What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 25

EPISODE #850

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 19, 1967 on CBS

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    • The panel had a better performance this night than they had in the past couple of weeks. They had a particularly hard time with the bull fighter, but they did have fun questioning him. They identified the second contestant on what amounted to only one "no" answer. Bennett opened the door wide open when he figured out that her product had something to do with ears, and then Suzy managed to discern that the product was earplugs. Mystery guest Andy Griffith nearly managed to stump the panel, but Bennett named him with one question to go. Andy had the panel going with his faux English accent, which he has used on more than one occasion when he has been the mystery guest. Andy was on the show to promote his upcoming 8:30 PM Tuesday television special that he had already filmed with Tennessee Ernie Ford and Andy's old sidekick, Don Knotts. In fact, during the post game conversation, Andy said he was working with "Steve's old friend." This was in reference to the fact that for several years, Don Knotts was part of Steve's supporting cast on the "Tonight!" show that Steve Allen hosted. Also mentioned was the play (and hilarious 1958 film) that first brought Andy to the public's attention, "No Time For Sergeants." Bennett claimed that he still read the story on occasion. He added that unfortunately, the book's author, Mac Hyman, had just recently passed away in 1963 at the young age of 39. Also of note, September of 1967 would mark the beginning of the final season of "The Andy Griffith Show," which ran from 1960 to 1968. After eight seasons, Andy figured that it was time to end the show while it was on top. However, this would not be the last that we would see of Mayberry. In the fall of 1968, "Mayberry R.F.D." would premiere, with Ken Berry in the role of gentleman farmer turned town councilman Sam Jones. In fact, the character of Sam made his debut in the final season of "The Andy Griffith Show." Also of note, the debut episode of "Mayberry R.F.D." began with the marriage of Sheriff Andy Taylor to his girlfriend Helen Crump, played by Aneta Corsaut. Don Knotts has a cameo in the episode as Barney Fife, who was acting as Andy's best man. "Mayberry R.F.D." was an immediate hit, and featured several of the characters that made its parent show the classic series that it was. However, in 1971 it was caught in Fred Silverman's infamous CBS "Rural Purge" and was cancelled despite the fact that it still had decent ratings. - Sargebri (2004)

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