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While “processing” this episode today, I was impressed by its high production values. There were many extras and elaborate sets. And, if I didn’t miscount, there were seven uncredited actors with speaking parts. daveb, 5/20/09. And an actual 12-person jury -- the expense of which was later cut from the series. cgraul 6.7.12
The courtroom set used for the trial scenes in this episode (and other early ones) was larger than the sets used later, so there were more spectator gallery rows as well as a jury box that needed to be filled with extras. And if my memory is correct (and it isn't always) the unbilled Spanish-speaking good Samaritan who helps at the accident later turned up as one of the villagers protected by the Magnificent Seven in that classic Western. Submitted by FredK 8 June 2012.
Ray Collins as Lt. Tragg (my favorite character in the series) does his usual excellent job of communicating acerbic professionalism. cgraul 6.7.12
Oddly enough, while a good many bit players in this episode who spoke received no billing, Rusty Westcoatt as Sgt. Holcombe was in the cast list though he had no actual lines aside from an almost inaudible word with Tragg. Submitted by FredK 8 June 2012.
Random Musings: When Perry tells Della to fasten her seat belt, I presume he was speaking metaphorically, since as I recall cars typically didn't have seat belts in 1957. When he hands the accident victim his card, he says "I'm not looking for business, I just want to be helpful." Can you imagine any of today's ambulance-chasing lawyers saying that? This is especially funny since the MeTV Perry Mason broadcasts I'm watching typically contain several ads for ambulance-chasing lawyers ("Been injured in an accident? Pain and suffering? Great! This is a potential financial windfall for you! I'm lawyer Whiplash Willie. Call me! Don't settle for a tiny check. I'll get you a BIG check!"). I love that periscope thingy that Perry's gang uses to spy on the room across the hall. I guess peepholes hadn't been invented yet. I'm surprised Perry lets his client dress like that in court. It does make for some nice eye candy however, especially when she stands next to the other Lois Fenton. Paul seems to be enjoying the view. Speaking of Paul, once again we seem him in court slouching disrespectfully in his chair. C'mon Paul; sit up straight!. Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 3-26-2014.
+The real Lois Fenton spends the entire episode in the same dress, at least until her fan dancing finale when she wears her . . . fans. Maybe the reason Perry lets Lois dress like that in court is because it's the only dress in her wardrobe. Submitted by BobH, 29 December 2015.
Perry warns his Female client that she may end up in TEHACHAPI if she doesn't start cooperating: "At the end of 'The Maltese Falcon' Humphrey Bogart turns to femme fatale & murderer Mary Astor and says, 'If you get a break you'll be out of TEHACHAPI in 20 years...I hope they don't hang you, precious, by the neck.'...The California Institution for Women, TEHACHAPI, was the Only Women's prison in the state of California," observes muse.jhu.edu ("Hard Times At Tehachapi: California's First Women's Prison" review). Mike Bedard 4.10.15
"You know, Paul, the Trouble with Lawyers is they're Too Skeptical," said Perry. Mike Bedard 4.10.15