The goof was not a technical goof, but an error in thinking by the usually very sharp Fred Allen. While questioning Mystery Guest Herbert Marshall, Fred queries, "Well, something from his voice leads me to ask the question, were you born in this country?" Fred receives a "no" answer from John, because Mr. Marshall was born in England. At the end of the round, however, Fred disputes John's earlier answer, saying, "I asked you if he was born not in this country." John incredulously asks, "Did you?" Fred responds, "I sure did. I don't want to make any trouble, you understand." After a very brief discussion, John graciously says, "I think that was my fault, Fred. If it was messed up, I messed it up." However, the audio track is very clear. Fred is mistaken in his recollection. His question was indeed phrased, "Were you born in this country?" In spite of his slip, everyone was a good sport, although I'm sure John was wishing that this episode had taken place after the invention of the instant replay, and not before. - Lee McIntyre (2005)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Once again tonight, for the third week in a row, Remington electric shavers is the main sponsor.
(2) During the introductions, Bennett, in introducing John, called him "the only emcee and news analyst who is considered vice-presidential timber." This was undoubtedly a reference to Mr. Daly's position of vice-president for news and special events at "other network" ABC.
(3) MYSTERY GUEST HERBERT MARSHALL: The British-born veteran actor appeared for the only time on "WML?" tonight, for which his nameplate on the panel moderator's desk is set in the usual Title Gothic Condensed No. 11. At the time of Herbert's appearance this evening, "The Black Shield of Falworth" was still playing in theatres; in this Tony Curtis/Janet Leigh sword-and-castle adventure, which was the first CinemaScope feature to be released by Universal-International, Mr. Marshall played "William, Earl of Mackworth." His other 1954 films consisted of "Riders to the Stars" and "Gog"; in addition, the actor appeared as "Seth Lord" in a TV production of "The Philadelphia Story" that aired on CBS's "The Best of Broadway" on December 8, 1954 -- ten days after tonight's "WML?" show.
(4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: While the temperatures in some parts of the country were hot as of the July 1, 2008 airing of this episode, GSN's continuing practice of "crunching" the end credits once again made its viewing audience hot under the collar, regardless of the weather.
(5) A DOUBLE-DOSE OF "OUR SPONSOR": Right after the July 1, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the November 28, 1966 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Steve Allen, with the regular panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan, and celebrity guest Walter Pidgeon. In a wild coincidence, the opening sponsor for this 1966 "IGAS" edition -- which aired exactly 12 years to the day after the 1954 "WML?" episode that GSN aired just prior -- was Remington electric shavers. - W-B (2008)
REVIEW: For the second week in a row, the panel had a perfect night. In the first game, Dorothy correctly guessed that the first contestant was an official for some sport, but Fred narrowed it down and determined that he was a football referee. In spite of eventually getting a "yes," Dorothy made a critical error when she asked if the sport was played at all times of the year. (If this question had been asked in the 2000's instead of the 1950's, she would have gotten an immediate "yes" answer, especially due to the existence of the Arena Football League. Until recently, there was also NFL Europe, whose season was during the summer months.) For Dorothy to salvage a "yes" answer on this question, she used a last-ditch effort of broadening the scope of this question to ask, "Is this a sport that could be played at any time of the year... somewhere in the world?" John reluctantly awarded her a "yes," but she wasn't able to get much further. In the second game, Dolly Mae rebounded nicely when she correctly guessed that the second contestant was a test driver. After the game, John informed the panel and the audience that Miss Skelton was donating her prize to a polio ward in Detroit. The capper of the evening was when Arlene correctly guessed that the mystery guest was actor Herbert Marshall - and so ended the second perfect show in succession. - Sargebri (2005)
Tidbits: During the goodbyes, John again announced that Dorothy will be travelling back to Cleveland, Ohio, for continued coverage of the Sam Sheppard murder trial. - Suzanne (2005)
Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.