FLIP REPORT: In the night's first game, John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at four down. Dorothy Kilgallen correctly identified the line, but John asked the panel to see if they could identify which circus the contestant performed with. When Arlene incorrectly identified it as being Ringling Brothers, the cards went over. In the night's second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at eight down. The panel got off-track on this one and so John put the remaining two cards over, saying that he would put the panel out of their misery. They identified that the contestant was involved with research, but never came close to identifying that she worked with lab mice. In the night's final game, John flipped the remaining cards at five down because time ran out. Despite Van Cliburn's having suggested that the contestant played a piano, which was fairly close, the panel never actually got very far in figuring out this contestant's line. - agent_0042 (2009)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND ANNOUNCER WATCH: This evening's main sponsor is Kellogg's cereals. And this was the week where announcer Hal Simms used the "award-winning 'What's My Line?' panel" variation of the intro.
(2) HERMIONE GINGOLD: The gravelly-voiced actress makes the first of two "WML?" appearances tonight -- both times as a mystery guest. Amazingly, despite her being on Dorothy's "enemies list," Miss Gingold's other appearance, on EPISODE #680 of September 8, 1963, also saw her and the "Voice of Broadway" cross paths. Hermione was in two legendary movies in 1958 -- "Gigi" (as "Madame Alvarez") and "Bell, Book and Candle" (as "Bianca de Passe").
(3) "WML?" END CREDITS NOSTALGIA AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Not only is the pre-1958 "In association with the CBS Television Network" card still accidentally being shown in the end credits (for the fourth week in a row), but tonight, in a nostalgic double-header, the production staff also accidentally showed the card, used until EPISODE #432 of September 14, 1958, which credited Bob Bach as coordinator of production and Frances Trocaine as program manager, when they are now the show's associate producers. Apart from those vintage glitches, the complete production crew credits were shown tonight after the travel arrangements plug for United Airlines. Yet, as always, GSN truly meant to "crunch" the screen on their February 13, 2009 (Friday the 13th!) airing of this episode, which was always unlucky for the viewing audience no matter what day it was.
(4) Immediately subsequent to the February 13, 2009 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the August 5, 1958 edition of "To Tell the Truth," with host Bud Collyer and his merry band of "cross-examiners," once again comprised of Polly Bergen, Tom Ewell, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner (as it had been two weeks before). The first game featured Senor Giacomo Gambino (an Italian sleeping car attendant on the Rome-Paris express train) and two impostors; the second game featured Ellen Church (the world's first airline stewardess, who also served in the Army Nurse Corps' air evacuation service in World War II) and two impostors; and the third game featured Clarence "Honey" Craven (ringmaster of Madison Square Garden's National Horse Show and other horse shows across the country) and two impostors. - W-B (2009)
REVIEW: After the previous week's perfecto, this evening was somewhat of a letdown. However, the panel still managed to hit .500 for the night. In the first game, Dorothy showed why she was such a great panelist when she figured out that little Tito was involved in the entertainment world - and then when the questioning got back to her - she figured out that he was a trapeze artist. In fact, the only mistake that really was made was when Bennett said he worked for Ringling Brothers, but he actually was with Clyde Beatty's circus. In the second game, the panel was utterly stumped by the woman who raised mice for research. After much struggling, the panel was still so far off track that John decided to call the game on the basis of time. In the mystery guest round, Bennett correctly identified entertainment legend Hermione Gingold, who used a rather hoarse, masculine voice to try to fool the panel. In fact, the voice she used put such a strain on her that when Bennett made his I.D. of her, he said that he had to do it in order for her to save her voice. Miss Gingold was on the show to promote her latest play "First Impressions." The final game was really fun as it pretty much was done as a rib on guest panelist Van Cliburn, due to the fact that the contestant was a piano tuner. As for the game itself, she won the full prize by default as the panel ran out of time. Also, just before the show went off the air for the night, John mentioned that they would be preempted the next week. The show that was preempting them was the production that Jeanne Crain promoted during her mystery guest appearance a couple of weeks earlier, a live presentation of "Meet Me in St. Louis." - Sargebri (2005)
PFIZER: It was announced after the second game that Mrs. Coufos worked for Pfizer. Of course, several years later, Pfizer would make probably one of the biggest discoveries in history as they came up with what has become one of the more popular treatments for male impotence, Viagra. - Sargebri (2005)
BEST BEHAVIOR: For once, the WML? studio audience behaved itself. Early in the final game, Van Cliburn suggested that perhaps Barbara Martin performed in some way, such as playing the piano. Usually, the WML? audiences tend to murmur and applaud if a panelist guesses an element of the contestant's occupation. Tonight, however, no one made a peep, and her connection to the piano wasn't revealed until the end of the round. - Garrison Skunk (2005)
You must see Dorothy's disgusted expression upon removing her blindfold after Hermione Gingold was revealed! Bennett got in a great quote during the questioning of Mrs. Coufos by asking, "Is this product edible or drinkable?" (John and guest go into a conference) Bennett continues, "If it goes in your mouth, you've gotta say 'yes'!!!"
Ten year old Tito was very cute and John summed it up when he said that he had "the presence and manners of a young man of 40." Tito was inducted into World Acrobatics Society Gallery of Honor in 2001. Please see his web site listed above.
Hermione Gingold used a very deep, raspy voice (more so than Jimmy Durante!) which caused Arlene to inquire, "Are you a leading man?" It took 3 more questions to determine that she was, in fact, a woman!! She promoted her 1959 Broadway play, "First Impressions". This musical ran for 92 total performances. - fiveninegal (2003)
From the 1979 biography "Kilgallen" by Lee Israel. The events are believed to have occurred in the summer of 1959. - Suzanne (2003) ****** begin quote ****** Hermione Gingold, the English actress and comedienne, appeared regularly on "The Jack Paar Show," which provided her with immediate celebrity, a soupcon of clout, and all the work she could handle in the theater. She toured one summer in a musical review in which she did an attic-rummaging number called "Souvenirs." The high point in "Souvenirs" was Miss Gingold holding up an old photograph of Dorothy (Kilgallen) and framing it with a toilet seat. Dorothy was intrigued when she heard about the routine and asked Ben Bagley to find out what he could about it. He called the producer, who confirmed timorously that Miss Gingold was indeed framing Dolly Mae with a toilet seat Tuesday through Sunday and twice on matinee days. Bagley asked the producer for a reading of the material and repeated it to Dorothy. "She will smart for this," Dorothy said with mock toughness, "the nerve of that woman." Gingold fared no worse than before in VOB (Voice of Broadway). Dorothy had always found her somewhat unattractive as a performer. ****** end quote ****** Van Cliburn (7/12/1934 - 2/27/2013) Panel: Arlene Francis, Van Cliburn, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.