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Regular Panelist (1950-1967)
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Regular Panelist (1953-1954)
John: Mr. Allen?
Steve: Ah, well, judging by that beautiful felt dress she's wearing, I think she works at a pool table plant. (laughter from the audience)
John: Miss Francis?
Arlene: (laughing) She's got some very nice side pockets too! (Bigger laugh and applause from the audience.)
Steve: Bennett, I think that's your "cue."
(Mr. Connor replaces his Champion Spark Plug 100 mph pin back on his lapel after his game.)
Bennett: I did that coming down from Mt. Kisco today, 100 mph.
John: Who was chasing you?
Arlene: Do you do speed driving or trick driving of some kind in a car?
John: (considering) Speed driving or trick driving? Hmmmm, we'll have to have a small conference.
Steve: In other words, do you drive in Los Angeles?
(After it was stated that Bennett could do what Mr. Connor did.)
Dorothy: Are you ever propelled out of this particular thing?
John: No. That's two down and eight to go, Mr. Allen.
Dorothy: (laughing) I could just see Bennett being propelled out of something.
Bennett: Out of a cannon!
Steve: (in a funny reference to the famous New York nightclub) I saw Bennett propelled out of Twenty-One the other night!
(Wild free guesses about Mr. Connor from Los Angeles.)
Dorothy: I think he's a stuntman.
John: A stuntman. Mr. Allen?
Steve: I think he's a stuntwoman, and he's pulling quite a stunt!
DULCET TONES: Mystery guest Shirley Booth answered Dorothy's questions (the other panelists never got a chance!) in a wonderful, melodious voice that showed the versatility of this actress' talent, as this delivery was far removed from the brash voice she would later use as the star of Hazel. Ironically, the next episode of "WML?" features a "booth" of a very different sort -- the first contestant made telephone booths! - BuzzDawg (2008)
FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at three down because time ran out. The panel had really struggled with this contestant, whose stated line was "hat check girl." After they determined that she dealt with coats, they asked several questions as they repeatedly tried to refine this identification -- which was also correct -- but their digging did not place them anywhere near her stated line. - agent_0042 (2008)
(1) "WML?" FONT WATCH: The second contestant's overlay screen was set in the type used for last-minute additions to the show, and which had most recently been utilized when mystery guest Anna Magnani appeared on EPISODE #150 of April 12, 1953. The first and final regular contestants' overlays were set in the customary Kabel Heavy font.
(2) MYSTERY GUEST: This was the first of three "WML?" appearances, all as a mystery guest, by actress Shirley Booth. Both of her later appearances -- EPISODE #615 of May 27, 1962 and EPISODE #654 of March 10, 1963 -- were during the course of the 1961-1966 TV series "Hazel" in which Miss Booth played the title character. For her spot tonight, Shirley's nameplate is set in the usual Title Gothic Condensed No. 11 font.
(3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After a second respite in as many days from the usual routine, GSN again resumed its repulsive, retrograde and recidivist tendency to "crunch" the end credits on its April 14, 2008 airing of this episode.
(4) BACK TO THE BACK-TO-BACK "STEVE ALLEN HOUR": GSN's April 14, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the October 12, 1964 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Steve Allen and with the regular panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan. "Hello, Dolly!" star Carol Channing was the celebrity guest on this prerecorded edition. - W-B (2008)
REVIEW: The panel was hot tonight, especially the distaff members. Arlene, with an assist from Dorothy, guessed that the first contestant, Charles Connor, was a race car driver. Arlene also had a successful unassisted win when she guessed that the second contestant made uniforms for convicts. Dorothy, probably not wanting to be outdone, guessed that the mystery guest was future "Hazel" star Shirley Booth, who was a few months removed from her Oscar win for "Come Back Little Sheba." What really made Dorothy's performance all the more astonishing was the fact that she started and ended the mystery guest round all by herself. She never got a "no" answer from Shirley, and none of the other panelists ever got a chance to ask any questions. Unfortunately, the perfect evening was spoiled when the panel failed to guess that the final contestant was a hat check girl. Also, as happened the previous week, the panel got off track when they concentrated on the product she dealt with instead of the service. If they had asked if she dealt in services, maybe they would have had a chance. - Sargebri (2004)
BREADBOX WATCH!!! Steve never did ask if any of the products were bigger than his famous breadbox. Ironically, just before WML was shown on GSN, a rerun of "The Name's the Same" was shown and it was asked on that program. - Sargebri (2004)
On November 23, 2004, GSN aired a June 1953 episode of "The Name's the Same" before this episode of WML. The TNTS broadcast date is established since references were made to the upcoming Father's Day Sunday. On that episode of TNTS, panelist Dane Clark was trying to guess the identity of a famous criminal, Willie Sutton. He jokingly asked, "Is he bigger than a breadbox?" Steve Allen's first WML "breadbox" reference was made in January 1953. This might be the first use of the breadbox question outside of WML, as well as an example of how quickly it became a well-known catchphrase. - Garrison Skunk (2004)
Shirley Booth's stunning performance that John speaks of is in regards to her 1952 film, "Come Back, Little Sheba," in which she co-stars with Burt Lancaster. John calls her "the actor's actress" but amazingly never mentions the name of her wonderful film! This is Shirley's first of three appearances on WML. - Suzanne (2004)
Tidbits: Listen as Steve Allen accidently calls Bennett "Benefit" instead of "Bennett" during the game 4 panel walk-by. Even Steve has to laugh at himself! It's a cute moment. - Suzanne (2004)
Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Steve Allen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.
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