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Another example of the domestic violence that goes unpunished in this series. Edgar slaps his wife in front of a witness because she mouthed off to him, and he bellows, “Take her out of my sight.” So, the witness does that, instead of calling the police and having him arrested for assault. Submitted by g, 1/30/2011.

+ Please keep in mind that this series portrays life (and the law) as it was in the 50s & 60s. Back then women were considered to be the property of their husbands and had no rights, other than the right to vote. The husband had the legal right to hit, slap, beat, and even spank HIS wife. Therefore, there was no assault, period, and there was no such thing as domestic violence' or 'abuse' back then. This isn't meant to be a moral issue, it's simply how things were back then. Also, except in rare circumstances, both parties had to agree to a divorce, and divorces were ONLY granted if there was evidence of wrongdoing by either spouse (yes, not 'giving' your husband sex was considered grounds for divorce). I hope this puts some of the confusing issues people today come across when watching the show into perspective. -Lazarus 03/22/2016

+ Domestic violence, yes, but perhaps not so easy for the witness to call the police. See the scene starting at around 17:09 on the 2011 Paramount DVD. Nora, the witness, arrives at 17:41, and Edgar Thorne slaps his wife, Clara, at 17:47. ("Get her out of my sight," Edgar coldly tells Nora. I hope that this was a one-take scene.) Nora had been the housekeeper for Mrs. Billings, Edgar's niece, for 20 years, so she was likely aware of how and why the marriage of Edgar and Clara was disintegrating. Joy Hodges did have something to sing happily about, 27 years earlier. YouTube has a clip here of Joy, along with Jeanne Gray and Betty Grable, singing backup (about 1:10 onward) to Ginger Rogers and "Let Yourself Go" from Follow the Fleet. lowercase masonite, 3/2/16.

This strikes me as one of the better episodes, in part because of the complexity of character of Perry's client, Trevor Harris. It's a nice change of pace from the usual innocent-young-girl defendant, and I think that David McLean does a good job with the role. Ed Zoerner, 8/10/11.

Those supposedly "infrared" images (both the movie and the prints) are bogus. They appear to be negative images from regular panchromatic film. Infrared images would not look like that. Evidently the producers, unable or unwilling to obtain true infrared images, were hoping to fool the audience by showing negative images made from regular film. And why not? I suspect very few people in 1963 had any idea what a true infrared image looked like. Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 11/14/2013.

The quote which Lt Anderson finishes, "There is some soul of goodness in things evil," comes from Shakespeare's Henry V. Ed Zoerner, 11/7/14.

Bad/Deadpan acting: David McLean as Trevor Harris just says words without any emotion at all. He might have done better if he held the script in front of him and read it. ;-> Just my humble 2˘ of course. Submitted by mesave31, 04/03/15.

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Several things in this story don't make sense. All revolve around the 10 year old embezzlement. Edgar said (about Trevor): "Of course, with the statute of limitations, prosecution is impossible." Later in the story Clarence, a lawyer, talked about how he could have been sent to prison in connection to that crime. Edgar used that crime to make Jill allow him to be guardian of the Trevor's children. Submitted by H. Mason 1/31/15

There is no confusion here. For Trevor, the statute of limitations had expired. However, since Clarence still had dealings with Edgar, the documented evidence could be updated to show that the embezzlement was current. This could not be done to Trevor as he had left a long time ago. -Lazarus 03/22/2016