What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 47

EPISODE #870

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 23, 1967 on CBS

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    • (1) LAST "LOST" EPISODE: This is the 16th and final post-1952 episode (following executive producer Gil Fates' calling a halt to CBS's destruction of "WML?" kinescopes in July 1952) whose kinescope recording has been lost to history. Of this total, five were from the 1966-1967 season alone. In an interesting coincidence, the number of last-season shows that no longer exist, five, equal the number of preemptions, five, in this final CBS season of "WML?" From 1950 to July 1952, about 100 episodes were lost to history.
      (2) MYSTERY GUEST: This was movie legend Lauren Bacall's third and final appearance on CBS "WML?," and she did not make any appearances on the syndicated series. Her previous two appearances, on EPISODE #180 of November 8, 1953 and EPISODE #795 of December 19, 1965, were far more fortunate in the preservation department, and kinescopes exist of those earlier appearances. Aside from her film, stage and TV work in the decades to come, beginning in the 1970's and continuing for years thereafter, Miss Bacall will become the commercial spokesperson for the New York-based, high-end Fortunoff department store. Her closing line, "Fortunoff -- the source," is considered among the legendary advertising catchprases of all time, whether national or local.
      (3) Since this episode was aired live immediately after the taping of the prerecorded next-to-last CBS "WML?" EPISODE #875 of August 27, 1967, we see the exact same panel lineup on both episodes. - W-B (2008)

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