What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 39

EPISODE #863

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 28, 1967 on CBS

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    • WELCOME HOME BENNETT!!! This was definitely a night to celebrate as the vagabond traveler, Bennett Cerf, returned to his customary anchor position after a well deserved six week vacation. As for the panel's performance on this homecoming evening, they basically went 2 for 3. Things didn't start too well in the first game as the panel was totally stumped by the female weightlifting instructor. However, seeing how attractive she was, you wouldn't have thought that she was a weightlifting instructor. In the second game, guest panelist Robert Q. Lewis more or less gave it away that the gentleman from New York via Florida had something to do with perfume. Unfortunately, he mistakenly asked his question in the negative rather than the affirmative. Arlene then guessed that the gentleman was a perfume tester, but her correct answer came after all the cards had been flipped. Bennett had his night in the mystery guest round when he correctly identified champagne polka maestro Lawrence Welk. Larry was on the show to celebrate his winning the Horatio Alger Award. It was also mentioned that the next year, 1968, Larry would be named as chairman of the National Cancer Society. Hopefully, Larry brought some champagne as a welcome home present for the Squire of Mount Kisco. - Sargebri (2008)

      THE LAWRENCE WELK SHOW: As was mentioned in the post game chat following the mystery guest round, Lawrence Welk's popular musical/variety show was in the middle of its 17th season on that dreaded "other network" (ABC). The show would stay on that network for four more seasons, until 1971, when it was cancelled by ABC due to the fact that the network felt the show only appealed to an older audience. Ironically, this was the same year as CBS's infamous "Rural Purge of 1970-1971." However, after ABC cancelled the show, Larry moved it to first-run syndication where it continued to be broadcast until 1982, when Larry finally decided to put the bubble machine in mothballs. It also should be noted that the success of Larry's show was not just based on his music, but also on the close-knit family atmosphere that he established on the show. In fact, many of the regular performers on the show would forever become identified with it, including such performers as Norma Zimmer, The Lennon Sisters, Aladdin, Jo Ann Castle and, of course, Myron Floren. In addition, a couple of regulars would go on to have huge careers after leaving the show: clarinetist Pete Fountain and future country star Lynn Anderson. However, that family atmosphere was almost shattered when the original champagne lady, Alice Lon, was fired when, during a performance on the show, she crossed her legs while sitting on a desk, exposing her knee. When Larry tried to explain why he fired her, he used the explanation, "Cheesecake does not fit our show." However, after he received several angry letters, he relented and tried to hire her back. Unfortunately, the damage was done and Alice never returned. - Sargebri & W-B (2008)

      FAREWELL Q-SIE!!! This was the final appearance on the show for longtime favorite guest panelist Robert Q. Lewis. Bob made a grand total of 43 appearances on the show, one time as a mystery guest and 42 times as a guest panelist, the majority of which came after the tragic passing of Fred Allen. Bob probably was considered for Fred's seat on the panel, but it was decided after a few months to leave Fred's seat permanently vacant and to fill his seat with a variety of guest panelists for the remainder of the show's run. Sadly, Bob died in 1991 after a long bout with emphysema. - Sargebri (2008)

      FASHION ALERT!!! For the second time on the CBS WML panel, Phyllis is seen wearing pants this evening. In fact, Bennett commented on her choice of outfit, which she referred to as pajamas. - Sargebri (2008)

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