(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)