GOOF: Speed-readers (or those with freeze-frame capabilities) got a sneak peek at the paper hanger's occupation. For a brief moment during the wild guess round, her occupation overlay graphic flashed onscreen early. However, the right side of it was cut off, as it was not centered on the screen. - Garrison Skunk (2004) and agent_0042 (2008)
Hal Block: (to Carl Mills, the prison warden) If I developed an act and went to Georgia, could I use some of your Southern hospitality?
Carl Mills: Yes.
John Daly: If you went to Georgia, you'd probably get some of it, and fast, too.
Hal Block: (remarking on the high-pitched squeak that mystery guest Bette Davis used) I love that voice. You know, when I was a kid, I had a voice that high; my teacher made me sit with the girls. Then when I got old enough to enjoy it, my voice changed.
From the "Better Left Unsaid" department:
Bennett: (to the paperhanger) You know, Hitler was a paperhanger. I guess they're making them prettier now!
Dorothy: (during John Butler's panel walk-by) May I feel your muscles, Mr. Butler? Thank you.
Bennett: Is it muscle or stuffing?
Dorothy: Mmmmmm, it's muscle!
FLIP REPORT: John awarded the full prize to the final contestant at eight down because time had run out. However, John flipped all the cards back to $0. - agent_0042 (2008)
(1) THE LOOKS OF THINGS: Once again tonight (as John would routinely say in this period), the male panelists and the panel moderator are decked out formally (or, in Hal Block's case, a reasonable facsimile thereof). And for Bette Davis' mystery guest spot, there is no nameplate.
(2) MYSTERY GUEST: Tonight's show was the first of five appearances by screen legend Bette Davis, all as a mystery guest. The last of her "WML?" appearances would be EPISODE #787 of October 24, 1965. Less than a year from tonight's show, Miss Davis will undergo an operation for osteomyelitis of the jaw, a condition which led her to bow out of the Broadway musical "Two's Company" which played at the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon Theatre) between December 15, 1952 and March 8, 1953, for a total of 90 performances.
(3) "WML?" END CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: The "In Association with the CBS Television Network" card was completely skipped tonight by the "WML?" production crew. And after a day's respite, GSN again succumbed to the temptation to torture the viewers by "crunching" the screen during the end credit sequence of the most recent airing of this episode on March 17, 2008.
(4) GARRY MOORE "IGAS" COUNTDOWN WATCH - 24 SHOWS TO GO: Following the March 17, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran an edition of "I've Got a Secret" which first aired "live from New York" on January 6, 1964. Though no one knew it at the time, it was to be several months from this episode before host Garry Moore would leave the popular Goodson-Todman panel/de-facto variety show and commence his first "retirement" from the medium. Mr. Moore introduced his regular "IGAS" panel this time out as "The Prince of Pittsburgh, Bill Cullen," "The Empress of Englewood, Betsy Palmer," "Henry the Fifth, direct descendent of Henry the Quart" (a double-pun for Henry Morgan, not only on the late British monarch but also a drinking reference), and "Good Queen Bess Myerson." The celebrity guest on this occasion was Jose Ferrer. - W-B (2008)
FIVENINEGAL'S THOUGHTS: This was not the most eventful episode ever, but it's always fabulous to see Bette Davis! I was disappointed that she didn't chat after her game, but with laryngitis, it's understandable. Something I found rather humorous was Mayor John Butler saying, "no training is necessary" for his job. Hmmm...apparently John thought this was funny also - his expression was hilarious! Side note: Dorothy's necklace was BEAUTIFUL!! - fiveninegal (2004)
I happen to have this episode with the original 1952 commercials intact. Here is what GSN edits out: Before the middle commercial for Finesse Shampoo, John leads into it by saying, "But first, here is a young lady you already know, Barbara Joyce." In the commercial, she quotes an article from Glamour magazine about Dr. Jules Montenier and his great discovery, Finesse Flowing Creme Shampoo. Later in the program, John leads into the final commercial for Stopette Deodorant by saying, "But first, here is a young woman who knows what she wants." After the closing credits, the CBS Eye Network I.D. reveals Lucy and Desi in the center of the eye with a voiceover promo for "I Love Lucy." - Shecky (2004)
This was a pretty good night for the panel. Arlene got things rolling when she guessed that the first contestant, John Butler, was the mayor of San Diego. Mr. Butler was in the middle of his only term in office. He served from 1951 to 1955. However, even though Arlene got the first contestant, Dorothy was the hot one. She made mincemeat of the second contestant when she guessed that he was the warden of the Georgia State Penitentiary. She also wound up guessing that the mystery guest was Bette Davis, who rushed off the stage so fast that the audience never knew if she was promoting anything or not. As for the final contestant, the lady paper hanger, time ran out and she won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2004)
Prior to becoming the Mayor of San Diego, John Butler was an outstanding football player at San Diego State College and was named an All-American. As a guard at San Diego State in 1935, he was the first Aztec to receive national recognition. At 170 pounds, he was pulling guard on offense, and linebacker on defense. A San Diego, California native and St. Augustine High School graduate, he became an attorney, a naval aviator, a deputy district attorney and Mayor of San Diego from 1951 to 1955. He was inducted into San Diego's Hall of Champions, called the Breitbard Hall of Fame, in 1984. - Suzanne (2004)
Bette Davis appears as a mystery guest on EPISODE #638 of November 11, 1962, with a bad case of laryngitis. On that future show, she references this earlier 1952 episode and recalls that she also had a case of laryngitis. However, she does not mention her laryngitis on this episode tonight. She simply rushes off stage after her game. - Suzanne (2004)
Tidbits: Bennett's new book, "Good For a Laugh," goes on sale tomorrow. - Suzanne (2004)
Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis, Hal Block.