FLIP REPORT: In the night's second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at seven down. Bennett actually correctly figured out this contestant's line, right at the last minute, as John had given the panel the warning that he was only going to give them one minute more. The benevolent moderator went ahead and flipped over the cards anyway, stating that they'd had "so much fun." - agent_0042 (2009)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Florida Citrus is the chief sponsor for this edition.
(2) COINCIDENCE CORNER: There was a slight ironic significance to the first contestant, Elizabeth Taylor's secretary, being on this "WML?" edition, since "La Liz's" "BUtterfield 8" co-star, Laurence Harvey, was a guest panelist on last week's show.
(3) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: In what seems to be a trend during this period, the regular contestants' overlays are in the regular Futura Demi Bold font, while the lower-third overlay of mystery guests Kathryn & Arthur Murray are hand-painted. Incidentally, this was Mr. Murray's third and final "WML?" appearance (and his second to still exist on kinescope, as his first appearance on EPISODE #79 of December 2, 1951 has become lost to history). And tonight marked the only time his wife Kathryn Murray ever appeared on the program.
(4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Time ran so short at the end that not only did Mr. Daly say good night for all the panel, but the end credits sequence consisted solely of a brief shot of the "WML?" title card. This had the effect of stymieing GSN in their obsessive compulsion to "crunch" the screen on their March 29, 2009 airing of this episode.
(5) A DOUBLE-BLAST FROM "TTTT'S" PAST: Immediately subsequent to the March 29, 2009 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the January 28, 1960 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer. This "TTTT" episode was distinguished by guest panelist appearances by two regulars from "TTTT's" early months on the air, John Cameron Swayze and Hildy Parks. This meant that Kitty Carlisle (who was an indirect replacement for Miss Parks) sat at the "anchor" end of the panel desk on this occasion; though the seating arrangement was the reverse of what would transpire after the June 1960 set design change, it anticipated Miss Carlisle's seating order after her "TTTT" panel colleague configuration was set as Tom Poston, Peggy Cass and Orson Bean. As for Mr. Poston, on this edition he was seated, as always, at the far end of the panel desk (which at this point was still to the viewer's right side). As for the games on this episode, the first game featured Mr. Kirpal Singh (a rocket designer who was twice a "WML?" contestant, on EPISODE #283 of November 6, 1955 and EPISODE #590 of November 26, 1961) and two impostors; the second game featured James Keebler (or Keibler, spelling approximate; a locomotive engineer for the Long Island Rail Road who played organ music at Penn Station for the past two Christmases; he had recently flown to Africa to attend the inauguration of the president of Liberia, and played the organ at three state functions) and two impostors; and the third game featured John Hoyte (spelling verified; an historian, not the actor; his specialty was Carthaginian general Hannibal and his march over the Alps with 30,000 men and 37 elephants in 218 B.C., during his battle with the Roman army; to figure out how long the trek took, Mr. Hoyte took an elephant with him and walked the same route) and two impostors. Of note was that the associate director on this "TTTT" episode was Alan J. Shalleck, who served in the same position on some 1962 "WML?" episodes. - W-B (2009)
REVIEW: The only lowlight for this episode was the fact that Dorothy was still in Los Angeles covering the Finch trial. However, she was ably subbed for tonight by future "Golden Girl" Betty White. Also joining the panel this evening was John's former crony Richard Boone. As for the games themselves, the panel did wind up having a good night after a slow start. In the first game, they were totally stumped by Elizabeth Taylor's secretary. He had accompanied Taylor to New York while she was filming "Butterfield 8." However, they were on somewhat of an extended break while the actor's strike was going on. The panel was more successful in the second game as Bennett correctly figured out that the young girl from Chicago was an exterminator. The highlight of the night, though, had to be the mystery guest round with Arthur and Kathryn Murray. It looked as though the Murrays were going to stump the panel, and they had one more question to go when Arlene wound up figuring out who they were and coyly asked them "if it took two to tango?" to which they gave an affirmative answer. However, the real highlight came when Arthur removed his "mask" and lifted off his toupee. The couple also delighted the panel by doing a brief waltz as they left the stage. Unfortunately, there was no time for the panel to say good night, so John said it for them. - Sargebri (2005)
ELIZABETH TAYLOR: As was mentioned in the first game, Elizabeth Taylor was making the 1960 film "Butterfield 8." The film was about a call girl who was trying to go straight, but "La Liz" hated the role and hated making the movie. Of course, the only reason she took this role was because she had essentially been blacklisted due to her scandalous love affair and subsequent marriage to Eddie Fisher, who had walked out on "America's Sweetheart" Debbie Reynolds to be with Liz. Ironically, Liz wound up winning the Best Actress Oscar for the role. However, the reason she got it was not because of a great performance, but because many of the voters felt sorry for her because she contracted a case of pneumonia and nearly died. In fact, it was so serious that Liz had to have an emergency tracheotomy. Nevertheless, she still wound up winning the first of her two Oscars even though she hated the role. - Sargebri (2005)
THE FRONT PAGE: John Daly mentions having previously appeared in a television production of "The Front Page" with guest panelist Richard Boone. John said he looked at the kinescopes of the production five years later, and was unimpressed by his performance. John was referencing the 1949-1950 television series that both he and Boone starred in, which was loosely based on the 1931 play of the same name. One can't help but wonder if, like the WML? kinescopes currently being shown on GSN, kinescopes of John's old performance survive to this day stored in some old film storage area somewhere. - Garrison Skunk (2005)
Arthur and Kathryn Murray were married from 1925 until his death in 1991. Arthur had a LOT of personality! While chatting with John after his game, he removed his toupee for laughs. It worked, too, the audience howled! - Suzanne (2003)
Tidbits: John Daly announced that next week's episode would be preempted for a "CBS Spectacular." - Suzanne (2003)
Panel: Arlene Francis, Richard Boone, Betty White, Bennett Cerf.
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