Arlene: (trying to figure out the product "burglar alarms") Do most homes have one of these?
Mildred: If they're smart.
Bennett: Maybe she makes houses.
Aliza: She's too feminine to make houses.
Bennett: Don't kid yourself.
John: (retaliating to Bennett's awful pun about a cannibal chief) Bennett, I "ate" you. Oh, dear me. That's terrible.
REVIEW: This was a night the panel probably would have benefited from had they been preempted by a certain football game that was played at the Los Angeles Coliseum earlier that day. However, they weren't that lucky, and went a pathetic 1 for 4 on the evening. In the first game, the panel was shut out by the female steeplejack from Pennsylvania. Of course, in those days, it was hard to believe that a woman would do that kind of work. In the second game, it was more of the same as they were stumped by the burglar alarm saleswoman. In fact, it was at this point that the panel probably would have been crying "We've fallen and we can't get up." However, the panel did get a brief shining moment this evening in the mystery guest round as guest panelist Aliza Kashi, who up until that moment had probably given the worst performance by a guest panelist since Wally Cox, correctly identified Abbe Lane. Abbe was on the show to promote her engagement at the Persian Room as well as her upcoming appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Abbe also got a huge cheer when she mentioned that she was a "Brooklynite," having been born in Brooklyn. Unfortunately, the panel reverted back to form as they ran out of time while questioning the young man from North Carolina who gave indoor skiing lessons. As a result, he won the game and received the full prize. This definitely was a less than super performance by the panel. - Sargebri (2008)
NEXT CANDIDATE!!! Tonight's female guest panelist was singer Aliza Kashi. Unfortunately, she performed as if she had no aptitude for the game and kept chattering throughout. Her only shining moment was when she recognized Abbe Lane's voice and identified her, winning the mystery guest round for the panel. Aliza's performance this evening ranked alongside the poor performances by both Wally Cox and Pamela Tiffin, as one of the worst efforts by a guest panelist. - Sargebri (2008)
FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at two down because time ran short. The panel had actually started to get close, but there was not time to get the exact line. - agent_0042 (2008)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The opening sponsor for this evening's edition is Bayer Aspirin.
(2) "LIVE" WATCH: The kinescope copy of tonight's live broadcast is the 36th surviving post-Kilgallen episode to maintain the original "live" wording on announcer Johnny Olson's intro.
(3) DUELING BAD PUNSTERS - AGAIN: During Bennett's introduction of "our panel moderator," he said that a cannibal chief had told John, "I never yet met a woman I didn't like." After John took his seat at his desk, he retaliated by telling the publisher/panelist, "Bennett, I 'ate' you."
(4) SUPER BOWL I: While NBC and CBS deemed this first matchup between the American Football League and National Football League champions in what was initially called the "NFL/AFL World Championship" important enough to preempt their respective schedules to show the game, this importance, unfortunately, did not extend to archival preservation for posterity. Subsequently, each of the two networks wiped the videotapes of this historic game and reused the tapes for other purposes. To this day, what would retroactively be called "Super Bowl I" is among the "most wanted" on the list of missing and/or lost programs, specials, and news and sports events according to New York's Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum of Television and Radio, and before that, the Museum of Broadcasting). Another irony is that GSN's January 31, 2008 airing of tonight's show preceded by a few days the "Super Bowl XLII" between the New York (football) Giants and New England Patriots which was played on February 3, 2008.
(5) ALIZA KASHI - PART I: On May 14, 1967, four months after her "WML?" appearance tonight, Miss Kashi returned to the stage of the future Ed Sullivan Theatre, this time to perform "If I Were a Rich Man" (from "Fiddler on the Roof") as a musical guest on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Also on the program that night was Woody Allen, who was a "WML?" guest panelist on last week's EPISODE #844; as well as Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara, Leslie Uggams, Italian singer Enzo Stuarti, and rock group The Turtles who, at the time of this show, were about to break open with their biggest and best-known hit, "Happy Together."
As for Miss Kashi, famous for her well-known catchphrase "Hello, peoples!," she was a fairly well-known singer of the period who released a couple of albums, including a self-titled LP on Jubilee (JGS-8025) in 1968. That album contained recordings of such hits of the day as "Those Were the Days" (made famous by Mary Hopkin, and also recorded by frequent "WML?" guest panelist Phyllis Newman) and "Les Bicyclettes de Bel" (a minor hit for Englebert Humperdinck). In the late 1960's and early 1970's, Aliza would be a frequent guest on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" and "The Merv Griffin Show," and also was on a 1970 edition of "The Mike Douglas Show." Her most recent known television credit was a 1976 appearance on Dinah Shore's 1970's daytime talk show "Dinah!" Miss Kashi was still performing and touring into the 1990's. But this was to be her only appearance on "WML?" for what was left of its CBS run.
(6) ALIZA KASHI - PART II: Miss Kashi would appear a few more times on the 1968-1975 "WML?" syndicated version. Her first appearance was as a mystery guest during Week #26 which was taped on December 24, 1968; and incredibly, despite bombing as a CBS "WML?" guest panelist tonight in 1967, she would have one more shot on the panel in the show's syndicated incarnation, during Week #167 which was taped on September 28, 1972. That week, Aliza sat alongside Soupy Sales, Alan Alda and Miss Francis.
(7) ABBE LANE: This was Abbe Lane's second and final appearance on "WML?" Her first had been EPISODE #399 of January 26, 1958, when she appeared with her then-husband, bandleader Xavier Cugat, as a mystery guest duo. The "Ed Sullivan Show" edition of the following week on which Miss Lane appeared also featured The Lovin' Spoonful, Stiller & Meara, Johnny Mathis, Ginger Rogers, and Topo Gigio.
(8) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Loyal GSN viewers watching the January 31, 2008 airing of tonight's show were once more subjected to the enormously horrifying "crunching" of the end credit sequence.
(9) Following the January 31, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the October 29, 1962 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore, who used Halloween imagery and motifs to introduce the panel of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson. In Miss Palmer's case, there was a special irony to Mr. Moore's introductions this particular evening, given her subsequently playing "Mrs. Pamela Voorhees" in the 1980 film "Friday the 13th" and its 1981 "Part 2" sequel. The celebrity guest was Jane Powell. - W-B (2008)
This was a night the panel probably wished the network had preempted. The first contestant probably set a record for the most consecutive "no" votes ever given. She must have given nine straight "no" votes before guest panelist Aliza Kashi finally got a "yes." They did relatively better with the burglar alarm saleswoman, whose product included a feature which was a precursor to the Life Alert system (their ads say, "I've fallen and I can't get up.") The panel did manage to get one right, though. Miss Kashi, who up until this point had a disastrous debut, made up for her inexperience and correctly identified mystery guest Abbe Lane. Miss Lane was on the show to promote her current engagement at the Persian Room of the Plaza Hotel. She also mentioned that she would be appearing on "The "Ed Sullivan Show" the very next Sunday. - Sargebri (2004)
During the introductions, Bennett mentions how the Kansas City Chiefs had been beaten earlier that day. A few hours before this episode aired, The Chiefs, who were champions of the American Football League, took on the Green Bay Packers, who were the champions of the National Football League, in a certain football game known at the time as the NFL/AFL World Championship. Several years later, this game would retroactively be called Super Bowl I. In fact, this annual game was not known as the Super Bowl until the third game. This was before the game became the mega-event that it has become over the years. However, it was big enough that both CBS and NBC broadcast the game. The game was a result of the merger of the NFL and AFL that year. The AFL would be absorbed into the older NFL and would become the AFC (American Football Conference) featuring all ten teams that made up the AFL, plus the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cleveland Browns, and the Baltimore (later Indianapolis) Colts, who were in the NFL. Ironically, the Colts were the first NFL team to lose to an AFL team when they lost 16-7 to the New York Jets in Super Bowl III. As for the football game today, the Packers, led by future Hall of Fame coach (and next week's mystery guest) Vince Lombardi, defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, led by another future Hall of Famer Hank Stram, 35-10. In fact, the Packers would win the next Super Bowl, defeating the Oakland Raiders 33-14. However, the AFL got a measure of revenge when the New York Jets, featuring future Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath, defeated the Baltimore Colts, featuring another Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas, 16-7 in what was considered one of the biggest upsets in sports history. - Sargebri (2004)
Tidbits: 1) Steve Allen has a new LP recording on the Dot label, "Cool, Quiet, Bossa Nova." The notes on the back cover state, "Rarely has there been an album of mood music produced that is better calculated to establish an atmosphere of romantic relaxation than this collection of 12 lush ballads from the pen of Steve Allen."
2) Guest panelist Aliza Kashi is from Israel. She said she was able to identify Abbe Lane since Abbe is Italian. Abbe made everybody laugh when she said she was actually born in Brooklyn, New York.
3) John Daly evidently no longer has his office in the Plaza Hotel, as he spoke of this office in the past tense. He used to mention it on occasion. - Suzanne (2004)
Aliza Kashi (b. 4/5/1936)
Panel: Arlene Francis, Steve Allen, Aliza Kashi, Bennett Cerf.
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