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This episode is essentially a remake of episode #6 (TCOT Silent Partner). It changes some of the details (candy business instead of orchid business, etc.), but the major plot points are all the same. I prefer #6, myself. Submitted by Ed Zoerner, 8/29/09.
This is one of the few episodes from the last several seasons that occasionally recaptures some of the noirish undertones that were largely lost near the end of the show's run. For example, the scenes outside Harry Arnold's gambling joint and Wanda Buren's apartment harken back to the first several seasons' somewhat grittier, noirish Los Angeles, depicted even more effectively in Episode 6 ("TCOT Silent Partner"), mentioned above by Ed Zoerner. Submitted by BobH, 14 July 2016.
After watching this episode, I finally decided that Paul Drake is much a more interesting character than Perry Mason. Mason gets the job done by legal razzle-dazzle or by browbeating the guilty into confessing; but Drake negotiates with potential witnesses, showing them how it's in their interest to tell the truth. And he never, ever, takes anyone's first offer. BTW, Erle Stanley Gardner must have had a weakness for private investigators: he wrote 20 novels about another detective: disgraced former lawyer Donald Lam. Submitted by B. Cool 7/18/18
Employees at the candy factory are careful to wear hairnets, but handle the candy with bare hands. The Brent Building is an architectural oddity - balconies from the inside, but none on the outside. Can't say I care for H.M. Wynant's attempt at "tough guy" talk. He and Walter Burke have the distinction, of having played victims, suspects, and prosecutors over the years. DOD 3/16/18
Funny reaction (IMHO of course <grin>): Paul is calling “the poisoning” into the police and he seriously/somberly says that she is in real bad shape, then suddenly gets very happy (and smiles big) as he thinks he recognizes the voice on the other end, and says “Is that you Steve?”! LOL! Submitted by mesave31, 02/16/15.