GOOF: During the first game, Arlene states that dice are "four-sided." In reality, they are six-sided. - Suzanne (2005)
FLIP REPORT: In the night's second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at three down. John admitted that he expected Bennett Cerf would figure out the joke that was being played on him in this game. Indeed, Bennett correctly guessed this contestant's line because he recognized the contestant's location as being the city in which a car he was in was pulled over for speeding. - agent_0042 (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. As he did in the prior episode, he used the time to report upon the still-absent Dorothy Kilgallen. - agent_0042 (2009)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL NAMEPLATE WATCH: The primary sponsor for this evening is Kellogg's. And guest panelist Faye Emerson's nameplate tonight is hand-painted, in contrast to last week's show where her nameplate, like those of the other panelists and Mr. Daly, was set in Title Gothic Condensed No. 11.
(2) GORDON MacRAE - PART I: This was the first of a total of six appearances within "WML?'s" CBS run by the legendary entertainer, and his only solo mystery guest spot. (His lower-third overlay -- set, as was all overlays tonight, in Futura Demi Bold -- was all capital letters, even the "AC" part of his surname.) Two weeks from tonight, he will make his only appearance as a guest panelist. All subsequent appearances by Mr. MacRae on "WML?," between 1961 and 1965, were as a co-mystery guest with his then-wife, Sheila MacRae, who was later the fourth and final "Alice Kramden" on what would come to be known as the "Color Honeymooners" episodes of "The Jackie Gleason Show" from 1966 to 1970.
(3) GORDON MacRAE - PART II: It was less than ten years from tonight's show, in 1968, that "Gordo" was a mystery guest on the third day of the very first week of the daily color syndicated version of "WML?" On that premiere week, which was taped July 9, 1968, his and Sheila's daughter, "Petticoat Junction" co-star Meredith MacRae, was one of the panelists, alongside Soupy Sales, Gene Rayburn and Arlene Francis; the host, as will be on from then until 1972, was Wally Bruner.
(4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: This time, the end credits only go up to the "A CBS Television Network Production" art card slide. Still, GSN found a way to put a damper on the Presidential Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009, during that day's airing of this episode, with their perpetually mischievous "crunching" of the screen.
(5) BACK-TO-BACK "IGAS" PANELISTS: GSN's January 20, 2009 airing of tonight's show was followed by the December 24, 1957 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the panel consisting this week of Betsy Palmer, Don Ameche, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. This was Mr. Ameche's first appearance on "TTTT"; Ralph Bellamy's future "Trading Places" co-star will appear on the show as a semi-regular panelist on and off through 1961. As for Miss Palmer, making the first of a handful of "TTTT" appearances over the next decade (on both the nighttime and 1962-1968 daytime versions), it was around the time of this episode that she succeeded Faye Emerson as regular panelist on "I've Got a Secret," thus making GSN's 2009 airing of this episode back-to-back with the 1958 "WML?" installment on which Miss Emerson was a guest panelist all the more ironic. As for the games on this Christmas Eve edition of "TTTT," the first game featured United States Post Office letter carrier Harold Call (approximate spelling; he was also a delegate to the National Association of Letter Carriers) and two impostors; the second game featured David Weinstra (approximate spelling; a teenager and Junior Achievement small businessman whose company had been honored on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange) and two impostors; and the third game featured Alice Watson (a lieutenant in the Salvation Army) and two impostors. - W-B (2009)
RAYMOND J. BARBUTI: One of the "imposters" who appeared in the first game of the December 24, 1957 episode of "To Tell the Truth" was Raymond Barbuti. On the show, after the game had ended, Bud Collyer announced that Ray Barbuti was a former track star who had won two gold medals in the 1928 Olympic games, which were held that year in Amsterdam. Ray has many net references. - Suzanne (2009)
REVIEW: This was a very good night as far as the regular games were concerned and it featured a very rare event when it came to the mystery guest round. In the first game, after some difficulty, Arlene, with help from her loving hubby Martin, correctly figured out that the contestant painted the dots on dice. The second game was pretty much a dirty trick on Bennett who figured out that the contestant was the same airplane-based police officer who gave the driver of the vehicle Bennett was travelling in a ticket for speeding, when Bennett was on one of his lecture tours. In fact, as the officer was leaving the stage, he presented Bennett with a nice little present, a speeding ticket. The mystery guest round featured a rarity for the era as the panel failed to identify Gordon MacRae, who was on the show to promote not only an upcoming appearance on another network, but also to promote his upcoming engagement at the Waldorf-Astoria, which was to begin that Thursday. Ironically, Gordon's wife Sheila wasn't with him this night. Unfortunately, there was no time for a fourth game and due to time constraints John said good night for the panel. - Sargebri (2005)
THE MACRAE CLAN: Gordon MacRae and his lovely wife Sheila appeared frequently as the "Mystery Guest Duo" on WML throughout the years. In addition, Sheila made two appearances as a guest panelist on EPISODE #758 of April 4, 1965 and on EPISODE #837 of November 20, 1966. Gordon also appeared as a guest panelist on EPISODE #439 of November 2, 1958. However, they weren't the only members of their family to appear on the show. Their daughter Meredith MacRae appeared several times on the syndicated version of WML throughout its run. In fact, she appeared on the panel the week the syndicated version premiered in 1968. - Sargebri (2005)
Arlene's show, "Once More, With Feeling" (co-starring Joseph Cotten and Walter Matthau) opened on Broadway this week!! Not a bad run, either: 21 Oct 1958 to 6 June 1959. CONGRATS MISS FRANCIS! Mr. Matthau received a 1959 Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a play.
CUTIE PIE COMPETITION???
I thought this was quite a coincidence. I had previously mentioned that I thought recent guest panelist John Payne was a "cutie pie," and then Bennett goes and announces this at tonight's intro:
BC: "When I was at the University of Alabama the other night, at the end of the lecture, a lovely southern girl came up to me and said, 'I want you to know that John Daly is the biggest cutie pie in television.' So here, ladies and gentlemen, believe it or not, is the biggest cutie pie in television, John Charles Daly!"
AWARD WINNING QUOTE
Martin Gabel: "John, if I may fight my way through the dense jungle of your retoric...I'm getting a 'yes', is that it?"
**Lead in - Guest #2 was from Hammond, Indiana.
BC: "Mr. Downing, I had an unfortunate adventure in Hammond recently. When somebody was driving me from Chicago to Valparaiso (Indiana) and an airplane spotted us going too quickly, and we were stopped by a number of gentlemen on the state highway. Would you have any connection with an episode of that sort?"
LD: "I'm afraid so."
JD: "Officer Downing is the flying policeman who was up in the airplane that saw your colleagues, who were taking you to Valparaiso, go a little bit too fast."
BC: "Now how can you tell in an airplane that we were going 73 miles an hour?"
GASPS ARE HEARD
JD: "BENNETT CERF!!!!"
AF: "Did you just admit to that?!?"
BC: "I wasn't driving! I was being taken by somebody from the Curtis Publishing Company."
JD: "Wellll, there we lost 2 or 3 magazine publishers!"
One of the best moments was yet to come, however! As Mr. Downing was leaving, he handed BC a speeding ticket!!! The look on Bennett's face was priceless!
STILL NOT THE SAME WITHOUT A CERTAIN PANEL MEMBER
During the goodbyes, John tenderly says, "Dorothy, Miss Kilgallen, please get well soon." In the background, one of the ladies, probably Arlene, adds, "Here, here!" which was very touching. - fiveninegal (2003)
John Daly made a reference to his "lovely wife." At this point in time, he is still married to Margaret Katherine Daly, whom he married in 1936. Her nickname is Kit. However, this marriage ended in divorce, and John married Virginia Warren on December 22, 1960. - Suzanne (2003)
Panel: Arlene Francis, Martin Gabel, Faye Emerson, Bennett Cerf.