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The music is absolutely fantastic! It really adds to the excitement of the show. Submitted by gracenote, 3/4/2011.
You have to love the euphemism “calendar-art pictures” used throughout the show. Nowadays, it seems such pictures don’t have same kind of power to ruin lives, and sometimes even help show-biz careers (at least in the short run). Submitted by gracenote, 3/4/2011.
Most PM murders occur after a lengthy exposition detailing why the victim was an awful person with a lot of enemies. This show's opening scene is one of the best introductory scenes, most interesting murders, and sets the story in motion immediately. This is followed by: (a) the jazzy wonderful driving scene, and (b) an office scene with the client sitting behind Perry's desk, beside Perry. Note the camera work and placement of Perry and Paul in the following studio scene and the lighting in the second office scene. Film Noir writer Jonathan Lattimer and regular PM director Hibbs outdid themselves. cgraul 10.30.12
Technical Note. If you do not see the illuminated "PERRY" sign at the extreme Top Right corner of your screen at 05:11 it's because that part of the image has been cropped off by your viewing device and/or the current settings on the device. If you're still watching on a tube (CRT) TV, you're out of luck and will never see it. If you're using a 21st-Century non-CRT TV, altering your screen settings might allow you to see more of the edges of the image available on the DVD. But if you want to see the complete image recorded on the DVD, you'll need to view on a computer media player. I, for example, can't quite get the full height of the letters "PERRY" on my DVD-player/LED-TV combo but I can get the full height using my computer media player (typical home system for year 2014). For a technical explanation, see this article on "overscan". Given the built-in cropping due to overscan plus the rounded corners of the Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) TV of the analog broadcast days, I'm sure that the studio sign could not be seen by home audiences back in the 1960's. Added by Gary Woloski, 9/3/14.
Fingerprint History: "In 1686, Marcello Malpighi, a Prof. of Anatomy at the Univ. of Bologna, noted in his treatise Ridges, Spirals & Loops in fingerprints. He made No mention of their value as a tool for individual identification. A layer of skin was named for him: 'Malpighi' layer, which is app. 1.8 mm thick...In 1823, John Evangelist Purkinji, a Prof. of Anatomy at the Univ. of Breslau, published his thesis discussing 9 fingerprint patterns, but he too made No mention of the value of fingerprints for personal identification," usmarshals.gov/usmsforkids observes. Mike Bedard 3.11.15.
Sound Effect: When Judith arrived at the Ames house she rang the doorbell. After she entered there were chimes on the wall that should have made a different sound. Submitted by H. Mason 3/12/15
Exit: Where were they going? When Mrs. Ames, Penny and Norman left Perry's office after offering to pay for his services they went into Della's area and turned right instead of going to the visible door to Gertie's reception area. Submitted by H. Mason 3/12/15
almost physically impossible for someone to commit suicide by shooting themselves that way. Your wrist would have to be triple jointed. DOD 12/06/18
Every time the plot involves scandalous photos, I am reminded of the French diplomat who was discreetly shown some compromising photos of him and his secretary. His response was to order some 8x10 glossies.
Speedy Trial: At approximately 38:30, after the trial is already well underway and there have been several courtroom scenes, Paul Drake finally tracks down “the woman with the Scottie” who saw Judith Blair fleeing the scene of the murder. Irene Grey responds, “Mr. Drake, what I saw last night can’t possibly help Judith Blair; it can only hurt her.” In most Perry episodes, the trial occurs fairly soon after the crime, but to have it begin the day after the murder would be quite remarkable. Submitted by Dan K, 3/30/16.
I got a good laugh at that line. 'Calendar-Art'. I remember my father's photography magazines, and the ads from Peter Gowland and Bunny Yeager, as well as the more artful nudes you'd see in the issues. I guess it could have put a hitch in someone's career then - but not now! Submitted by MikeReese, 4/9/2016.