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When Lt. Tragg makes his first visit to the suspect’s house, he wistfully flirts with Della Street, uncharacteristically to the point where he forgets himself. Submitted by gracep, 8/12/10.
That rogue Paul Drake! He stole Della’s coffee cup about 2/3 into the episode. He eats her sandwich, too! Submitted by gracenote, 2/21/2011.
Someone sure has a cough during the courtroom scenes either quietly (before Metcalf says 'I do" before being sworn in), or during dialog (when Burger says "Cross examine" to Perry after questioning Sally Wilson) or otherwise when changing witnesses or other breaks in dialog. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 8/05/12
Why isn't this episode considered to be an official adaptation of a novel (The Golddigger's Purse)? Because the title character was dropped and the title had to be changed? Years later "The Mystified Miner" was officially based on The Spurious Spinster. "The Glittering Goldfish" certainly has as much in common with The Golddigger's Purse as "The Empty Tin" has with The Empty Tin. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 7/29/13.
Wiseguy70005 is right! I've wondered about this for years. Submitted by Bill-W2XOY
Goofs: In two separate scenes, the actor's voice was heard without the lips moving. The first scene was at the office when Donna Sherwood comments about the Beta fish order.
+ "Miss" Sherwood isn't the one talking. Huxley is talking to Miss Wilson. Watch carefully. You can see him turning away from Miss Wilson in the next shot. OLEF641; 10/11/2017.
Not to question the looks or acting of Murvyn Vye, who played Huxley, but his character doesn't look as though he has any interest in fish ... just money. I guess that's the point? Submitted by MikeReese, 8/26/2014.
Question: Did Mrs. Huxley and Myers retain the rights to the formula or were they returned to Tom? Remember, Perry said he "found a nice lovely flaw in paragraph three" of the contract. Submitted by H. Mason 10/16/14
Equipment Visible: Boom mic shadow can be seen on the wall behind Burger's first witness ("officer"). Submitted by Kilo 6/21/2017
When Darrell Metcalf discovers Huxley's body, he seems genuinely surprised that Huxley is dead. Since no one else is present in this scene, Metcalf has no reason to be deceptive. Why is Metcalf surprised if he himself did the deed? Submitted by EricM, 12/13/09.
+ Probably the reasoning is that he may have been too drunk to remember his actions! Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 7/29/13.
+ A good try, but if Metcalf is too drunk to remember killing someone, why is he sober enough to remember not to drink out of the glass with the poison in it? Yes, the glass might be empty, but his choice of glasses was considered damning evidence by Perry. And there are at least two other episodes where the people who discover the body, and act shocked, turn out to be the killers, and they, too, are alone when they do so, meaning there's no reason for them to act so surprised. Maybe it's the screenwriters who had too much to drink. Submitted by Scarter 12/14/13
Supposedly Perry reaches his conclusion of who the guilty party is based on the fact that Metcalf drank from the glass with the lipstick leaving his prints on the glass. Maybe the fact that the other glass and the bottle are both empty might have something to do with that as well. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 7/29/13.
The Best Performance by a Guest Actor in Series History?: The great character actor Cecil Kellaway turns in a terrific performance as Darrell Metcalf, particularly during Perry's cross-examination of him. His regretful summary of his qualifications as a chemist is masterful, getting more out of the three words "Yes, I'm qualified," after summarizing his educational background, than anyone could possibly imagine. He manages to be both sympathetic and scary as he explains his motive for committing the murder. Submitted by BobH, 18 June 2016.