GOOF: John Daly slipped and called Bennett "Benefit" at one point during the questioning of the race track timer. - TheNooz
REVIEW: Perhaps it was the heat and humidity, or maybe it was their looking forward to the upcoming Independence Day holiday, but the panel definitely had one of their worst nights in a long time, as for the first time in quite a while, they had an O'fer night. They didn't win one single game. The carnage began in the first game when they were stumped by the young graduate of the University of South Dakota who was working as a fireworks saleswoman. In the second game, the panel also got a sound thrashing from the rather elderly race track clocker. The coup de grâce came in the mystery guest round as they were utterly stumped by Van Johnson. Van was on the show to promote the play he would be doing in summer stock theatre. He also promoted his latest film that would be coming out in a few months, "Wives and Lovers." During the good nights, Bennett made a comment about Van's red socks. However, the only things that were even redder than Van's socks were the panel's faces -- from the embarrassment they suffered on this night. - Sargebri
It was quite interesting to see Arlene walk out with her arm in a sling. Of course, about a month earlier, she was involved in a serious auto accident in which she suffered a broken collarbone as well as a concussion. During her appearances on the past few episodes, she would either wear a jacket or a cape to conceal the sling. However, tonight when she walked out, the sling was visible. Perhaps she felt that it was time to show the injury or maybe it was just too hot, so she decided to go without the cape this evening. - Sargebri
FLIP REPORT: All contestants were awarded the full prize tonight. John flipped the cards in all the games due to the panel using up all the time. He flipped all the cards for the first contestant at seven down. With nine down, the remaining card went over for the second contestant. Finally, they were all flipped for the mystery challenger at six down. - agent_0042
(1) BAD PUN ALERT: While commenting on the hot and humid weather at the time of tonight's show, Bennett, as usual, just couldn't resist making a pun on the situation, noting that John had "a wonderful sense of 'humid'." This was obviously a play on the term "sense of humor." Towards the show's close, John would use "humid" in his own pun, calling Bennett "one of the great 'humid' beings of all time."
(2) TELEVISION HOST: During the summer of 1974, on the Saturday night edition of "The Late Show" which aired on the New York CBS flagship station, WCBS-TV, Channel 2, tonight's mystery guest, Van Johnson, hosted a series of special screenings of old MGM movies. Some of the films shown were being seen on television in the New York area for the first time ever. Among the films shown during Mr. Johnson's hosting stint were the 1932 movie "Grand Hotel" and the 1944 Judy Garland musical "Meet Me in St. Louis."
(3) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: For the second week in a row, George Snowden is credited as production supervisor tonight in place of Gil Herman. - W-B
The Daily Telegraph, for which the second contestant, Edward Hodgson, was employed at the time of his appearance tonight, was not the only periodical to be published by Triangle Publications at the time. Its other, more famous publication was TV Guide, which celebrated the tenth anniversary of its national launch in the same year, 1963, as tonight's show. - W-B
During the questioning of Van Johnson, Dorothy asked, "Are you married?" He finally replied, "Separated." She then states, "I'm sorry I brought it up!" IMDB shows Van Johnson was married to Eve Lynn Abbott from January 25, 1947 to 1968, and that they have one daughter. Van Johnson promoted several engagements; his upcoming summer stock, his play "Damn Yankees" and his 1963 movie "Wives and Lovers." - Suzanne
John Daly uses the phrase "Solid Jackson" again. For an explanation of this phrase, see EPISODE #648. - Suzanne
During the questioning of Mr. Hodgson, Robert Q. Lewis used the word "hunch" and then said, "pardon the plug." He was referring to the Goodson-Todman game show "Play Your Hunch," for which he was the host from November 1962 to September 1963. A bit later, he stated the full show title. - Suzanne
It was mentioned that it was a very, very humid day in New York today. Arlene appears with her right arm still in a sling, but this time her sling is in full view. The weather was probably just too hot for her to wear the cape style jackets she has been wearing to cover the sling. She had broken her collarbone in the recent auto accident. - Suzanne
Panel: Arlene Francis, Robert Q. Lewis, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.
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