(1) "LIVE" WATCH: Tonight's show is the 49th surviving kinescope of a live telecast from the "post-Kilgallen" era to leave untouched the "live" wording on sub-announcer John Briggs' intro.
(2) "WML?" EPISODE SKIPPED: Inexplicably, GSN did not air tonight's show on February 17, 2008, when it should have been broadcast in regular rotation. Instead, the cable and satellite channel went straight to EPISODE #867 of July 2, 1967. - W-B (2008)
GSN BROADCAST HISTORY: This episode was last aired in regular rotation on September 16, 2004, and before that, on June 22, 2002. - Suzanne (2008)
Jerry Watmore, the Killer Whale trainer on this episode, will make another WML appearance on a syndicated version of WML which was taped on August 14, 1969. Tennis great Arthur Ashe is the mystery guest on her episode, and the panel consists of Gene Rayburn, Peggy Cass, Joanne Carson and Bennett Cerf. Arlene Francis and Soupy Sales had the week off. On that broadcast, she states that she works at an aquarium in New York, apparently having relocated there from Seattle, Washington. Viewers see a color film clip of Ms. Watmore training a Killer Whale. When host Wally Bruner asks her if Killer Whales are dangerous, she replies, "It's potential, but they're really not." Bennett Cerf kiddingly asks Ms. Watmore, "The whale doesn't eat you, does it?" - Jan Simonson (2004)
Barbara Feldon: The notes for EPISODE #790 discuss Feldon's game show career up to that point. Tonight's episode, and the facts surrounding it, prove that she did this gig to show her brains, not to promote "Get Smart." On the air, Martin Gabel introduces her by naming her show and then uttering the catchphrase, "Would you believe... Barbara Feldon." After she walks onstage, she doesn't react to his comment. The only subsequent reference anyone makes to her fame happens when Kelly Lange kiddingly calls her "99." Barbara doesn't react to that, either. Now, consider the facts that went without saying. Ms. Feldon knows that WML will disappear from the airwaves very soon. Four months have passed since the New York Times announced the cancellation on its front page. Also, everybody knows that "Get Smart" is on NBC, a rival network. Moreover, everybody who reads Variety knows that "Get Smart" has been a Nielsen hit for two entire seasons. Evidently, Barbara's itch to be her gifted self on live network TV has endured for the ten years that have passed since she answered $64,000 questions about Shakespeare under her maiden name of Barbara Hall. - Jan Simonson (2004)
This is Melina Mercouri's second and final appearance on WML. Her first appearance as a mystery guest was on the memorable EPISODE #633 of October 7, 1962, when an intruder walked on stage during her game. Tonight, Melina promoted her appearance in the 1967 Broadway musical, "Illya Darling," which ran at the Mark Hellinger Theatre for 320 total performances. Her second husband, director Jules Dassin, was mentioned during her post-game chat. They were married from 1966 until her death in 1994. Melina said that he was taking a trip to Israel. This was a dangerous time to be travelling there, since a war had just ended. The second Arab-Israeli war, also known as the Six-Day War, began on June 5, 1967 and ended on June 10, 1967. Israeli's Six-Day War was fought on three fronts against three countries, the Egyptians, the Jordanians, and the Syrians. Israeli was victorious. As a side note, Melina's year of birth is often incorrectly listed on the net as either 1923 or 1925. At some point in time, it was discovered that she was actually born on October 18, 1920. - Suzanne (2004)
During her game, Bennett asked Melina Mercouri if she were Moshe Dayan, Israel's defense minister. Israel's war had just ended, and trouble was brewing in Melina's native Greece too. During the period of the Greek Junta military dictatorship in Greece from 1967 to 1974, Mercouri lived in France. When the Greek officials proclaimed she was no longer a Greek citizen, she said, "I was born Greek and I will die Greek. Mr. Pattakos was born a dictator and he will die a dictator." When democracy returned to her home country, she returned, and became first a member of the Parliament, and then Minister of Culture. Her great 1971 autobiography, published on Doubleday, was suitably called "I Was Born Greek." - Dan Albertson (2004)
KELLY LANGE: The second contestant is a Los Angeles, California, KABC Radio news and traffic helicopter reporter named Kelly Lange. KABC gave Kelly the name of "Dawn O'Day" since she worked the morning rush hour shift. They dubbed Kelly's counterpart, Lorri Ross, who worked the evening rush hour shift, "Eve O'Day." John Daly said that their names were chosen in a naming contest. The pair, called the "KABC Ladybirds," flew in the KABC Traffic Copter. They started on Valentine's Day 1967 and continued through 1970. They wore sexy tight silver flight "spacesuit" outfits, helmets and silver go-go boots. They also made goodwill public appearances and were featured in newspaper articles and Time Magazine. See vintage KABC-AM TalkRadio 790 photos at the web site below:
Later, Kelly worked as a reporter for KABC-TV. From 1971-1999, she worked for NBC-4 as an anchor for the Channel 4 News. In addition to her newscasting duties, she also found time in the mid-1970s to host a short-lived NBC daytime show called "Take My Advice." She also took minor movie roles in the 1970s and 1980s as listed on IMDB. She later authored novels. Her first book, "Trophy Wife" was published in 1995. Other works followed: "Gossip" in 1998; "The Reporter (Maxi Poole Mysteries)" in 2002; "Dead File (Maxi Poole Mysteries)" in 2003; "Graveyard Shift (Maxi Poole Mysteries)" in 2004. Kelly's web page is listed below. - Suzanne Astorino (2004)
KELLY LANGE UPDATED: On July 13, 2005, the lovely Kelly Lange appeared as a guest panelist on the live stage show, "What's My Line? - Live On Stage" in Los Angeles, California. - Suzanne (2005)
This was a very acceptable night for the panel. Martin was able to guess that the first contestant had something to do with whales, although he never specifically identified that she trained them. They were completely stumped by Kelly Lange, who was working for KABC talk radio 790 in Los Angeles at the time of this appearance. Kelly would eventually leave KABC and move to television, working for KNBC channel 4, where she would become a mainstay, as well as one of the most popular anchorwomen, in Los Angeles. She also would go on to become a novelist. Arlene, almost by accident, guessed that the mystery guest was Melina Mercouri. Fortunately, unlike the last time Miss Mercouri was on, there were no uninvited "guests" running onto the stage. Arlene also wound up accidentally guessing that the final contestant was a soccer player. However, the time had run out and all the cards had been flipped over. - Sargebri (2004)
Tidbits: Arlene introduced Martin Gabel as a "distinguished product of Lehigh University." This Pennsylvania University is located in Bethlehem, PA. - Suzanne (2004)
Barbara Feldon (b. 3/12/1933)
Panel: Arlene Francis, Martin Gabel, Barbara Feldon, Bennett Cerf.
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