(1a) GUEST PANELIST: David Niven appeared in a regular business suit and straight tie tonight, unlike his previous guest panelist appearances where he wore the standard tuxedo attire associated with the program. He speculated in his introduction of Dorothy that each panelist had been introduced "over 500 times" - when, in fact, this was the 449th episode.
(1b) GUEST PANELIST: David Niven said that his introduction estimate of "over 500 times" was based on his limited math and the fact that the program had been on the air for ten years. One thing he neglected to account for was that when "What's My Line?" was first aired, it was a biweekly program, airing once every two weeks. Another point was that its premiere episode was broadcast in February, rather than at the start of a September television season. Finally, this particular episode was originally broadcast in January, still rather early in the program's tenth season. - agent_0042 (2008)
(2) PAUL NEWMAN TRIBUTE: GSN aired this episode during the daytime on October 4, 2008 at 4:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time), and again in the usual "Black and White Overnight" time slot of 3:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time) on October 5, 2008, as a tribute to Paul Newman, who died on September 26, 2008 at age 83. The October 5, 2008 airing preempted "WML?" EPISODE #332 of October 14, 1956, whose mystery guest, Jo Stafford, had died on July 16, 2008 at age 90. Ironically, David Niven was a guest panelist on both the preempted 1956 episode and tonight's show. This episode was followed by EPISODE #489 of November 8, 1959, which on the October 5, 2008 airing preempted the April 13, 1954 edition of "The Name's the Same."
(3) AIRDATE HISTORY: "WML?" EPISODE #449 has been aired by GSN on September 9, 2003; September 15, 2005; October 4, 2008; October 5, 2008; and February 1, 2009.
(4) "WML?" SPONSOR AND ANNOUNCER WATCH: Tonight's main sponsor was Kellogg's cereals. And Hal Simms, in his opening introduction of "our award-winning 'What's My Line?' panel," introduced Arlene as "our delightful star of stage and television."
(5) PAUL NEWMAN: This was the first of two "WML?" appearances by the up-and-coming actor. At the time of this episode, Mr. Newman starred in another motion picture, "Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!," along with his then-new wife, Joanne Woodward, Joan Collins and Jack Carson. Two young co-stars, Dwayne Hickman and Tuesday Weld, signed on later in this year of 1959 to star in a new TV series called "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis." Mr. Hickman played the title character up to the show's cancellation of 1963, while Miss Weld's character of "Thalia Menninger" lasted until 1962. Of these individuals, only Mr. Hickman never appeared on "WML?" "Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!" was the last 1958 release from Mr. Newman; that year spawned three other films in which he starred that are now regarded as classics: "The Long, Hot Summer," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "The Left-Handed Gun."
(6) CRYPTIC DOROTHY QUESTION WATCH: During the mystery guest round, a blindfolded Dorothy asked Paul Newman, "Do you travel on a United States passport?" The up-and-coming actor answered in the affirmative. In addition, there was an irony to Miss Kilgallen's asking Mr. Newman if he were ever a "WML?" panelist, as he never made any appearances on the panel at any time in the show's history.
(7) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the travel arrangements plug for United Airlines, the end credits cut off after director Franklin Heller's art card. At the time of GSN's Paul Newman tribute airing on October 4 and 5, 2008, all this was dishonorably "crunched," as usual, by the cable and satellite channel; this same blasphemous "crunching" procedure likewise plagued GSN's February 1, 2009 "regular rotation" airing of this episode.
(8) Following GSN's February 1, 2009 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the April 8, 1958 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the panel comprised of Polly Bergen, Don Ameche, Kitty Carlisle and Jim Backus (in his first "TTTT" appearance). The first game featured famed polo player Herb Pennell and two impostors; the second game featured fashion model Joan Pederson or Pedersen (approximate spelling) and two impostors; and the third game featured George Landy (a pharmacist who had recently won $140,000 in a sweepstakes) and two impostors. This "TTTT" episode had the misfortune of originally airing in the middle of the technicians' strike against CBS which also affected "WML?" EPISODE #410 of April 13, 1958, and is described in detail in the notes to that aforementioned episode; the same bad camera work (such as out-of-focus shots, shaky camera quality and poor zooming) also plagued this particular edition of "TTTT." Unfortunately, one more "TTTT" episode, originally aired on April 15, 1958, likewise suffered in video quality due to the strike. In addition, there are curtains on the left and right sides of the stage in place of the regular "TTTT" set, though the background used in the area where Mr. Collyer presided was still in place. - W-B (2005, updated 2008 and 2009)