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Regular Panelist (1950-1967)
Regular Panelist (1951-1967)
Regular Panelist (1950-1965)
Regular Panelist (1950-1953)
Hal Block: (his first pick-up line, during his free guess at a contestant's occupation) John, I think she's a bill collector, and if she is, just call me "Bill."
Hal Block: (his second pick-up line, after the female service station attendant's occupation is revealed) I was just wondering, if I ever drove in your station, would you wipe my windshield?
GOOF: Frankie Laine's nameplate is left in front of the contestant's spot until the next contestant, Mr. Parr, sits down. Mr. Daly then removes the errant nameplate and sets it down in front of him. - cattaur (2008)
FLIP REPORT AND TIMEKEEPING: The final contestant was awarded the full prize at seven down due to time, but John flipped the cards back to $0 instead of forward to $50. And, once again, John granted 20 seconds each time the panel requested a conference, instead of 30 seconds, which will become the norm in later years. - agent_0042 (2008)
(1) "WML?" ANNOUNCER WATCH: As on all of the shows that aired thus far since Gil Fates brought CBS's destruction of most "WML?" kinescopes to a halt in July of 1952, Hal Simms is once again the announcer.
(2) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: Both male panelists this evening are wearing business suits with straight neckties; in addition, even Arlene appears to be decked out in "street clothes." Hal Block uses the term "master of ceremonies" to introduce John, who's the only one of the men tonight to be wearing anything even resembling formal wear.
(3) "WML?" FONT WATCH: As is customary in this period, the occupation overlay screens are hand painted; and mystery guest Frankie Laine's nameplate during his spot is set in the future "all-purpose" "WML?" nameplate font of Title Gothic Condensed No. 11.
(4) MYSTERY GUEST: This is the first of three appearances, all as mystery guest, by famed singer Frankie Laine (1913-2007). He will also be on the program on EPISODE #460 of April 12, 1959 and EPISODE #537 of October 30, 1960. This first appearance of his was only a year after he first joined the Columbia label and immediately made an impression with his double-sided smash single "Jezebel" / "Rose, Rose, I Love You" [(4-)39367]. His hits in 1952 included "High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)" [(4-)39770], which was moving up the charts at the time of tonight's show; and a duet with future "WML?" mystery guest Doris Day, "Sugarbush" [(4-)39693]. Early the next year, in 1953, he would score with another major hit, "I Believe" [(4-)39938]. As a side note, Mr. Laine, in this year of 1952, also duetted with another future "WML?" mystery guest, Jo Stafford, on a piece called "Hambone" [(4-)39672]. There were two other versions of this number that charted -- one by Phil Harris and The Bell Sisters (RCA Victor 20-/47-4584), and the other by Red Saunders and His Orchestra with Dolores Hawkins and The Hambone Kids [OKeh (4-)6862]. Beginning in the early 1960's, Mr. Saunders' version was used by legendary New York City children's television show host Sandy Becker (1922-1996) on his WNEW-TV (Channel 5) program, "The Sandy Becker Show," leading to a re-release of this rendition of "Hambone" (albeit in an alternate take) on OKeh 4-7166 in 1963, and again in 1967 on OKeh 4-7282. The details on the convoluted release history of Mr. Saunders' "Hambone" can be found on the link below:
(5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: The nauseating, nattering and naggingly nefarious "crunching" of the end credit sequence was once again in full display (unlike the screen) as of GSN's March 9, 2008 airing of this episode.
(6) The March 9, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by a "live from New York" edition of "I've Got a Secret," with host Garry Moore and panelists Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson, that was originally transmitted on October 21, 1963. The celebrity guest was Art Linkletter. - W-B (2008)
Hal Block gets a laugh when he asks the skeleton salesman if he comes in contact with people in his work. It is never clarified if these are real skeletons sold for medical purposes, animal skeletons, or fake wooden or plastic skeletons sold for Halloween decoration and/or medical teaching purposes. - Garrison Skunk (2004)
REVIEW: The panel batted .500 tonight. Bennett was able to correctly guess that the first contestant was a female gas attendant. When it came to the skeleton salesman, however, the panel was completely stumped. Frankie Laine was a real good mystery guest, but Hal managed to recognize his voice. When Hal asked if the two of them had met in the same restaurant, that was it for the game. The final contestant also provided a lot of humor as he managed to completely stump the panel. - Sargebri (2004)
FRANKIE LAINE: John mentioned that Frankie Laine had just made a 1952 Columbia picture, "Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder." Frankie Laine then promoted his upcoming European tour. Among his venues, he will be performing for 2 weeks at the London Palladium in London, England, then gives a concert in Paris, France, then has a week at the Empire Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland. He will also visit Italy for a couple of weeks, and then travels back to London to make another movie. - Suzanne (2004)
Tidbits: Arlene mentions that Hal Block is a comedy writer. - Suzanne (2004)
Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis, Hal Block.
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