"SO LONG, YOU SON-OF-A-GUN": Not only was this the last black-and-white "WML?" episode, and the last to originate from CBS's "Studio 52," but it was also the last-ever appearance of Joey Bishop, appearing here as a mystery guest this evening. He was on the show a total of 26 times as follows: 22 times as a guest panelist, 3 times as a mystery guest, and one cameo appearance on EPISODE #662 of May 5, 1963, where Buddy Hackett was guest panelist. Joey had made his final guest panelist appearance on EPISODE #823 of July 24, 1966, which was transmitted live one week after this episode was taped (and it was the last "live" black-and-white episode). His very first "WML?" appearance, also as a guest panelist, was on the very first show to originate from the studio they were now departing, EPISODE #517 of June 12, 1960.
Less than a year after the airings of this episode and EPISODE #823, Mr. Bishop would begin a more than two-year run as host of his own late-night talk show, "The Joey Bishop Show," which aired on ABC from April 17, 1967 to December 26, 1969, and featured as Joey's announcer and sidekick one Regis Philbin who would go on to further fame in the coming decades with such shows as "Live With Regis and Kelly" (formerly "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee") and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" - W-B (2006)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The opening sponsor for this, the very last black-and-white edition of "WML?," is Champion spark plugs.
(2) This is the seventh pre-taped show this year on which the originating location was not mentioned on the intro by announcer Johnny Olson.
(3) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: This evening, Phyllis Newman is the first to be introduced, for only the fourth time (in her case) since the passing of Dorothy Kilgallen. In addition, not only was this Joey Bishop's last-ever appearance on "WML?," albeit as a mystery guest and on tape, but it also marked the last time Buddy Hackett ever appeared on the program. Only his very first appearance, as a mystery guest on EPISODE #370 of July 7, 1957, emanated from a different studio than his other 19 appearances (which include four more as a mystery guest and 15 as a guest panelist) including tonight. And for his final series appearance, Mr. Hackett's nameplate is the professionally typeset variation (set in the usual nameplate font of Title Gothic Condensed No. 11, aka Gothic No. 543), rather than what looked like the handwritten nameplate that was used on several of his other guest panelist runs.
(4) "WML?" END CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Because of John's ending announcement about the program's upcoming switch to color and moving to CBS "Studio 50" (which became The Ed Sullivan Theatre three months after "WML?'s" CBS run ended in 1967), the end credits tonight are truncated, only going so far as to mentioning executive producer Gil Fates and director Franklin Heller before going back to the title card. And on the January 15, 2008 airing of this episode by GSN, the absolutely undesirable "crunching" of the ending credit sequence is once again employed.
(5) GSN's January 15, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by a repeat of the April 9, 1962 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore, with the regular panel of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson, and celebrity guest Kim Novak. - W-B (2008)