FLIP REPORT: In the night's final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at eight down. The panel never really came all that close to guessing this contestant's line. - agent_0042 (2009)
(1) "THAT MAKES IT 438 DOWN AND 438 TO GO": Though no one connected with the show knew it at the time, with tonight's episode "WML?" has reached the halfway mark in terms of the total number of episodes in its 17.5-year run on CBS.
(2) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Helene Curtis is the main sponsor this evening.
(3) SONG REFERENCE: During the intros, Bennett said of "our beloved panel moderator" that "[his] rendition on another network earlier in the week of the 'Tea for Two Cha Cha' set back television at least 30 years." Mr. Cerf was making reference to John's other gig as host of ABC's "Voice of Firestone," as well as to the song "Tea for Two Cha Cha" which was a Top 10 hit in 1958 for The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Featuring Warren Covington. The publisher/panelist's "another network" reference also contrasted with his mentioning ABC by name whenever talking about Mr. Daly's position as vice president for news and special events.
(4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: The full end credits were shown tonight, although only a brief shot was allowed of the final art card slide crediting production supervisor Ann Kaminsky, technical director Vernon Gamble and lighting director Hal Anderson before being cut off. And while this 1958 show, at the time of original airing, was a special occasion owing to Miss Kilgallen's return to the fold, for GSN it was just another routine day at the office, if judging from their persistent "crunching" of the screen on its January 21, 2009 repeat of this episode.
(5) Following the January 21, 2009 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the December 31, 1957 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the panel once again assembled as Betsy Palmer, Don Ameche, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. For this final "TTTT" episode of 1957, which was originally transmitted on the very last day of that year, the first game featured Robert Chevlin (a Port Jervis, NY native who was part-owner, manager, writer, announcer, salesman, stage manager and part-time cameraman of the world's smallest commercial TV station) and two impostors; the second game featured noted cave explorer Jeanne Gurnee (spelling verified) and two impostors; and the third game featured ski jumper Ansten Samuelstuen (who, at the time of this "TTTT" episode, had set a record of 316 feet at Steamboat Springs in Colorado in 1951; he later participated in the 1960 Winter Olympics that took place at Squaw Valley, California) and two impostors. Time ran so long on this episode that there were no end credits shown. To make matters worse, as Mr. Collyer was saying goodbye to Mr. Samuelstuen and the "impostors," the original vintage audio was removed and the screen was again "crunched" to make room for one of GSN's promos. The sad result was that the show came to an abrupt, premature end as the third game's contestants were getting up to leave the stage. This was not the first time that GSN had cut off Bud's closing comments to the contestants and the panel. - W-B (2005, updated 2009)
KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Dorothy looked refreshed and positively ravishing in her return appearance this evening following her recent hospitalization. She seemed to display no visible after-effects from her illness; her "sparkle" was back. Indeed, the "Voice of Broadway" columnist had the look of someone who had a new lease on life. Unfortunately, as the old saying goes, all good things come to an end sooner or later, and nearly two years from tonight's episode, Dolly Mae's inner demons would begin to rear their ugly heads again. The resultant recurring manifestations led to her next major stay at New York's LeRoy Sanitarium, for treatment of substance abuse, in late January of 1961. - W-B (2009)
WELCOME HOME DOLLY MAE!!! Dorothy was greeted warmly after being ill for the past two weeks and she was welcomed with open arms. She also seemed quite touched by the audience response and even received a nice embrace and kiss from Bennett. She celebrated by guessing that the first contestant was a tattoo artist. However, other than that, the panel had a somewhat mediocre night. In the second game, they were utterly stumped by the airline piano player. Of course, this was years before that profession was somewhat commonplace. In fact, having a piano player on a plane wouldn't really become common until the age of jumbo jets like the 747. In the mystery guest round, Arlene correctly identified Imogene Coca. Miss Coca was on the show to promote the play "The Girl in 509." Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time in the final game, so the tour guide from England won the full prize by default. However, nothing could take away the special night of Dorothy's return. - Sargebri (2005)
ALL ABOUT DOROTHY
Whoooooo's happy that Dorothy is back??? I AM, I AM, I AM!!!! And so is the panel:
TP: "Ladies and gentlemen, may I present a star of radio and television, and the LeRoy Hospital...back with us again and we're glad to see her...Miss Dorothy Kilgallen!"
Dorothy emerges...looking STUNNING! You would never have guessed she had been ill. Had I been in the audience that night, I would have stood up and cheered!
When Bennett comes on, he puts his arm around Dorothy and gives her a kiss. (Is that a tear forming in my eye?)
John's introduction was equally as touching: "...and our purpose is, as usual, to give the panel a rough time, except for Dorothy Kilgallen - it's nice to have her back and, uh, so we'll ask her the questions in a gentle voice anyway." Cut to Dorothy who has the SWEETEST look on her face!!! (Okay, bring out the tissues.)
On her first night back - she is on the ball! She picks up on some obscure clues and guesses the tattoo artist. Arlene asks Mrs. Geyer what the most popular tattoo is - the answer is "a dagger through a heart"...for some reason this strikes DK as funny and she lets out a loud giggle, which makes John laugh. Tee hee!
Great episode! Forgot to mention Arlene's intro to Tom Poston...she mistakenly announces that he is the star of the Broadway hit "Once More..." she cuts herself off, laughs and says "oh wait, that's mine..." LOL! She was quite embarrassed and it was extremely cute. (Tom's show was "Drink To Me Only")
BLINK AND YOU'LL MISS IT
Imogene Coca's appearance!!! Seriously, it was over in about 4 questions and then she RACED out of the theatre! I guess when ya gotta go...ya gotta go! - fiveninegal (2003)
Panel: Arlene Francis, Tom Poston, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.