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Regular Panelist (1950-1967)
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Arlene: (taking a wild guess at the line of the first contestant) I think he raises reindeer for Santa Claus.
John: Mr. Block.
Hal: I think he manufacturers greeting cards for Taft to send to Eisenhower.
Edward R. Murrow: (jokingly referring to the normal practice on "The Name's the Same" at the end of his spot) And I assume it will be alright, Mr. Daly, if I collect the checks from the members of the panel when I...
Hal: (during the mystery guest round, unknowingly foretelling the final WML mystery guest in 1967) Maybe it's John Daly.
Hal: (to the head of the Ohio State Parole Board) Would you call that a panel that you're on? I figure it's What's My Crime?
Dorothy: (taking a wild guess about the line of Percy Lowery -- it was somewhat close because he's a musician too) "I think he's a composer.
(1) For tonight's show, Hal Block is wearing a regular suit with a straight neck tie. Only Bennett and John are decked out in what could pass for formal wear. As to the recent United Cerebral Palsy telethon in which both Mr. Block and Arlene Francis were involved, for many years in New York City, the telethon was aired on WOR-TV (Channel 9), which aired the syndicated version of "WML?" between its 1968 debut and 1972. One promotional spot for the 1977-1978 UCP telethon which aired on WOR featured a clip of an old broadcast from tonight's mystery guest Edward R. Murrow in which he spoke of people suffering from cerebral palsy.
(2) MYSTERY GUEST - PART I: Less than a year from tonight's show, on October 2, 1953, Edward R. Murrow began a six-year run as host of "Person to Person," in which he interviewed, from their own homes, various celebrities, politicians, sports figures and other prominent personalities of the time. In a sense, it was a forerunner of the more celebrity-oriented programming that would come to permeate the airwaves beginning a few decades later, only with the class and dignity that only Mr. Murrow could have pulled off. The show garnered considerably higher ratings than his "See It Now" series which, in the long-term aftermath of the landmark 1954 McCarthy broadcasts, found itself broadcast less frequently and bounced around from one time slot to another, to the point where it was frequently referred to as "See It Now and Then," up to its final cancellation in 1958. Mr. Murrow remained host of "Person to Person" through 1959, after which one of his proteges (aka "Murrow's Boys"), Charles Collingwood, took over the reins until that show ended in 1961.
(3) MYSTERY GUEST - PART II: Following the end of his long run with CBS News, which came not long after his hosting of the equally landmark 1960 "CBS Reports" documentary "Harvest of Shame," Mr. Murrow was appointed by President John F. Kennedy to run the United States Information Agency (USIA). It was when in that capacity that Murrow, in 1962, hosted the inaugural broadcast of educational station WNDT (Channel 13, now PBS station WNET) in Newark, NJ. It was not long after this broadcast that the chain-smoking newscaster was diagnosed with the lung cancer that would claim his life in 1965, and compelled him to resign his USIA post in 1963.
(4) MYSTERY GUEST - PART III: This was to be Edward R. Murrow's only "WML?" appearance; there was no nameplate for his mystery guest spot. Alas, he was not part of the "CBS News Team" that appeared as mystery guests on the Chicago-based EPISODE #323 of August 12, 1956; however, two of his original "Murrow's Boys" -- Charles Collingwood and Eric Sevareid -- were part of that group, as was the man who played a role in the original hiring of Mr. Murrow by CBS in 1935, Robert Trout.
(5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: On the most recent airing of this episode by GSN on March 26, 2008, the cable and satellite channel yet again made the viewing audience suffer through its apoplectic, aggravating and appalling "crunching" of the end credits.
(6) GARRY MOORE "IGAS" COUNTDOWN WATCH - 15 SHOWS TO GO: Following GSN's March 26, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel ran an edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore with his usual panel of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson in tow, which was originally beamed "live from New York" on March 9, 1964. The designated celebrity guest was Connie Stevens who appeared in the program opening, but during the segment in which she was to participate, Miss Palmer took her place. It was explained by Mr. Moore, prior to the start of the celebrity guest segment, that Miss Stevens had come down with a case of ptomaine poisoning (aka food poisoning) to such an extent that she couldn't appear. - W-B (2008)
John presented a check to Edward R. Murrow, but did not mention the check amount, as he has done for previous charitable donations. John stated the check was a donation to the Overseas Press Club Memorial Building Fund. This memorial is being built in New York for the approximately 64 American foreign war correspondents who lost their lives during World War II and the Korean War. Murrow named Ernie Pyle (a Scripps-Howard reporter) and Bob Post (a New York Times reporter) as two fine journalists who had died. The fund is attempting to raise $300,000.00 to create the memorial. Murrow did his part to help raise awareness. - Suzanne (2004)
The Overseas Press Club Memorial Building was indeed built in Manhattan, and on December 13, 1954, John Daly was the host of Producers' Showcase when the building was dedicated. - Suzanne (2004)
Today, December 7, 1952, is the 11th anniversary of the December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attack. - Suzanne (2004)
REVIEW: Again, the panel had a solid night. Arlene correctly guessed that the first contestant was the head of the Ohio parole board. Hal joined in on the fun when he indirectly guessed that the second contestant raised bugs. Hal had guessed that he raised flies, but because he was so close, he was given credit for a correct guest. Arlene then got the honor of guessing that the mystery guest was Edward R. Murrow. Murrow then took time to make a plea for the Overseas Press Club Memorial Building Fund. Murrow mentioned Ernie Pyle and Bob Post as two journalists who were lost during the previous two conflicts, World War II and Korea. Two years later, Murrow would have probably what was the most famous broadcast of his 1951-1958 television series "See It Now." During the March 9, 1954 broadcast, Murrow used controversial Senator Joseph McCarthy's own words to expose McCarthy as a red-baiter and for using the House Unamerican Activities Committee to further McCarthy's own career. In addition, Murrow alleged that McCarthy's recklessness ruined many people's lives. Unfortunately, due to Murrow's being on the stage for a longer than normal time, there was no time for a fourth game. - Sargebri (2004)
Text of a 1954 TV Guide magazine article is below. - Suzanne (2004)
Producers' Showcase - Dateline
Aired - December 13, 1954
"Foreign correspondents and stars of show business present a 90-minute tribute to former colleagues. The Overseas Press Club Memorial Building in Manhattan is dedicated with a program saluting the men who have died serving the cause of a free press. Funds for the building were donated by organizations and individuals. Tonight's show was been arranged by Overseas Press Club members. John Daly will represent them as host. Bob Hope, who toured the world entertaining American troops, is featured in a scene depicting his overseas stints. Robert E. Sherwood, noted American playwright, contributes a dramatic vignette based on a scene of decision in the life of the great war correspondent, Ernie Pyle. Title: The making of an American correspondent. Richard Rodgers, the composer, conducts the orchestra in excerpts from Victory at sea, his score for the award-winning film series. No other love, drawn from a melody in this score, is sung by Perry Como. Sid Caesar, accompanied by thick accent, is the guest celebrity, just returned from Europe, on an extraordinary session of Meet the press. Carl Reiner, Sid's regular sidekick, presides as moderator, and sharp-tongued reporter Lawrence Spivak holds his customary chair on the panel. Milton Caniff has designed a comedy ballet based on his popular comic strip, Steve Canyon. In this thrilling episode, Steve tries to rescue Summer Smith from foreign forces. He falls into the clutches of the gorgeous but evil Copper Calhoon. Tony Charmoli, who creates the dances on Hit parade, has also choreographed this. Eddie Fisher, in Hollywood, addresses his brother, Alvin, in New York. Alvin is recently back from Korea, and Eddie brings him up to date on the songs he's missed with a medley of hits. Count your blessings, the presidential request number, is also sung by Eddie. Perry Como, accompanied by the Ray Charles Singers and the Mitch Ayres Orchestra, sing his current hit, Home for the holidays. Martha Raye is also scheduled to sing a number or two. Marian Anderson famed contralto, offers a spiritual. Carl Sandburg poet and biographer, dedicates the Memorial Building. Reporters: H.V. Kaltenborn, Bob Considine, Quentin Reynolds, Margaret Bourke-White and Hal Boyle will be among those to appear."
Percy Lowery played the saxophone in orchestras and bands prior to becoming the head of the Ohio state parole board. In 1938, he led the "Percy Lowery Orchestra," and later was in a group named the "Snappy Four." Photos are on the net which show Percy, then a Columbus lawyer, with his groups. He led music groups such as these from the 1920s until 1945, when he became the first African-American man appointed to the Ohio State parole board. - Suzanne (2004)
Tidbits: Both Arlene and Hal donated time over the weekend, working for the Cerebral Palsy television marathon (telethon) and helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the cause. - Suzanne (2004)
Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis, Hal Block.
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