What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 28

EPISODE #853

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 12, 1967 on CBS

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    • HELLO, FOLKS!!! The show got off to a bang when Arlene and Martin's son, Peter, as well as Bennett's son, Jonathan, were the first mystery guests this evening. Unfortunately, Bennett had to voluntarily disqualified himself because someone, whether it was malicious or not, informed him that Jonathan would be one of the night's mystery guests. However, even though the surprise was spoiled for Bennett, he certainly enjoyed the fact that the kids stumped the rest of the panel. Also, much like she was nearly two years ago, Arlene was pleasantly surprised to see her son onstage. At this time, Peter and Jonathan were in the middle of their junior year at Harvard, where they not only were editors of the Harvard Lampoon, but they also found time to start up a rock and roll band called Central Park Zoo. Though the band never really made it big, they did appear on the daily talk show hosted by former WML guest panelist Mike Douglas. With all they had on their plate, no wonder their parents asked how come they weren't at home studying. The panel also was stumped by the only regular contestant this night. As was pointed out in the post game conversation, the panel concentrated too much on her work on television, when they should have asked her whether or not she worked onstage. The panel did get Robert Morse, though. Bennett figured it out when he asked him if he really succeeded at business. This, of course, was in reference to the role that made Morse famous, that of "J. Pierpont Finch" in the musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." He was on the show to promote the film version, in which he also starred. Also cast in the film were Rudy Vallee and future WML guest panelist Michele Lee. Even though this was a so-so night for the panel in terms of guest identification, it still was great fun. The one person you had to feel sorry for in this episode was Pamela Tiffin. Miss Tiffin, who was one of Arlene's co-stars in the Broadway play "Dinner at Eight," really had a rough go of things. She faltered on her introduction of Bennett and things never really got better for her after that. She wasn't listening carefully, and made mistakes due to her lack of attention. She looked as if she were lost at various times, and unlike most rookies on the panel, she really seemed as if she were unfamiliar with the rules. This was her first and final spot as a guest panelist. When all was said and done, the panel had a jolly good fun time on this particular evening. - Sargebri (2004)

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