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  • Season 5 Episode 23: EPISODE #193

  • 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)

  • Season 5 Episode 22: EPISODE #192

  • 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)

  • Season 5 Episode 14: EPISODE #184

  • 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)

  • Season 4 Episode 52: EPISODE #170

  • GOOF: John repeatedly referred to the first contestant as "Mrs. Gilmore," intead of the correct "Miss Gilmore," a point that was later clarified by Bennett Cerf. - agent_0042 (2008)

  • GOOF: In a rare type of WML mistake, John announced during the final game that the occupation overlay screen had had a mistake in it, and that both the home audience and the studio audience were going to get a surprise. The screen had read "Test Driver of Army Trucks" but after John ended the game due to lack of time, John said that the guest was a test driver of Army tanks, not trucks. - Suzanne (2004)

  • GOOF: During the mystery guest round, Ann Sothern's name plaque incorrectly read "Ann Southern." - Suzanne (2004)

  • Season 4 Episode 45: EPISODE #163

  • GOOF: Arlene causes an unintentional goof by asking John a question as Mr. Pfiffer signs in, leaving Mr. Pfiffer to stand alone at the sign-in board, hopelessly looking back and forth between the panel and the host desks. John's delay in getting to the board also causes the cameraman to clumsily move the camera back and forth, wondering whether to center the guest or leave him on the left side of the frame, and wait until John comes over to the right side of the frame - Garrison Skunk (2004)

  • Season 4 Episode 30: EPISODE #148

  • When GSN aired this episode on April 10, 2008, Zsa Zsa Gábor was amongst the oldest living "WML?" contestants who are still living. Most sources list the Hungarian-born Gábor's birth date as February 6, 1917. - BuzzDawg (2008)

  • Season 4 Episode 24: EPISODE #142

  • GOOF: John asks the bear trainer his name a second time when he means to ask where he comes from. This is a rare mistake on the part of John Charles Daly. - Garrison Skunk (2004)

  • Season 4 Episode 16: EPISODE #134

  • THE WONDERS OF LIVE TELEVISION: During John's calling for the final contestant, a shadow of the boom microphone is noticeably visible behind him, and is seen being moved around. - W-B (2008)

  • Season 4 Episode 12: EPISODE #130

  • Sounds of New York: A rather noticable siren can be heard twice during Dorothy and John's first exchange in the Pretzel Twister segment. - Garrison Skunk (2004)

  • Season 4 Episode 7: EPISODE #125

  • Sounds of New York - A car horn can be heard faintly in the background as Dorothy asks the garlic salesman, "Is this something used by both men and women?" Then, a distinctly different sounding horn can be heard as she pauses in the middle of her query, "Is this an accessory...to a meal rather then a main dish?" - Garrison Skunk (2004)

  • Season 4 Episode 5: EPISODE #123

  • GOOF: Speed-readers (or those with freeze-frame capabilities) got a sneak peek at the paper hanger's occupation. For a brief moment during the wild guess round, her occupation overlay graphic flashed onscreen early. However, the right side of it was cut off, as it was not centered on the screen. - Garrison Skunk (2004) and agent_0042 (2008)

  • Season 4 Episode 4: EPISODE #122

  • GOOF: There was no nameplate for mystery challenger Chuck Dressen. - agent_0042 (2006)

  • As happens from time to time on B&W kinescopes, the camera lingered a bit too long on the opening commercial sign board, resulting in a ghosted image of "Stopette presents What's My Line?" which was superimposed over Jane Schmahl's trip in front of the panel. - Garrison Skunk (2004)

  • Season 4 Episode 3: EPISODE #121

  • John forgets to remove the mystery guest's nameplate until play begins on the fourth round. So, for a few seconds, Franklin Lasky is incorrectly identified as "Mme. Schiaparelli." - Garrison Skunk (2004)

  • Season 4 Episode 2: EPISODE #120

  • Arlene wore an eyepatch for the second straight week. This week, the patch sported the CBS "eye" logo! - Hank (2008)

  • This was Miss America Neva Jane Langley's first television appearance. - Hank (2008)

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