(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's episode was sponsored by Kellogg's.
(2) "TOP OF THE WORLD": This evening's edition bore witness to a very rare shot of the bottom part of the banner that was atop the center stage (the "WHAT'S MY LINE?" type logo, as on the opening titles, was used), as the first contestant, the Buckingham Palace guard, signed in. This banner would have been seen by what John regularly called "the audience in the theatre," but not by "the audience at home." There was only one other known time where a part of the top banner was seen, and that was on the technicians' strike-plagued EPISODE #410 of April 13, 1958, when guest host Clifton "Kip" Fadiman entered the stage and took his seat at the moderator's desk.
(3) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: In a reversal of last week, the regular contestants' overlays were set in Futura Demi Bold, but mystery guest Eva Marie Saint's lower-third overlay was hand-painted.
(4) EVA MARIE SAINT: This was the actress' first appearance on "WML?"; she would be on one more time, on EPISODE #842 of December 31, 1966. Prior to "North by Northwest" which was filming at the very moment of tonight's show, Miss Saint's prior film had been "Raintree County" (1957), starring Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift.
(5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After the studio audience tickets notice, the production crew credits were rushed, but could only get up to the art card slide crediting Bob Bach and Frances Trocaine. When shown by GSN on its January 14, 2009 airing of this episode, this rushed end credit sequence was followed by the vintage animated "multiple eyes/camera iris" CBS ident; too bad the cable and satellite channel had to ruin the effect by their continued insistence on "crunching" the screen.
(6) Immediately subsequent to the January 14, 2009 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the November 5, 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 Jane Hayward (an "industrial nurse" who was twice decorated at Buckingham Palace for heroism under fire during World War II) and two impostors; the second game featured Jack Bursey (Lieutenant Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard; he had participated in Antarctic expeditions with Admiral Richard E. Byrd, who named a mountain in the Antarctic after Lt. Cmdr. Bursey) and two impostors; and the third game featured Margaret Leong (approximate spelling; she wrote fortunes that were seen inside Chinese fortune cookies; she also owned a dry-cleaning business in New York's Chinatown) and two impostors. - W-B (2009)
ON THIS DAY IN NEW YORK TELEVISION: On the same day as tonight's "WML?" edition, September 7, 1958, WABD (Channel 5), former flagship of the now-defunct DuMont network and now one of four independent commercial TV stations in New York, changed its call letters to WNEW-TV. The station's then-owner, Metropolitan Broadcasting Corporation (later to become Metromedia), adopted these call letters to conform with recently-purchased radio station WNEW (1130 AM, now WBBR), and it was around this same time that an FM station of the same calls (102.7, now WWFS) was launched. As WNEW-TV, Channel 5 became the leading independent TV station in New York (WPIX, Channel 11, was in second place and WOR-TV, Channel 9, was the last of the three independents in the ratings during much of the 28-year period from tonight's show). The station retained the WNEW-TV calls until March 7, 1986, when then-new owners Fox Television changed the calls to the current WNYW. - W-B (2009)