Game 1: Miss Linnie Kincaid - "Professional Wrestler" (self-employed; her professional name, if different, was not given; from Daytona Beach, Florida)
Game 2: Rev. Frank E. Pulley - "Raises Worms" (Reverend Pulley is in semi-retirement from his Episcopal Church where he does supply work; this small occupation is a sideline of his; we were never told why he raises them, but it might have been for fishing bait; from Louisburg, North Carolina)
Game 3: Esther Williams (8/8/1921 - 6/6/2013) (as Mystery Guest)
Regular Panelist (1950-1967)
Regular Panelist (1951-1967)
Regular Panelist (1950-1965)
FLIP REPORT: In the mystery guest round, John flipped the remaining cards at seven down because time had run out. All mystery challengers were paid an unpublicized appearance fee of $500, but it was rather unusual for a mystery challenger spot to be ended due to time. - agent_0042 (2009)
JOHN CONFUSED HIMSELF: During the second game, Dick Clark tried to close in on the type of animal that the contestant dealt with, asking, "Is it safe to assume this is not in the snake family?" John attempted to modify the question and replied, "Are you speaking of the whole reptile family? Is it safe to assume it's not in the reptile family?" Dick said he had a sneaking feeling that John was going to give him a "no" and that a trap was being laid, leading John to retort, "Oh no, listen, I wouldn't set a trap for anybody." Arlene then garnered many laughs when she blurted out to John, "How can you say that, sitting alongside the Reverend?" After the laughter died down, Dick said that he had received advice from the panel to withdraw the question, but that he was not going to. At this point, John snaps, "You're a hard man, so you'll get your no" and flips a card! It seems that John became confused himself, as worms are most definitely not part of either the snake or reptile family, and the question was originally phrased to receive a "yes" if that was the case. Neither Dick nor any of the panel realized that anything was amiss about this, apparently having been thoroughly confused as well. - agent_0042 and Suzanne (2009)
JOHN SIGNS OFF FOR THE PANEL: Time is so short following the final break that John signs off for the panel, being the only one to say goodbye. This would happen on a more frequent basis in the latter episodes, as greater efforts were made to include a final contestant. However, unless it happened on one of the early lost shows, this is most likely the first time that John ever said good night for the panel. - agent_0042 (2009)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: Kellogg's is the primary sponsor this evening. And as in EPISODE #421 of June 29, 1958, Dorothy is seated next to Dick Clark on the panel. However, unlike in the earlier episode, this time she correctly announces the title of Mr. Clark's long-running series, "American Bandstand," as she introduces him. Previously, she had incorrectly called his program "American Broadcast."
(2) RARE JOHN DALY GOOF? After flipping the cards in the mystery guest round, John made what could be considered a rare faux pas by referring to Esther Williams as "an old colleague on the panel." Miss Williams' only appearance as a panelist was on the special West Coast EPISODE #397 of January 12, 1958 which originated from Hollywood, California, on which Dorothy, Arlene and Bennett all had the night off.
(3) MORE ON TONIGHT'S GUEST PANELIST: This was Dick Clark's second and final "WML?" appearance from within its CBS run, but hardly his last appearance as a Goodson-Todman game show panelist. On September 2, 1958, Mr. Clark was a guest panelist on "To Tell the Truth," sitting in the seat generally filled at the time by Ralph Bellamy.
(4) MORE ON TONIGHT'S MYSTERY GUEST: Esther Williams appeared in one movie that came out later in 1958: "Raw Wind in Eden," co-starring Jeff Chandler. It was her first film in two years (after 1956's "The Unguarded Moment"), and her last for another three years (until 1961's "The Big Show").
(5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After John said the good nights for both himself and the panel (due to the extreme shortage of time), the end credits consisted solely of the "WML?" title card. Sneaky GSN, nevertheless, managed to find a way to work in its intrusive and invasive "crunching" of the screen on its January 8, 2009 airing of this episode.
(6) The January 8, 2009 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by the September 24, 1957 edition of "To Tell the Truth" with host Bud Collyer and the panel of Polly Bergen, Ralph Bellamy, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. The first game featured Cuban-born dance instructor Olga Gomez (whose pupils at one time included Sal Mineo and the son of General Douglas MacArthur, and who once danced with Fred Astaire at a private party) and two impostors; the second game featured Thelma Krieger or Kreiger (spelling unknown; who won several fishing tournament championships) and two impostors; and the third game featured former FBI agent Melvin Purvis (who, at the time of this "TTTT" episode, owned a radio station in Florence, South Carolina) and two impostors. - W-B (2005, updated 2009)
WELCOME HOME BENNETT!!! After two weeks away from the panel, the wandering vagabond Bennett Cerf returned and this seemed to spark the panel after weeks of dismal performances. In the first game, Bennett celebrated his homecoming by correctly guessing that the rather beautiful contestant was a lady wrestler. However, Bennett did nearly cost the panel the game when he wasted a lot of time trying to decide whether she was involved in wrestling, jiu jitsu, or boxing. Once he focused in on wrestling, with a little help from the audience and the contestant, he was able to make the correct guess. In the second game, Arlene correctly guessed that the Episcopalian minister from North Carolina raised worms. The only hiccup of the night came, ironically, in the mystery guest round. For the past three weeks in a row, this has been the only game that the panel triumphed in. Not tonight, though! The mystery guest, the lovely aquatic Esther Williams, did her best at thoroughly confusing the panel and causing them to run out of time. After the game, Miss Williams promoted her latest film as well as discussed her burgeoning swimming pool business. Unfortunately, there was no time for a fourth game and, interestingly enough, no time for the panel to say their good nights. However, this still was a successful night for the panel. - Sargebri (2005)
1) BC's intro for JD: "It was interesting to note that in Beverly Hills, John Daly is JUST as hard to understand as he is right here..." (gets cut off by laughter)
2) During questioning of Guest #1, it has been established that: a) She's a performer. b) While working, she wears less than what she is wearing (a dress) at the present moment. c) She comes into contact with others. d) The people she comes into contact with are entertained by her. e) These people must pay to watch her. So, with all that in mind, Dorothy's next logical query is: "When your act is over, are you wearing less than when you started?!" (Entire theatre roars and Dorothy grins and shrugs her shoulders innocently! It's a VERY funny moment!!!)
3) During Guest #2, Dick Clark is having trouble with a question he is trying to ask: "I have a sneaking suspicion you're going to give me a no..."
JD: "Oh, no, listen I wouldn't set a trap for anybody!!"
(the panel groans knowingly)
AF: "How can you say that, sitting alongside a Reverend?"
4) Mystery Guest hilarities -
DK: "Are you a romantic leading lady type rather than a comedienne?"
EW: "It just depends on your definition, Miss Kilgallen, you're terribly critical you know!" (Even Dorothy cracks up at that!!!)
DC: "Are you on the petite side?"
EW: (interrupting) "I'm taller than you are, honey!" - fiveninegal (2003)
Esther Williams owns a company which sells swimming pools. She was quite the saleswoman, going as far as to offer John Daly one of her swimming pools at wholesale cost! - Suzanne (2003)
Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Dick Clark, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.
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