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Regular Panelist (1950-1967)
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FLIP REPORT: In the night's second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the second guest at six down. Bennett correctly figured out the contestant's line, but John flipped the cards because Bennett hilariously first said "plucks sheep," instead of "shears sheep," and John felt this worthy of all the cards going over. - agent_0042 (2009)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL NAMEPLATE WATCH: Tonight's main sponsor is Kellogg's. And Sir Cedric Hardwicke's guest panelist nameplate reads "SIR CEDRIC" on the panel desk. This was his second and final "WML?" appearance, and his only appearance to survive on kinescope, as his mystery guest spot on EPISODE #26 of November 26, 1950 no longer exists.
(2) During the intros, Dorothy mentioned that Sir Cedric Hardwicke would be touring the country, doing poetry readings of various authors, and one of the authors she mentioned was George Bernard Shaw. Sir Cedric was most familiar with Mr. Shaw's work; in 1952, he was part of the cast of a staging of "Don Juan in Hell," along with Charles Laughton, Charles Boyer and Agnes Moorehead. Of these cast members, only Miss Moorehead never appeared on "WML?," either as a panelist or mystery guest. The full story on this production can be found in the notes to EPISODE #640 of November 25, 1962.
(3) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: While all overlays tonight were set in the usual Futura Demi Bold, on the lower-third overlay for Darryl F. Zanuck, the "Hollywood Producer" text was set in a small size of Franklin Gothic Extra Condensed. This particular typeface had last been seen on "WML?" on the special Chicago-based EPISODE #323 of August 12, 1956, for the lower-third overlay of Mrs. Perle Mesta.
(4) DARRYL F. ZANUCK: With tonight's show, the head of the 20th Century-Fox studio becomes the second movie mogul to appear on "WML?" (Samuel Goldwyn was the first, on EPISODE #72 of October 14, 1951, but his appearance has become lost to history.) This was the first of two appearances by Mr. Zanuck; he will return to the show, again as a mystery guest, on EPISODE #631 of September 16, 1962.
(5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Tonight, the end credits only go up to the "Mark Goodson-Bill Todman" art card slide. Yet there was GSN, at the ready to indulge in its utterly undesirable habit of "crunching" the screen, on its January 19, 2009 airing of this episode.
(6) The January 18, 2009 airing of tonight's show was followed by the December 10, 1957 edition of "To Tell the Truth," with host Bud Collyer and the panel consisting of Polly Bergen, Jack Paar, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. The first game featured Jacqueline Curtiss (surname also spelled as Curtis; a British actress who was a regular panelist on the U.K. version of "TTTT"; she had also been a dancer in a troupe that appeared in the first series -- which is British terminology for a television season -- of "The Benny Hill Show" on BBC Television in 1955) and two impostors; the second game featured Lawrence Gottemoeller (spelling verified; at the time of this "TTTT" episode, this Ohio farmer - and father of six boys - was the Level Land Plowing Champion for the second consecutive year, 1956 and 1957) and two impostors; and the third game featured Mrs. Jose Figueres (née Karen Olsen; the First Lady of Costa Rica) and two impostors. This "TTTT" episode also marked the first time that Geraldine Toohey was credited among the program staff; she will be on the show in that capacity for years to come. - W-B (2005, updated 2009)
KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Other than appearing slightly bleary-eyed during her introduction of Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Dorothy seemed on an even keel this evening, but her increasing drinking problem was about to catch up with her. In just six days from tonight's show, Miss Kilgallen will begin a two-week stay at New York's LeRoy Sanitarium, officially for treatment of "exhaustion and anemia," supposedly as the result of having hit her head after a fall in her apartment. This hospitalization led to Dolly Mae's absence from both next week's EPISODE #436 and the following week's EPISODE #437, on which by-then former "I've Got a Secret" panelist Faye Emerson filled in. - W-B (2009)
REVIEW: After the previous week's perfect performance, this week's episode was somewhat of a letdown, even though the panel was moderately successful. It also turned out to be a rather fun night, especially in the first and second games. In the first game, the panel was stumped by the gold miner from California. Ironically, he looked like the stereotypical gold miner with his long beard, yet nobody questioned him about being a miner! The only difference was that he was wearing a very nice suit. Also, what made the game somewhat difficult for the panel was the fact that he answered "yes" to questions he should have answered "no" to - and vice versa! In the second game, Bennett was given partial credit for guessing that the very attractive contestant had something to do with sheep. However, instead of saying she "sheared" them, he said she "plucked" them, which caused the entire audience to break out in laughter. In the mystery guest round, Bennett was given full credit for correctly guessing that the night's guest was producer Darryl F. Zanuck. Mr. Zanuck was in town to promote his latest production, "The Roots of Heaven," which starred Errol Flynn and Orson Welles. He also discussed the extreme difficulties in making the film, especially the heat, which got as high as 137 degrees. Unfortunately, after all the trouble they went through producing it, the film was not a hit. Also, it was announced that there was no time for a fourth game in which the panel would have tried to guess New York Yankees trainer Gus Mauch. And so ended what turned out to be a very fun night. - Sargebri (2005)
ZANUCK FAMILY: Darryl Zanuck wasn't the only member of his family to go into film production. His son Richard D. Zanuck also became a producer and among the films that he oversaw were such classics as the 1975 shark adventure "Jaws" and the original 1968 "Planet of the Apes," which featured his second wife Linda Harrison in the role of "Nova." - Sargebri (2005)
Arlene couldn't have looked more perfect if she tried! Just lovely!! This episode was extremely funny - terrific contestants!
"I'M LOOKIN' FOR A RICH WIDOW"
Mr. Gold Prospector was a character!! He was 75 years old and had been doing this work since he was FIVE! He was quite hard of hearing so practically every question had to be repeated by John. He was so endearing, though, no one was unnerved by this. The panel never did guess what his line was - and the audience applauded for him! It was very sweet. One humorous moment during questioning:
BC: "Mr. Schlein, you're a jolly looking fellow. Does the work that you are associated with have an end result that can be taken in liquid form?"
JD: "Haaa haaaaa!!" (he then repeats question to RS)
RS: "Welllll, no."
JD: "That's 6 down and 4 to go. Miss Kilgallen."
DK: "Bennett, John said that no one on this panel would engage in it!!" (BIG laugh from everyone)
There was also a point in the middle of everything when there was a sudden outburst of laughter from John, Dorothy and Arlene - but the camera was fixed on Sir Cedric the whole time - so we'll never know what happened that was so funny! BLAST IT ALL!!
After Bennett guesses that Guest #2 works with sheep:
JD: "Now, what does Miss Kurtz have to do with sheep?"
AF: "She pulls the wool over their eyes!!!" (good one, Arlene!!! LOL!)
BC: "Do you pluck sheep?"
John's reaction to that query was the icing on the cake! He could NOT stop laughing!! He then asks Mr. Cerf if he would like to use a different verb - poor Bennett must have turned 10 different shades of red! HILARIOUS moment! - fiveninegal (2003)
Darryl F. Zanuck promoted his film which was soon to open, "The Roots of Heaven." It had been filmed in Equitorial Africa. He stated that the production was fraught with problems, one of which was the extreme heat, which caused numberous cast members to become sick. He stated that the temperatures reached 137 degrees during the day and 95 degrees during the night. If these figures are correct, they rival the temperatures of the "hottest places on Earth," one of which is California's Death Valley (part of the Mojave Desert) with a recorded high temperature of 134 degrees and "normal" summer temperatures of 120 degrees. - Suzanne (2003)
Tidbits: Arlene's play "Once More, With Feeling" will be shown in Boston, MA this week. - Suzanne (2003)
Cedric Hardwicke (2/19/1893 - 8/6/1964)
Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Cedric Hardwicke, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.
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