FLIP REPORT: When John Daly announced that Anne Jeffreys' and Robert Sterling's syndicated television show was named "Mr. and Mrs. North" instead of the correct name "Topper," he was immediately stopped and corrected by Robert Sterling. This embarrassed John, who replied, "I'm sorry! Oh, oh my! Goodbye!" and momentarily stood up as if threatening to leave the theatre. In a most unusual move, during John's dramatic apology, Robert Sterling reached out and flipped the remaining two cards at eight down. Usually, it was only ever John who touched the cards. John acknowledged his mistake and sportingly agreed to the flip by saying, "Throw them all over -- I did that." For the record, all mystery guests were paid an unpublicized appearance fee of $500. - agent_0042 (2008)
JOHN DALY'S GAFFE: It is unknown why John made the mistake in naming Robert Sterling's and Anne Jeffreys' television program "Topper," but John's mistake did refer to an early radio program; motion picture; and its television series spinoff. In 1943, the motion picture "Mr. and Mrs. North" was released, starring Gracie Allen and William Post Jr. in the title roles. In 1952, the TV series was released, starring Richard Denning and Barbara Britton as detectives Jerry and Pam North. - Suzanne (2008)
(1) HOLY COW: This was Phil Rizzuto's fourth and final appearance on "WML?" during its CBS network run. He had appeared once as a mystery guest and three times as a guest panelist. Mr. Rizzuto was the only person from EPISODE #1 of February 2, 1950 not to have appeared on the final EPISODE #876 of September 3, 1967. However, he will appear on the show during its 1968-1975 color syndicated incarnation, as a mystery guest on an episode that was taped on February 5, 1970, which was twenty years and three days after his mystery guest appearance on that very first "WML?" episode in 1950. The host at the time of the 1970 show was Wally Bruner, the panel on that occasion had consisted of Soupy Sales, Sheila MacRae, Bert Convy and Arlene Francis, and Gene Wood was filling in for then-announcer Johnny Olson. The 1970 episode was aired by GSN on August 2, 2006 as part of a month-long tribute to the Baseball Hall of Fame on its 70th anniversary. A side note about Sheila MacRae's appearance as a panelist on the 1970 show was that in the month that episode was taped, the final incarnation of "The Jackie Gleason Show," on which Sheila played "Alice Kramden" in what is now known as the "Color Honeymooners" episodes, was cancelled by CBS. Coincidentally, a few months prior to tonight's 1957 "WML?" episode, Gleason's 1952-1957 variety series had also come to an end. - W-B (2006)
(2) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's main sponsor was Helene Curtis.
(3) "WML?" OVERLAY WATCH: Again, all overlays were set in Futura Demi Bold; however, for Anne Jeffreys and Robert Sterling's lower-third overlay, the ampersand (&) was in a smaller size than their names.
(4) This was the only appearance of both Anne Jeffreys and Robert Sterling on "WML?" Their marriage lasted from 1951 until Mr. Sterling's death in 2006, and produced three sons. Prior to that, Mr. Sterling had been married to actress (and occasional "WML?" mystery guest) Ann Sothern from 1941 to 1949; that union had produced a daughter, Tisha Sterling, who went on to become an actress herself. (Coincidentally, Miss Jeffreys' own previous marriage had also ended in divorce in 1949.) During the 1956-1957 season, Mr. Sterling was host of a program called "The 20th Century-Fox Hour," produced by the movie studio of the same name. The TV series version of "Topper," on which Mr. Sterling played "George Kerby" and Miss Jeffreys played "Marion Kerby," had run from 1953 to 1955; however, Leo G. Carroll, who played "Cosmo Topper," made no appearances whatsoever on "WML?"
(5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the travel arrangements plug for American Airlines, the end credits were shown in full, but GSN, on its November 15, 2008 airing of this episode, had them shown "crunched," as par for the course.
(6) Following GSN's November 15, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the May 9, 1955 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Bob and Ray. Joan Alexander returned to the anchor spot of the panel desk on this episode, with the remainder consisting, as usual during this period, of Roger Price, Audrey Meadows and Walter Slezak. The celebrity guest was Eddie Bracken. - W-B (2008)
PAUL WINCHELL TRIBUTE: On July 1, 2005, GSN skipped this episode to air a two-day four-episode Paul Winchell Tribute in honor of his June 24, 2005 death at age 82. On June 30, 2005, they aired EPISODE #308 and EPISODE #313. On July 1, 2005, they aired EPISODE #316 and EPISODE #320. - Suzanne (2005)
BACK TO NORMAL: Prior to GSN's November 15, 2008 regular rotation airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel had previously aired this episode in regular rotation on May 19, 2003. - W-B (2008)
MYSTERY GUESTS Robert Sterling and Anne Jeffreys have been husband and wife since 1951. Their 1953 television series "Topper" is mentioned. - Suzanne (2003)
GOOF: One of the guests accidentally addressed Dorothy as "sir." It was a hilarious moment and she seemed to get a kick out of it! - fiveninegal (2003)
GOOF: For the entire show, none of the nameplates were present, not even Mr. Daly's! - Suzanne (2003)
Panel: Arlene Francis, Phil Rizzuto, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.