REGARDING THE FIRST CONTESTANT: Earlier notes on this page state that Robert Q. Lewis guessed the flagpole sitter's occupation "out of the blue," and also state that during the conference, the panelists seemed nowhere near guessing his occupation. But if you listen very closely during the conference, Robert Q. Lewis can be heard to say, "I think he's a flagpole sitter." In fact, he says this twice during the conference. So, his correct guess was not out of the blue. - gsaugustas (2009)
FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at five down. Following the now-customary procedure for this point in time, he dispensed with the panel walk-by segment for this game, which the panel was only given a couple of minutes to play. - agent_0042 (2008)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: For this episode, which marked yet another turning point in a year of turning points, the main sponsor was Stopette. And this was the fourth time this year that the panel was introduced counterclockwise -- and the eighth surviving time that the "birthday gal," Dorothy Kilgallen, introduced John Daly.
(2) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH AND MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: The first contestant's overlay once more had a mixture of all capital letters and mixed-case (upper and lower case) letters, reading as "Professional FLAGPOLE SITTER." As John announced, this guest was the first person to sign on the new sign-in board. And while all contestants now walked towards the viewer's left after their game was over, it will be a while before they are seen greeting the panel at the end of their game. As for mystery guest Audie Murphy, the two upper-third overlays seen as he was signing in -- "MOVIE STAR AND" and "MOST DECORATED U.S. SOLDIER" -- were set in the same font as the regular contestants' overlays, Kabel Heavy. And finally, the old-style curtain background, for now, is still in place.
(3) MORE ON AUDIE MURPHY: For his only "WML?" appearance tonight, Mr. Murphy's nameplate on the panel moderator's desk is set in the usual Title Gothic Condensed No. 11.
(4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the American Airlines plug, the end credits -- dismally "crunched," as usual, by GSN on its August 1, 2008 airing of this episode -- cut off after the art card for director Franklin Heller.
(5) ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOSE OF "Q-SIE": Right after the August 1, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the December 23, 1952 edition of "The Name's the Same," with host Robert Q. Lewis. With this episode, former "Broadway Open House" host Jerry Lester joins Joan Alexander and Meredith Willson on the panel for a brief spell (lasting to at least April of 1953). The celebrity guest was Joe E. Brown. Coincidentally, as on the 1955 "WML?" episode shown just prior by GSN, the panel on this 1952 "TNTS" episode was introduced counterclockwise. - W-B (2008)
WELCOME HOME ARLENE, WELCOME BACK ROBERT Q. AND HAPPY 42ND BIRTHDAY DOROTHY!!! In spite of all the celebrations going on this particular evening, it was somewhat muted by the fact that Fred was hospitalized due to a case of appendicitis. As far as the games were concerned, for the first time in a couple of weeks, the panel had a good night. In the first game, Q-sie made a last-second save when out of the blue he figured out that the first contestant was a professional flag pole sitter. What made it even more incredible was the fact that during the conference, the panel seemed that they were nowhere near identifying his occupation. In the second game, Arlene correctly guessed that the pretty young contestant from Michigan had something to do with false teeth, but she never did figure out that she sold them. After a few "no" answers, it was up to Bennett to make the correct guess that she sold them. Bennett also made the correct guess in the mystery guest round when he correctly identified movie star/war hero Audie Murphy. Murphy was on the show to promote the upcoming screening of his autobiographical film "To Hell and Back" in which he played himself. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time in the final game, so the stockbroker from Chicago won the full prize by default. Let's hope she invested the $50 wisely. - Sargebri (2005)
AUDIE MURPHY: As was mentioned in the post-game chat in the mystery guest round, Audie Murphy was the most decorated soldier of World War II. After the war, Murphy was later offered a movie contract and began a career in films. However, even though he did have memorable roles in films such as 1951's "The Red Badge of Courage" and 1959's "No Name on the Bullet," his roles were mostly limited to grade B films. Unfortunately, due to what is now called post traumatic stress syndrome, he developed a serious drinking problem which curtailed his career. However, by the 1970's, he was on the verge of making a comeback and had been offered the role of a villain in the original "Dirty Harry" film. Tragically, he was killed in a 1971 airplane crash. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. - Sargebri (2005)
Audie Murphy promoted the 1955 film based on the true events of his life during WWII, "To Hell and Back" in which Murphy portrays himself. It opens to the public in October 1955, and is based on Murphy's autobiography. Murphy's Congressional Medal of Honor is mentioned. - Suzanne (2005)
NEW CONTESTANT EXITS: For the first time on this episode, guests are no longer exiting by walking behind John Daly, which is a big improvement to the overall look of the show. The contestant now exits toward the sign-in board, and this format will remain in place until the end of the series. - Suzanne (2005)
BEFORE-GAME PANEL WALK-BY: Since the regular contestants are still performing the before-game panel walk-by, when they perform the "new exit" toward the sign-in board, the camera does not follow their actions. The guests simply walk out of the camera view. Since they have already greeted the panel before their game, they probably leave the stage by walking to the right of the sign-in board, passing through the temporary checkered drapes. - Suzanne (2008)
THE LOOK OF THINGS: A new sign-in board premieres tonight. John tells the first guest that he is the first to sign in on it, and that's something to tell his grandchildren about. In addition, we see what appears to be a temporary checkered background curtain surrounding the board. - Garrison Skunk (2005)
Tidbits: The panel is introduced backwards, but they are seated in their usual positions. Robert Q, Arlene, Bennett and John sing the first two lines of the "Happy Birthday" song to Dorothy, who is flattered. Dorothy is 42 years old today. John's two sons are in the audience. - Suzanne (2005)
Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Robert Q. Lewis, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf. Fred Allen has the night off - unfortunately - due to an attack of appendicitis!