John: (as the panel tries to pry for info on Lee Remick's play) They're a great bunch of diggers and chiselers. Pay no attention.
Jayne: Would Mrs. X, by any chance, be either in the secretarial field, or... Do I hear a rumble from the audience?
John: No, that's going to be a thunderstorm... nothing, no... (loud laughter from audience)
FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at four down, in spite of the fact that Jayne had correctly guessed that the contestant was her husband's secretary. John flipped them all at seven down for the second contestant, but Arlene had essentially figured out the line with her guess of "cracks eggs." Yet again, John flipped them all for the final contestant, again at seven down, but again, it was Arlene who had pretty much figured out the line with her guess of "orange truck driver." - agent_0042 (2007)
HAPPY EASTER!!! This was a very interesting episode in more ways than one. First, it was sort of a peek into the future as tonight's male guest panelist was Larry Blyden, who, six years after his appearance, would become host of the syndicated version of WML (more on that later). Also interesting was the fact that Jayne Meadows, who normally appeared on the show with her husband Steve Allen, was flying solo this evening. Finally, this pretty much was ladies night as each of the contestants, including tonight's mystery guest, were women. With all this "special-ness" going on, its no wonder the panel did so well this evening as they essentially scored a perfecto. In the first game, Jayne, who was the only panelist that was blindfolded, correctly guessed that the first contestant was Steve's secretary. In the second game, the panel was basically given credit for correctly guessing that the lady from California broke eggs for a living. In the mystery guest round, Bennett, with a big assist from Larry, correctly identified future guest panelist Lee Remick. Lee was on the show to promote the play "Wait Until Dark," which was in its second month of a ten month run. In the final game, Arlene correctly guessed that the contestant was a female truck driver, but the ever sneaky John flipped the cards before Arlene made her guess. However, none of John's chicanery could put a damper on a very happy Easter for the panel. - Sargebri (2007)
LARRY BLYDEN!!! No one knew it at the time, but this was a very special occasion due to the fact that six years after Larry Blyden's appearance on the panel tonight, he would take over as host of the syndicated version of WML. On the syndicated series, Larry replaced John's successor, Wally Bruner, who left in 1972. Larry definitely was a very entertaining host and he obviously enjoyed the role. Sadly, Larry was killed in an automobile accident while vacationing in Morocco just before he was to begin hosting duties on another game show, "Showoffs." - Sargebri (2007)
WAIT UNTIL DARK: As was mentioned during the post game chat following the mystery guest round, Lee Remick was appearing on Broadway in the play "Wait Until Dark." The play would later be made into a highly successful 1967 motion picture. However, Lee would not star in the film version. Taking over the role of "Susy Hendrix" was Audrey Hepburn, who would be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. Perhaps the fact that Audrey's then husband, former WML guest panelist Mel Ferrer, was the film's producer had something to do with Lee Remick's being passed over for a chance to star in the film. Nevertheless, both the play and the film have gone down as among the most suspenseful in history. - Sargebri (2007)
(1) "LIVE" WATCH: The kinescope of tonight's live telecast is the 17th surviving "post-Kilgallen" edition to maintain the original "live" wording on the opening.
(2) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: Tonight, Arlene is introduced first, and then she in turn introduces first-time guest panelist Larry Blyden (who will go on to make four more appearances on the panel during its CBS run). This is yet another portent of the future, as Miss Francis would introduce Mr. Blyden on many a syndicated episode of "WML?" from the time he began hosting in 1972 up to its cancellation in 1975.
(3) MORE ABOUT LARRY BLYDEN: By the time of Mr. Blyden's death in 1975, the syndicated "WML?" had already been cancelled, its last original episodes having been taped on December 12, 1974. Prior to his fatal car crash in Morocco, Larry had hosted a pilot of a new game show called "Showoffs" which was also produced by Goodson/Todman. The pilot had been taped on May 24, 1975, and he died on June 9, 1975. By the time the program debuted on ABC on June 30, 1975, song-and-dance man Bobby Van was tapped to be the host. "Showoffs" ran until December 26, 1975, having been creamed in the ratings by CBS's popular daytime soap, "The Young and the Restless."
(4) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Once again, the position of program staff is still not listed in the end credits. Also, after two weeks off, B.A. Taylor returns as audio engineer. On the minus side, GSN's December 10, 2007 airing of this edition resumed the practice of "crunching" the credits on screen, after two straight weeks where the end credits were shown in full screen format.
(5) JOEY BISHOP TRIBUTE? - Following the December 10, 2007 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran "WML?" EPISODE #517 of June 12, 1960 which was the first edition to emanate from CBS's "Studio 52" on West 54th Street. This was possibly shown as a belated tribute to frequent guest panelist and occasional mystery guest Joey Bishop, who died on October 17, 2007 at age 89. Its prior "regular rotation" airings by the cable and satellite channel were on November 22, 2005 and October 11, 2003. - W-B (2007)
This was an interesting episode due to the fact that six years after the airing of this episode, in 1972, Larry Blyden would become host of the syndicated version of WML. He hosted the show until his death in 1975, which was caused by an auto accident. Of course, in between John and Larry, was Wally Bruner, who served as host from 1968-1972. Also interesting about this particular episode was the fact that all the contestants, including mystery guest Lee Remick, were all women. Jayne Meadows was her usual charming self. She had a good night, as she nailed her husband Steve's secretary and she opened the door on the egg breaker. Bennett guessed Lee Remick, especially after Larry opened the door when he incorrectly guessed Lauren Bacall, who was a mystery guest a few weeks earlier. However, when Arlene guessed the lady truck driver, it was already after John had flipped all the cards. But, after all was said and done, this was a pretty good performance by the panel. - Sargebri (2004)
In the first game, we see something rare for WML, where only one panelist is blindfolded and the rest are not. (This unusual circumstance also happened on March 21, 1965 on EPISODE #756, when only Arlene Francis was blindfolded for the first game. The contestant had been her trombone teacher, jazz musician Lillian Briggs.) On this episode, however, it is only Jayne Meadows who is blindfolded for the first game. This was necessary because the contestant was her husband Steve Allen's secretary. - Suzanne (2004)
Tidbits: HAPPY EASTER 1966! Tonight's sponsor is Diet Delight Low Calorie canned fruit. Jayne gave her introduction speech in Mandarin Chinese. During his introduction, Bennett called John a pogonologist. John replied that he hadn't been on a pogo stick in years. Pogonology the study of beards. Whatever Bennett meant by the joke, it was never explained, but we heard the word several times in the course of the evening. - Suzanne (2004)
This is a significant episode in WML history because future WML syndicated host Larry Blyden makes his first-ever appearance on the show as a guest panelist. Lee Remick promoted her Broadway play, "Wait Until Dark" which ran for 374 total performances. Those intrigued by the comments about her play should watch the 1967 film version with Audrey Hepburn in Lee Remick's role. It's a wonderfully chilling movie. - Eric Paddon (2004)
Larry Blyden (6/23/1925 - 6/6/1975)
Panel: Arlene Francis, Larry Blyden, Jayne Meadows, Bennett Cerf.
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