REVIEW: WELCOME HOME BENNETT!!! After a couple of weeks away, Bennett returned tanned and refreshed from his vacation in Barbados. Unfortunately, the panel didn't do so hot this evening and if it weren't for Arlene, they probably would have been shut out. The carnage began in the first game when the panel was totally stumped by the female bullfighter from Toronto, Canada. However, they probably shouldn't be blamed too much for their loss, because it was so rare to have a female who fought bulls, and in addition, she was rather short and cute. In the second game, they were so far off the beaten track that John flipped over all the cards, so the powder puff maker won the full prize by default. John later told the panel that if they had narrowed the product to something women would use, then they might have gotten it. In the mystery guest round, Arlene saved the day when she correctly identified former guest panelist Tony Perkins. Tony was on the show to promote his latest picture "The Trial," which was directed by another former guest panelist, Orson Welles. And so, the night mercifully ended for the panel. - Sargebri (2006)
It was quite interesting to see Phyllis Newman and Peter Ustinov together on the panel. Three years later, on EPISODE #831 of September 18, 1966, a brief exchange by them led to one of the cutest moments in the show's history. Phyllis was a guest panelist that night and Peter was the mystery guest. When Phyllis was ready to identify him, she asked if he had "a cute face with a cute beard." - Sargebri (2006)
KILGALLEN WATCH!!! At the top of the show, John said, "I'm sorry that Dorothy Kilgallen is not with us again tonight." No explanation was given for her absence. Historically, we know that this was a rough period for Dorothy as her substance abuse issues escalated. Over the past few weeks, she has begun to look tired and thin, as if her alcohol consumption is taking its toll on her health. It was only a matter of weeks until her return to the LeRoy Sanitarium in an effort to help her with her various addictions. At the end of the show, both Arlene and John said "Good night" to Dorothy. - Sargebri (2006)
FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at six down, because time was running short. - agent_0042 (2006)
(1) As with most of Peter Ustinov's guest panelist appearances on "WML?", John Daly uses his customary pronunciation of "Oostinov" for the actor/writer/director's surname. To date, John has not been corrected on the air regarding his mispronunciation.
(2) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Tonight, John Kuehn is credited in place of Alvin R. Mifelow as associate director. - W-B (2006)
LOST "ADDRESS BOOK" OPPORTUNITY: There was some irony to Tony Perkins' mystery guest appearance tonight, if only due to Dorothy Kilgallen's absence from the panel on this episode. From 1961 until her death in 1965, Dorothy frequently asked male mystery guests if they ever lost an address book out of a helicopter while flying over the Greek Isles. Only on EPISODE #589 of November 19, 1961, when Bob Hope was the mystery guest, did Miss Kilgallen reveal she was thinking of Perkins, who was in Greece at the time, filming his starring role in the movie "Phaedra." In none of the other times Dolly Mae posed the "address book" question did she even mention Perkins' name - and tonight - she wasn't even around to ask the question. This was Tony Perkins' final "WML?" mystery guest appearance; he will only appear on the show once more, on EPISODE #739 of November 22, 1964 - as a guest panelist. - W-B (2006)
As of August 2004, Susan Pomerantz, CEO, the current President of Victoria Vogue, Inc., reports that her father, Myron Pomerantz, is now 78 years old and in good health! She stated that the cosmetics company was founded 70 years ago by her grandfather, Samuel L. Pomerantz, who was the father of Myron and Howard Pomerantz. Samuel Pomerantz died in 1975, and then Howard Pomerantz assumed the role of company President. Howard served as President until 1985, at which time Myron Pomerantz became President. Howard Pomerantz passed away on December 24, 2000. - Suzanne (2004)
Excerpts from a 1997 article: Victoria Vogue, Inc. produces over two million powder puffs each week. They are the largest supplier of cosmetic accessories in the world, commanding over 70 percent of the domestic powder puff market while doing brisk sales overseas. Begun as a small operation in Manhattan in 1934, Victoria Vogue now employs over 150 people at its state-of-the-art headquarters located in Bethlehem, PA. - Suzanne (2004)
Tony Perkins promoted his upcoming 1963 film, "The Trial" which was directed by Orson Welles. Nods were also given to his 1962 films, "Five Miles to Midnight" and "Phaedra." - Suzanne
Peter Ustinov's Broadway play, "Photo Finish," is at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Ustinov wrote, co-directed and starred in this production. - Suzanne
Mr. Ustinov was not exactly a stranger to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, having performed there on at least two occasions prior to the current run of his play "Photo Finish." That's because, in the theatre's previous incarnation as CBS Studio 59, aka the Mansfield Theatre, Ustinov was in the studio performing as a "WML?" guest panelist on EPISODE #390 of November 24, 1957 and EPISODE #392 of December 8, 1957. - W-B
Panel: Arlene Francis, Peter Ustinov, Phyllis Newman, Bennett Cerf. During the introductions, John Daly announced, "I'm sorry that Dorothy Kilgallen is not with us again tonight." During this period in time, she was hospitalized (for a second time) for her unfortunate substance abuse. She will miss several upcoming episodes in the following weeks. - Suzanne
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