REVIEW: This was a so-so performance for the panel as they had a .500 record for the night. In the first game, "To Tell the Truth" panelist Orson Bean, who was the male guest panelist for the evening, was given credit for correctly guessing that the contestant from Canada was a salt salesman. In the second game, Arlene correctly guessed that the lady from Australia via China was an orchestra conductor. However, her correct identification came after all the cards had been flipped. In the mystery guest round, Sue correctly identified Michael Caine. Of course, this was fairly early in Michael's career, after he had his breakout role in "Alfie," which was well before he became a two-time Oscar winner. In the final game, the panel ran out of time, so the manager of the Empire State Observatory won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2008)
DID ORSON BRING CIGARS? As John mentioned during the pre-game chat, Orson Bean had recently become a father on October 13, 1966 when his son Max was born. Also, when Orson was introduced by Arlene, it was mentioned that "To Tell the Truth" would be returning to the prime-time lineup in a few weeks. TTTT had been moved to Sunday afternoons for a few months but eventually would move back to its customary Sunday night slot. Also, just prior to TTTT's return to prime-time, the entire panel (Orson, Kitty Carlisle, Tom Poston and Peggy Cass) made a team mystery guest appearance on WML. Ironically, the person who guessed them that night was Phyllis Newman, who was a regular panelist on the daytime version of TTTT until 1965, when the prime-time panel replaced the daytime panel. - Sargebri (2008)
FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at five down. Orson Bean had identified the product, and John did not make the panel guess the exact line. John commented that the contestant had a "skillful" way of answering the questions and therefore deserved the full prize. John flipped them all for the final contestant at three down because time ran out. In fact, all contestants for the night won the full prize. - agent_0042 (2008)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The opening sponsor for tonight is Supp-hose Stockings.
(2) "MEMOREX" WATCH: This is the tenth prerecorded edition since EPISODE #820 of July 3, 1966 to omit mention of the show's origin of production in announcer Johnny Olson's opening. It is also the second pre-taped episode to be recorded on a day other than Sunday.
(3) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: Guest panelist Orson Bean's nameplate on the panel desk reads "MR. BEAN" this time out, unlike his previous appearance on the panel on EPISODE #746 of January 10, 1965 when his full name was displayed on his nameplate. And Bennett once more introduces "our panel moderator" by his correct full name of John Charles Patrick Croghan Daly - only he incorrectly pronounces the fourth name as "Cro-gan" rather than "Cro'an" as he had in the past.
(4) Two of the movies that starred tonight's guest panelist, Michael Caine, would be remade in the new millennium, with Jude Law in the roles Mr. Caine played in the original versions. The first, of course, was the title role of "Alfie" which was remade in 2004. The second was the 2007 remake of "Sleuth" in which Mr. Law played the same role of "Milo Tindle" which Mr. Caine played in the 1972 original - while Michael himself, in the newer version, played the Laurence Olivier role of "Andrew Wyke." Incidentally, the original 1972 version of "Sleuth" was directed by onetime "WML?" guest panelist Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Lord Olivier never appeared on "WML?" in either its network or syndicated versions.
(5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: The January 22, 2008 airing of this episode by GSN once more utilized the thoroughly reprehensible, loathsome and vile "crunching" of the end credit sequence.
(6) Following the January 22, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the May 28, 1962 edition of "I've Got a Secret." On this occasion, Henry Morgan was sub-host while Garry Moore was on vacation, and his regular panelist's seat was filled by Buddy Hackett, who sat in with the other regular panelists Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer and Bess Myerson. The celebrity guest was country singer (and future sausage magnate) Jimmy Dean, fresh off his Number One hit "Big Bad John" - and one year before he began his 1963-1966 ABC variety show. - W-B (2008)
Michael Caine promoted his 1966 film, "Funeral in Berlin" which is scheduled to open in December 1966. Other 1966 films he starred in included "Gambit," "The Wrong Box," and "Alfie." Also mentioned was his 1965 film, "The Ipcress File." He's been busy! John Daly mentioned that Caine was once with The Royal Fusiliers. This was a reference to the fact that Caine was drafted by The National Service in 1951 for military service and spent one year in West Berlin and another in The Royal Fusiliers in combat in Korea. - Suzanne (2004)
During the end credits, Johnny Olson announced that this episode was prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on October 17, 1966, along with the previous episode, which came before the 2 previous preempted weeks. - Suzanne (2004)
Tidbits: Orson Bean will be re-joining the nighttime 10PM panel of TTTT on December 12, 1966. Orson Bean's son Max Bean was born on October 13, 1966. Sue Oakland added that her birthday is October 13th also! - Suzanne (2004)
Hopefully, Orson remembered to bring cigars for Bennett and John, as he celebrated the recent birth of his son Max a few days earlier. This episode, however, wasn't aired until a month after it was taped, so this was actually "old news" by now. Orson also celebrated by guessing that the first contestant dealt in salt. Orson, of course, was the "Clown Prince" of the "To Tell the Truth" panel. He asked several good questions, and showed his crazy, offbeat sense of humor as he asked them. Sue Oakland did a good job, too, with a timely assist from Bennett. Even though Bennett received a "no," Sue was able to identify mystery guest Michael Caine. This was still fairly early in Caine's career, but he was well on his way to being recognized as one of the great actors in cinematic history. He also was beginning to establish his reputation as the "hardest working man in film," with four movies being released in 1966 alone: "Alfie," "The Wrong Box," "Gambit" and "Funeral in Berlin." He would go on to win two Best Supporting Actor Oscars for "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986) and "The Cider House Rules" (1999). - Sargebri (2004)
Panel: Arlene Francis, Orson Bean, Susan Oakland, Bennett Cerf.
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