Regular Panelist (1950-1967)
Regular Panelist (1951-1967)
Regular Panelist (1950-1965)
Regular Panelist (1950-1953)
Desi Arnaz: (using a French response that distracts the panel from his Cuban descent and his famous voice) Oui, oui!
Bennett: Is it worn below the neck?
Barbi Nierenberg: Yes.
Bennett: It's getting into Hal Block's territory.
Hal: And that's mighty fine country!
Hal: (to Ruth Diamond) If this is a diamond, I wish you'd give me a ring.
HAL BLOCK PREDICTS HIS OWN FUTURE? During an impromptu (and "unofficial") panel conference to debate which "special event" Miss Nierenberg's dresses are worn for, Hal Block heard a slight rumble from the spectators and blurted out, "There'll be no help from the audience!" His comment was ironic, as some allege that - three months later - Block's impending dismissal from WML was prompted by the discovery of a friend or family member in the audience giving him hand signals to hint at the contestant's occupation. However, this allegation has never been founded. (More about this on the notes to EPISODE #141 of February 8, 1953.) - BuzzDawg (2008)
(1) "WML?" NAMEPLATE WATCH: For Desi Arnaz' mystery guest spot, there was a nameplate, set again in Title Gothic Condensed No. 11.
(2) MYSTERY GUEST: Tonight's show marked the first of three "WML?" appearances by Desi Arnaz, aka "Ricky Ricardo" on the pioneering sitcom "I Love Lucy" which at the time of this episode was in its second season. (The "pioneering" part had to do with the show being shot on film rather than presented live, thus enabling the series to go on to a long life in syndicated reruns for years after the last episode in 1957.) Desi's third and final appearance was as a guest panelist on EPISODE #296 of February 5, 1956, on which he filled in for Bennett Cerf. In between, Mr. Arnaz made a joint mystery guest appearance with his then-wife, "I Love Lucy" star Lucille Ball, on EPISODE #278 of October 2, 1955. Miss Ball would go on to become the most prolific female mystery guest in "WML?'s" history, making a total of six appearances between EPISODE #195 of February 21, 1954 and EPISODE #774 of July 25, 1965.
(3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: This time out, GSN refrained from "crunching" the screen up to the last second of the end credits, on the March 22, 2008 screening of this episode; however, the audio of the promo for one of the cable and satellite channel's own shows was heard over the original ending "WML?" audio throughout.
(4) GARRY MOORE "IGAS" COUNTDOWN WATCH - 19 SHOWS TO GO: Following the March 22, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran an edition of "I've Got a Secret" which was first transmitted "live from New York" on February 10, 1964. In keeping with celebrity guest Jonathan Winters' opening introduction of himself as "either Casey Stengel, Jonathan Winters, Salvador Dali or Oleg Cassini," host Garry Moore introduces his panel as "either Bill Cullen or Rock Hudson," "either Betsy Palmer or Doris Day," "either Henry Morgan or Yogi Berra," and "either Bess Myerson or Sophia Loren." Mr. Winters' comments towards the end of his opening intro, "This is 'What's My Secret?' or 'I've Got a Line'," were somewhat ironic, given that the 1968-1975 syndicated version of "WML?" would have the kind of elements of "IGAS" incorporated into the newer show that John Charles Daly would never have permitted on the CBS "WML?" - W-B (2008)
Miss Ruth Marie Diamond was the contestant sneak previewed at the end of EPISODE #127. Garrison Skunk (2004)
The Monday after this show marked the 177th anniversary of the United States Marines. - Garrison Skunk (2004)
A momentary look of horror crosses Desi Arnaz's face as he slips and answers "Right" in his own voice to one of Arlene's questions. Luckily for him, she doesn't catch it. - Garrison Skunk (2004)
Arlene mentions future regular panelist (1954-1956) Fred Allen during the mystery guest round. - Garrison Skunk (2004)
Arlene introduced Hal Block by saying that he had just made an appearance for the Edna Gladney Foundation in Houston, Texas. Hal says, "Really, it's a great city and a fine cause for a wonderful woman. God bless her." Edna Gladney devoted her life to finding homes for unwanted infants. Tragedy touched Edna twice, her only son died in an accident, and her beloved foster sister committed suicide. Edna fought back from heartbreak and established the Texas Children's Home and Aid Society, placing 2,000 children with adoptive families. A 1941 film about her life, "Blossoms In the Dust," starred Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. - Suzanne (2004)
Tidbits: While introducing John Daly, Hal Block briefly dons a white cowboy hat. - Suzanne (2004)
Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis, Hal Block.
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