(1) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 51st known surviving kinescope of a live transmission to have the word "live" edited out of the intro.
(2) BAD PUN ALERT: After a long break from puns, Bennett strikes again, with a tall tale of "our panel moderator" saving a princess in Peru from drowning. The punch line of his joke was that when John saw how beautiful the princess was, he "signed her up before the Inca was dry." This was a "double play" on "ink" and "Inca," the ancient highland people of Peru. In addition, there is a dual meaning to the word "dry," referencing both the ink and the princess. Overall, it was a more complicated pun than many of Bennett's previous jokes. Nevertheless, as with most of Mr. Cerf's puns, it was met with groans from both the audience and his fellow panelists.
(3) ROBERT GOULET: A few months before his mystery guest appearance tonight, Robert Goulet had his biggest hit on the pop singles charts with "My Love, Forgive Me (Amore, Scusami)" (Columbia single #4-43131). He remained with Columbia through 1970. At the time of this appearance, Mr. Goulet was in the middle of his marriage to actress, singer and dancer Carol Lawrence, who had been a mystery guest on "WML?" EPISODE #685 of October 20, 1963. Their marriage lasted from 1963 to 1981 and produced two children. Interestingly, due to a misunderstanding, for many years Mr. Goulet's real name was mistakenly assumed to be Stanley Appelbaum and was erroneously cited as such in many reference books. In fact, Goulet was indeed his family name, and he is of French-Canadian extraction. (There was a Stan Appelbaum who was an orchestra conductor on many New York-recorded pop hits of the late 1950's and early 1960's, however he and Goulet were never related.)
(4) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: For this episode, James Murphy was credited in place of Milt Myers as production supervisor.
(5) SYNDICATED EPISODE: Following GSN's January 29, 2007 airing of tonight's classic CBS episode, the channel ran an episode of the color syndicated version of "WML?" from its fifth season. The episode was from Week #173, taped on November 9, 1972. The host was Larry Blyden, the panel consisted of Soupy Sales, Sherrye Henry, Henry Morgan and Arlene Francis, and the announcer was Chet Gould. On this edition, the mystery guest was Geoffrey Holder, who at the time of taping had appeared as the "Sorcerer" in the movie "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask." That film featured a few people who had been connected to the "classic CBS" "WML?", among them Tony Randall, Robert Q. Lewis, and of course, the motion picture's writer/producer/star, Woody Allen. Also in a small role as "The Girl" was one Erin Fleming, who later gained infamy as the companion of onetime "WML?" guest panelist and mystery guest Groucho Marx in the final years of his life. Within several months of this episode, Mr. Holder would appear as "Baron Samedi" in the film "Live and Let Die" (the first James Bond movie to star Roger Moore as 007). As a side note, at the time of this 1972 episode, Sherrye Henry was hosting a radio show on New York station WOR, on whose airwaves, at one time or another, not only Arlene but also Henry Morgan appeared (in his case, in the 1940's on "Here's Morgan") - to say nothing of the dear, departed Dorothy Kilgallen. - W-B (2007)