(1) GUEST PANELIST: Tonight's long-lost show marked the only "WML?" appearance of actress Mercedes McCambridge. This was two years after she played the role of "Sadie Burke" in the original 1949 movie version of "All the King's Men." Miss McCambridge turned out to be the only co-star of that film to have even made an appearance on "WML?"; neither Broderick Crawford (who played "Willie Stark"), John Ireland (who played "Jack Burden") nor Joanne Dru (who played "Anne Stanton") ever appeared on the program. At the time of this episode, Miss McCambridge was appearing in the movie "The Scarf" as "Connie Carter." She was in two other films that came out in 1951, "Inside Straight" (as "Ada Stritch") and "Lightning Strikes Twice" (as "Liza McStringer").
(2) MYSTERY GUEST: This was the first of four mystery guest appearances by veteran stage, screen and television comic actor Bert Lahr, his last being on EPISODE #701 of February 23, 1964. A month prior to tonight's show, on March 19, 1951, Mr. Lahr appeared as "'Rusty' Krause" in a production of the 1950-1951 TV series "Musical Comedy Time" called "Flying High." He is the first of the major co-stars of "The Wizard of Oz" (he was, of course, the "Cowardly Lion") to make an appearance on "WML?" Two of his other co-stars made appearances as follows:
(a) Ray Bolger ("The Scarecrow") - EPISODE #305 of April 8, 1956 (as Mystery Guest); EPISODE #588 of November 12, 1961 (as Guest Panelist)
(b) Judy Garland ("Dorothy Gale") - EPISODE #852 of March 5, 1967 (as Mystery Guest)
While Jack Haley (who played the "Tin Man") did not make any appearances of any kind on "WML?," he was by no means the only major "Wizard" co-star never to have been on the series; neither did Billie Burke (who played the "Good Witch") nor Margaret Hamilton (aka the "Wicked Witch of the West"). Frank Morgan, who played the "Wizard," died in 1949, four and a half months prior to "WML?'s" debut. - W-B (2008)
Per Gil Fates' handwritten logs, no kinescope of this episode exists. It was destroyed by CBS before Gil Fates noticed the destruction policy in 1952 and began saving the kinescopes. Only about 10 episodes exist from February 1950 to July 1952. - Suzanne (2004)
Mercedes McCambridge (3/16/1916 - 3/2/2004)
Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf, Mercedes McCambridge, Hal Block. Arlene Francis had the night off. - Suzanne (2008)