Bennett: Mr. Medendorp, can -- can I eliminate something that's very famous in the Netherlands, windmills? May I...
John: No, you cannot eliminate windmills. (loud applause from audience) That's nine down and one to go!
FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at just one down. The panel had essentially and quickly identified her as a "Rockette" at the then-new baseball stadium, the Houston Astrodome. Her location was given as originally from Illinois, but now working in Texas. John likely felt that this was too much information and probably regretted that they didn't simply chose not to reveal her location, a move that likely would have significantly increased the time spent questioning her. John flipped all the cards for the second challenge at nine down. Bennett had asked a question about the guest's involvement with windmills, but he asked his question "the wrong way" - and John felt that the panel had essentially identified the line. - agent_0042 (2006)
REVIEW: Based on their opening performance, this was one night were the panel looked as if they might have had a winning night. Unfortunately, their success in the first game didn't carry over to subsequent rounds. In the first game, the panel only used two panelists, Arlene and guest panelist Abe Burrows, to correctly guess that the young lady from Texas via Illinois was an usher at the newly opened Houston Astrodome. The Astrodome was to be the home of the Houston Astros, formerly called the Houston Colt .45's. In the second game, the panel's success came to a screeching halt. Ironically, if Bennett had asked his question the right way, the panel might have guessed that the contestant was responsible for restoring and repairing windmills. In the mystery guest round, the panel really was put through the ringer as they were totally stumped by opera legend Marian Anderson. Miss Anderson was in the middle of her farewell tour and was on the show to promote this event. John paid her a huge compliment by saying that she was a national treasure for representing the United States. At least the show ended on a high note, following an overall lackluster game performance by the panel. - Sargebri (2006)
THE ASTRODOME: The Houston Astrodome still stands today despite the fact that no teams call it home. The first team to leave the Astrodome was the Houston Oilers of the National Football League. In 1996, after years of dispute with the city of Houston over the construction of a new football stadium for the team, owner Bud Adams moved the team from Houston to Tennessee - first to Memphis and later to Nashville - and the team eventually changed their name to the Tennessee Titans. The Astros would move out of the Astrodome in 1999, but not out of Texas. They would move across town to a brand new retractable roof stadium. That stadium originally was named Enron Field. However, when that scandal ridden company went bankrupt, orange juice maker Minute Maid stepped in as the new title sponsor and the stadium was renamed Minute Maid Park. - Sargebri (2006)
KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Once again, Dorothy was missing due to her purported shoulder injury. However, with all the information released about her personal life in later years, her absence might have been due to "other factors." Of course, time continues to march closer to her sad and unfortunate passing in November 1965. - Sargebri (2006)
(1) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 46th episode among the known surviving kinescopes of live broadcasts of "WML?" where the word "live" was cut from the intro.
(2) THOSE GIRLS: One thing tonight's guest panelist Anita Gillette and last week's guest panelist Marlo Thomas would have in common in later years was having co-starred in different TV shows with the late Ted Bessell. He played "Don Hollinger" opposite Miss Thomas' "Ann Marie" on "That Girl" which ran from 1966 to 1971; then, he and Miss Gillette were in the ill-fated (and aforementioned) "Me and the Chimp." Even more coincidentally, Anita's first (technical) appearance on the show was the future EPISODE #777 of August 15, 1965, which was taped prior to the live EPISODE #759 of last week on which Marlo was guest panelist. Alas, Mr. Bessell never appeared on "WML?", either as a guest panelist or mystery guest.
(3) AND SPEAKING OF "WORST TV SHOWS": One half of tonight's "WML?" panel would end up involved, in some way or another, on programs that would be subsequently rated among "The Worst TV Shows Ever" in the 1980 book of the same name. Besides Miss Gillette and "Me and the Chimp," there was Abe Burrows (making what would be his final "WML?" appearance tonight), who later in 1965 would be involved in the creation (along with TV Guide's resident critic Cleveland Amory) of the ill-fated TV series "O.K. Crackerby!" which starred Burl Ives in the title role, and which ran on ABC from September 16, 1965 to January 6, 1966.
(4) "WML?" FONT WATCH: For the first time in many weeks, both the regular contestants' occupation and mystery guest's name overlays were set in Futura Demi Bold.
(5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: After two weeks off, B.A. Taylor is back as audio engineer.
(6) Following GSN's December 25, 2006 airing of tonight's episode, the channel aired a 1973 color videotape episode of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Garry Moore, with the panel consisting of Bill Cullen, Kitty Carlisle, Joe Garagiola and Peggy Cass, and Bill Wendell as announcer. This episode was from Week #151, taped on February 13, 1973. The first contestants were New York City firearms control director Fortune Mochrie and two impostors, and the second contestants were gourmet popcorn magnate Orville Redenbacher and two impostors. This episode had the post-1973 set design with the title set in block letters (which was first unveiled during Week #148 which was recorded on January 23, 1973), and was taped at NBC's New York studios.
(7) ON THIS DAY IN RADIO: Two and a half hours prior to the start of tonight's "WML?" episode, New York radio station WINS (1010 AM) played its last song as a Top 40 outlet, "Out in the Streets" by The Shangri-Las. The next morning, April 19, 1965 at 5:30 A.M., WINS became an all-news station, and remains so to this day. WINS' switch left only two stations - WABC (770 AM) and WMCA (570 AM) playing Top 40 music.
As a side note, WINS' call letters were first adopted in 1932, derived from the International News Service (INS), which was owned by the Hearst media empire - the same firm for whose New York Journal-American newspaper Dorothy was a columnist for decades. In 1958 INS merged with Scripps-Howard's United Press (UP, for which longtime "CBS Evening News" anchor Walter Cronkite had once worked) to form United Press International (UPI). - W-B (2006)
The original 1965 commercials for this episode were as follows. - ymike673
1. Kellogg's "Special K" cereal ad featuring Dennis James
2. Sherwin Williams Paints
3. Polaroid Cameras
Sherwin Williams' "Super Kem-Tone" brand of washable latex paint was the opening sponsor for tonight's show. - W-B (2006)
The "jumping" of the kinescope during the mystery guest segment is possibly due to the infamous hack job done by the editors of the 1975 "What's My Line? at 25" television special. Their poor editing skills produced jumps in other episodes also, as well as the complete loss of several other episodes. It's fortunate that this episode exists at all, considering the relative rarity of footage featuring Miss Anderson. - TheAngelTorgo
Tidbits: Bennett stated that this week in Athens, Greece, the penuchle champion was Diagenous Daly. Bennett said he was called "Silent Diagenous Daly" since he had only spoken three words in ten years. Bennett assured us that the champion was in no way related to our host! - Suzanne (2004)
Despite the fact that there were technical glitches in the kinescope during the mystery guest round, it still was a fun show. Abe Burrows added his usual good humor to the show and guessed the occupation of the female usher. Anita Gillette's appearance was a preview of things to come. She would not only become a fixture on many popular game shows of the 1970s, but also would become a semi-regular panelist on the syndicated WML. Miss Gillette would have a role in the 1972 sitcom "Me and the Chimp," which featured Ted Bessell and a chimpanzee. This short-lived 13-episode show was universally panned as one of the worst series in the history of television. Amazingly, it was produced by Garry Marshall, who later had many successful programs. Later, during 1982-1983, Anita would appear on "Quincy M.E." as "Quincy's" second wife, psychologist "Dr. Emily Hanover." Ironically, she also played "Quincy's" first wife in a flashback looking at the circumstances surrounding her death. Mystery guest Marian Anderson was one of the greatest voices in opera history. Her voice was classified as contralto, she could sing the high soprano notes and the low baritone notes. She had a long and storied career that was unfortunately marred by racism. In 1939, she was scheduled to perform at Constitution Hall in Washington D.C., but was prohibited from doing so by the Daughters of the American Revolution, who owned the auditorium. So great was the controversy that then-member First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt publicly resigned her DAR membership in support of Miss Anderson. Miss Anderson did perform in Washington as scheduled, but outdoors on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. In 1955 Marian Anderson, now 53, again made history by becoming the first African-American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera. Marian Anderson retired from singing in 1965 after an extended farewell tour. - Sargebri (2004)
The first contestant was an usherette at the recently opened Houston Astrodome. This was the home of the Houston Astros (formerly the Houston Colt .45s) from 1965 to 2000, when they moved to Minute Maid Park (formerly Enron Field). It also was the home of the Houston Oilers from 1968 until their move to Memphis, TN. The Oilers eventually moved to Nashville and changed their name to the Tennessee Titans. The Astrodome was the scene of the classic January 20, 1968 college basketball game between the University of Houston, led by Elvin Hayes, and UCLA, led by Lew Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) in which Houston ended UCLA's 47-game winning streak with a score of 71-69. The Astrodome is still standing, despite the fact that no teams currently call it home. During the first year of its existence, grass was attempted to be grown inside the stadium with disastrous results. Since the stadium was covered, the grass wouldn't grow due to the lack of sunlight. It then was decided to put in a recently invented synthetic surface that was developed for playgrounds. AstroTurf was invented in 1965 by employees of Monsanto and patented in 1967 under the name "Chemgrass." It was renamed AstroTurf after its first well-publicized use at the Houston Astrodome. AstroTurf soon would be installed not only at many indoor stadiums, but in some outdoor stadiums as well. Originally, it was seen as a great maintenance-free advancement. However, many athletes, especially football players, soon realized that the surface was as hard as concrete and that their careers were being shortened due to injuries. Also, in baseball, the ball tends to bounce higher and faster on this hard surface. As a result, AstroTurf is being replaced in many stadiums with newer types of artificial turf, two common brands of this new generation being FieldTurf and SportGrass. These materials have properties much closer to natural grass turf. AstroTurf's version of this new artificial grass is called Astroplay. - Sargebri (2004)
Lovely opera singer Marian Anderson was charming as a mystery guest. Mr. Daly stated that she was a fan of WML, and had desired to be a guest! He pointed out the fact that she had earned 20 honorary doctorate degrees for her service to the country. Mr. Daly also told of Toscanini's compliment to Marian. She made a noted appearance at the 1935 Mozart Festival in Austria. The Archbishop of Salzburg requested an encore of "Ave Maria" and Arturo Toscanini exclaimed, "Yours is a voice one hears once in a hundred years." Unfortunately, her guest spot is the victim of Goodson-Todman editing incompetence. Her segment had evidently been clipped out, but then reinserted into the film in the wrong place. Her spot jumps forward and backward in time, making it confusing the first time you see it. However, at least it still remains for posterity. - Suzanne (2004)
Dorothy is still absent, and was mentioned at both the beginning and the end of this episode. John said that Dorothy's broken shoulder was giving her "a good deal of trouble" and that she was still "in hospital." He said that she hopes to be out of the hospital soon. At the end of the half-hour, he said that he hoped she had enjoyed the show. - Suzanne (2004)
Anita Gillette (b. 8/16/1936)
Panel: Arlene Francis, Abe Burrows, Anita Gillette, Bennett Cerf.
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