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Regular Panelist (1950-1967)
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John: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and I have first of all a word for the panel. Panel...
Dorothy: (interrupting) Oh no!
Bennett: Put on your masks.
John: You don't have to put on your masks.
John Daly: (following Mr. Perrigo's introduction) And since Fred made the pun, I think we'll let him go first.
Fred Allen: Well, Bennett made one too. Well, Mr. Perry, is it?
John Daly: Perrigo.
Fred Allen: What?
The Other Panelists: (in unison) Perrigo.
Fred Allen: Oh well, Boyd. You don't mind me calling you Boyd, do you? It's Brooklyn for "bird," you know.
Bennett Cerf: (making a pun about Miss Fischer's brand of beer) A real Blue Ribbon girl!
(later, Bennett subjects the audience to yet another pun...)
Bennett Cerf: Miss Fischer leaves us sadder Budweiser.
John Daly: In a way, I'm glad that happened. Coming down the stairs this evening, Bennett said, "I haven't been able to make a pun for weeks," and now you did.
Fred Allen: I had one too, John.
John Daly: Okay, Mr. Allen.
Fred Allen: I thought a girl who worked in a brewery should have a bigger head on her than this girl had. (laughter from audience) I didn't have the chance to tell it.
Arlene Francis: Well now, this product is edible. Is it solid?
Miss Denise Fischer: No.
John Daly: No, that's 5 down and 5 to go. Mr. Allen.
Fred Allen: Is it liquid?
Miss Denise Fischer: It is. (laughter from panel and audience)
Fred Allen: I actually become brilliant, John. (more laughter from audience) Is this a liquid something that is donated by an animal of some sort?
Miss Denise Fischer: (laughing) No.
John Daly: I'm afraid not, Fred.
Fred Allen: I mean milk, John. You can take it but the cow will give it.
John Daly: Sorry, not milk.
Bennett Cerf: Mr. Daly, when I said you were articulate in my introduction, I think that was an understatement.
John Daly: Wait till I burst out in song - then I'll ruin you, Bennett!
Bennett Cerf (after the mystery guest round with Robert Taylor) I was convinced Jane Russell was going to be on tonight, because I saw her a little while ago, and I thought her denials were rather false."
Dorothy Kilgallen (shoots back from off camera) That's the only thing about her that is!
(loud audience laugher)
This was a reference, of course, to the voluptuous star of Hollywood films, TV and nightclubs whose 38-inch cleavage provided the most crucial issue in the controversy surrounding the public showing of Howard Hughes's "The Outlaw" in 1943. - Lee McIntyre (2005)
FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at two down. The panel had figured out that this contestant was employed by a government in a job involving buffalo, but John didn't make them hunt for his exact line. In the final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at three down, even though Arlene had guessed this contestant's line after a strong hint from Dorothy, who had disqualified herself. As a time-saving measure, John also dispensed with the opening panel walk-by segment for both of these games. On the very next episode, Arlene suggests that viewers should write in if they wish to see this feature eliminated and, soon after, it disappears for good. - agent_0042 (2008)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The main sponsor for this evening is Stopette. After tonight, there will be two more episodes sponsored by the company before Dr. Jules Montenier's sale of his firm to Helene Curtis Industries, Inc.
(2) THE DAYS DWINDLE DOWN: This was the third-last appearance of Fred Allen on the program before his death.
(3) The television station WXIX (Channel 19) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the first contestant, Denise Fischer, was participating in a station-run contest, is today WVTV (Channel 18). It is of no relation to the current WXIX (Channel 19), which is licensed to Newport, Kentucky and serves Cincinnati, Ohio, and which first signed on the air in 1968.
(4) ROBERT TAYLOR: The veteran actor makes his only appearance on "WML?" this evening. Besides "The Last Hunt" which was released two months after tonight's show, Mr. Taylor was in two other films that were released in 1956: "D-Day the Sixth of June" and "The Power and the Prize." In later years, he made the transition to television, as star of "The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor" which ran from 1959 to 1962, and as host of the syndicated "Death Valley Days" from 1966 until his death in 1969. As a side note, there was some irony to Bennett's comment after the game that he thought Jane Russell would be the mystery guest, for two reasons: Miss Russell would be a mystery guest twice on "WML?" in later years, and she did not make any movies with Mr. Taylor.
(5) "WML?" END CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After the travel arrangements plug for American Airlines, the end credits only go so far as to a brief shot of the art card for substitute director Frank Satenstein before cutting off. This episode marks Mr. Satenstein's fifth known "WML?" episode, again filling in for regular director Franklin Heller. In the spirit of the show Mr. Satenstein was directing at the time, "The Honeymooners," GSN's continued "crunching" of the end credits, on its September 2, 2008 airing of this episode, earned the cable and satellite channel a potential trip to the moon.
(6) Following GSN's September 2, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel ran the August 18, 1953 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, with the panel of Carl Reiner, Joan Alexander and Bill Stern, and Charles Ruggles as the celebrity guest. - W-B (2008)
PREVIOUS PABST BREWERY GUIDE: During the post-game chat in game one, John references Miss Audrey Conti, another Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer "Brewery Guide" who was a guest on EPISODE #198 of March 14, 1954. - Suzanne (2005)
BEER PUN: Bennett Cerf got lots of groans - and plugged another brand of beer - when he made a "sadder but wiser" pun to the Pabst Blue Ribbon tour guide in this manner: "Miss Fischer leaves us sadder Budweiser." - Suzanne (2005)
BISON PUN: Still punning away, during the good nights, Bennett says to John, "As we old buffalo hunters say, good bison." This was a play-on-words on "goodbye, son" (bison) and it took a few seconds for the logic of the pun to hit the other panelists and John, who groaned loudly. - Suzanne (2008)
REVIEW: Between the panel's wonderful performance - and Bennett and Fred trading bad puns - this was a very fun night. Bennett correctly guessed that the first contestant, a rather attractive young lady from Wisconsin, was a guide at a beer factory. In fact, she was a guide at the Pabst plant. Bennett also pretty much figured out that the second contestant had something to do with bison, but John decided to flip over all the cards. For the record, Mr. Perrigo was responsible for hunting bison to help control their populations. Also, he had a connection with mystery guest Robert Taylor due to the fact that he assisted on the film "The Last Hunt." Speaking of Robert Taylor, Arlene made the correct identification and it was easy for the panel. In fact, Fred got the only "no" answer. In the final game, despite the disqualifications of Dorothy and Bennett, Arlene correctly guessed that the final contestant was the head waiter at the legendary Maxim's De Paris. And so ended a great night for the panel. - Sargebri (2005)
Many mentions are made of Dorothy Kilgallen's series of articles on Frank Sinatra. Mr Sinatra - who hated the press in general and Dorothy in particular - would regularly snipe at her in his stage act, calling her "The Chinless Wonder" and saying things such as, "if you ever run into Dorothy Kilgallen, be sure you're in a car." - Garrison Skunk (2005)
Tidbits: We learn that Dorothy's series of articles titled "The Real Frank Sinatra Story" began publication today in Hearst newspapers. - Suzanne (2005)
In Gil Fates' 1978 WML book, in Appendix A of mystery guests, tennis pro Bill Talbert is incorrectly listed as a mystery guest on this date. Billy Talbert's appearance was actually on EPISODE #240 of January 9, 1955. - Suzanne (2005)
Panel: Arlene Francis, Fred Allen, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.
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