What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 51

EPISODE #874

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 20, 1967 on CBS

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    • MORE ABOUT GUEST PANELIST JOAN MURRAY: In his introduction of Joan Murray, guest panelist Henry Morgan flubbed the title of the program she co-hosted. It was actually called "Two at One." The "Two" in the title was a double reference, not only to the television dial position of the station on which it aired (WCBS-TV, Channel 2), but also the two hosts - Miss Murray and the legendary WCBS-TV news anchor Jim Jensen (1926-1999), who was considered the "dean" of local television news for decades, as synonymous with the station as Walter Cronkite was with the parent CBS network. The "One" in the title was a reference to the 1:00 P.M. time slot in which it aired. "Two at One" was an early attempt by Channel 2 at a midday news-oriented program and ran from 1965 to about 1968. In the latter year, Miss Murray wrote a behind-the-scenes book about what goes on in a TV news studio, called "The News." The book contained pictures of the studio where "Two at One" originated, as well as shots of Miss Murray and Mr. Jensen in the studio. - W-B (2006)

      (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's opening sponsor is Johnson Wax's Pronto "push-button" floor cleaner.
      (2) "MEMOREX" WATCH: Tonight's prerecorded episode is the sixth surviving show of 1967, the tenth this season, and the seventeenth since EPISODE #820 of July 3, 1966, on which announcer Johnny Olson's intro led off with "And now, let's meet our 'What's My Line?' panel."
      (3) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: This was technically Henry Morgan's third-to-last CBS "WML?" episode in production order, as well as his last in airing order. He was pulling double-duty this evening, as he also appeared on the live EPISODE #864 of June 4, 1967 which aired right after the taping of tonight's show. Besides his eventual appearances as a guest panelist on the syndicated "WML?," Mr. Morgan was a mystery guest in only its third week on the air in 1968. In addition, he appeared frequently as a guest panelist, between 1970 and 1977, on the syndicated version of "To Tell the Truth." In an interesting coincidence, his two "WML?" appearances on the night of this taping were alongside two present and future reporters for New York television station WCBS-TV (Channel 2), as Pia Lindstrom, who was a guest panelist on EPISODE #864, worked at WCBS-TV as a reporter from 1971 to 1973. In addition, in the here and now, Joan Murray was the second active Channel 2 reporter to be a guest panelist, following Jeanne Parr who sat on the panel on EPISODE #807 of March 13, 1966. Joan's nameplate on the panel desk reads "JOAN MURRAY," following in the footsteps of Alan King in his first two years' worth (1960-1962) of guest panelist appearances, and Orson Bean on his first "WML?" guest panelist appearance on EPISODE #746 of January 10, 1965. This was to be both Miss Murray's first and last "WML?" appearance.
      (4) ANOTHER PORTENT OF THE FUTURE: Besides being the first African-American female guest panelist in "WML?'s" history, Joan Murray's appearance tonight pointed towards another aspect of the future syndicated run of "WML?," as a few of the guest panelists on the later version, especially in the last few years of its run, were largely New York-based TV or radio personalities whose fame did not necessarily translate to the rest of the nation. Aside from Melba Tolliver, who was a reporter and occasional anchor on New York station WABC-TV's (Channel 7) "Eyewitness News" from its launch in 1968 until 1976 when she joined WNBC-TV (Channel 4) for a four-year run, there was also Leonard Harris, the arts and entertainment critic until about 1974 for WCBS-TV, whose "Eye on Art" special about the arts in the 1960's preempted "WML?" EPISODE #867 of July 2, 1967 in New York; as well as Sherrye Henry, a radio personality during the 1970's and into the 1980's on WOR Radio (710 AM), on whose airwaves Arlene Francis was also heard at the time. On a tangent, there was also Mr. Harris' mid-1970's successor as WCBS's film and theatre critic, Pat Collins. Miss Collins -- who is not to be confused with the hypnotist of the same name who was a contestant on "WML?" EPISODE #563 of May 7, 1961 -- made a few appearances on the panel of the syndicated "TTTT" in its last years on the air, as did Dr. Frank Field who was a meteorologist at the time on WNBC-TV, and later worked at stations such as WCBS-TV, WNYW (Channel 5) and WWOR-TV (Channel 9). As of February 2008, Miss Collins is the entertainment editor for WWOR-TV. She was married for years to Joe Raposo, the composer for such famous public TV children's shows as "Sesame Street" and "The Electric Company," until his death in 1989.
      (5) BAD PUN ALERT: Bennett brings forth yet another lame play on words, with a story of a girl who inherited 10 million yen. His punch line was that she was a "Chinese fortunate cookie." However, there was a little goof: While that phrase was a pun on the term "Chinese fortune cookie," the yen is of Japanese currency. The proper nomenclature for the Chinese currency is the yuan.
      (6) "WML?" CREW CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: As with the live EPISODE #864 of June 4, 1967, Rowland Vance is credited as associate director this evening. And as in the past nearly two weeks, the end credits were shown in complete full-screen mode by GSN on February 23, 2008. "WML?" fans feel pleased and fortunate that GSN has been resisting the urge to "crunch" the screen as seen on the ending moments of most of the cable and satellite channel's other offerings.
      (7) ONE MORE DOUBLE-DOSE OF HENRY MORGAN: Following GSN's February 23, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel ran the May 13, 1963 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore, with the panel of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson, and celebrity guest Robert Goulet. - W-B (2008)

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