Dorothy: (to the psychiatrist) Now, if Fred came to you, (laughter from audience) it would be...
Fred: (interrupting) This -- this is my third visit, Dorothy. (loud laughter and applause)
Dorothy: (underneath the laughter and applause) I'm gonna get a "no" again...
John: And I want you to know that you're already showing improvement, too, Fred. (loud laughter)
FLIP REPORT: With the panel on fire in this episode, it seemed like John might burn out when it came to chances to flip the cards due to time. The final contestant's game was called at five down, however, due to time, so John flipped the five remaining cards and awarded the contestant the full prize. - agent_0042 (2008)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: It's Stopette's turn this evening to be the main sponsor.
(2) As is done from time to time, the "WML?" panelists are introduced counterclockwise. This means that Bennett is introduced first, and Dorothy, for the fifth time among those shows still in existence, introduces the Emmy-winning news analyst and panel moderator. In Dorothy's case, it is most likely the first time she introduces him as John Charles Daly, following in Bennett's footsteps in this regard.
(3) "WHO CAN TAKE A SUNRISE...": Legendary all-around entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. makes his first appearance on "WML?" this evening. He will make four more appearances on the program, the last being EPISODE #734 of October 11, 1964 which was his only turn as a guest panelist. Sammy, of course, went on to be one of the more famous of the "last-minute" mystery guests, on EPISODE #364 of May 26, 1957, after John vociferously vetoed a proposed mystery guest appearance by future "60 Minutes" inquisitor, then hosting an interview show bearing his name, Mike Wallace. Mr. Davis's nameplate on the panel moderator's desk for his spot tonight is set in the customary Title Gothic Condensed No. 11.
(4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Amazingly, the end credits cut off after the art card slide for coordinator of production Bob Bach and program manager Frances Trocaine, in another episode which plugged American Airlines as providing travel arrangements. Unsurprisingly, on the July 16, 2008 airing of this episode by GSN, the viewing audience was yet again made to suffer through the cable and satellite channel's woeful, wrenching and wretched habit of "crunching" the screen at that point.
(5) Following the July 16, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN, the cable and satellite channel reran the August 20, 1952 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, with the panel once again assembled as Abe Burrows, Joan Alexander and Bill Cullen, and the celebrity guest being Burgess Meredith. - W-B (2008)
REVIEW: The panel did really well this particular evening, especially Dolly Mae. However, it was Arlene who got the first guess as she correctly identified that the rather rotund first contestant was a toe dancer. In fact, Miss Murphy and her sisters were performing at the Latin Quarter in New York. In the second game, Dorothy correctly guessed that the rather tall contestant was a psychiatrist. She also correctly guessed that the mystery guest was Sammy Davis Jr., who used several good impersonations in an attempt to fool the panel. He promoted his upcoming appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show," which would be his first musical performance since his harrowing road accident. Unfortunately, the panel did not guess that the final contestant sold fireworks, so he won the full prize by default. Also, another note about the final game. When Bennett asked Mr. Allen if there were any animals involved in the product, he received a "yes" answer. The panel got off the track asking which type of animals were involved. After the game, there were still some lingering doubts about how an animal product could be incorporated into fireworks. However, John explained that the wicks of the fireworks were coated in animal fat, so the panel had indeed been given a correct - although somewhat misleading - answer. - Sargebri (2005)
THREE DOWN, TWO TO GO!!! This is a reference to the fact that Sammy Davis Jr. was the third member of the infamous Hollywood clique, The Rat Pack, to appear on What's My Line? He was proceeded by his fellow "Rats" Peter Lawford and Dean Martin. Fellow Rat Packer Joey Bishop would appear on the show a few years later as a frequent guest panelist and mystery guest. In fact, Peter, Sammy and Joey were the only members until 1966 to appear as both panelists and mystery guests. Of course, the group's leader, "Old Blue Eyes" Frank Sinatra, wouldn't appear on the show until the November 27, 1966 broadcast when he appeared as both a mystery guest and a guest panelist. Ironically, what really made that appearance significant is the fact that it was a year and three weeks after the death of Frank's former friend turned bitter enemy Dorothy Kilgallen. - Sargebri (2005)
MINI-REVIEW: It was a good night for the panel, especially Dorothy! Arlene Francis was able to guess the occupation of Patricia Murphy (the Professional Toe Dancer), but not before Patricia had managed to confound the panel and get 8 "no" answers. Dorothy Kilgallen next guessed the occupation of Kirk Miller (the Psychiatrist) after only 4 "no" answers. Dorothy Kilgallen then identified the mystery guest (Sammy Davis, Jr.) after asking him, "Can you do practically anything?" Sammy only got to take home $15.00. - thanatos8877 (2005)
MYSTERY GUEST FEE: Even though Sammy's game ended with only three cards down, $15, he undoubtedly took home the full $500 that was the standard fee paid to those who appeared as mystery challengers. This fee was unknown to the general public. - agent_0042 (2008)
Sammy Davis Jr. made his appearance tonight wearing an eye patch over his left eye. John briefly mentioned Sammy's determination not to let his accident ruin his career. Sammy promoted his upcoming April 3, 1955 appearance on Ed Sullivan's "Toast of the Town." When Dorothy identified Sammy, and John asked her how she accomplished this, she replied, "Well, I'm president of the fan club." (Dorothy's cute phrase isn't meant to be taken literally - she uses it again in 1958 for another contestant.)
In November 1954, while driving on a desert highway from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, Sammy lost his left eye in a car crash. He swerved his new 1954 Cadillac Eldorado convertible into oncoming traffic in a failed attempt to avoid hitting a car that was making a U-turn directly in front of him. His head hit the steering wheel, and his eye was impaled by a protruding ornamental chrome cone in the center of the steering wheel. In addition, Sammy's theatrical dresser, Charley, also suffered a jaw injury in the crash. Charley had been asleep in the back of the automobile at the time of the impact. Sammy's unfortunate mishap caused General Motors to redesign the Cadillac's steering wheel to make it safer. Sammy wore an eyepatch for some time after the accident, but eventually shed the patch in favor of the use of a glass eye. With unstoppable spirit, Sammy pushed himself to come back to his former level of performance, in spite of the loss of his eyesight and his depth perception. Truly, he was a remarkable man. Sammy Davis, Jr. died of throat cancer in 1990, at the age of 64. - Suzanne (2005)
Trivia about Sammy Davis: Always articulate, he never attended school of any kind; performing since the age of five, he was largely self-taught. - IMDb (2005)
The panel was rather insensitive to the toe dancer, with their many references to her girth. Today, audiences would find their comments unacceptable. - LorieTarica (2005)
Tidbits: The panel is introduced backwards tonight, but they are seated in their usual chairs. The introductions start with Bennett, who states that the Homemaker's Forum magazine has named Arlene the "Outstanding Homemaker of the Year." Further down the line, once again, Dorothy introduces John Daly. - Suzanne (2005)
Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.