FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at six down because time was running short. - agent_0042 (2008)
AU REVOIR BENNETT!!! Bennett is about to go on a well deserved vacation to Barbados with his wife, Phyllis. However, since next week's episode was prerecorded, he won't be missing from the panel at all. Yet again, the panel had another rough week as they went a pathetic 1 for 3 on the evening. In the first game, the panel was absolutely stumped by the shoeshine girl from New York. Part of the reason that the panel was clueless was because the guest answered "yes" when asked if there was anything rhythmic about what she did. Of course, the panel thought she was either in some form of entertainment or in some sort of athletic endeavor and that helped to seal their doom. In the second game, Bennett correctly guessed that the young man from Ohio made fire engines. Unfortunately, Bennett's guess came after John had called the game due to time, so the young man won by default. The panel's only success for the evening came as it usually did, in the mystery guest round, when Arlene correctly identified Yves Montand. Yves was in town filming a motion picture and stopped by for a visit. His round turned out to be the only highlight on an evening of lowlights. However, things got worse as later that week, John, Arlene and Bennett got the news that after 17 glorious years, "What's My Line?" would be history within the time span of a few months. - Sargebri (2008)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The opening sponsor for this final live show to air prior to the official cancellation notice was the Yellow Pages telephone book.
(2) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 40th surviving kinescope of a live telecast from within the post-Kilgallen era to maintain the original "live" wording intact and uncut on announcer Johnny Olson's intro.
(3) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: Jayne Meadows is introduced first for only the second time since Dorothy Kilgallen's passing. She thus becomes the second female guest panelist (after Phyllis Newman) to be introduced first more than once in this era. And her hubby Steve Allen is pulling double-duty as a panelist this evening, as he also appears on the prerecorded EPISODE #850 of February 19, 1967 which was taped immediately prior to tonight's show.
(4) RAPACIOUS RIDDLE ALERT: After a three-year lull, Bennett sprung another "riddle of the week" which, as usual, was as lame as any one of his customary bad puns, convincing John that the publisher/panelist couldn't take his upcoming Barbados vacation soon enough:
"Q: What is covered in salt and has a twisted mind?
A: A thinking pretzel."
(5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Beginning with tonight's episode, the end credit slides transition from one to the other via an up-to-down wipe, rather than dissolving as was the custom up to this point. And as of the February 4, 2008 airing of this show, GSN's fiendishly filthy "crunching" of the screen during the end credit sequence was still there for all to see.
(6) Following GSN's February 4, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel ran the December 17, 1962 edition of "I've Got a Secret." This episode was sub-hosted by Henry Morgan who was filling in for vacationing regular host Garry Moore; Mr. Morgan's usual seat on the panel was filled by David Wayne, who sat in alongside Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer and Bess Myerson. The celebrity guest was Arthur Godfrey. - W-B (2008)
Yves did a good job of hiding his French accent during his game. John and the panel mentioned four of Yves Montand's current films: "La Guerre est finie" (1966) (aka "The War Is Over"); "Is Paris Burning?" (1966); "Grand Prix" (1966); and "Picasso" (1967). Yves said he was in New York to finish shooting his 1967 film, "Live for Life," in which he co-stars with Candice Bergen. The film is directed by Claude Lelouch. - Suzanne (2004)
This was a rough night for the panel, as they were stumped by both guests. To their credit, they did get close to guessing their occupations, as shown when Steve asked if the shoeshine girl had anything to do with ladies' barbering. Also, during the second round, they managed to narrow the guest's line down to a form of transportation, before John threw the rest of the cards over. After that, John said, "fire engines." Bennett then guessed "fire engines," which got a laugh when John said, "That's right Bennett, did you say fire engines?" Bennett replied, "YOU said fire engines!" The evening wasn't a total loss, as Arlene identified mystery guest Yves Montand, who was in town to film a new motion picture. Also, two days after this episode aired, the announcement would be made that WML would be going off the air. Also of note is the fact that not only did WML get the ax, but practically every other primetime Goodson-Todman game show ("To Tell the Truth," "I've Got a Secret" and "Password") would all be cancelled and gone after this season. Only the daytime version of "To Tell the Truth" would last another year on the CBS network. Given the circumstances, this would definitely be an interesting week ahead. - Sargebri (2004)
CANCELLATION WATCH - In two days, on February 14, 1967, the panel will learn of the cancellation of What's My Line? More details in the following episode guide. - Suzanne (2004)
Tidbits: Bennett will be leaving to vacation in Barbados. John will be leaving to vacation in Nassau and Jamaica. - Suzanne (2004)
Panel: Jayne Meadows, Steve Allen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.
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