This gaff happens in the blink of an eye. During the game with William Hall, Bennett asks the guest if his product might be used in any way in or about the water. John Daly says, "Three down and seven to go, Miss Kilgallen." Now, watch closely and don't blink: As the shot switches to Dorothy Kilgallen and John says, "I'm going to give you one more minute," Dorothy's relatively large left earring (on the viewer's right, closest to Steve Allen) falls off her ear - as if on cue! It either drops down the front of her gown or into her lap, it is impossible to tell which. She gamely tries to catch it in mid-fall, as she grabs toward her bosom. Failing to catch it (her hand remains open, not closed around anything), she asks her question and absolutely does not miss a beat; the perfect, unruffled pro! Her only acknowledgement of the mishap is that she keeps her head turned to the left for the rest of her turn, so that the camera cannot see her naked ear. The round ends with Dorothy's question, we go to a commercial, and by the end of the break, the earring is safely back where it belongs. - Lee McIntyre (2004)
Although the audience shot of Bella Darvi was most certainly planned in advance (it would require a good 10 seconds to find and focus on an audience member), the lighting technician failed to bring up the house spotlight for the first four seconds of the five second shot. - Lee McIntyre (2005)
As John Daly is introducing the mystery guest, we catch a glimpse of blindfolded Steve Allen, unaware that he is on camera. He is shown laboriously adjusting his shirt and coat sleeves, to assure that the proper 3/4 inch of shirt sleeve shows beyond his coat sleeve. - Lee McIntyre (2005)
John pronounces Victor Borge's name as "BORG-ee" at the end of the show. - Garrison Skunk (2005)
John makes a rare error during the snake charmer's game, skipping over Arlene to pass the questioning from Steve to David Wayne. He catches his error and then calls upon Arlene. - Garrison Skunk (2005)
OH, SAY CAN YOU... HEAR? Throughout the show's earlier years, one problem that plagued both panelists and contestants was their inability to hear one another well. This was due to the desire to avoid any possibility of audio feedback caused by having the onstage speakers very loud. We frequently hear the contestants asking the panelist to repeat a question, and we sometimes hear the panelists, particularly Bennett Cerf, asking the contestant to repeat an answer (especially when panelists are blindfolded during the Mystery Guest segment). This was particularly noticeable last week, when one contestant wore an old fashioned hearing aid. You could see him holding its microphone pack and pointing it directly at the panel. Even then, John would repeat most questions for him.
Less noticeable, perhaps, are the subtle and not-so-subtle gestures Steve Allen has made for two weeks in a row during the announcer voiceover at the beginning of the show. Last week, during the camera's wide shot of the panel while the announcer was bringing them on, we could see Steve cup his hand over his ear as he shot a look off camera - an obvious indication that he couldn't hear what was being said. This week it is even more noticeable, for after cupping his hand over his ear and getting no satisfaction, he shrugs his shoulders as if to say, "Oh, well. Forget it." It is probably because of the difficulty the panel has hearing, that Dorothy Kilgallen frequently looks offstage to her right when she begins introducing the panelist on her left. Although it sounds to us as if she's taking her cue from the announcer, it's likely that she can't hear him, and is watching for a visual cue from the floor manager, who is listening over a headset. - Lee McIntyre (2005)
MASKS: Arlene's mask is usually moderately decorated with designs which look like closed eyes, whereas Dorothy's mask is usually plain satin. Tonight, however, Arlene's mask is very heavily decorated. - cattaur (2008)
GOOF - WRONG PUBLICATION PLUGGED: During the introductions, the off-camera show announcer incorrectly stated that Dorothy's articles appear in Screen Guide magazine. At the end of the program, during the good nights, Steve Allen set the record straight and informed us that Dorothy's articles appear in Screenland magazine, not Screen Guide magazine. - Suzanne (2005)
Dorothy tells John that he forgot to flip a card for the arch support maker, so without questioning her, John flips a card. - Garrison Skunk (2005)
Upon watching this segment, I think it was Dorothy who made the goof, not John. She was seen taking notes during this game, which would have taken her mind off the actual game. John does appear to flip a card for every "no" that was received. It is possible that Dorothy thought that Steve received a "no," but he didn't, he "passed" to Arlene after receiving a "yes." This is probably the "missing flip" that Dorothy was looking for, if she had "done the math" and thought that the score seemed too low by the time the questioning got back to her. - Suzanne (2008)
It appears that Dorothy was a bit unclear on what was going on. Bennett asked the contestant if his product had any medicinal purpose, to which the contestant responded in the negative. John, however, seemed dubious in the matter, and allowed Bennett to press with a more precise line of questioning. At that point, Bennett then asked if it was any sort of bunion plaster, which resulted in a clear "no" and John flipping a card. Of course, ultimately, the whole thing mattered little, as the contestant won the game by default due to time. In the end, all the cards were flipped. - agent_0042 (2008)
During the middle part of the Ferry Boat Captain game, John Daly suddenly gets a very confused and distracted look on his face. After about 30 seconds, he is back to being his usual jovial self. It has been speculated that Mr. Daly was getting conflicting signals from backstage as to whether there were only two or three minutes remaining for game play in this segment of the live telecast. - Garrison Skunk (2005)
GOOF: When Bennett identified Art Carney during the mystery guest round, he called him "Al Carney." - Suzanne (2005)
This exchange with Doris Day must have been very embarrassing for John Daly:
John Charles Daly (to Doris Day): "I certainly enjoyed your picture, 'Young at Heart.'"
(John says a few more sentences. Then, Doris Day responds in the sweetest voice:)
Doris Day: "John, I haven't made 'Young at Heart' yet."
John: "Haven't you?"
Doris: "I'm going to make it."
John: "You're going to make 'Young at Heart'?"
Doris: "With Frank Sinatra."
John: "Oh. Well, wonderful."
John then jokes and asks her if she could use a broken-down baritone, and she replies that yes, she can.
- Lee McIntyre (2005)
GOOF: Johnnie Ray's name plaque was misspelled as "Johnny Ray." It has been written that Johnnie was fanatical about the correct spelling of his name. - Suzanne (2005)
GOOF: John accidentally initially installed Ivy Baker Priest's nameplate upside down. The mistake was quickly noticed and corrected, but not before it was shown on camera. John made a humorous remark regarding the fact that he didn't even have a blindfold on. - agent_0042 (2008)
GOOF: Debbie Reynolds' necklace falls off during her game. More info under "notes." - Suzanne (2005)
GOOF: There was no name plaque for Sal Maglie and Duke Snider. Possibly, John forgot to put it in place. - Suzanne (2005)
GOOF: The studio announcer accidently opened this show by reading from the cue sheet of the previous week that had been broadcast in CBS experimental color. More details under the "notes" section. - ymike (2005)
GOOF: During the first game, after Robert Q. Lewis received a "no," John reported the score as "one down and nine to go" when, in fact, he was flipping the $10 card and should have said "two down and eight to go." John did not make any additional scoring errors and there was no noticeable reaction seen on the program to this minor gaffe. However, to keep John in line with the scoring, handwritten notes (such as "this" down and "this" to go) were written on the back of the cards and are often visible as John flips the cards. This explains why John made no more errors, but it does not explain John's mistake in the first game. The error can only be attributed to lack of attention to the score. - agent_0042 (2008)
OCCUPATION OVERLAY GOOF WATCH: For the second contestant, fish counter Mrs. Ruby Warren, the subtitle on her overlay reads "(For U.S. Gov,t)" -- instead of using an apostrophe, the typesetters who handled the occupation overlay screens incorrectly used a comma. - W-B (2008)
The goof was not a technical goof, but an error in thinking by the usually very sharp Fred Allen. While questioning Mystery Guest Herbert Marshall, Fred queries, "Well, something from his voice leads me to ask the question, were you born in this country?" Fred receives a "no" answer from John, because Mr. Marshall was born in England. At the end of the round, however, Fred disputes John's earlier answer, saying, "I asked you if he was born not in this country." John incredulously asks, "Did you?" Fred responds, "I sure did. I don't want to make any trouble, you understand." After a very brief discussion, John graciously says, "I think that was my fault, Fred. If it was messed up, I messed it up." However, the audio track is very clear. Fred is mistaken in his recollection. His question was indeed phrased, "Were you born in this country?" In spite of his slip, everyone was a good sport, although I'm sure John was wishing that this episode had taken place after the invention of the instant replay, and not before. - Lee McIntyre (2005)
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