REVIEW: This had to be one of the poorest game performances that the panel ever had. Perhaps the fact that Dorothy wasn't there played a role in it. However, if it wasn't for an easy mystery guest round, the panel probably would have been shut out. The carnage began in the first game when the panel was blindfolded because the first guest was none other than WML's longtime announcer, Johnny Olson. Johnny put in a spectacular performance as he used a variety of voices to completely bamboozle the panel. In the second game, the panel's luck was just as bad as they failed to guess that the contestant was the publisher of the New York City phone book. The panel did get a brief respite in the mystery guest round as they correctly identified the legendary Maurice Chevalier. Monsieur Chevalier was on the show to promote his one-man show. He and John also reminisced about the celebration the two of them were involved in, commemorating Dunkirk. Unfortunately, the panel reverted to form when time ran out as they were questioning the pretty young pool hall manager. That definitely was a fitting way to end the night. - Sargebri (2006)
JOHNNY OLSON: As was mentioned in the post game chat, WML wasn't the only show that Johnny Olson was currently working on. At the time, Johnny was the announcer for "To Tell the Truth," "Match Game," "I've Got a Secret" as well as "The Jackie Gleason Show," which also featured Dorothy's fill-in, Sheila MacRae. In the 1970's, Johnny would move out west to Hollywood to work as the announcer for the updated versions of "The Price is Right" and "Match Game" as well as several other shows. In fact, it was while working as the announcer for TPIR that Johnny would also deliver one of the most iconic phrases in television history -- "COME ON DOWN!!!" He would continue working as an announcer until his passing. - Sargebri (2006)
KILGALLEN WATCH!!! As was mentioned during the opening, Dolly Mae was hospitalized due to the lingering effects of her broken shoulder. However, with what is known today, Dorothy might have been hospitalized due to "other" factors. Of course, a few months after the airing of this episode, Dorothy would pass away after her long battle with her addictions. - Sargebri (2006)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's opening sponsor is Supp-hose Sheerest Stockings.
(2) "LIVE" WATCH: Tonight's show is the 44th known existing kinescope of a live episode where the word "live" is cut from the intro.
(3) "WML?" FONT WATCH: For the first time in several weeks, Futura Demi Bold is once again in use as the overlay font for occupations and mystery guest names. However, its appearance is now different than in prior shows; the kerning (adjustment of space between letters) is set so that the individual letters are farther away from each other than was the case with the typeface up to this point. It also appears to be a slightly thicker font, suggesting it was a bit smaller in point size. It is this variation of Futura Demi Bold that will be in use on most "WML?" episodes for the rest of its "classic CBS" run. However, with the final contestant, News Gothic Bold is once again the occupation overlay font.
(4) About Sheila MacRae's upcoming appearance in a new stage production of "Guys and Dolls," it was around the period she was appearing in it (as "Adelaide," with frequent "WML?" guest panelist Alan King as "Nathan Detroit") that Jackie Gleason approached her to play "Alice Kramden" in what would come to be called the "Color Honeymooners" episodes of "The Jackie Gleason Show," more than a year after tonight's show.
(5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Tonight, Larry Schneider is credited in place of B.A. Taylor as audio engineer.
(6) Following GSN's December 11, 2006 airing of tonight's show, the channel aired an episode from the 1980-1981 version of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Robin Ward. The first contestant was legendary animated cartoon director Chuck Jones and two impostors. The second and final contestant was the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Mary Kay Ash, and two imposters. The "TTTT" panelists were Pat Collins (from "Good Morning America"), comedian Nipsey Russell, former Canadian First Lady Margaret Trudeau and "the toast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania," John Wade. - W-B (2006)
Maurice Chevalier promoted his "one man show" on Broadway. He is age 76, although Mr. Daly incorrectly states he is age 77. (He won't be 77 until September 1965.) John mentions that they are old pals, and spoke of post-war days in Dunkirk, NY. When Maurice is shaking hands with the panel, he tells Bennett that he is only 76, and Bennett then corrects Mr. Daly. Ironically, Maurice's Broadway show was titled "Maurice Chevalier at 77" so it is no wonder why Mr. Daly made the mistake that he did. The show was performed at the Alvin Theatre from April 1, 1965 to May 1, 1965 and ran for 31 total performances. - Suzanne (2004)
John Daly spoke of his great admiration and respect for Johnny Olson. He paid Johnny a great compliment when he said from the heart, "He talks to our audience in the theater before the program begins, and I don't think anybody in television has a better running start than we do. He's such a friendly, engaging, sincere, nice guy that audiences respond to him, and it makes it much easier for us when our time comes." - Suzanne (2004)
Dorothy Kilgallen is absent again. John explains at the start of the show that her shoulder fracture "was nastier than we thought" and that she is now in the hospital. He wishes her a speedy recovery. She is again mentioned during the panel goodbyes. In October 1958, Dorothy had been hospitalized for anemia. (More about that on EPISODE #436) If John's story is true, that she broke her shoulder bone by slipping on a throw rug, maybe Dorothy also suffered from osteoporosis, which is decreased bone density. In addition, her years-long substance abuse problems probably added to her overall health problems. - Suzanne (2004)
Tidbits: Bennett announces that professional golfer Sam Snead won a major tournament today. Bennett was referring to the Greater Greensboro Open. Snead won this tournament a then-record eight times from 1938 to his final win in 1965 when he was 52, making him the oldest player to win a PGA Tour event. - Suzanne (2004)
Sheila MacRae (9/24/1924 - 3/6/2014) Panel: Arlene Francis, Martin Gabel, Sheila MacRae, Bennett Cerf.
Johnny Olson was absolutely brilliant. The different voices he used really fooled the panel and tripped them up royally. Of course at the time, Olson served as announcer on several Goodson-Todman shows including "To Tell the Truth," "I've Got a Secret" and the original 1962 version of "The Match Game." In the 1970s and 1980s he would continue announcing for the new version of "Match Game" as well as his most famous job as announcer for "The Price is Right," where he would be responsible for coining one of the most famous three word catch phrases in television history in "COME ON DOWN." Sheila MacRae was preparing to appear in an upcoming Broadway revival performance of "Guys and Dolls." A year after this broadcast, she joins the cast of "The Jackie Gleason Show" and would stay with the show until it was cancelled in 1970. Sheila's daughter Meredith would join the cast of "Petticoat Junction" in 1966, playing "Billie Jo Bradley" and she would also become a frequent panelist on the syndicated version of WML. - Sargebri (2004)
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