(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: While the panel desk billboard for main sponsor Stopette is still the same, the "Stopette" logo itself appears slightly different than it had been from EPISODE #155 of May 17, 1953 to EPISODE #249 of March 13, 1955.
(2) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: As if an omen of his bizarre behavior on the panel tonight, Wally Cox is attired in a regular business suit and straight tie, hearkening back to the earliest days of the show. And while this proved to be his "WML?" swan song, it wasn't totally the end for Mr. Cox as far as Goodson-Todman went, given his appearances on at least three of their other shows -- "I've Got a Secret," "Password" and the Bill Cullen version of "The Price Is Right" -- in the next decade, prior to his joining the panel lineup of "The Hollywood Squares." Bennett, meanwhile, uses the terms "news moderator and panel moderator" in introducing John.
(3) MYSTERY GUEST TYRONE POWER: In 1953, two years before his only "WML?" appearance tonight, Tyrone Power was a part of the cast of a staging of Stephen Vincent Benet's "John Brown's Body," produced by Paul Gregory and directed by Charles Laughton, and following on the heels of the previous year's "Don Juan in Hell" from the same individuals. Mr. Power's co-stars in this production initially consisted of Raymond Massey and Judith Anderson, and it was that cast that played at the New Century Theatre from February 14, 1953 to April 11, 1953 for a total of 65 performances. Later in the year, as the production went on the road, Dame Anderson was replaced by Anne Baxter. Publicity photos showed the cast attired in the kind of formal wear associated with "WML?": tuxedos for the men, gowns for the women. A recording of this production with the original cast was released as a two-record set on Columbia Masterworks (set SL-181, consisting of ML 4690 and ML 4691) in 1953. The musical director and "effects master" (in the words of Walter Kerr in his February 16, 1953 New York Herald Tribune review) was Walter Schumann, who is perhaps most famous for the "dum-de-dum-dum" theme from the 1952-1959 and 1967-1970 TV cop series "Dragnet." As for Mr. Power's mystery guest spot, which was as bizarre in its own way as Mr. Cox's guest panelist turn this evening, the nameplate which bore his name on the panel moderator's desk was set in the regular Title Gothic Condensed No. 11, while the "last-minute" font was used for the disclaimer, "TO FOOL THE PANEL THE GUEST REQUESTS NO APPLAUSE," that was shown prior to his signing in. As a side note, of his "John Brown's Body" co-stars, only Mr. Massey was a "WML?" mystery guest, appearing along with his co-star on the "Dr. Kildare" TV series, Richard Chamberlain, on EPISODE #624 of July 29, 1962; Dame Anderson made no appearances on "WML?" whatsoever.
(4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: This was another rare instance of the end credit sequence accounting for all production crew members after the American Airlines travel arrangements plug; all these subtleties seemed lost on GSN which continued, completely devoid of concern or sympathy, with its "crunching" of the screen during such segment on its July 18, 2008 airing of this episode, as if nothing had ever changed.
(5) Following the July 18, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the September 3, 1952 edition of "The Name's the Same," with host Robert Q. Lewis, the panel of Abe Burrows, Joan Alexander and Bill Cullen, and legendary singer and songwriter Johnny Mercer as the celebrity guest. - W-B (2008)