WHAT'S IN A NAME? The correct spelling of Joseph Musico's surname is puzzling, because he appeared to add an accent on the sign-in board, but it is not clear if he meant Músico, Musicó or Musicò. He accented the o and not the u in Musico. Maybe he was simply putting two dots above his name, regardless of where they go, as some people do. Músico is indeed correct in Spanish, but I doubt that he was of Spanish origin (or Catalan, which often has names ending in ó). More likely is that he's an Italian who applied a (false) stress to the end syllable. Some names end this way, such as Niccolò, but Musico would not need a stress. - Dan Albertson (2006)
FAYE EMERSON: Tonight's episode was the first time since EPISODE #545 of January 1, 1961 that Faye Emerson appeared on "WML?" as a guest panelist. As with her previous stint, Miss Emerson was filling in tonight for absent regular panelist Dorothy Kilgallen. In an even more ironic coincidence, on both the 1961 episode and tonight's show, the sponsor was Allstate Insurance Company. Alas, this will be Faye's last-ever "WML?" appearance. - W-B (2006 & 2008)
Faye Emerson first appeared on "WML?" as a mystery guest on EPISODE #15 of August 30, 1950. Unfortunately, that episode has been lost to history. - Suzanne (2008)
REVIEW: After the previous week's shutout, the panel had a remarkable improvement as they won three out of four games this episode. In fact, they were somewhat close in the first game and if it weren't for the time running out, they might have had a perfecto. In the first game, Arlene correctly guessed that the young lady from Seattle was an elevator operator at the Space Needle. Most likely, the fact she was from Seattle had something to do with the panel making the correct guess. In the second game, guest panelist Merv Griffin correctly guessed that the contestant was a bridal gown maker. However, some credit should go to the studio audience who gasped during the conference when Arlene mentioned bridal gowns. In the mystery guest round, Merv again was successful when he correctly identified James Mason. Mr. Mason was on the show to promote the film Lolita, which featured Sue Lyon in the title role and also featured Shelley Winters and Peter Sellers as members of the supporting cast. In the final game, the police sergeant for the Irish National Police won a very nice wedding present for his son as he won the full prize by default when the panel ran out of time. And so, even though they lost the final game, the panel probably made the missing Dorothy feel better with their great performance. - Sargebri (2006)
KILGALLEN WATCH!!! We were told that Dorothy was absent this evening due to illness. On the previous two episodes over the past two weeks, she was obviously inebriated. Tonight, she might have been in such an impaired condition as to prevent her from appearing on the panel. Everything will come to a head in March 1963 when she will once again check into the LeRoy Sanitarium to try to combat her various addictions. - Sargebri (2006)
As James Mason mentioned, he was on the show to promote his latest picture, "Lolita," which was based on the Vladimir Nabokov novel of the same name. Of course, the subject matter of the film, an older man obsessed with an adolescent girl, was highly controversial in 1962 and is still so even by 2006 standards. - Sargebri (2006)
FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first challenger at three down, even though her occupation had been correctly identified by the panel. On the final game, even though the panel came close to identifying the guest's line, John flipped all the cards for the final challenger at six down because time ran out. - agent_0042
During the goodbyes, Dorothy's absence was finally explained when Bennett said, "Hope you'll be better soon, Dorothy." - Suzanne (2004)
James Mason promoted the controversial 1962 Stanley Kubrick film, "Lolita." He incorrectly guessed that Sue Lyon, the young star who played the title role, would go on to greatness. Per Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia, "her appeal, like her adolescence, was short-lived." - Suzanne
Merv Griffin announced that Faye Emerson will be opening in a play called "The Vinegar Tree." - Suzanne (2004)
Panel: Arlene Francis, Merv Griffin, Faye Emerson, Bennett Cerf.
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