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Regular Panelist (1950-1967)
Regular Panelist (1951-1967)
Regular Panelist (1950-1965)
Arlene Francis: And now, as many of you know, this is National Library Week. And so, at great expense to the management, we are bringing you a gentleman tonight who is terribly good at almost all rules of the house, but as one of the leading publishers in the United States, very influential in libraries. Mr. Bennett Cerf.
Bennett Cerf: I'm glad you mentioned the librarians, Arlene, 'cause they do a wonderful job in this country. Like the teachers, they're terribly underpaid. And now, I'd like to introduce our distinguished master of ceremonies, always loquacious but never flatulent, Mr. John Charles Daly.
FLIP REPORT: In the night's first game, John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at six down. Arlene correctly identified this contestant as a judge, but the cards went over because the winnings were being donated to the New York Police Athletic League. In the night's mystery challenger game, John flipped the remaining cards at two down. Mystery challenger Frankie Laine was identified by Dorothy, who urged John to flip the cards so that Frankie Laine could "give it to Henny Youngman." Exactly what the joke was here was unclear, but all mystery challengers were paid an appearance fee of $500 that was undisclosed to the general public, regardless of the amount depicted by the cards. - agent_0042 (2009)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR, ANNOUNCER AND PANEL WATCH: For this evening, the primary sponsor is Sunbeam electric appliances, and the "our award-winning panel of 'What's My Line?'" intro variation is used by announcer Hal Simms. Also, this was Vincent Price's third and final "WML?" appearance; besides "House on Haunted Hill" (which Dorothy mentioned in the intros) and "Return of the Fly," Mr. Price's other 1959 movies included "The Tingler" and "The Bat," plus one non-horror film, Irwin Allen's "The Big Circus." The latter motion picture featured several other people who had appeared on "WML?" over its 17.5-year CBS run: Red Buttons, Rhonda Fleming, Kathryn Grant Crosby, Peter Lorre -- and a cameo by one Steve Allen. Victor Mature, who starred in "The Big Circus," never made any appearances on "WML?"; nor did Gilbert Roland, Adele Mara or Howard McNear (the future barber "Floyd Lawson" on "The Andy Griffith Show"). Another co-star, David Nelson, was never on "WML?" either, but his parents, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, had been.
(2) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: Only the regular contestants' overlays were set in the usual Futura Demi Bold; mystery guest Frankie Laine's lower-third overlay was the first in quite some time to have been hand-painted.
(3) "WML?" END CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: This was the third straight week where the pre-1958 "In association with the CBS Television Network" art card slide was accidentally used by the production staff; the end credits tonight only go up to executive producer Gil Fates' card. But once again, GSN showed that its always abysmal "crunching" of the screen on its February 12, 2009 airing of this episode was very much deliberate and intentional.
(4) The February 12, 2009 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by the July 22, 1958 edition of "To Tell the Truth" with host Bud Collyer and the panel assembled here as Polly Bergen, Tom Ewell (making the first of five "TTTT" appearances over the next four years), Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. The first game featured John K. Schisler (a construction superintendent of the Moa Bay Company who was kidnapped by Cuban rebels on June 26, 1958 and held for ten days) and two impostors; the second game featured stuntwoman Sharon Lucas (who doubled for such stars as Jane Russell, Lauren Bacall, Anita Ekberg, Esther Williams and Marilyn Monroe) and two impostors (one of whom was a secretary who worked at Miss Bergen's label, Columbia Records); and the third game featured Robert Reveille (town crier and night watchman for Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia) and two impostors (who were, respectively, Benjamin Franklin, an NBC cameraman who worked on Polly's 1957-1958 variety show for that "other network"; and George Washington, who was involved with a project in New York's Washington Square area). - W-B (2009)
2005 HALLOWEEN TRIBUTE: GSN aired this episode on October 29, 2005 as part of a "Halloween Weekend" of horror-related stars appearing on Goodson-Todman shows. This show was preceded by an airing of the September 18, 1966 episode of the daytime version of "To Tell the Truth" (black-and-white; videotape) on which Elsa Lanchester was a guest. This "WML?" episode had previously been shown in regular rotation on September 26, 2005; the 1966 daytime "TTTT" episode was previously shown in regular rotation on November 19, 2003. - W-B (2005)
GSN 2005 HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: On these dates, the following "WML?" episodes were aired. - Suzanne (2005)
10/29/2005 = EPISODE #460
10/30/2005 = EPISODE #536
10/31/2005 = EPISODE #341
And a "double bill" was aired on this date as follows:
11/01/2005 = EPISODE #405
11/01/2005 = EPISODE #224
REVIEW: After nearly a month of mediocre to poor performances, the panel managed to pull off a perfecto, or rather Arlene and Dorothy managed to pull one off. In the first game, seemingly out of the blue, Arlene correctly figured out that Mr. Pierce was actually Judge Pierce. After the game, Bennett asked a question for a clarification about whether he was appointed or elected, since judiciary positions in New York are elective. It was explained that Judge Pierce was appointed to his position by the governor to fill out a term and that when the next election came up, his post would be on the ballot. Also, as the judge was leaving the stage, he requested that his winnings be donated to the New York Police Department Athletic League and John signified this by flipping the remaining cards over. The second game provided the highlight of the night. During the game, Arlene asked Mr. Whitney if his costume covered him, which brought a huge laugh from the audience. In fact, it brought such a prolonged response that Arlene had to take a lot of time to compose herself. However, with Bennett's help, she was able to correctly figure out that he was a bullfighter. Mr. Whitney also got a laugh on his behalf when John told a story about a letter Whitney had written to a cigar company. Whitney had told them that he felt it would be more proper and fitting for the bullfighting audience to throw cigars to the matadors - instead of flowers! In the mystery guest round, Dorothy correctly identified Frankie Lane. Frankie was on the show to promote his engagement at the Copacabana. He and John also brought up their golf games. Dolly Mae then got a laugh of her own when she requested that John flip the remaining cards so that Frankie could donate his winnings to Henny Youngman. This definitely put a capper on what was not only a brilliant performance for the panel, but a fun one as well. - Sargebri (2005)
This was Arlene's night! She had me in stitches!!!
THE CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN
AF: "Mr. Whitney wears something other than what he wears now. Does it cover Mr. Whitney?.." (quick realization of what she just implied) "I MEAN..!!!" That got a HUGE laugh! Arlene tries again, "No, what I really meant, Mr. Whitney, is that unlike it covering you briefly? Does it cover you...longly? From stem to stern?" More laughter from her and everyone else. Let's give Miss Francis another chance. "Da...da..." Ha! AF laughs at herself for stuttering, which was good, because she fit in with the rest of the theater! She perseveres, "Would it be considered a coverall?" MORE LAUGHTER "I can't get out of it!!" After a handful more questions, Arlene is at a loss and says, "Shall I pass? I've been on long enough, haven't I? I'll pass!" After another round, the cameras are on her again...she begins..."D..d..d..d.." She's flustered!! She pauses long enough to regain her composure, and Bennett, (laughing), reaches over and gives her a hug. Be sure to listen for John's terrific laugh, as well!
1) DK: "Is this a sport, or game, or occupation which takes place in the United States?" (No) "Well, I hardly think THAT'S fair!"
2) During questioning of the mystery guest:
BC: "Have you ever had a close association with a damsel known as Jezebel?"
DK: "I would like to pass."
Vincent Price begins to ask a question, but gets startled by DK's squeal, "OHHH! I'm crazy! I won't pass - Frankie Laine!!!"
She explains that she was "thrown" because she was thinking of the movie "Jezebel," rather than the song "Jezebel."
3) "John, flip the cards so he can give the money to Henny Youngman."
I'm not sure what exactly she meant by this, but everyone else seemed to enjoy it! - fiveninegal (2003)
Frankie Laine promoted his appearance at the Copacabana Night Club, New York City. Dorothy mentioned that Vincent's new 1959 movie was "Return of the Fly." She mentioned that the last time he was a guest panelist in 1958, the original movie "The Fly" was in the theaters. - Suzanne (2003)
Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Vincent Price, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.
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