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Dorothy Kilgallen: (introducing Fred Allen) And on my left, a surprise pinch-hitter for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series, Mr. Fred Allen.
Fred Allen: Thank you, Dorothy...and I haven't hit a pinch for a long time, frankly. And at my left, ladies and gentlemen, a very witty young lady who just told me a few minutes ago that the trouble with being a leader in Argentina is that you can't be sure whether the people are following you or chasing you. And here she is, Miss Arlene Francis.
FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at six down because time was running short. He flipped them all for the second contestant at four down. The panel had guessed that his product was some kind of dog food, but they were not able to come up with dog candy. Finally, the cards all went over at six down for the final contestant because time ran out. In an unusual move, all of the before-game panel walk-by segments were eliminated in this episode. It is possible that John wanted to insure ample time with the special mystery guest, Joe Di Maggio. - agent_0042 (2006)
(1) Simon & Garfunkel's 1968 hit "Mrs. Robinson" (Columbia 4-44511) was not the only song to mention Joe Di Maggio in the lyrics. In 1941, the same year as his 56-game hitting streak, Les Brown and His Orchestra recorded the tribute song "Joltin' Joe Di Maggio" (originally released that year on OKeh 6377 and re-released in 1949 on Columbia 38555), written by Ben Homer and Alan Courtney and with lead vocals by Betty Bonney. The lyrics, which specifically mentioned his famed hitting streak, are shown on the web page below.
(2) While "Joltin' Joe" is known to latter-day audiences for his 1970's "Mr. Coffee" ads, he is perhaps better known in the New York metropolitan area as commercial spokesperson for The Bowery Savings Bank, beginning in 1972 and continuing until 1992 when The Bowery was folded into, and adopted the name of, its then-parent, Home Savings of America. - W-B (2006)
(3) GSN "REGULAR ROTATION" AIRING TALLY: Besides the two 2006 airings during the Baseball Hall of Fame tribute, GSN aired tonight's show in its regular rotation on August 11, 2008. The cable and satellite channel previously aired this episode in regular rotation on March 28, 2005, and prior to that, on February 12, 2003.
(4) "WML?" SPONSOR AND ANNOUNCER INTRO WATCH: The main sponsor's panel desk billboard is displayed tonight as Remington Rand typewriters. And announcer Lee Vines has reverted to the longer introduction of Dorothy, mentioning her home paper, the New York Journal-American. This expanded introduction will not hold for long, however.
(5) In another development, this episode did not have any opening panel walk-bys for the regular contestants. In recent episodes, only the first two contestants had pre-game walk-bys. It will be a while before the contestants are seen greeting the panel at the end of their games.
(6) MYSTERY GUEST NAMEPLATE WATCH: For the lone "WML?" appearance of the "Yankee Clipper," his nameplate, which reads "JOE Di MAGGIO," is mostly set in the regular Title Gothic Condensed No. 11, except for the small "i" which may have originated from either Gothic No. 13 or Franklin Gothic Extra Condensed. Also, the spacing between the two parts of his surname is closer than the spacing between his first and last name. For a few years, starting in 1950 and continuing to the early years of his retirement as an active player, Mr. Di Maggio hosted a children's TV show, alternately called "The Joe Di Maggio Show" and "Di Maggio's Dugout," in which he had baseball personalities as guests and gave hitting tips. One of the hosts, and producers, of the program at one point was Jack Barry of "Winky Dink and You" fame and "Twenty-One" infamy.
(7) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the American Airlines plug, the end credits cut off after the art card for production crew members Bob Bach and Frances Trocaine. And in GSN's customary fashion, the cable and satellite channel, on its August 11, 2008 airing of this episode, carried on with its viewer-detested "crunching" of the screen.
(8) Right after the August 11, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the March 3, 1953 edition of "The Name's the Same," with host Robert Q. Lewis, the panel of Jerry Lester, Joan Alexander and Meredith Willson, and celebrity guest Leslie Caron, who was appearing in the musical film "Lili" at the time. This "TNTS" episode aired only two days after ABC's New York flagship station, WJZ-TV (Channel 7), changed its call letters to the current WABC-TV on March 1, 1953. - W-B (2008)
BASEBALL HALL OF FAME TRIBUTE: GSN aired this episode on July 8, 2006 and again on July 22, 2006 as part of a month-long airing of "WML?" episodes with at least one game featuring a figure from the world of baseball, in connection with the 70th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame. - W-B (2006)
Gino Prato was a humble little 5' 4" Italian immigrant shoemaker from The Bronx, NY, who won a fabulous amount of money on "The $64,000 Question." His category of expertise was grand opera, which was probably the inspiration for one of the filmed "Honeymooners" episodes of 1955/56, when Ralph Kramden's topic on "The $99,000 Answer" was also music. Cobbler Gino Prato's big wish was to someday return to "the old country" for a visit. Prato, one of the quiz show's most popular guests, stopped after winning $32,000. His father, still in Italy, told him via a cablegram that he had won enough. Gino appeared in an article in the August 22, 1955 issue of Time magazine. - stopette (2005)
REVIEW: After the previous week's near perfecto, the panel pretty much tanked it this week. They were totally stumped by the first contestant, one of the Buckingham Palace guards, who came out on stage in his full uniform. Of course, they were blindfolded for his game, and that contributed to their defeat. Perhaps if the guest had appeared in regular street clothes, they might have had a chance. However, Arlene did recognize the name and the voice and voluntarily disqualified herself as a result. In the second game, the panel was again stumped, this time by a man who made candy for dogs. The panel did redeem themselves in the mystery guest round when Arlene correctly identified the "Yankee Clipper" Joe DiMaggio. Unfortunately, they reverted to their previous form and were totally stumped by the rather matronly looking hat check girl, who then won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)
"GENTLEMAN JOE" AS RECALLED BY MRS. ROBINSON: "Gentleman Joe" DiMaggio, the elegant Yankee Clipper and Baseball Hall of Famer whose 56-game hitting streak endures as one of the most remarkable records in any sport, passed away in 1999 at the age of 84. He was known as the consummate gentleman, both on and off the playing field. This one-time husband of Marilyn Monroe became, in his later years, the TV pitchman for the "Mr. Coffee" kitchen appliance, although it was rumored that DiMaggio was not a coffee drinker. DiMaggio was immortalized for a new generation in the song "Mrs. Robinson," sung by Simon and Garfunkel in Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft's 1967 movie blockbuster, "The Graduate," 12 years after tonight's WML appearance. - Lee McIntyre (2005)
The "Mrs. Robinson" song lyrics that reference Joe are as follows:
"Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?
A nation turns its lonely eyes to you
(Ooo, ooo, ooo)
What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson?
Joltin' Joe has left and gone away
(Hey, hey, hey - hey, hey, hey")
Baseball great Joe DiMaggio talks about how the What's My Line? producers have tried to get him on the show for over five years, and how he just returned from vacationing in Italy and meeting Gino Prato. - Jim's TV Collectables (2003)
Tidbits: Arlene mentions that Bennett has just published "Beast in View." The author of this mystery novel is Margaret Millar. In 1956, the Mystery Writers of America awarded this book the "Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Mystery Novel." The panel moans loudly when told to don their blindfolds for the first game! - Suzanne (2003)
Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.
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