FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at four down. Peter Lind Hayes had correctly guessed her line and John flipped them in honor of this "first-ever victory win" of Peter Lind Hayes. In the final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the pair of contestants at six down. Time ran out on this game when the panel had only just started to open the door to potentially guessing the line. - agent_0042 (2008)
WALK-BY WATCH: The frequency of occurrences has diminished, but the practice of before-game panel walk-bys still stands -- a full ten episodes after Arlene suggested that viewers write in if they would like to see the practice of contestants walking by the panel abolished. John had the first contestant of the night walk-by the panel. However, as a time-saving measure, John dispensed with it for the night's other regular games. - agent_0042 (2008)
FINAL BEFORE-GAME PANEL WALK-BY: As it turned out, tonight's lone panel walk-by was the very last one that would ever be performed on the show. Beginning with next week's episode, they were fully eliminated, with no comment from John Daly or the panel. - Suzanne (2008)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: This evening, the main sponsor was Remington electric shavers.
(2) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: This was the third-last episode to employ Kabel Heavy as the primary overlay font for regular contestants' occupations and mystery guest names. This typeface was used for all overlays this evening.
(3) PETER LAWFORD: At the time of his appearance tonight, Mr. Lawford did not have any movies on the docket, but he did make a few appearances on TV in 1956. His appearances included the role of "Bert" in a November 4, 1956 episode of "Studio 57" entitled "My Friends, the Birds"; an installment of "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars" entitled "Once Upon a Time" that aired on November 30, 1956; and the title role in the December 13, 1956 "Playhouse 90" episode "Sincerely, Willis Wade." Mr. Lawford's longest-running TV role came a year from now, when he played "Nick Charles" in the 1957-1959 TV series version of "The Thin Man." As a side note, Phyllis Kirk, who played "Nora Charles" on the show, made no appearances on "WML?," either as a panelist or mystery guest. It should also be noted that William Powell, who played "Nick" in a series of "Thin Man" theatrical motion pictures released between 1934 and 1947, was likewise never on "WML?," but his co-star, Myrna Loy, the original "Nora," was a mystery guest on EPISODE #524 of July 31, 1960.
(4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH AND ROGUE CAPTIONS WATCH: A modified logo card for American Airlines is unveiled with tonight's show; the layout is the same as the previous card, but the "AMERICAN AIRLINES" is a slightly different font -- which, as with the prior card, was hand-painted. Alas, this evening's end credit sequence cuts off after a few seconds of showing this card, thus stymieing GSN in its efforts to "crunch" the screen on its September 13, 2008 airing of this episode -- and enabling the viewing audience to see this all-too-brief sequence in full screen and with original audio. GSN did, however, subject viewers to a brief rogue closed-captions feed for "High Stakes Poker" during this airing. Fortunately, this captioning lasted only up until Arlene's introduction, before, presumably, somebody noticed it and cut it off.
(5) The September 13, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by the November 3, 1953 edition of "The Name's the Same." This was the first of two consecutive shows where Brian Aherne guest-hosted for Robert Q. Lewis; the then-regular panel of Gene Rayburn, Joan Alexander and Bill Stern was still in place. The celebrity guest was Jan Murray. - W-B (2008)
Two future U.S. Presidents are mentioned on this episode. John Daly mentions to Peter Lawford that he recently saw Lawford's brother-in-law, "Senator Jack" (Kennedy). Also, Bennett Cerf announces that on the panel next week will be Ronald Reagan. - videopro1 (2005)
REVIEW: Excuse the pun, but the panel batted .500 this evening. In the first game, the panel did determine that Colonel Hamblet was a member of the armed forces, but they were unable to correctly guess that she was the Commandant of the Women's Marine Corps. After the game, it was announced that the colonel's winnings were going to the Navy Relief Fund. In the second game, guest panelist Peter Lind Hayes pulled a shocker when he almost - out of the blue - identified the line of the second contestant, which was that of a dentist. In fact, this was the first time he made a correct ID in any of the regular games. He did make the correct guess of his wife Mary Healy the previous week, but that was in the mystery guest round. Speaking of the mystery guest round, Peter also correctly identified the evening's guest, Peter Lawford. During the post game chat, they briefly mentioned Peter's brother-in-law, the then current Senator from Massachusetts, John Kennedy. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time in the final game, so the two bat boys won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)
As was mentioned earlier, this was the first appearance of Eamonn Andrews on the American "What's My Line?" panel. Not only was it his first time on the show, but it was his first time on American television. In addition to appearing several more times, he also would appear occasionally on another Goodson-Todman show, "To Tell the Truth." In fact, Eamonn filled in for John on one occasion when John was on vacation. In 1963, Eamonn became the head of the fledgling Irish Broadcasting Company. - Sargebri (2005)
Tidbits: Happy Mother's Day 1956! Peter Lind Hayes told Arlene that he hoped Peter Gabel, her son, had sent her a potted plant. - Suzanne (2005)
Eamonn Andrews (12/19/1922 - 11/5/1987)
Panel: Arlene Francis, Peter Lind Hayes, Dorothy Kilgallen, Eamonn Andrews. Bennett Cerf had the night off. Eamonn Andrews was a very special Guest Panelist, since he was the moderator of the "What's My Line?" show in England during these dates: 1951-1963 and 1984-87. - Suzanne (2003)