FLIP REPORT: In the night's first game, John flipped the remaining card for the first contestant at nine down. Steve Allen essentially correctly identified this contestant's occupation, but goofed up by going with "makes and sells Confederate money," when, in fact, the contestant bought and sold Confederate money. In the night's second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at eight down because time had run out. The panel had begun to zero in on this one, figuring out -- just at the wire -- that this contestant was involved with doing something in the air, but this was as far as they got. In the night's final game, John flipped the remaining cards at three down for the final contestant because time ran out. This game was a bit of a joke directed at Steve Allen and very little time was allotted for it. - agent_0042 (2009)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND ANNOUNCER WATCH: The main sponsor this evening is Sunbeam. And once again, announcer Hal Simms utilizes the "award-winning 'What's My Line?' panel" wording prior to introducing Arlene.
(2) THE "PRODIGAL SON" AND HIS LOVELY WIFE: This was Steve Allen's first appearance on the "WML?" panel since the Fred Allen tribute EPISODE #302 of March 18, 1956; in addition, it was the first of ten times Jayne Meadows would be on the panel between now and EPISODE #872 of August 6, 1967. Of this tally, EPISODE #572 of July 9, 1961 marked the only time Miss Meadows and Dorothy Kilgallen ever appeared on the panel together; and EPISODE #811 of April 10, 1966 was Jayne's only "solo" panel appearance, that is, without her "jack-of-all-trades" of a husband. (On that 1966 show, future syndicated "WML?" host Larry Blyden was also a guest panelist.) It was on June 10, 1959, eleven days prior to this episode, that Miss Meadows appeared as a guest on her old stomping grounds, "I've Got a Secret." Jayne's long run as an "IGAS" panelist, which dated back to the show's earliest days in 1952, had come to an end in April 1959; after a few weeks of guest panelists in her old seat, Bess Myerson assumed the position of regular "IGAS" panelist in May 1959, and remained with the show until its 1967 cancellation.
(3) BAD PUN ALERT: Bennett struck again during the intros -- not in his introduction of John, but before that, in his words with Steverino, when he mentioned something about "casting your breadbox on the water." This was a double pun not only on the breadbox reference that Mr. Allen made famous on the show, but also the old phrase from Ecclesiastes 11:1, "Cast your bread upon the waters."
(4) JACK BENNY: The perennially "39-year-old" comedian's signing in as "Heifetz" was not to be the last time that he would invoke the name of one of the most famous violinists. On the opening of the February 4, 1963 edition of "IGAS," Mr. Benny introduced himself as "Jascha Heifetz."
(5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the United Airlines travel arrangements plug, the end credits tonight only go up to the card crediting set designer Willard Levitas. There was no cutoff point, however, for GSN's deservedly controversial "crunching" of the screen, as evidenced on their February 21, 2009 airing of this episode.
(6) Following GSN's February 21, 2009 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the December 23, 1958 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with future "60 Minutes" inquisitor Mike Wallace (another former "The Name's the Same" panelist to appear on "TTTT") joining the other cross-examiners on the panel: Betty White, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. The first game featured Brock Strom (captain of the Air Force football team) and two impostors; the second game featured Clinton H. Goodwin (a former career criminal turned ordained Baptist minister and superintendent of the Union Rescue Mission) and two impostors; and the third game featured Werner Beck (a soloist with the Vienna Boys Choir) and two impostors. - W-B (2009)
THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON!!! This episode featured the return of former WML panelist Steve Allen! He didn't come alone, as his lovely wife, former "I've Got a Secret" panelist Jayne Meadows, filled in for the vacationing Dorothy Kilgallen. Unfortunately, neither Steve nor Jayne could help Arlene and Bennett, as once again, they had a poor night when it came to the regular games. In the first game, Steve got partial credit when he correctly guessed that the contestant from Florida sold vintage Confederate currency. However, the guest not only sold it, he bought it as well. In fact, he brought a few samples with him, including a very rare $1000 Confederate bill that actually was still worth $1000, due to its collector's value in 1959. He also gave John and the panel vintage $50 Confederate bills. In the second game, the panel was so far off the beaten track that the somewhat shy 13 year old wing walker from North Carolina won the full prize by default. In the mystery guest round, Bennett correctly identified comedy legend Jack Benny. This was a double-header for Jack, as he had appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" prior to his appearance on WML tonight. He also talked about the special ceremony that was going to take place in his hometown of Waukegan, Illinois. In addition, it was announced that Jack's hit television show was moving to Sunday nights at ten PM and would lead into WML. The final game was a rib on Steve, because the contestant designed breadboxes. She won the full prize by default on the basis of time. During the good nights, John announced that he would be absent for the next week's broadcast due to his duties as a newsman. He said that he would be replaced by frequent guest panelist Eamonn Andrews, the host of the British BBC version of WML. Maybe Eamonn would go easier on the panel and they would have a better night. - Sargebri (2005)
BREADBOX WATCH!!! Ironically, in the first game, it wasn't Steve who asked his trademark breadbox question, but it was Jayne who asked it when she asked if the product was smaller than a breadbox. - Sargebri (2005)
A PREVIEW OF THINGS TO COME!!! This episode could possibly have been seen as a sign of things to come as several years later, following Dorothy's tragic passing, Jayne would often appear on the panel during the final two years of the show whenever Steve would appear on the show. - Sargebri (2005)
This is Jack's second appearance as a mystery guest. When he signed in, he wrote on the chalkboard, "Heifetz" (referring to the famous violinist) which garnered big laughs from the audience. Jack was a bit more animated this time around, and it didn't take the panel too long to figure out who he was. Bennett Cerf guessed him by asking, "Does Misha Elman and Jascha Heifetz scream with terror at the mere mention of your name?" Jack just replied, "Oh shut up." - Ken Dickson (2005)
Welcome back Steve Allen (whose hair was definitely not going ANYWHERE, just FYI! Clearly, he's a Dapper Dan man!)
WIFE KNOWS BEST? NOT!
During Steve Allen's turn to question Mr. Criswell, Arlene suggests "money," while Jayne suggests "clothing." Steve prudently decides to go with Jayne's idea, but winds up getting a "no" from the contestant. For some reason, no one picks up the money idea. The questioning rolls around again to Steve, who finally does ask about money, and gets a "yes." Arlene jokes, "John, I would like to say that one thing this round has taught us, is that a man should not always listen to his wife. Sometimes, the other woman knows something, too!" (LOL!) Mr. Criswell handed out confederate money to everyone as he left.
Jack Benny signed in as "Heifetz" (as in the famous violinist, Jascha)!! Jack was extremely funny this evening. At one point, he told John to call for a faux-conference, while he walked over to Jayne and gave her a kiss on her cheek! After he was found out, Mr. Benny joked, "I wanna know one thing - how can this show afford me?"
Again, sadly, no mention of Dorothy. - fiveninegal (2003)
Again, no "Rollercoaster" ride. As with the previous two episodes, the end credits aired to a different theme song than the usual composition "Rollercoaster." - Suzanne (2005) Tidbits: Arlene is still performing in the play "Once More, With Feeling," which is currently at the Westport Country Playhouse, in Westport, Connecticut. John Daly mentions that he will be absent next week, and that Eamonn Andrews will be the guest host. John will be in Tokyo, Japan, on a newscasting reporting trip. - Suzanne (2003)
Jayne Meadows (9/27/1919 - 4/26/2015) Panel: Arlene Francis, Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows, Bennett Cerf.