OCCUPATION OVERLAY GOOF WATCH: For the second contestant, fish counter Mrs. Ruby Warren, the subtitle on her overlay reads "(For U.S. Gov,t)" -- instead of using an apostrophe, the typesetters who handled the occupation overlay screens incorrectly used a comma. - W-B (2008)
FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at five down because time had run out. As with last week's final game, time was so short in this game that John chose to skip both the panel walk-by and the free wild guess segments so the panel could proceed directly to the general questioning. - agent_0042 (2008)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Bennett's "wild guess" quip about the final contestant raising peaches for use in Remington shaver commercials notwithstanding, the main sponsor for tonight's show was Stopette.
(2) FRAN ALLISON: The charming Fran Allison was best known for being one-third of the famed "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" TV show that ran on and off for years, most notably on NBC from 1947 to 1954 and on ABC from 1954 to 1957. Tonight's episode of "WML?" was the only time that guest panelist Fran Allison appeared on "WML?" within its 17.5-year CBS run. Her next, and only other, appearance came within the show's 1968-1975 syndicated incarnation, as a mystery guest during Week #181 which was taped on January 4, 1973. The host on that 1973 edition was Larry Blyden, and the panel that week consisted of Henry Morgan, Phyllis George, Tony Roberts and Arlene Francis (for whom Miss Allison substituted this evening). By that time, Kukla, Fran and Ollie were hosts of the "CBS Children's Film Festival" which ran children's films from around the world and aired from 1967 to 1984. Alas, Burr Tillstrom, the puppeteer who brought "Kukla," "Oliver J. Dragon" and many other characters to life, did not make any appearances on "WML?" in either version; however, "Kukla" and "Ollie" would be panelists for a week on "Match Game '79." This was some three decades after "Match Game's" wild and crazy host, Gene Rayburn, made his first network TV appearance in an episode of the original "Kukla, Fran and Ollie."
(3) MYSTERY GUEST DICK POWELL: This was to be the first of five appearances by actor/director Dick Powell. Between now and EPISODE #630 of September 9, 1962 (only four months prior to his death in 1963), Mr. Powell was on four times (including tonight) as a mystery guest, and once, on EPISODE #447 of January 11, 1959, as a guest panelist. His wife, actress June Allyson, also made the first of five "WML?" appearances with her cameo this evening. Miss Allyson's final appearance, on EPISODE #581 of September 17, 1961, was likewise a cameo appearance in a show on which Mr. Powell was a mystery guest; on the other three occasions, she herself was a mystery guest. Dick made one film in 1954, "Susan Slept Here," in which he played "Mark Christopher," but he made a significant mark in television as one of the hosts of, and one of the regular performers in, the 1952-1956 series "Four Star Playhouse"; the others were David Niven, Charles Boyer and Ida Lupino. All except Miss Lupino were business partners in Four Star Television, the company that produced this series, and went on to produce such TV shows as "Richard Diamond, Private Detective," "Zane Grey Theatre," "The Rifleman," "Wanted: Dead or Alive," "The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor," "The Westerner," the Peter Lind Hayes/Mary Healy vehicle "Peter Loves Mary," and two shows that went on the air after Mr. Powell's death, "Burke's Law" and "The Big Valley." For his maiden mystery guest spot, Mr. Powell's nameplate on the panel moderator's desk is typeset, as always, in Title Gothic Condensed No. 11.
(4) OCCUPATION OVERLAY LAYOUT WATCH: Besides the goof in the second contestant's occupation overlay screen as noted in the "Trivia" section below, her subtitle "(for U.S. Gov,t)" was set in upper and lower case. By contrast, the subtitle of the overlay of the first contestant, Rep.-elect Iris Blitch (D-Ga.), is in all capital letters, reading "(JUST ELECTED)."
(5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: In the "what else is new?" department, GSN continued apace and unabated with its unsightly and downright ugly "crunching" of the end credits when airing this episode on June 28, 2008.
(6) Following the June 28, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the October 24, 1966 edition of "I've Got a Secret," with celebrity guest Jack E. Leonard. In his honor, host Steve Allen introduced the panel as "Betsy E. Palmer," "Bill E. Cullen," "Bess E. Myerson" and "Henry E. Morgan." The opening sponsor was Norelco electric shavers, which was somewhat ironic given that "IGAS," in this final 1966-1967 season, was produced with Norelco PC-60 color cameras (although, as with "WML?" and most nighttime "To Tell the Truth" episodes, the extant editions of "IGAS" are all in black-and-white kinescope form). - W-B (2008)
Jack Walsh was in the news at age 74. The New Jersey Trenton Times reported in January 2005 that Walsh had suffered a stroke after being robbed and assaulted in September 2004 on a street in New Orleans, Louisiana. At the time the article was written, Walsh was recovering in the St. Joseph Nursing Home in Metairie, LA. The article, written by Andrew Kitchenman, also said "Walsh is known for lifting elephants and motorcycles, as well as lifting hundreds of pounds with a single finger and on the crown of his head, during a five-decade career as a strongman. One of his feats was standing on a runway and restraining two roaring small planes pointing in opposite directions. Walsh's brother-in-law, Jack Harbison of Lower Makefield, PA, said the situation is difficult for Walsh because he has always lived independently as he managed and promoted his career as a strongman. 'Knowing him is liking him,' Harbison said. 'It's tragic after all these years.' Harbison said he hopes that family members that may have been out of touch with Walsh become aware of his condition. One of Walsh's sons who had not spoken with Walsh in many years visited him after an article appeared in The Times in July, Harbison said." - Suzanne (2005)
Unfortunately, Jack Walsh passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2006 of internal bleeding. He was age 77. - agent_0042 (2006)
In October 1995, Iron Game History magazine printed an article written by Jim Murray titled "Jack Walsh - World's Strongest Man?"
View the article in pdf format at the URL below. - Suzanne (2005)
Jack Walsh History
CONGRESSMAN BLITCH: Mrs. Blitch served in the House of Representatives from 1955 until 1962, when she was forced to resign due to health issues. Among her achievements was the sponsoring of the project that would see the building of the Okefenokee Swamp perimeter road, which helped to preserve the region. She passed away in November 1993. - Sargebri (2005)
Sadly, eight years and two months after this episode aired, Dick Powell succumbed to cancer of the lymph glands. Many speculated that his death was connected to the infamous 1956 film "The Conqueror." This speculation was fueled by the fact that many of the cast and crew, including John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorehead, Pedro Armendariz, as well as Powell, all contracted various forms of cancer within a few years of filming the picture. Of course, the main theory is that the cast and crew were all exposed to high doses of radiation due to the fact that the film's exterior scenes were shot in an atomic testing area in Utah. Also, when shooting shifted back to Hollywood, truckloads of the irradiated sand were shipped back to Hollywood to help aid with authenticity. In any event, the film not only was blamed for so many deaths, it also was named one of the worst films of all time in the book of the same name. - Sargebri (2005)
REVIEW: The panel had a pretty decent night this particular evening. Bennett was able to correctly guess that Mrs. Blitch was one of the new batch of incoming Representatives that would be entering Congress the following January. Unfortunately, in the second game, the panel was totally stumped by woman who counted fish for the Army Corps of Engineers. Bennett did correctly guess that the night's mystery guest was actor/director/producer Dick Powell. After the game, John invited Dick's lovely wife June Allyson onstage for a brief cameo. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time as they were questioning the strongman, so he won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)
Bennett wisecracks a free guess in the last rubber that, "He raises peaches for Remington to shave!" Well, he's referring to an actual ad campaign for selling our beloved sponsor's wares, which showed that a Remington electric shaver could shear a peach of its fuzz and not bruise the skin. A typical silly "demonstration" ad of that era, but a memorable one. This would probably be an advertisement seen on the original airing of the show. - stopette (2005)
After Dick Powell's game, his lovely wife June Allyson accompanied him on stage, but did not speak. They were husband and wife from 1945 until his death in 1963. - Suzanne (2005)
Tidbits: Robert mentioned that Dorothy will be appearing in an article in next week's TV Guide magazine. Midterm elections had been held the prior Tuesday. - Suzanne (2005)
Fran Allison (11/20/1907 - 6/13/1989)
Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Robert Q. Lewis, Fran Allison, Bennett Cerf. Arlene Francis had the night off.