What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 52

EPISODE #875

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 27, 1967 on CBS

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    • 875 DOWN AND 1 TO GO!!! - This definitely would have made a good final episode. However, it is the next-to-last episode, and what a way for Phyllis, or as Gene referred to her, "Miss Miniskirt of 1967," to go out, on a blaze of glory! She probably wore the shortest skirt or dress ever worn by a female member of the panel. She looked good in it, too! Bennett even made a pun about it being a "discotheque" dress, because it was covered with those thin plastic "disks" that used to be sewn on 1960s apparel. Bennett had told his dress pun backstage, and John relayed the story on stage. Even though Miss Miniskirt didn't guess that the two young girls were worm counters, she did manage to guess that they had something to do with worms. She also made the last-second "save" when she correctly guessed that the second contestant was an interpreter for the United Nations. She then topped off her evening by blowing the door wide open, which enabled Gene to correctly guess that the mystery guest was Hugh O'Brian. Hugh not only was on the show to promote his upcoming tour with the play "The Cactus Flower," he also took time to talk about his second trip to Vietnam, where he performed in "Guys and Dolls" for the troops. He mentioned that he was a former Marine, and asked the audience to support our men in Vietnam. Of course, this was when the majority of America was still in favor of the U.S. being in Vietnam, But, the tide was starting to turn, and that turning tide was escalated by the Tet Offensive in January 1968. This was Gene Rayburn's second appearance on the panel, but it is the only one we'll ever see, since his first appearance is lost to history. At this time in 1967, he was still hosting the original 1962 version of "The Match Game," which was airing on NBC. That version would stay on the air until September 20, 1969. Four years later in 1973, Gene would host a new and far more double entendre laden version of the show. It featured among its panelists: Brett Somers, Richard Dawson and former WML guest panelist Charles Nelson Reilly. Also, in the interim, he would work on the panels for the syndicated revivals of WML and "To Tell the Truth." This was definitely a fun evening, considering the circumstances of WML's rapidly approaching end. - Sargebri (2004)

      What was Gene Rayburn thinking? Actually making his initial "What's My Line?" appearances on a show that had already been cancelled and was soon to end? A show he would probably have never done again? Well, turns out old Geno was crazy like a fox. Within a year of his three CBS WML appearances, "What's My Line?" would be back with a new set, a new host, new studio home at NBC in New York and a new five-day-a-week format. And it turns out that Gene Rayburn, no stranger to the rigors of panel shows, would prove to be an exceptional panelist on not only the color run of WML, but also on the color version of "To Tell the Truth." On the syndicated WML, only Soupy Sales surpasses Gene in overall excellence. But, the most remarkable thing about his appearance tonight is that he got a chance to display his devilish humor. During the goodbyes, Arlene was laughing, and explained that Gene had said something funny! She said that Gene had said to her, "If you have an interesting job, don't call us!" Gene then tacked on the ending himself, "Start your own show!" Yes, he was jokingly saying that there's no need to mail in those cards, because we're going out of business! - Robair (Robert Mackey) (2004)

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