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Regular Panelist (1950-1967)
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Bennett: The mystery guests are getting more mysterious. Good night, John!
Dorothy: (taking a free guess at the line of the second contestant) I think she raises skunks.
John: Mr. Allen?
Steve: I think she lowers skunks.
FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at seven down because time ran short. - agent_0042 (2008)
(1) "WML?" OPENING AND SPONSOR WATCH: This evening's edition was sponsored by Stopette. So far, the newer animated "jack-in-the-box" opening has only been on shows which Jules Montenier, Inc. has sponsored, while the Remington-sponsored episodes have been using the earlier "masks" opening. It will be a while before the "jack-in-the-box" opening is applied to all episodes, no matter which sponsor is handling the show on a given week, up through EPISODE #370 of July 7, 1957. As to the sponsor's billboard on the panel desk, the "Poof!" brand has replaced Finesse on the right side, but otherwise, the layout remains unchanged.
(2) VAUGHN MONROE: For bandleader Vaughn Monroe's mystery guest spot this evening, his nameplate on the panel moderator's desk is set in Title Gothic Condensed No. 11 -- the first time since EPISODE #197 that a mystery guest's nameplate was set in this typeface. By the time of his lone "WML?" appearance tonight, Mr. Monroe had put down his baton and disbanded his orchestra, the "Big Band" era having long ended. Also, by this time he had become the commercial spokesperson for RCA Victor consumer products such as radios, televisions and phonographs; he would remain the company's pitchman up to the early 1960's. Notable among his big hits on the music charts was "Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)" (RCA Victor 20-3411 / 47-2902, 1949), which was the first major single to have a release in the then-brand new 45 RPM format which RCA had unveiled earlier in 1949 to compete with Columbia Records' long playing (LP) record which had been introduced in 1948. The "western" theme and lyrics of "Riders in the Sky" were also consistent with the burgeoning folk-music boom of the late 1940's/early 1950's, coming as it did around the same time as Frankie Laine's smash "Mule Train" and The Weavers' best-known hits "Goodnight, Irene," "Tzena, Tzena, Tzena" and "On Top of Old Smokey," even though Mr. Monroe and his orchestra were as far away from folk music as they came. (It did, however, foreshadow Mr. Monroe's subsequent association with the western genre.) The B-side of "Riders in the Sky" was a ditty called "Single Saddle," which was notable in that it was an early co-composition of Hal David, years before he gained fame as Burt Bacharach's collaborator. Another of Mr. Monroe's best-known hits, 1945's "There! I've Said It Again," was covered by Bobby Vinton in 1963; Mr. Vinton's version was the last Number One hit before The Beatles kicked off the "British Invasion" with "I Want to Hold Your Hand."
(3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: It wasn't just the panel that was put through the wringer, especially in tonight's mystery guest round; the viewing audience was likewise put through the wringer again by GSN's continuing and horrendous practice of "crunching" the screen during the end credit sequence on its May 29, 2008 airing of this episode.
(4) Following the May 29, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN, the cable and satellite channel reran an edition of "I've Got a Secret," which originally emanated "live from New York" on November 15, 1965. Host Steve Allen came out at the opening wearing a miner's cap and did a brief gag relating to the November 9-10, 1965 blackout which hit New York and parts of the East Coast, before introducing the usual panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan. The celebrity guest was Omar Sharif, who was starring in the hit film "Doctor Zhivago" at the time. - W-B (2008)
WELCOME BACK, DOROTHY!!! Dorothy was absolutely glowing tonight after her one-week maternity leave and she picked a nice time to return, the 200th episode of WML. Unfortunately, the panel picked a fine time to go in the tank. Arlene made the last-second save as she figured out that the first contestant issued marriage licenses. They probably would have gotten it sooner if the panelist hadn't said she dealt with a product instead of a service. Fortunately, Bennett opened the door when he asked if she worked for a profit-making organization. The panel had a rough time with the second contestant as well, a female riveter. The panel ran out of time and she won the full prize by default. As for the mystery guest round, the panel really was run through the wringer as they were totally stumped by bandleader Vaughn Monroe. The panel may have gotten stumped, but this was definitely a night for celebration. - Sargebri (2005)
200 DOWN, 676 TO GO - OR 1,991 TO GO IF YOU COUNT THE 1,315 SYNDICATED SHOWS!!! As was mentioned earlier, besides Dorothy's return, this was the 200th episode of WML. Ironically, there was no mention of this nor was there a big deal made of this accomplishment. Perhaps it was because the panel preferred to look at the amount of years they were on rather than the amount of episodes. Also, in today's television landscape, if a show makes it to the 200 episode mark, a bigger deal is made of it since so many shows rarely make it to that standard. Back again is the new opening sequence which we first saw on EPISODE #198. The animated mask sequence has been replaced with the "Jack in the Box" opening sequence. - Sargebri (2005)
VAUGHN MONROE: Never in the history of the existing WML episodes to date has a mystery guest so famous stumped the panel so badly. After a near record 36 questions in a round that went nearly 10 minutes and included a 20-second conference that lasted more than half a minute, after both Steve Allen and then Dorothy Kilgallen pass, after all the cards are flipped, the panel is totally flummoxed. And yet, Vaughn Monroe was SO famous! He was a singer, trumpeter, trombonist and big band leader. Most popular in the 1940s and 1950s, he sold over 5 million records in 1944. He recorded four Gold Records, and had five number one hit singles. Twenty-five of Vaughn Monroe's songs hit the Top Ten, and he boasts three top selling albums. He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for his achievements in radio, and one for his success as a recording artist. Vaughn Monroe has been called one of the foremost American baritones and bandleaders of the 20th Century. - Lee McIntyre (2005)
Tidbits: Dorothy was welcomed back by both Steve and John. She looks great! - Suzanne (2005)
Vaughn Monroe made a very short appeal for donations for Red Cross Month. - Suzanne (2005)
Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Steve Allen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.
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