unfortunately, she made the mistake of saying she played them in a discotheque rather than on the radio. Arlene managed to guess that the second contestant had something to do with flagpoles, but John had already flipped the last card. Tony was his usual funny self as he answered the panel in a very effeminate voice. It was highly unusual to see him as a mystery guest, rather than his usual spot on the panel. He was on the show to promote his album of music from the 30s. In fact, his love of music from this era would be written into his future series, "The Odd Couple," as "Felix" and "Murray the cop" would form a band that specialized in playing music of the 1930s. Miss Noel was on the show after returning from a recent trip to Vietnam. This trip would have lingering effects on her, as she would later suffer from migraines and other effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Also of note about Chris was the fact that the Viet Cong deemed her so popular and so vital to the morale of the U.S. soldiers that a $10,000 bounty was placed on her head. Also, while she was working as a disc jockey, she did find time to work on an acting career. In fact, in 1989, she played herself in the Vietnam War drama "China Beach." Currently, she runs a shelter in Florida for homeless Vietnam veterans. - Sargebri (2004)

      In several weeks, Chris Noel will appear on the daytime version of "Password" during a special 1967 "Armed Forces Week" presentation of that show. The special military tribute week was aired from March 27, 1967 to March 31, 1967. Chris Noel's opposing celebrity guest is Roger Smith, who is the husband of actress Ann-Margret. All of the regular contestants are in the military. - Kirk Morgan (2004)

    • Tomorrow on Monday, February 6, 1967, John Daly will be a guest on "I've Got a Secret" with host Steve Allen. In the third IGAS game, John reads news summaries and the IGAS panel has to guess and write the corresponding headlines. In two months, IGAS will also be cancelled in the Goodson-Todman purge of game shows from CBS. - Suzanne (2004)


      I've Got A Secret

      Original Broadcast Date - February 6, 1967

      Host: Steve Allen

      Panel: Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan, Bess Myerson.

      Game 1: Dick Munsell flies unusual airplanes for movie stunts and portrays dog fights in World War I, but his secret is that he invited Steve Allen to be a wing walker on one of his planes.

      Game 2: A man at a moving and storage company faced two related career events in his life;

      a.) He was fired from a moving and storage company in 1957.

      b.) By 1962, he had saved enough money and bought the company that had fired him.

      He had been employed by the company since 1955. Amazingly, he was never told why he was fired in 1957.

      Game 3: Guest: John Charles Daly of "What's My Line?"

      John reads news summaries and the panel has to guess the headlines. The headlines were:

      "White House Burns: War of 1812" (1814)

      "First Electric Street Lights"

      "John L. Sullivan Wins Heavyweight Title" (1882)

      "First Day of Prohibition" (1920)

    • Tidbits: John mentioned that Chicago had a recent horrible blizzard.

    • Since What's My Line? was first broadcast on February 2, 1950, they are near their "seventeenth anniversary" show. However, no mention was made of this anniversary. - Suzanne (2004)

    • Panel: Phyllis Newman, Allen Ludden, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

  • Allusions

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