HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!! This was Father's Day 1964, but it was a "mother of three" who stole the show as Dorothy had a great night. In fact, Dorothy had such a great performance that if it had not been for guest panelist Marty Ingels, she probably would have had her own personal perfecto. In the first game, Dorothy correctly guessed that the 77 year old grandma from Toronto, Ontario, Canada was a chiropractor. In the second game, Dolly Mae also was successful in guessing that the young lady from Ohio was a motorcycle saleswoman. For the record, she and her husband owned a Honda dealership. In the mystery guest round, the "Dorothy Express" was halted when Dorothy passed her turn to Marty, who then correctly identified longtime Jackie Gleason sidekick Frank Fontaine. Marty identified Fontaine by his character name of "Crazy Guggenheim." Frank was on the show to promote his engagement at the Royal Box at the Americana Hotel. Also, since it was Father's Day, John questioned Frank about his family, specifically his 11 children. Frank said they were all fine and that one of his sons was now a Marine. That was definitely a nice way to end the Father's Day edition of WML. - Sargebri (2006)
FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at six down, but Dorothy had correctly guessed that the elderly challenger was a chiropractor. - agent_0042
(1) HAPPY FATHER'S DAY: Ironically, given that tonight's June 21, 1964 episode first aired on Father's Day 1964, GSN's 2006 airing of this episode also fell on a Father's Day - June 18, 2006, in the early morning hours. The two shows were only a mere 42 years apart!
(2) "LIVE" WATCH: Tonight's live telecast was the 14th known occurrence of the word "live" being cut from the intro on the kinescope recording.
(3) FEELING JUMPY? This episode's kinescope jumps from Dorothy taking her position at the panel desk directly to Marty Ingels' curtain entrance, with her introduction of Mr. Ingels likewise missing or cut out. She is heard saying "Thank you," however, at the point of the cut. Most likely, this was not an intentional cut, but was the result of a damaged or broken kinescope that was not properly repaired.
(4) MORE ABOUT MYSTERY GUEST FRANK FONTAINE: The late Frank Fontaine (1920-1978) was actually a regular on the 1962-1966 incarnation of Jackie Gleason's long-running variety series, which had been called "Jackie Gleason and His American Scene Magazine." Only once did Mr. Fontaine appear as "Crazy Guggenheim" on what became the final incarnation of "The Jackie Gleason Show," on the December 30, 1967 edition, which also featured Kate Smith, Bert Kaempfert and his Orchestra, and previous "WML?" mystery guest Louis Armstrong (who performed his then-new record "What a Wonderful World," originally released that year as ABC Records single #10982; that song, which only "bubbled under" on its first release, would become a hit in 1987 upon its inclusion in the Robin Williams movie "Good Morning Vietnam"). The last known time Fontaine played "Crazy Guggenheim" to Gleason's "Joe the Bartender" was in 1972, when The Great One co-hosted "The Mike Douglas Show" for a week.
(5) PSA WATCH: During the end credits, Johnny Olson's PSA ends with the message, "Only you can prevent forest and grassland fires." - W-B
Dorothy is hot tonight. She not only correctly guesses that the first contestant is a chiropractor, she also guesses that the second contestant is a motorcycle salesperson. Marty Ingels would later gain fame not only as the voice of Pac-Man on the 1982-1984 television series, but also as the second husband of Shirley Jones. He didn't contribute much in the regular games, but he more than made up for it when he correctly guessed that Frank Fontaine was the mystery guest. However, Ingels used the name of Fontaine's famous character name, "Crazy Guggenheim," when he made his guess. - Sargebri (2004)
In addition to his regular spot as the "second banana" on "The Jackie Gleason Show," Frank Fontaine promoted his upcoming 3-week engagement at the Royal Box of the Americana Hotel. When Arlene asked for a sample of his comedy character, "Crazy Guggenheim," he replied, "Everybody says I look like Rock Hudson." Frank's 11 children were mentioned in light of Father's Day. - Suzanne (2004)
Tidbits: Happy Father's Day 1964! Guest panelist Marty Ingles is the future husband of singer/actress Shirley Jones, they wed in 1977. Arlene's next play opens at the Images Theatre in Denver, CO. The outside temperature is 94 degrees on this hot 1964 summer evening. - Suzanne (2004)
Marty Ingels (b. 3/9/1936)
Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Marty Ingels, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.
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