EPISODE #592

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Notes (5)

  • For the second week in a row, the panel had a great performance. In fact, they basically had a perfect night. In the first game, the panel was blindfolded because the first contestant was bridge expert Charles Goren. However, after a lot of difficulty, Bennett was able to identify Mr. Goren. In the second game, Arlene was given partial credit for figuring out that one of the lines of young lady from Pasadena was that of swimming instructor. However, Bennett correctly figured out her other line, which was lifeguard. It also was mentioned that she was a lifeguard at Cal Tech, which at the time of this broadcast was still an all male university. Bennett wasn't through yet, though. In the mystery guest round, he correctly identified Sir Michael Redgrave. Sir Michael was on the show to promote his current play "The Complaisant Lover." This truly helped to cap a great evening for the panel. - Sargebri

  • During the post game chat with Sir Michael Redgrave, Bennett mentioned seeing Sir Michael’s daughter during the Shakespeare Festival. However, Bennett didn't mention which of Sir Michael's daughters he saw. Of course, Sir Michael was the father of two actresses, both of whom would go on to have highly successful careers, Vanessa Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave. In fact, five years after this episode originally aired, Vanessa and Lynn would be competing against each other for the Best Actress Oscar; Vanessa for her work in the 1966 film "Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment" and Lynn for her role as the ugly duckling "Georgy Girl" in the 1966 film of the same name. Unfortunately for them, they both were beaten out by Elizabeth Taylor for her classic performance in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" However, Vanessa would take home an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the film "Julia." Unfortunately, the celebration was marred by several protests, primarily by members of the Jewish Defense League, who were protesting the fact that she was a staunch supporter of the Palestinian Liberation Organization. - Sargebri

  • (1) The sponsor for tonight's "WML?" episode is Arpege perfume. This is the first episode they have sponsored. Their "Arpege" name logo was printed on a simple oval board which was affixed to the front of the panel desk. This new oval shape was a variation of the usual rectangular board used for other alternate "WML?" sponsors. (2) In her introduction of guest panelist Johnny Carson, Arlene used the more formal nomenclature of "John" Carson. - W-B

  • Sir Michael Redgrave promoted his Broadway play, "The Complaisant Lover," a comedy written by Graham Greene. The word complaisant (as opposed to complacent) means, "showing a cheerful willingness to do favors for others." The play ran at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre from November 1, 1961 to January 27, 1962, for 101 total performances. His co-stars included Sandy Dennis and Gene Wilder. - Suzanne

  • Panel: Arlene Francis, Johnny Carson, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

Trivia (1)

  • If you listen carefully at the beginning of the opening, you can hear someone cough. Could be Johnny Olson. - ymike673