Game 1: Miss Mary G. Ross - "Designs Rocket Missiles and Satellites" (Lockheed Aircraft)" (salaried; she works in the advanced designs department and holds Masters degrees in math and science; John mentions that some of her projects are the size of 4-story buildings at Cape Canaveral; from Los Altos, California)
Game 2: Mrs. Wilda Widmeyer (her first name rhymes with Hilda) - "Baseball & Softball Umpire" (self-employed; she works with amateur baseball and softball teams; from Fergus, Ontario, Canada)
Game 3: Andy Griffith (6/1/1926 - 7/3/2012) (as Mystery Guest)
Game 4: Dr. Alois S. Knapp - "Owns and Operates Nudist Camp" (self-employed; he owns the Zorro Nature Park in his hometown of Roselawn, Indiana)
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FLIP REPORT: In the night's first game, John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at six down, even though panel had quite clearly figured out this contestant's line. By way of explanation, he said, at the last minute, that what the contestant did was "very interesting." In the final game of the night, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at three down because time ran out. The panel actually also correctly figured out this contestant's line, but only just as John was flipping the cards. - agent_0042 (2009)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: This evening's primary sponsor is Helene Curtis. And with tonight's episode, Jack Lemmon becomes the only other "WML?" guest panelist (after Laraine Day) to have been a guest panelist on both the regular New York "WML?" and the special West Coast EPISODE #397 of January 12, 1958 which was broadcast from Hollywood, California.
(2) ANDY GRIFFITH: This was the first of a total of four appearances made on "WML?" over the next nine years by the future "Sheriff Andy Taylor" of Mayberry. His maiden appearance came only one year after he made a splash of a movie debut with "A Face in the Crowd" (1957) in which he played "homespun" opportunist "Lonesome Rhodes." Of the major co-stars, only Anthony (Tony) Franciosa (who played hotshot talent agent "Joey DePalma") and Lee Remick (making her motion picture debut as baton twirler "Betty Lou") appeared on "WML?" over its 17.5-year CBS run, as a mystery guest and guest panelist, respectively. However, Patricia Neal, who played "Lonesome's" discoverer, "Marcia Jeffries," never appeared on "WML?" within its CBS run, although she was a mystery guest on one of the color syndicated episodes in 1973. Unfortunately, though, Jack Lemmon's future frequent film co-star Walter Matthau (who, in "A Face in the Crowd," played writer "Mel Miller"), made no appearances on "WML?" in any form whatsoever. Of special note is that future "Match Game" panelist Charles Nelson Reilly makes his film acting debut in "A Face in the Crowd," although his bit role is uncredited.
(3) THE "WML?" CONNECTIONS TO "A FACE IN THE CROWD": Andy Griffith's 1957 motion picture debut had a few notable cameos from various TV personalities of the time, appearing as themselves. "WML?'s" own publisher/columnist/panelist, Bennett Cerf, appeared briefly in the film, as did occasional and/or former "WML?" guest panelists Betty Furness; Sam Levenson; John Cameron Swayze; Faye Emerson (who was better known at the time as a regular panelist on "I've Got a Secret"; and onetime mystery guests Walter Winchell and Burl Ives. One actor with a cameo in "A Face in the Crowd," however, was denied the opportunity to appear on "WML?," due to the intransigent opposition of one Mr. John Charles Daly to future "60 Minutes" correspondent Mike Wallace, who in 1957 hosted "The Mike Wallace Interview" on Mr. Daly's "news" network, ABC.
(4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: For tonight's show, the end credits are once again shown to completion (though a bit rushed for time); however, if GSN made any New Year's resolutions to lay off on its notorious "crunching" of the screen, the January 3, 2009 airing of this episode left no doubt that this was one resolution that was flagrantly broken by the cable and satellite channel.
(5) The January 3, 2009 airing of tonight's show was followed by the August 20, 1957 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the panel of Polly Bergen, Ralph Bellamy, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. The first game featured harness racer and trainer Del Miller and two impostors; the second game featured Ruth Owens (a weather forecaster for the U.S. Weather Bureau, which was the predecessor of today's National Weather Service) and two impostors; and the third game featured Frank E. Toscani (who was military governor of Licata, Sicily, Italy during World War II; he was the basis for the "Major Joppolo" character in John Hersey's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "A Bell for Adano," which was later made into a Broadway play and then a movie) and two impostors. - W-B (2005, updated 2009)
REVIEW: This was one of those shows that had probably one of the most classic moments in its history. It began, innocently enough, with a good job of elimination by the panel. Bennett correctly deduced that the first contestant had something to do with missiles, and after a couple of wrong guesses by Arlene and guest panelist Jack Lemmon, Dorothy correctly figured out that she designed them. In the second game, the panel was totally stumped by the female umpire from Fergus, Ontario, Canada. But it wasn't through any fault of theirs that they lost, as they were fouled up over the question of locomotion. In the mystery guest round, Jack knew that the guest was Andy Griffith, but the honor of making the official identification went to Dolly Mae, who almost seemed surprised when she identified him. Griffith was on the show to promote his smash hit film "No Time for Sergeants." During the post game chat, Andy mentioned the fact that Random House had published the book that the film was based on. The final game definitely provided one of the highlights in the show's 18 year run as the audience went wild with the nudist colony operator. The questions also got lots of laughs, especially Arlene's. However, they eventually did figure out the contestant's line, but the time ran out and John flipped over all the cards. This definitely put a cap on a very memorable evening. - Sargebri (2005)
ANDY GRIFFITH: This, of course, was two years before Andy Griffith took on the role that made him a superstar as "Sheriff Andy Taylor" on the classic homespun comedy "The Andy Griffith Show." At the time of his appearance on this show, he was starring in the 1958 film "No Time for Sergeants" in which a country bumpkin joins the United States Air Force. Coincidentally, a show based on that premise was spun off from Griffith's show, "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." In that show, the popular character of mechanic "Gomer Pyle," played by Jim Nabors, decided to join the Marines. As on "Andy," Gomer was a very naive young man who decided to join the Marines. Gomer's homespun ideals often came in conflict with his superiors, especially "Sergeant Vince Carter" who was played by Frank Sutton. Gomer would often drive Carter to insanity, but beneath it all, he became Gomer's best friend and protector. - Sargebri (2005)
"NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS" began with the 1940 book by Mac Hyman, and then became the Broadway play that ran from 1955 to 1957 which starred Andy Griffith as "Will Stockdale." Also in 1955, "No Time For Sergeants" had been aired as a "Live" TV comedy on the "The United States Steel Hour" series, again with Andy Griffith in the title role. In 1964, a TV series of "No Time For Sergeants" was aired by ABC. The comedy series had the same characters as the film, but without Andy Griffith as the lead, it only lasted one season. - ymike673 (2005)
Hey, didn't Dorothy just wear that dress?
1) Signs that you know it's time to separate two panelists:
After DK determines that the first guest's product is as big as a tank, she asks, "Well, is it a tank?" She gets a "no" and with a proud look on her face says, "TANKS a lot," but immediately hangs her head in shame amidst the humorous groans of everyone! JD says, "Oh no! Dorothy! Bennett is supposed to do that!" DK explains, "It's rubbing off!" (LOL!)
2) The panel had a deliciously amusing time with the 2nd guest.
AF: "Do you use any kind of locomotion other than your own two feet?"
AF: "Is it some sort of vehicle?"
When it's DK's turn, she asks JD: "Could I have a BRIEF (har har) definition of a vehicle?"
JD: (cameras immediately zoom in to a close-up on him) "A vehicle is, uh, a device, uh, substantially described as 4 wheeled or 2 wheeled by which human beings convey themselves from one place to another either under the impetus of a gasoline engine or by, uh, use of some animal." (Arlene laughs)
DK: "She has to do with locomotion, but not a vehicle."
JD: "The question as it was put by Miss Francis had a rather particular character which you would do well to recall."
DK (very sneaky): "Ohhh, would you care to reprise Arlene?"
JD (knowing what she's up to): "I think it would be unfair to Mrs. Widmeyer in this case to allow any reprise." (straightens bow tie)
DK: "Couldn't we have a conference?"
JD: "You may have 10 secon..."
DK (completely cutting John off in mid-sentence): "What did you say Arlene?!" (That Kilgallen dame is tricky, keep an eye on her!)
3) During the questioning of the mystery guest, Mr. Lemmon figures out who it is but only says, "Have you got a big fat smash hit at the Radio City Music Hall?" (The truth IS, Andy Griffith barely disguised his voice!)
AG: "Well, uhhh, yeeeessss."
JD: "Miss Kilgallen."
DK: "I'm dead. I don't know what's playing!"
Thunderous response from theatre! JD bursts out laughing! Never fear, DK guesses him a second later.
4) When the final guest's occupation is shown, the audience cannot stop laughing. Arlene plays along, because she's worked there long enough to know a good thing when it comes along!
AF: "Could you work your magic on me?" Could we do it here on the stage?"
Everyone is losing control and John jumps in...
JD: "WAIT A MINUTE!! Wait a minute! Just a moment, I have to answer this question. Arlene has asked a question. We must admit, first of all, that, uh, while LITERALLY it might be possible, we would have to say "NO" specifically to your question." (tee hee!)
Later, during goodbyes, Dorothy says, "Good night Bennett and don't forget, we're invited!" (She points her eyes back in Dr. Knapp's direction!)
BC: "See you out at that park, John!"
Great ending to a great episode! - fiveninegal (2003)
Jack Lemmon's new album, "A Twist of Lemmon" is soon to be released. - Suzanne (2003)
Andy Griffith promoted his hilarious classic 1958 film, "No Time for Sergeants" which is playing at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. - Suzanne (2003)
Panel: Arlene Francis, Jack Lemmon, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.
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