Phyllis: When you appear in a movie or in a play, do you get the girl at the end?
Woody: Yes. (loud laughter from audience)
Phyllis: Does he... (at this point she is interrupted by John)
John: That's five down and five to go. Mr. Randall. And I want you to know, he tries. He tries.
REVIEW: The panel's poor game play record for the night was not indicative of how historic and wild this night was. What made it a historic was the fact that for the first time in WML history, the two most prolific guest panelists in the show's history, Martin Gabel and Tony Randall, were on the panel together. Also added to the mix was the show's most prolific female guest panelist, Phyllis Newman. In the first game, the panel was absolutely stumped by the University of Tennessee student who collected lightning bugs for research. In the second game, Arlene was given credit for correctly guessing that the lady from San Francisco had something to do with paint. In actuality, she was a saleswoman for the Flecto paint company. The mystery guest round was very wild as Woody Allen, who signed in as John Dillinger and who used a tough guy voice, answered "no" to the questions he should have answered "yes" to and vice versa. In fact, things got so crazy that John flipped over all the cards. Woody was on the show to promote and plug his hit play "Don't Drink the Water" as well as the James Bond spoof "Casino Royale." Woody's performance definitely helped ease the fact that the panel only went 1 for 3 on the evening. - Sargebri (2008)
FAREWELL TONY!!! Due to the fact that this episode was videotaped weeks earlier, no one knew that this would be the final time that Tony Randall would sit on the WML panel. Tony was the second most prolific panelist in the show's history and his dry wit and "loveable loser" persona definitely made him a panel favorite. Tony did make a mystery guest appearance on the syndicated version months before he began playing the role he would forever be identified with, neat freak "Felix Unger" on the classic sitcom "The Odd Couple." Tony passed away in 2004 and he will always be remembered as one of the all-time WML greats. - Sargebri (2008)
CANCELLATION WATCH - 873 DOWN, THREE TO GO!!! Because this episode was pre-taped, there was no mention of the show's impending cancellation. So, it was business as usual. - Sargebri (2008)
FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at eight down. The panel wasn't really close and had only managed to come up with "animal." John flipped them all for the second contestant at seven down, even though Arlene had correctly identified the product as being in the "paint or varnish family." John flipped them all for mystery challenger Woody Allen at seven down because time was running short and the panel wasn't getting anywhere. - agent_0042 (2008)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's opening sponsor is Ivory liquid detergent.
(2) "MEMOREX" WATCH: This episode is the fifth surviving pre-taped show this year, the ninth this season, and the sixteenth since EPISODE #820 of July 3, 1966, to leave out the show's origin of production from announcer Johnny Olson's intro.
(3) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: "The star of stage and television," Phyllis Newman, is introduced first, for the 13th surviving occasion since Dorothy Kilgallen's passing, and the 15th overall. This episode is notable in that it brought together three of the most prolific guest panelists over the network "WML?'s" 17.5 year history - Miss Newman, Martin Gabel and Tony Randall. Mr. Randall was pulling double-duty here, as he also appeared on the live EPISODE #862 of May 21, 1967 which aired right after the taping of tonight's show. It would also be the end of the line for Tony on "WML?" on CBS. Over nearly 11 years, starting with EPISODE #327 of September 9, 1956, Mr. Randall appeared a total of 66 times - three as a mystery guest, and the other 63 times (including this evening) as a guest panelist. Of that total tally, 22 had been following Miss Kilgallen's death, one of which was as a mystery guest. He made only one appearance on the syndicated "WML?," as a mystery guest during Week #83 which was taped on April 30, 1970. The host in that time period was Wally Bruner, while the panel consisted of Soupy Sales, Meredith MacRae, Robert Q. Lewis (himself making his final set of "WML?" appearances ever, and his only set of appearances in the syndicated run) and Arlene Francis. This syndie episode was taped only months prior to Tony's landing the role of neat freak "Felix Unger" on the 1970-1975 ABC-TV series version of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple." Mr. Simon never appeared on "WML?" in either the CBS or syndicated versions.
(4) MYSTERY GUEST: Tonight was also Woody Allen's final "WML?" appearance. From his first appearance on EPISODE #671 of July 7, 1963, Mr. Allen has been on the program nine times -- three as a mystery guest including tonight, and six as a guest panelist. He would not appear in any episode of the 1968-1975 syndicated version.
(5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: As with the live EPISODE #862, David Roth is credited tonight as associate director. And once again, the end credits are shown in full screen mode, to the ultimate delight of the show's fans, as per the most recent airing by GSN on February 22, 2008.
(6) Following the February 22, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN aired an edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore, which was originally telecast "from New York" on videotape on May 6, 1963. The panel, as always, consisted of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson, and the celebrity guest was actor Cliff Robertson. - W-B (2008)
During the end credits, Johnny Olson announced that this episode was prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on May 21, 1967. - Suzanne (2004)
This was a really fun night for the panel. It was also interesting to see both Martin and Tony on the panel together, due to the fact that they were the two people who appeared the most as guest panelists. (Martin had 112 panel appearances and Tony had 62 panel appearances.) The panel got totally stumped by the young University of Tennessee student who caught fireflies for research. To balance out the initial loss, Arlene guessed that the second contestant sold paint. The fun really picked up when mystery guest, and frequent guest panelist, Woody Allen came out on stage. He definitely had the panel going by answering "yes" to answers he really should have answered "no" to, and vice versa. After his round was over, and everyone had a chance to calm down from laughing, John pointed out that Woody was correct in saying that he was both currently on Broadway and in the movies. His comedy, "Don't Drink the Water," was still playing on Broadway, and his current film, "Casino Royale," was still in theaters. Also of note, this is the last appearance on the show, not only for Woody, but for Tony Randall as well. - Sargebri (2004)
Woody Allen signs in as "John Dillinger" and confuses everybody, including John, by answering questions incorrectly! Shades of Groucho Marx! Shades of Danny Kaye in October 1960! He promoted the Broadway comedy play that he wrote, "Don't Drink the Water." He also promoted his 1967 film, "Casino Royale." - Suzanne (2004)
CANCELLATION WATCH - Nothing discernable, but it's coming down the pike at breakneck speed. No force in the universe could stop it now! - Suzanne (2004)
Tidbits: Phyllis Newman again appears with long hair. However, this episode was taped prior to her two "short hair" episodes, #868 and #871, which were both taped on the same day, July 9, 1967. John mentioned that Bennett had the night off. In looking back through the episode guide, we see that Bennett Cerf was vacationing in Japan at the time this episode was taped. - Suzanne (2004)
Panel: Phyllis Newman, Martin Gabel, Arlene Francis, Tony Randall.
Bennett Cerf had the night off, because this episode was prerecorded while Bennett was vacationing in Japan.
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