GOOF WATCH: During the introductions, Arlene erroneously introduces guest panelist Digby Wolfe as "Digby Worth." No one noticed this mistake - or if they did - it was never commented upon. - W-B (2007)
John: Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce a member of the Board of Directors of Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Mr. Books Cooks Books, Mr. Cerf.
FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining card for the second contestant at nine down. Bennett had come close with his guess of "something to do with the manufacturing of drums." - agent_0042 (2007)
REVIEW: After the previous week's perfecto, the panel was brought back down to earth as they went a dismal 1 for 3 on the evening. In fact, if it wasn't for guest panelist Digby Wolfe, the panel probably would have gone home with a big fat goose egg. In the first game, Bennett correctly guessed that the young lady from Jackson, Wyoming was a dog catcher. Unfortunately, his guess came after the panel had gotten the final "no" for that game. In the second game, Bennett correctly guessed that the gentleman from Cleveland was a drummer. However, Bennett was never able to guess that the contestant was a drum tester. In the mystery guest round, Digby, almost out of the blue, correctly identified Arthur Godfrey. Arthur was on the show to promote the 1966 film he was in, "The Glass Bottom Boat," playing the father of Doris Day's character in the film. Arthur also took time to reminisce with John about the good old days in radio, and John paid Arthur a compliment by saying that Arthur was a big help. Mercifully, there was no time for a fourth game, so the show ended on a fairly high note. - Sargebri (2007)
NEXT CANDIDATE!!! Tonight's female guest panelist was "To Tell the Truth" regular Peggy Cass. Peggy looked as if she was having fun on the show and even threw out a reference to her regular gig when she called the second contestant "Number One." Interestingly, right after this episode was broadcast on GSN, an episode of TTTT from 1965 followed, featuring several familiar faces to fans of WML. In addition to Peggy, the panel on this evening included the other members of the classic TTTT panel line up: Kitty Carlisle, Tom Poston and Orson Bean. Sitting in for an ailing Bud Collyer was frequent WML guest panelist Robert Q. Lewis. It is interesting to note that at the time that this show was originally broadcast, it was during the period when there were separate panels for the once-a-week prime time version (Tom, Peggy, Orson and Kitty) and the daytime version. Later that year, Goodson-Todman decided to have the members of the prime time panel move to the daytime as well, in order to help boost the ratings of the daytime version. It is interesting to note that one of the regulars on the daytime version was another person who was very familiar to WML fans, Phyllis Newman. - Sargebri (2007)
(1) "LIVE" WATCH: Of the surviving kinescopes of live shows transmitted after Dorothy Kilgallen's passing, this is the 18th to keep the "live" wording intact and uncut.
(2) With the appearance of Peggy Cass on the "WML?" panel tonight, every single member of the classic 1960's panel of "To Tell the Truth" has had a turn as a "WML?" panelist at one time or another. Tom Poston had made numerous "WML?" appearances in the late 1950's and early 1960's, Orson Bean was a panelist on "WML?" EPISODE #746 of January 10, 1965 (he would appear on the panel once more for what was left of its CBS run, on EPISODE #836 of November 13, 1966), and of course "TTTT's" "grande dame," Kitty Carlisle, made four memorable appearances as a "WML?" panelist, the last time on the first post-Dolly Mae edition, EPISODE #790 of November 14, 1965. Furthermore, earlier "TTTT" panelists, including Polly Bergen and Ralph Bellamy, had also made guest panelist appearances on "WML?" in the past; and of the panelists who appeared on the daytime "TTTT" prior to the Poston / Cass / Bean / Carlisle quartet being moved to that edition in 1965, the more notable were Joan Fontaine, who was a panelist on the unfortunately "lost" EPISODE #800 of January 23, 1966, and Barry Nelson, who was on the panel on EPISODE #586 of October 22, 1961. But, the daytime "TTTT" panelist who made the most impact on "WML?" turned out to be Phyllis Newman, who made a total of 34 "WML?" guest panelist appearances between 1963 and 1967, and was the most prolific female guest panelist in the show's final years after Miss Kilgallen's death. She also was the one to identify the "TTTT" panel on their combined mystery guest appearance on EPISODE #840 of December 11, 1966.
(3) PEGGY CASS, BACK-TO-BACK: Following the December 17, 2007 airing of tonight's "WML?" edition, GSN ran a black-and-white kinescope episode of the "classic CBS" version of "To Tell the Truth" which was originally broadcast on February 15, 1965. Miss Cass was on the panel along with Mr. Poston, Mr. Bean and Miss Carlisle; however, this edition was guest-hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, who was filling in for Bud Collyer. On this installment, Mr. Lewis was wearing the same three-piece suit he had worn on his 1965 "WML?" guest panelist appearances. The first contestants were vexillologist (flag expert) Whitney Smith and two impostors. The second contestants were country music legend Bill Anderson and two impostors; after that game, Mr. Anderson performed a few bars of one of his famous hits, "Poor Folks"; and one of the impostors was baseball pitcher Tracy Stallard, who is more famous today for having given up Roger Maris' 61st home run in 1961. The third contestants were Joan Rich (who, with her husband, wrote a guide for people arriving in New York City for the first time) and two impostors. - W-B (2007)
Peggy Cass was no stranger to panel shows. At this time, she was also a regular panelist on Goodson-Todman's other game show, "To Tell the Truth," where she questioned contestants from 1964 until its cancellation in 1968. In fact, during the questioning of the second contestant, she acted as if she forgot what show she was on, and began a question with "Number 1." This was a so-so night for the panel. They were stumped by the first contestant because they made the unfortunate mistake on concentrating on farm animals, rather than thinking about pets in general. They were also stumped by the second contestant, but Bennett was able to figure out that he did have something to do with drums. Luckily, guest panelist Digby Wolfe was able to identify the mystery guest Arthur Godfrey. After the mystery guest round, John and Arthur started reminiscing about their days in radio. Godfrey admitted that he hadn't seen the film, "The Glass Bottom Boat," which he starred in with Doris Day. He also admitted that he refused to look at the dailies. His appearance helped make this a pretty good show. Also, tonight marked the debut of a new hairstyle for Arlene, which gave her a more chic look than what everyone had been accustomed to. - Sargebri (2004)
Tidbits: We see a new sponsor, Texaco Gasoline. This is the start of National Library Week. We learn that Bennett is on the Board of Directors for MGM. John mentioned that his second son Charles is an Ensign in the Navy. Arlene will be a guest on "Password" next week. - Suzanne (2004)
Arthur Godfrey promoted his 1966 film, "The Glass Bottom Boat" in which he co-starred with Doris Day and Rod Taylor. - Suzanne (2004)
When Arthur Godfrey and John were talking about how John Daly's son was in the Navy, Godfrey said, "We're getting old, Charlie." This was interesting, because so few people came on the show and called John Daly anything other than "John." As a tradition, the Daly family named all the males John, and called them by their middle names. To his family, John Charles Daly was known as "Charlie." - Bill Savage (2004)
Peggy Cass (5/21/1924 - 3/8/1999)
Panel: Arlene Francis, Digby Wolfe, Peggy Cass, Bennett Cerf.
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