GOOF: There were no nameplates on the panel's desk. - Suzanne (2005)
FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at five down. The panel had correctly guessed this contestant's line, but John said he hoped he could have fooled the panel a bit more. John's explanation for the flip was that it was being done "just for exercise." In the final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at four down because time ran out. This was a very short game and the panel identified that his basic product was a type of food, but didn't have time to figure out anything more than that. - agent_0042 (2008)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Remington's Rollectric shaver is tonight's main sponsor.
(2) JANET BLAIR: The lovely actress/singer makes both her first and last "WML?" appearance tonight. She had been on the final 1956-1957 season of the Sid Caesar comedy/variety series "Caesar's Hour" on "another network" (NBC), on which she played "Jane Victor" in "The Victors" sketches; she replaced Nanette Fabray who had played "Ann Victor." At the time of this episode, Miss Blair was appearing in a movie, "Public Pigeon No. 1," which starred Red Skelton and also featured Vivian Blaine. In addition, it would be a stretch to consider GSN's November 8, 2008 airing of tonight's show a belated and unofficial tribute, since Miss Blair had died on February 19, 2007 at age 85. As a side note, from 1943 to 1950, Janet was married to Lou Busch, the co-writer of "WML?'s" closing theme, "Rollercoaster."
(3) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: Only the first and last contestants' overlays were set in Futura Demi Bold tonight. The second contestant's "Lifeguard" overlay was set in the "last-minute" typeface, while mystery guest Johnnie Ray's lower-third was set in Futura Medium. As a side note, Mr. Ray's name was spelled correctly on this, his final "WML?" appearance, unlike on EPISODE #221 of August 22, 1954 where his nameplate on the panel moderator's desk read "JOHNNY RAY."
(4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the American Airlines travel arrangements plug, the end credits -- hideously "crunched," as always, by GSN on its November 8, 2008 airing of this episode -- only go so far as the "A Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Production" art card.
(5) A SWITCHING OF MEADOWS: GSN's November 8, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the March 21, 1955 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Dennis James. Jayne Meadows, then a panelist on "I've Got a Secret," filled in this week for her sister Audrey Meadows; the rest of the panel, as was prevalent during this period, consisted of Roger Price, Walter Slezak and Joan Alexander. Former Bob Hope sidekick Jerry Colonna was the celebrity guest. This was the only case on "TNTS" where a Meadows sister would substitute for another Meadows sister; however, it happened twice on "IGAS" where Audrey filled in for Jayne as a guest panelist on September 7, 1955 and November 13, 1957. The Meadows sisters sat together on the "IGAS" panel on the October 30, 1957 "IGAS." And, on Audrey's other turn as an "IGAS" guest panelist, on February 15, 1956, she filled in for Faye Emerson. In addition, given that Jayne's seat on this "TNTS" episode was once filled on the program by Bess Myerson, it added to the irony of Bess' replacing Jayne on the "IGAS" panel in 1959. - W-B (2008)
REVIEW: After a hot start, the panel pretty much fizzled in the end. In the first game, guest panelist Ozzie Nelson correctly guessed that the first contestant was a balloon pilot. In fact, the flight Captain Kittinger made set a record when he went up 18 miles into the stratosphere. In the second game, Dorothy correctly guessed that the shapely contestant from New York was a lifeguard. Ironically though, the panel's big hiccup of the night came in the mystery guest round when they were totally stumped for the first time in a long time. The MG who had the honor was none other than Johnnie Ray who, of course, was in the middle of his scandalous affair with Dolly Mae Kilgallen. Another irony was the fact that Johnnie said that he was afraid that Dorothy would recognize him. In the final game, the panel ran out of time while trying to guess the occupation of the final contestant, a man who made perfumed rice for weddings, so he wound up winning the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)
MYSTERY GUEST: The mystery guest was singer Johnnie Ray, with whom Dorothy Kilgallen was having an well-known affair. She was married to Richard "Dick" Kollmar at the time. Dick also had a roving eye, but their Catholic faith prevented divorce. - ClayinAlabama (2003)
MYSTERY GUEST Johnnie Ray promoted his appearance at the Empire Room of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. He mentioned that he plays the piano and it is featured in his act. - Suzanne (2005)
Ozzie Nelson (3/20/1906 - 6/3/1975)
Janet Blair (4/23/1921 - 2/19/2007)
Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Ozzie Nelson, Janet Blair, Bennett Cerf.