Judy uses a bell for her "yes" answers and a clicker for her "no" answers, as she tries to hide her famous voice. She speaks once during the game, and that is all it takes to give her away to Bennett's sharp ear. It's a cute mystery guest spot considering all of the legendary backstage carryings-on. - WML Fan (2004)
Regarding Judy Garland's statement about her upcoming appearance in 1967's "Valley of the Dolls," which was based on Jacqueline Susann's best-selling 1965 novel of the same name. Judy would eventually be dropped from production, and replaced by Susan Hayward in the role of "Helen Lawson." These facts were detailed in an AMC (American Movie Classics) television documentary on the making of this film titled, "Backstory: Valley of the Dolls," produced in 2001. Judy Garland's screen test was shown, and she didn't appear to be in very good shape at the time before she was fired. Unfortunately, Garland didn't have much longer to live. She died two years later in 1969 at age 47. - Walt (2004)
The second contestant, the wine steward, was the first female regular contestant to wear pants on stage. While today in 2004 this is commonplace, in 1967, it was still very rare to see women in pants. The very first woman to wear pants on WML was Carol Channing in February 1965. Since then, we've also seen Phyllis Newman, Arlene Francis and Suzy Knickerbocker wear pants outfits. - Walt (2004)
This is a great episode! It doesn't take the panel long to figure out who the mystery guest is, in spite of the fact that Judy uses a clicker to disguise her famous voice. After her identity is revealed, Judy explains that she is in town for her daughter Liza Minnelli's wedding to Peter Allen. She also promotes her appearance in the upcoming 1967 film "Valley of the Dolls." She ironically quips that her character is the only one who doesn't take pills. - dacktyl (2004)
JUDY GARLAND CAUSES A STIR! Gil Fates relates this nerve-wracking story in his 1978 WML book: Time was crucial since this show was broadcast live. Judy Garland arrived half an hour late to the studio, accompanied by young men, bottles of wine and dress bags. She claimed she didn't know what to wear, and was not cooperating with the production staff. Finally, she demanded her $500 mystery guest appearance fee up front and in cash, or she would refuse to go on. Of course, no banks were open on Sunday night! There was no way they could come up with the cash she demanded. Management was in a panic as to what to do. With 2 minutes left to go until Judy's air time, Mark Goodson was quickly chosen as a substitute mystery guest. With 20 seconds left before Mark's entrance, Judy walked in stating, "What's all the ####ing rush? We've got plenty of time." On she went, and the house came down in admiration! The panel and the audience never had a clue as to what had transpired backstage! Gil's Garland quote might not have been Judy's exact words. Arlene Francis quoted Garland slightly differently in her autobiography, but Arlene's Garland quote did contain the same 4-letter word. - Suzanne (2004)
Tidbits: Bennett mentioned he saw Frank Sinatra sing at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. Frank was engaged there from February 16 to March 1, 1967. When Bennett said he attended Frank's "last performance," he probably meant the final performance of this engagement. Frank did not announce his "first" retirement until 1971. Bennett likened the great Sinatra to the great John Daly, both excellent in their fields. For the second week in a row, Bennett has said kind things about John in his introduction. This is probably because of the recent cancellation announcement of WML, and it will be interesting to see if Bennett goes back to his usual sarcastic brand of humor with John. - Suzanne (2004)
Panel: Arlene Francis, Tony Randall, Susan Oakland, Bennett Cerf.