Peter Lind Hayes: (to Arlene, who had been fawning over Yul Brynner) Just to remind you -- good night, Mrs. Gabel. Also, what better way to close the show than my favorite epitaph -- I think you'll enjoy this -- it appeared on the tombstone of a hypochondriac and all it said was: "You see, I told you I was sick."
Arlene: Black Beaver, I want you to think of me as White Mink.
FLIP REPORT: Tonight, John did not increase any dollar amounts won by flipping cards for any of the contestants. - agent_0042 (2008)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The main sponsor for this first show of 1957 is Remington Rand Univac.
(2) YUL BRYNNER - PART I: This was the bald actor's only "WML?" appearance. Besides his role in "The Ten Commandments," Mr. Brynner's other famous 1956 movie was "The King and I," in which he immortalized in celluloid the role of "King Mongkut of Siam" that he originated on Broadway in 1951. He would go on to play the character in many revivals of "The King and I" for the rest of his life. He even played "The King" in a short-lived 1972 TV sitcom, "Anna and the King," that was one of two TV series (along with "M*A*S*H") that premiered in 1972 that had been adaptations of movies previously released by 20th Century-Fox. But whereas "Anna and the King" only lasted 13 episodes, "M*A*S*H" went on to a wildly successful 11-year run, with the 1983 series finale, "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen," making the record books as the single most-watched episode of a television series in American history. ("M*A*S*H's" star, Alan Alda, would be a frequent guest panelist on the syndicated "WML?" in its last years on the air.) As a side note about Mr. Brynner, while his "The King and I" co-star, Deborah Kerr, had previously been on "WML?" as a mystery guest and a guest panelist, the original "Anna Leonowens," Gertrude Lawrence, never made any appearances on the panel show, nor did Marni Nixon, who had dubbed Miss Kerr's singing voice in the movie. However, Rita Moreno, who played "Tuptim" in the film, appeared on "WML?" only in its 1968-1975 syndicated version, as a mystery guest three times and a guest panelist twice, between 1969 and 1974.
(3) YUL BRYNNER - PART II: Besides "The King and I," Mr. Brynner, in later years, would also be known for his role as "Chris Adams" in the 1960 Western "The Magnificent Seven" and its 1966 sequel, "Return of the Seven." He did not, however, appear in the two other pictures in the series -- "Guns of the Magnificent Seven" (1969) and "The Magnificent Seven Ride!" (1972). In addition, he is only one of eight actors to have won a Tony and an Oscar for playing the same role in both stage and screen (in his case, "The King and I"). The others were Anne Bancroft (for "The Miracle Worker"), Shirley Booth (for "Come Back, Little Sheba"), Joel Grey (for "Cabaret"), Jose Ferrer (for "Cyrano de Bergerac"), Jack Albertson (for "The Subject Was Roses"), Rex Harrison (for "My Fair Lady") and Paul Scofield (for "A Man for All Seasons"). Miss Bancroft, Miss Booth, Mr. Grey and Mr. Ferrer were on "WML?" at varying points within its 17.5-year CBS run, and Mr. Albertson was a mystery guest once during its 7-year syndicated run, but Mr. Harrison and Mr. Scofield did not appear in either version of "WML?"
(4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After the American Airlines plug -- for which the "plain" logo card was once again used -- the end credits are super-truncated, cutting off at the "In Association with the CBS Television Network" art card -- followed by the vintage "CBS eyes" animation where the last iris opens up like a camera lens to reveal the "CBS Television Network" identification inside. Even with this most-appreciated add-on, GSN carried on with its scandalous "crunching" of the screen on its October 17, 2008 airing of this episode.
(5) Right after the October 17, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the July 6, 1954 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, with the panel of Arnold Stang, Bess Myerson, Gene Rayburn and Joan Alexander, and celebrity guests Les Paul and Mary Ford -- whose appearance on this "TNTS" episode came nearly one month after their "WML?" mystery guest shot on EPISODE #211 of June 13, 1954. - W-B (2008)
HAPPY NEW YEAR 1957!!! This was the first show of 1957 and the panel did a great job this particular night. In the first game, Dorothy correctly guessed that the first contestant was a pilot. The only hiccup came in the second game when the panel failed to figure out that the contestant operated a roulette wheel. In fact, as it was pointed out, Dolly Mae was a customer of his during her trip to Cuba. Fortunately, she failed to recognize him and the game went off without a hitch. After the game, John also said they had flown back to the states on the same airplane. In the mystery guest round, Arlene (aka White Mink) got the biggest laugh of the night when she asked if Yul Brynner had curly blonde hair, to which she promptly got a big fat no. However, that probably gave guest panelist Peter Lind Hayes a huge hint as he promptly guessed that it was Brynner. In the final game, Arlene made up for her earlier gaffe when she correctly figured out that the contestant was a pollster. - Sargebri (2005)
After Brynner left the stage, Arlene said she wanted to ask him about his role in the previous year's biblical epic film, "The Ten Commandments," in which Brynner played "Rameses" and Charlton Heston, who was a mystery guest a few weeks earlier, played "Moses." The film would later become a staple on television for years to come. However, the film has gone down over the years as one of the camp classics of all times due to the overacting not only by Brynner and Heston, but by the rest of cast as well, in addition to the pretentious dialogue. As a result of all these factors, it was named one of the worst films of all time in the book of the same name. - Sargebri (2005)
Tidbits: This is Peter Lind Hayes' 7th (of 10 total) "WML?" appearances. We won't see him again until March 1958, when he and his wife Mary Healy appear as mystery guests. - Suzanne (2005)
Panel: Arlene Francis, Peter Lind Hayes, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.
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