REVIEW: This was a pretty fun night for the panel as they went a respectable 2 for 3. Also, it was a special night as there were two mystery guests. In the first mystery guest round, Sue correctly identified Danny Kaye, who signed in as Sandy Koufax. Danny was on the show not only to gloat to Martin and John about the Los Angeles Dodgers who had just won the 1966 National League Pennant, but he also talked about the upcoming celebration in honor of his variety show reaching the 100 episode mark. To finish his mystery guest appearance, he talked about his annual promotional tour in support of UNICEF. In the only regular game of the night, the panel failed to guess that the rather attractive young lady from New York was a chimpanzee trainer. In the second mystery guest round of the night, Sue once again was successful as she correctly identified Connecticut Senator Abe Ribicoff. The senator spoke about his friendship with John Daly and also talked about a highway safety program. With sincere affection, John said that the senator was a gentleman and a great friend. After the final commercial break, John announced that the show would be preempted the next week and that the panel would be getting a well deserved vacation. - Sargebri (2008)
SENATOR RIBICOFF VS MAYOR DALEY!!! As John mentioned, Senator Ribicoff was one of the most respected figures on the American political scene. However, a couple of years later, he would become a figure of disrespect, stemming from an incident with one of his own party members, Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago. At the infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Senator Ribicoff was one of the keynote speakers. During his speech, Ribicoff criticized Daley for the Chicago Police Department's treatment of the student protesters who had come to Chicago to protest the Vietnam War. During his speech, the senator described the police's use of force as "Gestapo tactics." When Daley heard this, he tried to shout the senator down and many people thought that he uttered an obscenity in his direction by allegedly calling him "a f****r." However, the mayor's supporters said that he called Ribicoff "a faker." Nevertheless, the damage had been done and the incident showed the deep divisions in the Democratic party and helped to contribute to Republican Richard Nixon's being elected as president later that November. - Sargebri (2008)
FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the only regular contestant of the night at five down because time was running short. The panel wasn't really close to determining her occupation, though John indicated that Bennett was starting to "open doors." - agent_0042 (2008)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's opening sponsor is Kimberly-Clark's Kleenex tissues.
(2) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 30th surviving kinescope copy of a live broadcast from within the post-Kilgallen era to keep the "live" wording intact and uncut on the opening.
(3) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: This episode marked Martin Gabel's sixth appearance on the "WML?" panel since Dorothy Kilgallen's death almost eleven months earlier. Also, announcer Johnny Olson's intro for Arlene tonight is more reminiscent of some of the various panelists' intros of her over the years: "The young lady now starring in the Broadway musical 'Dinner at Eight'." Technically, Miss Francis was 58 years old at the time - but still young at heart!
(4) DANNY KAYE: Tonight's show marked Danny Kaye's fifth and final appearance on "WML?" Only one such appearance - EPISODE #587 of November 5, 1961 - was as a guest panelist; the rest, including this evening, were as a mystery guest. In addition, this season was also the last for his variety series "The Danny Kaye Show," which debuted on CBS on September 25, 1963 and ran until June 7, 1967. Mr. Kaye's program was one of the first group of CBS series - including "The Andy Griffith Show," "My Favorite Martian," "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Petticoat Junction" and "The Ed Sullivan Show," as well as new shows such as "Green Acres" and "Hogan's Heroes" - that went color in the 1965-1966 season.
(5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: This evening, the end credit sequence abruptly cuts off after a few milliseconds of the slide card graphic for associate director Dan F. Smith and program staff Barbara Griff. Also, GSN's January 19, 2008 airing of tonight's show continued the thoroughly despicable practice of "crunching" the end credit sequence on the screen.
(6) Following the January 19, 2008 airing of tonight's "WML?" episode, GSN ran the May 7, 1962 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore, with the evening's panel consisting of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Gretchen Wyler (filling in for Bess Myerson, who was on a honeymoon with her second husband Arnold Grant), and Jane Powell as celebrity guest. It should be noted that early on in Miss Myerson's 1969-1973 stint as New York City Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, she was frequently referred to in the press as Bess Myerson Grant. - W-B (2008)
SUE OAKLAND IN "WORLD JOURNAL TRIBUNE" ARTICLE: An article about tonight's guest panelist, Sue Oakland, was published on page 14 of the October 2, 1966 edition of the New York "World Journal Tribune." The article featured a close-up photo of her with the accompanying caption: "The Versatile Sue Oakland - Beauty, TV Panelist, The Mother of Two." (The two children referred to here were James, then 7½ years old, and Thomas, then 4½.) The title of this article, written by Patricia Smith, was "What's Her Line? Sue Oakland Masters Many." This piece mentioned that Sue's studies at Columbia University went as far back as at least 1963, the year she earned a master's degree for her original research on the inner workings of the United Nations, where she also gave lectures to visitors on the work done by the U.N. General Assembly. The article also featured a prescient quote from Sue who was quoted as saying that the prospect of becoming "a female Eric Sevareid" (in her words) had "an appealing sound to her" (in the article's words). At the time, in 1966, Mr. Sevareid (1912-1992), who had been one of the first round of mystery guests on the Chicago-based EPISODE #323 of August 12, 1956, did nightly commentary for the "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite," which he would continue to do until his retirement in 1977. As Sue Cott, she essentially fulfilled that part of her ambition in her role as director of editorials for WCBS-TV (Channel 2) in New York in the 1970's and early 1980's. - W-B (2008)
This was a pretty good night for the panel, especially for Sue Oakland. She did a good job in guessing both mystery guests, Danny Kaye and Abe Ribicoff. The only hiccup they had was with the chimpanzee trainer. Danny Kaye was his usual hilarious self. In the post game chat, he needled John and Martin about the fact that the Dodgers won the National League pennant and the Giants didn't. Of course, this would be the last year the Dodgers would make the World Series until 1974, when they lost to the Oakland A's four games to one. For the record, the Dodgers were swept by the Baltimore Orioles in four straight. But, perhaps the most significant thing was the fact that Sandy Koufax, who Danny signed in as, would retire after the series ended. - Sargebri (2004)
Abe Ribicoff's long career as a Connecticut Democrat included service as Congressman (1949-1953); Governor (1955-1961); Secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare under President Kennedy (1961-1962); and Senator (1963-1981). At the time of this appearance, he was a Senator. - Suzanne (2004)
As he did last year on WML, Danny Kaye again promoted his annual UNICEF fund drive which starts on October 24, 1966. Danny will pilot a loaned Lear Jet to 22 cities in 1 day. He is also celebrating his 100th television program. - Suzanne (2004)
Tidbits: At the end of the program, Mr. Daly stated that next week's episode will be preempted for a special program. - Suzanne (2004)
Panel: Arlene Francis, Martin Gabel, Susan Oakland, Bennett Cerf.
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