Phyllis: Do you have a cute face and a beard?
Peter: Well, they're not separate, you know. (loud cheers and applause)
REVIEW: This not only was a night in which the panel had a good performance by going 2 for 3 for the evening, but it also was a very fun night as well. Things got started before the first game when Bennett unleashed one of his worst puns ever and that set the tone for the night. In the first game, which was a mystery guest round, Arlene correctly identified legendary opera singer Leontyne Price. Miss Price was on the show as a celebration to promote the new Metropolitan Opera house, which opened the previous week. She also related a very funny story about how her brother, who had just gotten promoted to the rank of Lt. Colonel in the Army, tried to upstage her by wearing his beautiful white full dress uniform to the opening. In the second game, which was a regular game, the panel was absolutely stumped by the 90 and ½ year old caddy. However, they didn't mind losing and, as a sign of respect, both Arlene and Phyllis stood when they shook the gentleman's hand. In the second mystery guest round of the evening, Phyllis correctly identified former WML guest panelist Peter Ustinov, who she said had a beard and a very cute face. Peter was on the show primarily to promote his new book. During the post game chat, he related his various sailing adventures with his family, including a very interesting trip to the then-communist nation of Albania. This definitely was a very fun night. - Sargebri (2008)
THE MET: As was mentioned in the post game chat with Leontyne Price, she had performed at the opening of the new Metropolitan Opera house. The Met would eventually become one of the cultural centers in all of New York. However, in June of 1970, the Met played host to an opera of a different kind as The Who played their legendary rock opera "Tommy" in its entirety. - Sargebri (2008)
A MATTER OF TIME: The panel and John spent an unusually long amount of time talking to Peter Ustinov after his game was complete, around four to five minutes, leaving no time for the customary fourth game. - agent_0042 (2008)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The opening sponsor tonight is Polident denture cleanser tablets.
(2) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 28th surviving post-Kilgallen edition where the word "live" was left uncut on the opening.
(3) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: This is the fifth post-Kilgallen episode - and seventh "WML?" episode overall - where Phyllis Newman is introduced first. She and fellow guest panelist Woody Allen had previously appeared on the 1964-1965 American TV version of "That Was the Week That Was." Tonight's show was the first of three occasions this season where they would be on the panel together; and on his final "WML?" appearance - EPISODE #873 of August 13, 1967 - Mr. Allen was a mystery guest while Miss Newman was a guest panelist.
(4) BAD PUN ALERT!!! After a few months' lull, Bennett strikes again with another tall tale, this one involving John and an inept piano tuner named "Mr. Oppornokity." The joke's punch line was "Oppornokity only tunes once" - which is a play on the famous phrase "Opportunity only knocks once." As with Mr. Cerf's more recent lame plays on words, this latest effort elicits the inevitable (and usual) groans from the other panel members - and a prolonged round of applause from the audience. This particular bit of "pun-ishment" later appeared in Bennett Cerf's 1968 book titled Bennett Cerf's Treasury of Atrocious Puns, which was published one year after the end of What's My Line?'s original CBS run. In the book, Cerf didn't involve John in the pun with "Mr. Orlando Oppornokity." Instead, Cerf wrote that it was Artur Rubinstein who went to get his grand piano tuned. (Another joke in the book, however, does retain John Daly as part of the pun. That joke is the infamous "horse of a different cruller" pun that was twice inflicted on the panel.)
(5) "DON'T DRINK THE WATER": The Broadway version of guest panelist Woody Allen's play that was two months away from opening at the time of tonight's show, and the original 1969 movie version, each had a different co-star of the short-lived 1972 sitcom "Me and the Chimp" in a different supporting role. Besides Anita Gillette who was in the 1966 Broadway production, her future "Chimp" co-star, Ted Bessell, appeared in the film version in the role of "Axel Magee." (His role was played on Broadway by Tony Roberts, who was known at the time as the more formal-sounding Anthony Roberts. Mr. Roberts would go on to appear in many Broadway productions and revivals, including "They're Playing Our Song," "The Sisters Rosenzweig" and the 1994 revival of "Cabaret," as well as co-starring in the short-lived 1977 TV series "Rosetti and Ryan.")
(6) PETER USTINOV: Tonight's show was Peter Ustinov's ninth and final appearance on "WML?" Since 1957, the future Sir Peter (who was knighted in 1990) had been a guest panelist six times, and a mystery guest three times including tonight. He appeared in the formal tuxedo attire associated with Mr. Daly and the male panelists on the show.
(7) "WML?" CREW CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: The same production crew as established on last week's eighteenth-season premiere is once again in place tonight. And once again, on the January 17, 2008 airing by GSN, the detestable "crunching" of the end credit sequence is employed.
(8) Following GSN's January 17, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel ran the April 23, 1962 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore, with Morey Amsterdam (filling in for vacationing Bill Cullen), Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson on the panel, and the comedy team of Marty Allen & Steve Rossi as the celebrity guests. - W-B (2008)
This was a decent night for the panel, especially the feminine members. Arlene guessed the first mystery guest, Leontyne Price, with a huge assist from Woody, and Phyllis was able to guess the second mystery guest, Sir Peter Ustinov. Ironically, she got the only "no" answer from Sir Peter when she asked if he were on a weekly series. She redeemed herself when she asked if he had "a cute face with a cute beard" and he answered "yes." The only bump in the road they had this particular night was when the 90 years young caddy hit the stage. During the introductions, we learned that Phyllis was making a guest star appearance on the 1965-1969 television series "The Wild, Wild, West." The episode she appeared in was titled "Night of the Raven," in which she played "Princess Wanakee," a Native American princess kidnapped by "Doctor Loveless." Also mentioned in the introductions was Woody Allen's Broadway play, "Don't Drink the Water." The comedy featured Lou Jacobi, Kay Medford and former WML guest panelist Anita Gillette as a family of American tourists accused of spying behind the 1960s cold-war Iron Curtain. It ran for 17 months from 1966 to 1968. A year after the play left Broadway, it was made into a motion picture starring Jackie Gleason, Estelle Parsons and Joan Delaney in the roles of the American tourists. Woody Allen was not happy with this film, and remade it for television in 1994 with himself and Julie Kavner in the lead roles. - Sargebri (2004)
Peter Ustinov promoted his appearance on the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" playing "Socrates" in the episode "Barefoot in Athens." He also promoted his book, "The Frontiers of the Sea," which is due to be released on November 7, 1966. - Suzanne (2004)
Miss Francis' sparkly evening gown apparently startled the audience, who cheered loudly in appreciation. Bennett's introduction of John Daly was "memorable" because the pun was so bad! "Oppor-knock-ity only tunes once." The 90 year old golf caddy stumped the panel easily. It would have taken all day to guess that one. Mr. Ustinov is an interesting fellow. He had been sailing and traveling worldwide prior to this episode, to places such as Albania and Yugoslavia. He utilized his British citizenship well, because at this time, Americans were not allowed in Albania, but British subjects were. - ironcreekguy (2004)
Tidbits: Both John and Peter Ustinov have head colds, or as John put it, "a code in da nose." Next Sunday night at 8:30 at the St. James Theatre, Arlene is going to appear with the American Ballet Theatre in a fashion show and dance to support the American Ballet Theatre. The funny part about this is that John said he didn't want to miss it, and went there tonight! He was off by a week! - Suzanne (2004)
Panel: Arlene Francis, Woody Allen, Phyllis Newman, Bennett Cerf.
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