(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The opening sponsor tonight is Phillips' Milk of Magnesia; newcomer Maxwell House coffee is the closing sponsor.
(2) "MEMOREX" WATCH: Due to the prerecorded EPISODE #856 of April 9, 1967 being today lost to history, this is the first surviving show since EPISODE #843 of January 1, 1967 on which announcer Johnny Olson's intro leads off with "And now, let's meet our 'What's My Line' panel...", leaving out the New York origin. This is the fifth show this season, and the twelfth since EPISODE #820 of July 3, 1966, to have this kind of intro in the more recent history of the show.
(3) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: The "MISS LEE" nameplate on the panel desk used for tonight's guest panelist, Michele Lee, was the same as that used for Gypsy Rose Lee (no relation) on the last surviving kinescope prior to tonight's show, EPISODE #854 of March 19, 1967. And in a sheer coincidence, the same panel order was in place on both the earlier episode and tonight's edition, with the ever-acerbic Henry Morgan in the second seat on both panels. This show was first transmitted twenty days after "I've Got a Secret," on which Mr. Morgan was a regular panelist, aired its last CBS episode on April 3, 1967.
(4) MICHELE LEE: Besides her film and stage acting roles in this period, tonight's guest panelist Michele Lee also had a modest recording career. Between 1965 and 1969, Miss Lee released eleven singles on the Columbia label. One of her more famous was "L. David Sloane" (4-44413) which, in order of catalogue number, came right before The Chambers Brothers' psychedelic-era classic, "Time Has Come Today" (4-44414). Michele's single was released on December 21, 1967, and peaked at #52 in the spring of 1968. It would also be the title track of her 1968 album of the same name (CS 9682). In addition, Miss Lee would appear on the syndicated "WML?" as a mystery guest during Week #193 which was taped on March 29, 1973; that edition was hosted by Larry Blyden, with the panel consisting of Anita Gillette, Alan Alda, New York radio personality Sherrye Henry and Soupy Sales (Arlene Francis had the week off).
(5) GROUCHO MARX: For his appearance this evening, Groucho Marx is again wearing a toupee, as he had done on his wild and crazy guest panelist appearance on EPISODE #482 of September 20, 1959. Nearly six months after his "WML?" mystery guest appearance tonight, "The One, The Only" Groucho appeared as a guest on the October 14, 1967 edition of "The Jackie Gleason Show." Other guests included Joel Grey, who will appear later this year in two "WML?" episodes as a guest panelist; Johnny Mathis, who was a "WML?" mystery guest on EPISODE #453 of February 22, 1959; comedian (and former Steve Allen regular) Louis Nye; and Jane Morgan, whose best-known hit was "Fascination" in 1957, and who would have a hit on the country charts in 1970 with "A Girl Named Johnny Cash," which was written by Martin Mull (the future "Barth Gimble" of "Fernwood 2-Night" and its sequel, "America 2-Night") as an "answer" song to Mr. Cash's 1969 smash "A Boy Named Sue." Mr. Nye and Miss Morgan were the only ones from this lineup never to have appeared on "WML?" One highlight of that Gleason edition was when Jackie, as "Reggie Van Gleason III," duetted with Groucho, wearing his 1930's costume, on a "Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean"-type number. Mr. Marx would make another appearance on "The Jackie Gleason Show" on April 12, 1969, which also featured onetime "WML?" guest panelist and recurring mystery guest Mickey Rooney, and the aforementioned Jane Morgan, as guests. As for Groucho's appearance tonight, unlike his prior mystery guest appearance on EPISODE #684 of October 13, 1963, his lower-third overlay screen is set in the customary "WML?" overlay font of Futura Demi Bold. Also, at the start of this mystery guest round, John varies his "sign in" script, advising Mr. Marx, "Will you enter, mystery guest, and sign in, please?" On this occasion, Mr. Daly had substituted the word "guest" for "challenger."
(6) "WML?" CREW CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Time ran so short that not only did John say goodnight for all the panel, but only the "WML?" title slide card graphic was shown, with the closing sponsor seen in-between, thus the production crew's credits were never shown. And yet again, GSN's putrid but predictable practice of "crunching" the end credits reared its ugly head when this episode was most recently shown on February 10, 2008.
(7) ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOSE OF HENRY MORGAN: GSN's February 10, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by a repeat of a pre-taped "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore, which aired "from New York" on February 11, 1963. The panel on this occasion was assembled as Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan, Tony Perkins (filling in for the still-vacationing Bill Cullen), and former "IGAS" stalwart Faye Emerson (subbing for Bess Myerson). The celebrity guest on this episode was Ann Sothern. - W-B (2008)
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