What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 51


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



  • Notes

    • ABOUT JOAN MURRAY - Guest panelist Joan Murray, born November 6, 1941 in Ithaca, New York, is a local reporter and news correspondent for WCBS-TV in New York. During the introductions, Henry Morgan said her program is called "Two For One." However, Henry made a mistake, as her program was actually titled "Two at One." In April 1965, she became one of the first black newswomen employed by a major television station. She also received the Mary McLeod Bethune Achievement Award from the National Council of Negro Women. Mary McLeod Bethune was the founder of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) in 1935. - Suzanne (2004)

      Besides being a historic night in the show's history, due to the lovely Joan Murray's appearance, this was a decent night for the panel. Arlene managed to correctly deduce that the first contestant was a female private investigator. Unfortunately, the panel members were unable to guess that the second contestant made custom horse blankets. After the game, John pointed out that if they had asked if the product were used in connection with animals, they probably could have gotten it right. Up next was mystery guest Jill St. John, who was identified by the aforementioned Miss Murray. After the round, Jill talked about her work with Bob Hope. In addition to co-starring with him in the 1967 film "Eight on the Lam," she also joined him in Vietnam, entertaining the troops in his Christmas USO tour. Also discussed were two 1967 films that were about to be released: "Tony Rome," in which she co-starred with Frank Sinatra, and "Banning," in which she co-starred with Robert Wagner. Coincidentally, in 1990, 23 years after she and Wagner co-starred in the film, the two of them would co-star in a different way, by getting married! As for Joan Murray's performance, she proved that she was an admirable panelist. She asked some very intelligent questions, and was able to identify the mystery guest. It is a shame that her first appearance on the series came just as it was about to go off the air. Also of note, even though this episode was taped before the infamous incident between Henry Morgan, John and Bennett, on EPISODE #868, you already could see some tension between Henry and Bennett, as Henry and Bennett interrupted each other on separate occasions. Other than that, it was a pretty calm evening. - Sargebri (2004)

      JOAN MURRAY - FIRST BLACK FEMALE PANELIST - Joan Murray is the first, and only, African-American woman to ever sit on the "classic" CBS WML panel. It is fortunate that she made her appearance when she did, considering the looming cancellation. As for male African-American guest panelists, over the years we have seen only two men, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Harry Belafonte. Blacks were definitely under-represented on the WML panel. However, during the years that WML aired, blacks were generally under-represented on all of American television. Gil Fates wrote about the subject of black guests in his 1978 WML book. He said that when they did book a black guest, they wanted to make sure that the person did not represent any stereotypes. So, they booked black contestants and mystery guests who were either highly educated, held management jobs, or were influential or popular in society. - Sargebri (2004)