John: Just imagine, uh, whoever it might have been who played Miss Sandher's part at Macy's about 72 years ago when Bennett came up at Easter time and she said "Be a good little boy" and now she knows how he turned out? Oh, it's terrible, isn't it?
HAPPY EASTER!!! This was a special Easter themed episode as each of the contestants had either a direct or indirect link to the holiday. As for the games themselves, after two weeks of solid performances, the panel had a stinker of a performance this evening, winning only one game out of three. The evening started well and things got off to a promising start in the first game as Arlene correctly guessed that the contestant was working as an Easter bunny. For the record, she worked at Macy's Bunny Land. Things went downhill in the second game as the panel failed to guess that the contestant was a manufacturer of church pews. The downward trend continued in the mystery guest round as the panel failed to identify columnist Hedda Hopper. Hedda was in town for the American Newspapermen's convention, where she was scheduled to act as hostess for some of the events surrounding the event. This definitely was a night the Easter bunny left few rotten eggs for the panel. - Sargebri
R.I. P. DENNIS WEAVER: It was sadly ironic when this episode aired in the early morning of February 27, 2006 on GSN. A few days before the episode was broadcast, Dennis Weaver, who served as a guest panelist on this episode, passed away from cancer at the age of 81. At the time of this 1962 broadcast, Weaver had just finished his run as bumbling deputy "Chester Goode" on the classic Western series "Gunsmoke." Of course, his second most famous role would be that of U.S. Marshall "Sam McCloud" of Taos, New Mexico on special assignment to the New York Police on the 1970-1977 hit series "McCloud." - Sargebri
DENNIS WEAVER: In a bizarre coincidence, the news was revealed on February 27, 2006 that Dennis Weaver had passed away. This was the same day that GSN broadcast a repeat of this 1962 episode. Mr. Weaver actually passed away on February 24, 2006, but the news of his death was not made public until February 27, 2006. He was 81 years old at the time of his death. - agent_0042
Time ran unusually short in this episode. Not only was there not time for a fourth challenger, but there wasn't enough time to keep the mystery challenger on for the full questioning of her round, either. At the end of the program, John Daly had to say good night for everyone. - agent_0042
FLIP REPORT: John flipped all of the cards for mystery challenger Hedda Hopper at six down because time ran out. - agent_0042
(1) DIRECTED BY IRA SKUTCH: As was indicated in the end credits, tonight's episode was directed by Ira Skutch, who was filling in for regular director Franklin Heller. Mr. Skutch was a director and/or producer of many Goodson-Todman game shows, most notably all versions of "Match Game," including the original 1962-1969 NBC run, the 1973-1979 CBS version, the syndicated "PM" version, and the 1979-1982 syndicated weekday version. His other credits included "Two for the Money," the syndicated 1969-1974 version of "Beat the Clock," and the 1971-1975 ABC version of "Password."
(2) DENNIS WEAVER DIES: Ironically, within a few hours of GSN's February 27, 2006 airing of this episode, came news that guest panelist Dennis Weaver died of complications from cancer at the age of 81. - W-B
Today was Easter Sunday, 1962. Note the Easter theme to the contestants! - Suzanne
On the episode of October 1, 1961, I mentioned that John Daly was finally wearing a wedding ring on his left hand. Lately, he has been wearing no ring at all. For years, he wore a black onyx (type) ring. - Suzanne
I spotted a couple of new sponsors. There was a Wernet's Dentu-Creme ad in the opening credits and a Py-Co-Pay logo on the panel's desk. - Suzanne
I'm sure Dennis Weaver was happy when the program was over! He appeared uncomfortable as a guest panelist, but took it in good stride. - Suzanne
Tidbits: John Daly stated that this was "National Press Week" 1962.
Dennis Weaver (6/4/1924 - 2/24/2006)
Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Dennis Weaver, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.
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