Regular Panelist (1950-1967)
Regular Panelist (1951-1967)
Regular Panelist (1950-1965)
Regular Panelist (1955-1956)
FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant, who was unfortunate enough to have his line guessed on a wild guess from Bennett Cerf, not long before this feature of the program was retired for good. John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at seven down. The panel had come fairly close on this game in which, to save time, John had dispensed with the panel walk-by, though not the wild guess. - agent_0042 (2008)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The main sponsor this evening is Remington electric shavers.
(2) FRED ALLEN-STYLE QUIP WATCH: Tonight, during the introductions, Dorothy tries her hand at the kind of "witty" intros Fred has been doing for Arlene, by mentioning that Mr. Allen had already figured the first contestant to be "an anchovy embalmer at a pizza factory."
(3) The Camden label, which released the "Arlene Francis Presents Music Appreciation For the 'Home' - An Analysis With Music of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite and Schubert's Unfinished Symphony" LP (with a reference to the "Home" series she was hosting at the time), was first started around 1953 as a budget-label subsidiary of RCA Victor (the "Camden" was a reference to the base of RCA's longtime manufacturing operations, Camden, New Jersey, and the original price of albums on the label was $1.98). Later in the decade, it became known as RCA Camden. After the demise around 1959 of RCA's Bluebird label which used to be the home of bandleader Glenn Miller but, in its final years, had become a children's label, RCA Camden began issuing children's releases as well as albums by such acts as the "Living Strings" and "Living Voices," and the usual budget reissues of old recordings by RCA Victor artists (including, from 1968 onwards, Elvis Presley). In 1975, RCA sold the Camden imprint to Pickwick International; the name continued to be used on CD releases from the mid-1980's until 2004 when RCA Records' by-then parent, BMG, was merged with Sony Music.
(4) MYSTERY GUEST LILY PONS: This was the only appearance on "WML?" of famed coloratura soprano Lily Pons, for whose mystery guest spot her nameplate on the panel moderator's desk is set, as usual, in Title Gothic Condensed No. 11. Lily's appearance tonight came within one day of a year from her then-husband, music conductor Andre Kostelanetz' mystery guest spot on EPISODE #197 of March 7, 1954. Exactly two weeks prior to tonight's show, on February 20, 1955, Mademoiselle Pons was one of the guests on "Toast of the Town," then seven months away from its title being changed to "The Ed Sullivan Show"; she also appeared on the first episode under that program's new title, on September 25, 1955.
(5) "WML?" END CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Amazingly, despite the American Airlines travel arrangement notice, the entire list of behind-the-scenes crew members was shown during the end credits. Of course, all this was mercilessly "crunched" by GSN in its inimitable and fingernails-on-a-blackboard-style manner on its July 15, 2008 airing of this episode.
(6) The July 15, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the August 13, 1952 edition of "The Name's the Same," with host Robert Q. Lewis, the panel of Abe Burrows, Joan Alexander and Bill Cullen, and celebrity guest Victor McLaglen. - W-B (2008)
WELCOME HOME, BENNETT!!! After being away for four weeks on vacation, Bennett comes home and this seems to have a positive impact on the panel as they have their best performances in weeks. In the first game, Arlene is successful in figuring out that the first contestant is a bullfighter from that hotbed of bullfighting, Cincinnati, Ohio. However, the big star of the night is the "Squire of Mount Kisco." In the second game, Bennett correctly guesses that the second contestant is a slot machine repairman during the wild guesses. As a result, John sympathetically flipped over all the cards so the guest wouldn't leave empty-handed. Bennett also had success in identifying the mystery guest, operatic singer Lily Pons. Unfortunately, the winning string ran out as they were questioning the final contestant, a hypnotist, and he won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)
WOW! Bennett Cerf guesses the second contestant's line during the panel's "Free Guess" feature when he says, "I think he fixes those one-armed bandits so that every one man in a million gets the jackpot." The contestant must have felt sad over not being able to play his game, but he didn't show it. He acted professionally. - Suzanne (2005)
For a list of the episode numbers and dates that the 1950 to 1955 "Wild Guesses" or "Free Guesses" were won, see EPISODE #253. - Suzanne (2005)
Tidbits: Fred displayed Arlene's new Camden label LP on the market titled "Arlene Francis Presents Music Appreciation For the Home - An Analysis With Music of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite and Schubert's Unfinished Symphony." - Suzanne (2005)
Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.
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