Bennett: I'd have sung more, but I know Frank Sinatra's watching tonight, and I didn't want him to get green with jealousy. Good night, John.
John: That wouldn't be jealousy, Bennett. That would be apoplexy. (loud laughter)
John: (after the challenger who catches frogs stumped the panel) Oh, let's not croak. Let's not croak.
John: Steve, it's wonderful to have you back again, sir.
Steve: Thank you, John. It's nice to be had.
John: (not catching what Steve had said at first and continuing) As all of you do not need to be told...
John: (catching on) Well, that takes place in the next half-hour.
Bennett: And this was a very peculiar greyhound -- it had buses painted on its side.
Bennett: Miss Lindstrom, may I say you're every bit as beautiful as your mother.
Steve Allen: (Without missing a beat) And Bennett, may I say you're every bit as handsome as your father.
REVIEW: This was a good night for the panel as they went a solid 2 for 3 on the evening. In the first game, the panel was blindfolded due to the fact that the first contestant was one of the guards at the Tower of London, who are better known as the Royal Beefeaters, who was wearing the very familiar uniform of his position. However, once the question was asked if his attire could be associated with a particular occupation in Britain, it was only a matter of time before Bennett made the identification. In the second game, the panel was totally stumped by the frog hunter from Florida. However, in the mystery guest round, guest panelist Pia Lindstrom correctly identified Angela Lansbury. Indeed, it was very appropriate that Pia made the identification, because Angela made her film debut working alongside Pia's mother, legendary actress Ingrid Bergman. As for what Angela was promoting, it was twofold. The first thing she promoted was the smash hit musical "Mame." In fact, Bennett asked her to sing the first line of the ever classic song and when the lyrics got to the word "Mame," Bennett joined in singing with her. Second, and most important, Angela made a very important plea to the public to donate to the Muscular Dystrophy Society. That definitely was a nice way to close the evening's proceedings. - Sargebri (2008)
ANGELA LANSBURY: As John had mentioned in his post game chat with Angela Lansbury, she had been nominated three times for an Academy Award without a win. However, her record of futility with that award is blown out of the water by her futility with Oscar's little sister, Emmy. Angela was nominated a record 12 times for her role of "Jessica Fletcher" in the classic 1984 to 1996 mystery series "Murder She Wrote." However, she has won four Tony Awards for her work on the Broadway stage. In fact, her first Tony was for her work in "Mame." Also, when the play was made into a motion picture, Angela was passed over in favor of Lucille Ball, who holds the record for WML mystery guest appearances by a female. Maybe it was a good omen that Angela was not in the film, because the film version has been called one of the "worst motion pictures of all time" in the book of the same name. - Sargebri (2008)
NEXT CANDIDATE!!! Add Pia Lindstrom to the list of ladies who came in to try to replace Dorothy Kilgallen. Pia asked several good questions and was very successful in guessing Angela Lansbury. She probably would have made a good addition to the CBS panel. Unfortunately, the fact that she lived and worked on the West Coast at the time of her CBS WML appearances probably prevented her from being seriously considered for permanent duty on the panel. A couple of years hence, Miss Lindstrom also appeared on the panel of the color syndicated version of WML in the thirteenth week of the 1968-1969 season. Ironically, after she moved to New York in 1971, she never made any appearances of any kind on WML. - Sargebri & W-B (2008)
(1) ANGELA LANSBURY: With Angela Lansbury's appearance tonight, both actresses who played the same role in competing biopics of Jean Harlow which came out in the same year of 1965 have appeared on "WML?" The future "J.B. Fletcher" of "Murder, She Wrote" had played "Mama Bello" in the big-budget "Harlow" production which starred past "WML?" mystery guest Carroll Baker as the late actress who passed away in 1937. The other, lesser-known, more inexpensively produced motion picture film of the same title, starring Carol Lynley, featured Bennett's kissin' cousin Ginger Rogers as Miss Harlow's mother; earlier this year, in 1966, the former film dance partner of Fred Astaire had made her only appearance as a guest panelist, on
EPISODE #803 of February 23, 1966, although she previously appeared as a mystery guest five times between 1954 and 1965. - W-B (2007 & 2008)
(2) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 32nd surviving kinescope of a live edition from the post-Kilgallen era to maintain uncut the original "live" wording on the opening.
(3) BAD PUN ALERT? - In his introduction of "our panel moderator" tonight, Bennett spun another tall tale of John being approached outside the theatre by a lady with a Greyhound dog who had buses painted on its sides. This description he gave was a reversal of the design of the exteriors of Greyhound buses. Mr. Cerf's story this time out met with initial silence from both his fellow panel members and the audience assembled this particular evening.
(4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: GSN's woefully wretched and repugnant penchant for "crunching" the end credit sequence continued unabated on the cable and satellite channel's most recent airing of tonight's show on January 25, 2008.
(5) Following GSN's January 25, 2008 airing of this episode, the cable and satellite channel ran the June 25, 1962 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore. On this show, co-panelist Henry Morgan arrived late on the set and missed the first game because he had been stuck in traffic; the remaining "classic '60's" lineup of Bess Myerson, Bill Cullen and Betsy Palmer remained in place in the studio. The celebrity guests were four finalists in the upcoming 1962 Miss Universe contest. - W-B (2008)
PIA LINDSTROM: In addition to her duties as a reporter and occasional anchor, just prior to beginning her long stint as arts and entertainment critic at New York television station WNBC-TV (Channel 4) from 1973 to 1997, Pia Lindstrom, in the early 1970's, had been a reporter and occasional anchor for rival WCBS-TV (Channel 2), the flagship station of the CBS network which aired "WML?" from 1950 to 1967. Miss Lindstrom's most recent local TV gig, as recent as 2003, was with WNYW (Channel 5). As of 2006, she is a voiceover artist.
More information about her tenure at San Francisco station KGO-TV can be found in the notes to EPISODE #864 of June 4, 1967. - W-B (2007 & 2008)
Pia Lindstrom is the daughter of actress Ingrid Bergman. At the time of this original 1966 broadcast, Pia was with KGO-TV (ABC Channel 7) in San Francisco, CA. Later, she was seen for many years in New York on WNBC-TV (Channel 4) during their newscasts. A little over seven years after this episode of "WML?" aired, on April 15, 1974, WNBC became the first station to air on a regular basis a then-unheard of two-hour local newscast, as their newscast expanded on weeknights to 5:00-7:00 PM local time, under the banner of "NewsCenter 4." - Walt (2004) with additional information by W-B (2007)
REVIEW: This was a pretty good night for the panel. Bennett was able to guess that the first contestant was one of the Queen's Beefeaters. Much in the same vein of Frank Sinatra's "drinking" jokes of the previous episode, Steve Allen made a joke about Beefeaters Gin during the post game conversation. He stated that the Beefeaters could get all the gin they wanted. Unfortunately, the panel didn't guess the second contestant who was a frog hunter. Angela Lansbury was fun during her turn as mystery guest. Pia Lindstrom successfully identified her, and Miss Lansbury immediately mentioned that her first film role had been in the classic 1944 film "Gaslight," playing opposite Pia's mother Ingrid Bergman. Lansbury mentioned meeting Pia as a little girl at that time, and doubted that Pia would remember her. Pia was born in September 1938. John mentioned that Lansbury was nominated for an Oscar for her role, but didn't win. Several years later, Miss Lansbury would become a frequent bridesmaid when it came to the Emmy Awards. She would be nominated an incredible 14 times without winning, for her most famous role of mystery writing sleuth, "Jessica B. Fletcher," in the classic 1984-1996 series "Murder, She Wrote." However, she did win a Tony Award for her portrayal of Broadway's favorite "Auntie Mame." Ironically though, Angela Lansbury was passed over in favor of Lucille Ball for the title role of "Mame" in the disastrous 1974 film adaptation. In the 1996 book which was also revised in 1999, "The Worst Movies of All Time: Or, What Were They Thinking?" written by Michael Sauter, this movie is listed among the worst films ever made. - Sargebri (2004)
Angela Lansbury promoted her Broadway play, "Mame," which is currently being performed at the Winter Garden Theatre. She also promoted awareness for Muscular Dystrophy, and requested donations to the Jerry Lewis March of Dimes telethon. - Suzanne (2004)
John informs us that Arlene's festive mystery guest mask is the mask she wore to Truman Capote's ball. John and Bennett attended the New York event also. Bennett did not wear his ball mask on WML, which John described as "a big one." Truman Capote held a "Black and White Ball" in the Grand Ballroom of Manhattan's Plaza Hotel on November 18, 1966. The party was dubbed the "social event of the year" and the "party of the century." Truman invited 540 guests who were required to dress in black and white evening clothes and masks. In addition, the women were required to carry fans. - Suzanne (2004)
Tidbits: We see a new sponsor, Cope pain reliever for "women's everyday headaches"! John Daly told Pia that he had "two old friends" at KGO, Dave Saks and Vic Reid. (Maybe the names are spelled Dave Sachs and Vic Reed.) She knew them both, and stated that one of them was her boss. - Suzanne (2004)
Pia Lindstrom (b. 9/20/1940)
Panel: Arlene Francis, Steve Allen, Pia Lindstrom, Bennett Cerf.
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