Regular Panelist (1950-1967)
Regular Panelist (1951-1967)
Regular Panelist (1950-1965)
REVIEW: This was a fairly decent performance by the panel tonight as they barely got above .500 for the evening. In the first game, the panel was given partial credit for correctly guessing that the first contestant was in the entertainment industry. However, before they could figure out that she was a magician's assistant, John flipped over the remaining cards. John's reasoning for this was that he felt that it would have taken them forever to make the correct guess, but he still complimented them on doing a good job. In the second game, Arlene correctly guessed that the "Reverend Billy Graham look-alike" was a peanut butter maker. In fact, he worked for Skippy Peanut Butter, which is still in existence in 2006. In the mystery guest round, Dorothy correctly identified former guest panelist, and frequent mystery guest, Liberace. Lee was on the show to promote his current engagement at the Royal Box at the Americana hotel. In the final game, the parachute packer and inspector won the full prize by default when John called the game on the basis of time. However, this still was a decent night for the panel. - Sargebri (2006)
As was mentioned during the opening, Bennett and Arlene had plenty to celebrate as the two of them would be heading to Deerfield Academy to celebrate the graduations of their respective sons, Jonathan Cerf and Peter Gabel. One month later in July 1964, Peter would make an appearance on the show as a contestant during the time when he was working at the 1964 New York World's Fair. Also, in March 1967, Peter and Jonathan would appear together as contestants when they were working as editors of the Harvard Lampoon magazine. - Sargebri (2006)
FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at six down. The panel had come close to the general area, but John felt it would have taken them too long to get to the specifics. John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at four down because time ran out. - agent_0042
(1) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the eleventh known instance of a live telecast wherein the word "live" has been edited out of the kinescope recording.
(2) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: In a case of behind-the-scenes "old home week," "WML?'s" 1950s lighting director Hal Anderson is filling in tonight for current lighting director Gene Ulrich. Also, Andre St. Laurent is credited as associate director, substituting for Dan F. Smith.
(3) THE LOOK OF THINGS: This is the second instance this season of a "WML?" episode without sponsor placement on either the panel desk or the sign-in blackboard frame. The first occurance was EPISODE #703 of March 8, 1964, in spite of that earlier episode's being sponsored by then-regular co-sponsor Geritol. This would be a forerunner to the new set design of the coming season which did away with sponsor product placement altogether, just as individual episodes of the 1961-1962 season, with a simple rectangular board with a sponsor's name displayed on the panel desk - at a time when the old layout of sponsor name, pictures of the sponsor's product, and the words "presents WHAT'S MY LINE?" below the sponsor's name, were still prevalent - anticipated the streamlined panel desk layout for this and the prior season. - W-B
MORE ABOUT PAUL ANKA: In 1974, ten years after his guest panelist appearance tonight, Paul Anka would make a triumphant return to the music charts with the Number One hit "(You're) Having My Baby" (United Artists UA-XW454-W). Paul's duet partner on the song was Odia Coates, with whom he would later duet on the hits "One Man Woman/One Woman Man" (UA-XW569-X, later in 1974) and "(I Believe) There's Nothing Stronger Than Our Love" (UA-XW685-Y, 1975). There was some controversy about "(You're) Having My Baby" due to its subject matter, which led to the song's being unkindly referred to in some quarters as "Barefoot and Pregnant." Mr. Anka would have another hit in 1975, "Times Of Your Life" (UA-XW737-Y), which would become the jingle for commercials for Kodak cameras. As of 2006, Mr. Anka's still going strong. - W-B
"MEET THE METS": At the time of tonight's doubleheader between the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants that Bennett mentioned during the introductions, the team's games had been broadcast on New York station WOR-TV, Channel 9 (now WWOR in Secaucus, NJ), since its first season in 1962. From the outset, the announcers at the broadcast booth were Ralph Kiner (b. 1922), outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1946-1953), Chicago Cubs (1953-1954) and Cleveland Indians (1955); Bob Murphy (1924-2004); and Lindsey Nelson (1919-1995). This lineup remained in place until Nelson left after the 1978 season. Ironically, Nelson became one of the San Francisco Giants announcers from 1979 to 1981. For many years, most notably its first World Championship year in 1969, Mets games were one of the few bright spots in WOR's otherwise dismal ratings among the three independent commercial TV stations in New York (the others being WPIX, Channel 11, which aired New York Yankees games since 1951, and WNEW-TV, Channel 5, now WNYW). The station ran the Mets until 1998, and starting the following year over-the-air Mets broadcasts switched to WPIX. Ironically, since 2005, Channel 9 has aired broadcast games of the Yankees. - W-B
"Longest Day" trivia! The May 31, 1964 Giants/Mets "Longest Day" Memorial Day doubleheader baseball game at Shea Stadium has many interesting stories behind it.
(1) The Memorial Day doubleheader set several Major League records for the time, including:
(a) Longest Doubleheader by time: 9 hours 50 minutes.
(b) Longest doubleheader by innings: 32 innings.
(c) Most total strikeouts in a doubleheader: 32.
(2) I knew a person who was working at Shea Stadium that 1964 summer selling beer. He said that by the end of the second game, all the concession people were sold out of their products and were so exhausted that they were sleeping in the upper deck! Bennett's comment has been widely circulated in books about the Mets, and apparently people did indeed switch their channels from WML to channel 9 to watch the Mets game!
(3) The Mets have several "long game" records in their possession - all with a common denominator! On April 15, 1968, the Mets lost 1-0 to the Astros in what is the longest shutout by innings in baseball history. On September 11, 1974, the Mets lost 4-3 to the Cardinals in what is tied for the longest night game by innings in baseball history. The common thread? Besides the Mets losing, the second game of the doubleheader (the longest second game of a doubleheader ever, by the way) and the other two games all had the SAME umpire working home plate, Ed Sudol!
(4) Poor exhausted Ed Kranepool! On May 30, 1964, the first baseman had been with the Mets AAA team in Buffalo, playing both games of a doubleheader. Immediately after the doubleheader, Kranepool got word to report back to the Mets. So, Kranepool drove all the way from Buffalo to New York, overnight, going directly to Shea Stadium, just in time to take a brief nap before playing EVERY inning of both games that day! - exapno
During the introductions, Bennett excitedly stated that he had been watching a fascinating baseball game on television. Dorothy then laughingly interrupted him and told him not to talk about it, for fear that "they'll change the channel!" The game which so interested and preoccupied Bennett was being played at Shea Stadium between the N.Y. Mets and the S.F. Giants. The Mets ultimately lost to the Giants 8 to 6 in the 23rd inning at 11:25 PM. They had already lost the first game of the doubleheader 5 to 3. - Larry Windsor
Tidbits: Again, no name plaques are present. There is no advertising logo on the panel desk, either. However, the announcer stated that the sponsor is Crest Toothpaste, which is a new sponsor. Congratulations Arlene and Bennett. It is announced that their sons will be graduating next weekend from Deerfield Academy. Although not named, the reference is to Peter Gable and Jonathan Cerf. They entered Deerfield Academy, in Deerfield, Massachusetts, in 1961 when they were both age 14. It had been announced on EPISODE #581 of September 17, 1961. - Suzanne
(1) "Mr. Showmanship" Liberace promoted his appearance at the Royal Box of the Americana Hotel.
(2) For his first question, a blindfolded Paul Anka asked Liberace if he were a female. Of course, there was laughter from the audience. As Paul asks incredulously "No?," the camera moves from Liberace to the panel and back. You must be quick to catch this, but you get a very short glimpse of a grinning Liberace lifting up his "imaginary female breasts" with two palm-side-up hands. As he does so, his gold brocade tuxedo vest briefly shows. - Suzanne (2004)
(3) FREUDIAN "SLIP" - OR OTHER FREUDIAN UNDERGARMENT: John Daly's Freudian slip: As Liberace "adjusts" himself, John says with a straight face, "That's a FLAT no." It's possible that John inadvertently made this pun. - Lee McIntyre (2006)
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Happy graduation!!! At the beginning of the show, John Daly mentions that Arlene and Bennett would be going with their respective spouses to see their respective sons graduate (Peter Gabel and Jonathan Cerf). One thing that's missing though, are the panel and moderator name placards, and the sponsor's logo from the panel's desk. Another note about this show, Paul Anka, who was a guest panelist, was another late 1950s/early 1960s performer whose career was altered by the emergence of Beatlemania. Anka was a huge teen idol, but as soon as the Beatles arrived, he no longer had a teen audience. He did still play, although to a more adult crowd. In fact, he was promoting his appearance at the Empire Room of the Waldorf-Astoria. Also, even though he was not selling records as he had before, he found another career as a composer for others. His most famous compositions were "My Way," which became a huge hit for Frank Sinatra, and the theme for "The Tonight Show." Anka also got the biggest laugh of the night when he misinterpreted the audience's reaction to Liberace and asked him if he were a female performer. This brought out a very prolonged audience laugh. - Sargebri (2004)
Paul Anka (b. 7/30/1941)
Panel: Arlene Francis, Paul Anka, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.
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