HENRY MORGAN GETS SARCASTIC WITH BENNETT!
From Suzanne & Eric - (2004):
WML producer Gil Fates devotes a section on the introduction of this show in his 1978 WML book. When Bennett attempts to give a long introduction of John with a weak witticism about a husband who arrives home at 4:30 AM, Henry Morgan abruptly interrupts Bennett with, "What time does this show start?" This leaves Bennett flustered, so he abandons his joke. John then comes out on stage, and gives Henry an icy look. Next, John tries to finish the story that Bennett started. But, John proceeds to blow it completely! (The joke is supposed to be told as: The wife asks, "What are you home at this hour for?" The husband replies, "For breakfast.") Since John mangles the joke, it gets no reaction at all. Henry can be heard muttering to Phyllis, "Do they understand it? No." But, when John proceeds with regular business, he gets a big applause. Fates said Henry was never invited back again. Even though Henry does appear on the later 8/20/67 episode, that program had been pre-taped on 6/4/67, which is before the date of this episode. You can tell that Bennett appreciated John coming to his defense, because during the goodbyes, Bennett warmly says to John with a smile, "Good night John, my boy."
From Suzanne - (2004):
More about the "Henry Morgan Flap" from Gil Fates' 1978 WML book:
"It is my pleasure tonight, as usual," said Bennett launching himself onto a sea of rhetoric, "to introduce our disgustingly articulate master of ceremonies. He's just back from his favorite Tilton School up in New Hampshire. He told me that last night one of the town folk came staggering in..."
"What time does this show go on?" It was Henry Morgan, interrupting loudly from off-camera. There was a ripple of uncertain laughter from both the audience and the panel, including Bennett.
"May I finish, Henry?" Bennett asked pleasantly enough.
"I was hoping you would," shot back Morgan.
There was laughter from the audience, but none from Bennett, who looked quite upset. The lady panelists were in shock. Bennett took a deep breath as if to continue with his story, then suddenly exhaled. He had lost his flow.
"Ahh...I won't bother," he said, then very quickly added "John Charles Daly." The applause thundered up and Daly strode onstage. His lips were pressed together and his face was tense with irritation. He moved purposefully to his desk and sat down. The applause subsided.
"Actually it's a good story so I'll finish it." He paused and glared across the panel desk, "If you don't mind, Henry, that is."
"Nooo," said Henry airily, "I've got all night."
Daly couldn't resist a rejoinder. "I don't know as we have though," he said.
Nobody knew what that meant, including John, but he sailed right on."
Fates then tells the rest of the story, about John Daly telling the joke and how it falls flat. Fates finishes up with: "Henry Morgan never appeared on the Sunday night show again. But he later was a frequent guest on our syndicated series. Of course by that time, like I said, he was well on his way to becoming a pussycat."
REVIEW: Henry Morgan was very lucky. After he interrupted Bennett, and later John, he was fortunate that they didn't practice on him what the first contestant taught. However, it did light a fire under Bennett, who wound up having a great performance. Bennett did a great job in figuring out that the first contestant was, in fact, a self-defense instructor. Also, with Phyllis' help, Bennett figured out that the second contestant was a horse dentist. Ironically, he had been a contestant on the show 13 years earlier. The mood really lightened up when Senator Dirksen hit the stage. He showed that he had a great sense of humor. Bennett continued his hot streak by guessing the senator as well. The coup de gras came in the final game when Bennett correctly guessed the final contestant. Even with Henry's boorish behavior, the panel, particularly Bennett, had a great night. - Sargebri (2004)