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Those were the days. A small boy could wander into the L.A. County courthouse, break away from a guard, and run into a court room with a shoe box containing a gun. And the “Adult Role Model Award” is a tie between Uncle Flick and Bill Sheridan. Submitted by Mason Jar, 9/23/2011.
Good storytelling in this one -- I enjoy the tension created when Miles carries his shoebox amid the unknowing by-standers on the bus, innocently stops for directions from a cop, and then runs away from the courthouse guard. The 1960s Los Angelenos would have assumed he was at most packing a frog. JohnK, 27 October 2015
++ I find this to be one of the more disturbing Perry Mason episodes, primarily because of the way Miles is treated by "Uncle Flick." Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 11/21/2013.
++ Agreed. Uncle Flick is a real creep. But that's good acting, right? JohnK, 27 October 2015.
+++ Right. In the few other roles that I've seen him play, Benny Baker has been more genial and smiley. lowercase masonite, 3/29/16.
++++ Not only is it one of the more disturbing ones, it's also one of the most Noirish ones, with it's frequent nighttime shots, dingy interiors, unsavory characters and sideplots of robbery and embezzlement. Submitted by Notcom, 030916.
Speaking of creepy from a child's point of view: Miles sees Perry for the first time (4:58 of the 2012 Paramount DVD) when Perry visits the house that Miles is living in. This is also the first meeting between Perry and Sylvia Thompson. The next time that Miles sees Perry is at 25:27 when Perry drives by on the street and stops his car to talk with Miles, who is on the sidewalk before stepping into the car and sitting down. During the conversation Perry says, "See, I found out quite a bit about you, Miles. (Miles: "You _what_?") You don't mind, do you? Come on, shut the door. We'll talk while we drive...." Miles exits the vehicle and runs away. lowercase masonite, 3/29/16.
At the end of the episode, Miles induces Paul to discover an interesting detail about PM's building. There are exactly 322 stairs to reach the floor where Perry's office is located. Submitted by MikeM, 9/14/2012
+ The number seems unrealistic: IIRC from other episodes, Perry's office is described as being around the tenth floor, which - assuming a step height of 6" and a floor-floor height of 12' - would equate to roughly 2/3 of that number...maybe they miscounted (or maybe it just seemed like that many !!) Submitted by Notcom, 030916.
++ Good catch. If the office is Suite 904 of the Brent Building, and the ground floor is floor 1, then there could be 8 flights of stairs to the 9th floor, with likely fewer than 40 steps between each floor. lowercase masonite, 3/29/16.
The New York Times Obituary page of June 21, 2001 stated: "Stanley Mosk, a California Supreme Court Justice who wrote Landmark decisions on Civil Rights & Criminal law died...at his home in San Francisco. He was 88...Justice Mosk, a lifelong Democrat & self-described liberal, was twice elected state attorney general...He was appointed to California's highest court...in 1964 & served until his death, a 37-Year Tenure that made him the state's Longest-Serving Justice. In that time, he wrote 1,500 opinions" [nytimes website; see Location Trivia comments above on the Courthouse named for SM]." Mike Bedard 2.24.15.
I also thought this had some of the most honest acted scenes in the series history. We had the tenderness of Sylvia's kiss when Miles was pretending to be asleep and her remorse later on raising Miles. Submitted by Perry Baby 8/19/16