Bennett: Mr. Choi, since John Daly didn't say so, I'll say it -- it's a choi to have you on the program. (loud laughter from audience)
John: And now we all understand why John Daly didn't say it too.
Bennett: Is it any member of the bear family?
John: I can hardly bear this. (loud laughter from audience) That's four down and six to go, Miss Francis.
Bennett: And here's a man who's made a fabulous career in television by simply saying in fifty words what you and I would say in two or three -- John Charles Daly. (loud applause)
REVIEW: This turned out to be a pretty decent night for the panel as they went 2 for 4. However, if it wasn't for a technicality in the final game of the evening, they would have gone 3 for 4. Also, it was a good night for the guest panelists, as future syndicated WML host Larry Blyden had one correct guess and Suzy Knickerbocker had a correct guess as well. In the first game, the panel was totally stumped by the very attractive female lawyer from Paris, France. In fact, John made the comment that he hoped in some way her appearance on the show could inspire other young ladies to get into the legal profession. In the second game, Larry was given credit for correctly guessing that the contestant had something to do with raising buffalo. In the mystery guest round, Suzy correctly identified "Mr. Suntan" himself, George Hamilton. George was in town filming the caper film "Jack of Diamonds." He also took time to demonstrate the various accents he would be using during the picture; German, French and Italian. Interestingly, when he was demonstrating his French accent, he used Suzy's real name, Aileen Mehle. In the fourth game, Arlene could have gotten credit for a correct guess were it not for the way she asked her question. Unfortunately, she phrased her question the "wrong way" by stating that the gentleman from Seoul, Korea didn't have anything to do with false eyelashes, which he did, prompting John to flip all the cards and giving him the victory by default. Nevertheless, this still was a fairly good evening for the panel. - Sargebri (2008)
THE APPLE TREE: As was mentioned during his intro, Larry Blyden was going to be starting a new play in a couple of days entitled "The Apple Tree." Also appearing in that play was frequent WML guest panelist Phyllis Newman. - Sargebri (2008)
FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at five down. Larry had suggested "buffalo herder," which was close. John flipped them all for the final contestant at eight down after Arlene asked "Is it all right if I rule out false eyelashes?" - agent_0042 (2008)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The opening sponsor for tonight is Supp-hose Stockings.
(2) This prerecorded edition is the eighth this year not to mention the originating locale of production in the intro.
(3) "WML?" PANEL AND NAMEPLATE WATCH: Tonight, announcer Johnny Olson yet again varies Arlene's introduction, referring to her as "The delightful star of stage, screen and television." And once again, in a preview of what's to come within the last three years of the syndicated version of "WML?," she introduces Larry Blyden. However, on the debit side, the production crew has reverted to using the incredibly hard to read "MISS KNICKERBOCKER" nameplate for the pseudonymous fellow guest panelist Suzy Knickerbocker, for the first time since her debut appearance on EPISODE #798 of January 9, 1966.
(4) GEORGE HAMILTON: This was the perpetually - and perennially - tanned actor's third and final "WML?" appearance. Three seasons from his mystery guest appearance this evening, he will appear in two different TV series, both of which flopped miserably. The first was "Harold Robbins' 'The Survivors'," where he appeared in the role of "Duncan Carlyle." More on the run of this show - rated as one of "The Worst TV Shows Ever" in the book of the same name - can be found in the notes to EPISODE #805 of February 27, 1966, on which Lana Turner, who played his half-sister "Tracy Carlyle Hastings," was the mystery guest. The other program Mr. Hamilton was involved in during the 1969-1970 season was the adventure series "Paris 7000," on which he played State Department employee "Jack Brennan" who worked out of the U.S. Embassy in Paris (hence, the title). That series had no better luck than his previous show in the longevity department, running on ABC from January 22, 1970 to June 4, 1970, a mere 19 weeks.
(5) CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: As has been customary for GSN at the time of the January 20, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the decidedly deplorable practice of "crunching" the end credit sequence was once again applied.
(6) Following the January 20, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the May 14, 1962 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore. The panel on this episode, which had no celebrity guest, consisted this time out of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and, filling in for the still-honeymooning Bess Myerson, was former regular "IGAS" panelist Faye Emerson, making what turned out to be one of her last appearances on the program (although she will also appear on a few 1963 "IGAS" editions). A month after this "IGAS" episode, she made the last of her occasional "WML?" appearances, substituting for the indisposed Dorothy Kilgallen on EPISODE #618 of June 17, 1962. Not long afterward, Miss Emerson moved to Europe, where the once-popular personality from the early years of television spent her last years in virtual seclusion, up to her death from stomach cancer in Deyva, Spain, on March 9, 1983 at age 65. - W-B (2008)
During the end credits, Johnny Olson announced that this episode was prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on October 2, 1966. - Suzanne (2004)
This was a so-so performance by the panel this particular evening. Surprisingly, Bennett never asked one of his pet questions about whether the first contestant's occupation had anything to do with the law. The panel mainly concentrated on Marie's good looks and asked if she were involved in entertainment or had any connection with food or drink. Future WML host Larry Blyden was able to guess that the second contestant raised buffalo. Also, Arlene made a big error when questioning the eyelashes maker. She mistakenly guessed that he had nothing to do with eyelashes. George Hamilton was charming as usual. He appeared on the show to discuss the film he was making, "Jack of Diamonds." Also of interest, during the post match conversation, Hamilton was displaying his various accents. As he was showing off his French accent, he called Suzy by her real name of Aileen Mehle. This was a really fun evening. - Sargebri (2004)
Bennett asked George Hamilton if he has had any newspaper coverage other than what has been reported in the entertainment section. The answer was "yes." This was due to the fact that Mr. Hamilton was dating President Johnson's daughter Lynda Bird at the time. Later, when he is demonstrating various foreign accents, Arlene asks if he can speak "Texan." Of course, the Johnsons were from Texas. - georob (2004)
George Hamilton promoted his current project. He soon begins filming his 1967 film, "Jack of Diamonds." - Suzanne (2004)
Panel: Arlene Francis, Larry Blyden, Suzy Knickerbocker, Bennett Cerf.
Suzy Knickerbocker is the pen name of journalist Aileen Mehle.
Tidbits: Larry Blyden is appearing in a Broadway play opening this week at the Shubert Theatre called "The Apple Tree" in which he plays the Devil. We learn that Mr. Daly actually has a clock on his desk. During the beginning of this episode, John stated he was having "a little trouble with the clock here" but quickly fixed matters and stated, "there, now she works fine." - Suzanne (2004)
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