What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 36


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 07, 1967 on CBS



  • Notes

    • HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MARTIN AND ARLENE!!! As was mentioned during the introductions, Arlene and Martin would be celebrating their 21st wedding anniversary this week. In fact, that good news may have helped the panel's performance. After the previous week's debacle, the panel rebounded quite nicely and went a very good 3 for 4 on the evening. In the first game, John Gilbey, the owner of the Gilbey's Gin distillery, signed in as Mr. X to avoid name recognition. However, Arlene correctly guessed that he made the potent potable. In the second game, it was the groom's turn to help win, as Martin correctly guessed that the contestant was a window washer. However, it was guest panelist Michele Lee who correctly guessed that the contestant plied his trade at the Empire State Building. In the mystery guest round, it was Michele who correctly identified Leslie Uggams. Leslie was on the show to promote the hit musical "Hallelujah, Baby!," which was written by Phyllis Newman's husband, Adolph Green, and his longtime writing partner, Betty Comden. Tonight was also somewhat of a reunion because when Leslie was about 10 years old, she appeared on a kiddie show hosted by none other than WML's announcer Johnny Olsen. The camera then switched to the location where Johnny was standing and he gave Leslie a wave from his announcing position. In the final game, the panel ran out of time, so the lady school bus driver from New Jersey won the full prize by default. However, the highlight of that game was Tony's self-deprecating humor as he moped about the fact that he had no aptitude for the game. However, this was just part of what made Tony one of the most beloved of all WML panelists. - Sargebri (2008)

      LESLIE UGGAMS: As was mentioned during the mystery guest round, Leslie Uggams was appearing in the musical "Hallelujah, Baby!" Two years after the play's run ended, Leslie would make history by becoming the first African-American woman to host her own variety hour, "The Leslie Uggams Show." The show was the replacement for the immensely popular "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" after that show was cancelled due to the brothers' ongoing battle with the CBS censors. Unfortunately, Leslie's show was not a ratings success and it was cancelled a few months later. However, in 1977, she would get the role of a lifetime when she took on the role of "Kizzy" in the classic mini-series "Roots," for which she earned an Emmy nomination. - Sargebri (2008)

      FAREWELL MICHELE!!! This was Michele Lee's second and final appearance on WML. She definitely showed she had an aptitude for the game and looked as if she could have been an excellent candidate to fill Dolly Mae's seat. Unfortunately, her duties on Broadway and in films would have prevented her from taking the job, had the producers been looking for a permanent replacement. However, it should be noted that at this point, WML has already been cancelled and will soon go off the airwaves in a few months. - Sargebri (2008)

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