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That $400,000 in stolen money would be worth about $2,867,800.83 today. The $1500 that Mason charges Arlene to find her trailer would be $10,754.25. Definitely a bit over the top as Della comments. Actually, although I realize Perry was testing her, I think he’d get in trouble today with the bar association if he did that. Arlene pays $2500 ($17,923.76) for her trailer and finds $18,000 ($129,051.04). Perry gets a $25,000 ($179,237.55) reward which he turns over to Arlene and her father. The way that girl spends money, she’ll need it. Submitted by billp, 12/27/2008.
+Bill Emory states "the robbery took place on Tuesday, May 3rd". This episode was part of the 57-58 season. May 3rd was a Tuesday last in 1955. But Bill Emory has only been fired for the past 10 months. Submitted by PaulDrake 33. 13 April 2015.
+Anyone watching the syndicated version of this show will be puzzled about the picture on this page of Della and Paul Brinegar (dressed as the messenger), since that scene is always cut out of the televised versions. Submitted by PaulDrake 33. 13 April 2015
+ This episode was unusual in that the murder seemed gratuitous, and as such morally unsatisfying: as has been argued, the victims are traditionally vile persons, or in a few cases - such as Sleepwalker's Niece, where the killing is integral to the plot - the character is (simply) undeveloped; but here neither is true: Uncle George is a nice guy and little reason - perhaps no reason at all in the syndicated versions - is given for his death...but it's PM so we know "someone's gotta get it", sentiment be damned. Lamented by Notcom , 082417.
The more I think about this episode, the less sense it makes. 1) How could Arlene not hear someone backing up to her trailer? 2)Why couldn't she go to the police? 3) Where was the stolen money? 4)And, yes, why was George killed? DOD 05/13/18
Tragg arrests Arlene and says the trial is the next day. In court both Perry and Burger have miraculously developed their cases. In fact, Burger says "the state has gone to a great deal of trouble to prepare its case". Those are two fast working attorneys! Submitted by Kilo 3/7/2018.
> Ah but we find out (see below) that's not really true...the pitfall of rushing things!! Notcom 120718.
Odd that Burger was unaware that Perry didn't lower and raise the shade as a signal when he questioned Perry in court. Tragg knew that when Perry tried to show him why he did it. Apparently Tragg kept that information to himself. Kilo 12/7/2018.
Perry placed a want ad in the paper as a way to locate the trailer. I guess we are to assume Mr. Hartsel at the Ideal Trailer Mart responded to the ad. Kilo 12/7/2018.
The "I'll throw you to the wolves without the slightest compunction" comment by Perry to Arlene is uncharacteristic. Must be a line straight from the book. Joe B. 05/24/19
In the opening scene we see the sun-bathing Arlene and her trailer in a secluded location. Where did her car go? She must have pulled the trailer there, probably with her Dodge Royal Lancer. Did someone steal her car, too? And, by the way, who tipped off Sackett that Arlene was going to be there with her trailer? It seemed like he knew right where to go. That couldn't have been just a coincidence. Kilo 9/11/2019.
Too Many Fairlanes! (See Greg C's CARS Trivia) We see Perry driving his black 57 Ford Fairlane Skyliner (Lic No HGA 056) into George Ballard's driveway in daylight at 21:50 of the CBS/ Paramount DVD. The Skyliner nameplate on the side of the roof is conspicuous. At 26:59, it's dusk and the police lurking across the street in their own black 57 Ford sedan observe a man who they ID as Perry leaving Ballard's house and driving off in a black Fairlane. . . But Hey!... The cops don't notice that it's not Perry's car! The Lic No is MNN 527 (or 521) and it's a Fairlane 2-Door Hardtop! - note how the rear roofline differs from that of the Skyliner. This misidentification is an important story element and one of the most devious & delicious plot devices in any PM episode.
Trailer Trouble. However careful the crew were in gathering their Fairlanes, details of the trailer theft were implausible:
Added by Gary Woloski, 4/8/12.
Had to laugh when Paul handed Perry a photo of the balding, 40-something Paul Brinegar and referred to him as "the kid who swiped the trailer." Submitted by JazzBaby, 7/6/2019.