Regular Panelist (1950-1967)
Regular Panelist (1951-1967)
Regular Panelist (1950-1965)
FLIP REPORT: In the night's second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at eight down. John let this game run unusually long, so it was probably lucky for the panel that they figured out the mystery challenger as quickly as they did. Otherwise, that game likely would have been ended due to time as well. - agent_0042 (2009)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND ANNOUNCER WATCH: The honors of sponsoring tonight's show fall onto Kellogg's cereals. And show announcer Hal Simms uses the "award-winning 'What's My Line?' panel" intro variation this evening.
(2) FROM THE "FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME" DEPARTMENT: This edition marked the first of two appearances for guest panelist Mel Ferrer and mystery guest Lana Turner. Their respective second appearances would be in the same roles as they were tonight -- Mr. Ferrer as a guest panelist on EPISODE #862 of May 21, 1967, and Miss Turner as a mystery guest on EPISODE #805 of February 27, 1966.
(3) MORE ABOUT MEL FERRER: The actor/director was in one motion picture in 1959, "The World, the Flesh and the Devil." At the time of his appearance tonight, Mr. Ferrer was in the middle of his marriage to actress Audrey Hepburn, which lasted from 1954 to 1968 and produced one child, son Sean Ferrer. Alas, Miss Hepburn never made any appearances on "WML?"
(4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Tonight's end credit sequence consisted solely of the "WML?" title card, the United Airlines plug, a PSA (public service announcement) slide with a design similar to the Liberty Bell and the words "for Freedom" at the bottom, and the "A CBS Television Network Production" art card. Unfortunately, GSN's "crunching" of the picture's aspect ratio and size, and elimination of the original vintage audio, on its February 9, 2009 airing of this episode, made the PSA slide in particular especially difficult to read, let alone everything else.
(5) GSN's February 9, 2009 airing of tonight's show was followed by the June 10, 1958 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the panel this week comprised of Betty White, Jackie Cooper, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. The first game featured Czech-born Olympic athlete and discus thrower Olga Fikotová Connolly (who won the gold medal in the 1956 Summer Olympics discus competition) and two impostors; the second game featured her then-husband, hammer thrower and 1956 Summer Olympics gold medalist Harold Connolly, and two impostors; and the third game featured Roy Green (a British-born "cowboy" who performed on TV and in department stores as "Steve Larrabee, the Lone Star Rider") and two impostors. - W-B (2009)
THE "FREEDOM BELL" PSA: From GSN's September 23, 2005 airing of this episode, with full-screen video and original vintage audio, we can learn more about the "Freedom Bell" slide card seen during this episode's end credits. The announcer states, "You can help Radio Free Europe broadcast truth behind the Iron Curtain. Write a twenty-five word 'Truth Broadcast.' Get details from 'Truth Broadcast' posters everywhere." The motto that encircles the bottom of the bell ("That this world, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom") is a paraphrase of Abraham Lincoln's words at Gettysburg in 1863. - Suzanne (2009)
REVIEW: For tonight's episode, in a repeat of last week's win/loss pattern, the panel was shut out when it came to the regular contestants, but when it came to the mystery guest round, they were superb. In the first game, the panel was stumped by Mr. Latham, the Commissioner of the United States Internal Revenue Bureau, which today is better known as the Internal Revenue Service. Ironically, as Bennett was questioning him, Arlene blurted out in an almost joking manner that he was probably the head of the whole thing. Unfortunately, Bennett never followed Arlene's cue by asking this question. The fun moment came when Mr. Latham exited and shook hands with the panel. All in unison, as he was shaking hands with Bennett - Arlene, Dorothy and guest panelist Mel Ferrer started bowing down to him as if to ask him for mercy. In the second game, the panel was again stumped. This time it was by a milkman from Santa Ana by way of Ireland. The panel did find success in the mystery guest round as Arlene correctly identified Lana Turner. Bennett thought she was Marilyn Monroe, because Miss Turner sounded a lot like Marilyn due to the breathy voice she used as a vocal disguise. Miss Turner was on the show to begin the publicity hype for her classic film "Imitation of Life," which also starred Juanita Moore and Sandra Dee. The panel's successful guess helped ease the pain of their earlier blunders. - Sargebri (2005)
INCOME TAX TIME: The appearance of Mr. Latham could have been seen as a sort of "public service" by the producers of "WML?," as a reminder for everyone to get their taxes filed. The filing deadline of April 15, 1959 was exactly one month after this show aired. - Sargebri (2005)
DOROTHY WATCH!!! It seemed that Dorothy may have had a little nip just before appearing on the panel this evening. Of course, a little over a year after the airing of this episode, she would begin the first of two stays at the LeRoy Sanitarium to combat her substance abuse problems. - Sargebri (2005)
MF: "And now, a girl whose beat is Broadway and whose eyelashes are embroidered... Miss Dorothy Kilgallen!"
DK: "I've been having such a stimulating conversation backstage with our next panelist that I hardly know how to introduce him, but I'll just say our Random House publisher, Bennett Cerf." (We never do find out what they were talking about!)
SYCOPHANCY WILL GET YOU EVERYWHERE
Much joking around is done after the line of the IRS Commissioner Mr. Latham is revealed. As he is walking over to meet the panel, they all stand, extended their arms, and bow to him!! It was hilarious!!!
IF IT'S NON-ALCOHOLIC, WHO CARES???
Panel dances all around the "liquid product" which guest #2 deals with. They couldn't seem to grasp the concept that something came in bottles, which was NOT alcohol!
DK: "Mr. O'Malley-Keyes, is this something that can be served as a refreshment at a party?"
AF: "A SQUARE party!!!" (LOL!!)
And, of course, would an episode be complete without a little sparring between John and Dorothy?
JD: "No conference has been called, Miss Kilgallen."
KD: "Well, I'd like to call one!!"
Later in the game....
DK: "Does it have any sugar content?"
John and guest agree that his product is not known for its sugar content, and start to give Dorothy a 'no'.
DK: "Well, I just said 'some'!"
JD: "Actually, it does not have sufficient sugar content beyond..."
Interrupting and raising her voice a couple of octives, Dorothy persists: "I just said 'ANY', John! Just any weensie little bit."
JD: "Well actually, the last time I took a look at the measurement, we decided this was a little bit less than 'any'." He smiles and flips the card. The cameras do not let us see DK's expression, but I sure would have liked to!
The panel loses this round, and when the product is revealed, Arlene teases "MILK? Likely story!" (I love her!)
JD: "It's been a very fast-moving half hour." With that, John summed up how we fans feel at the end of each show every night!!! - fiveninegal (2003)
In 1976, the Los Angeles County Bar Taxation Section decided to honor the memory of Dana Latham by establishing the Dana Latham Memorial Award. Dana Latham served as President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Commissioner of Internal Revenue, and made many other significant contributions during his lifetime. - Suzanne (2003)
Lana Turner promoted her 1959 film, "Imitation of Life." - Suzanne (2003)
Mel Ferrer (8/25/1917 - 6/2/2008)
Panel: Arlene Francis, Mel Ferrer, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.
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