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Bob Kimber lost $37,000 in the card game. That’s $272,527.67 in 2007 dollars. And a sick wife, too. What a jerk of a character! Submitted by billp, 12/27/2008.
Note the old analog (phone off-hook) signal at Lynk’s home (Perry finding the body). Very sine wave: aahAAHaahAAHaah. (Those were the days!) Compare that to our digital: dit dit dit dit. Submitted by billp, 12/27/2008.
In the scene where Hamilton Burger talks to the reporters about charging Perry with obstructing justice, check out the old-fashioned fedoras on Burger and Tragg. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 19 August 2009.
+ Near the close of this scene, the newspaper photographer snaps a picture, exploding a flash right in the face of the male reporter who questioned Perry about the parafin test. jfh 03Sep2018.
About 14 minutes in on the DVD Lola Florey stops Mildred in the parking lot. Mildred sits in Lola’s driver’s seat while Lola leans in from the parking lot. Shots of Lola should show the exterior of the parking lot behind her. Instead they look like she is talking to Mildred from inside a small room. I think the problem was they couldn’t fit the camera equiptment inside the front seat to shoot Lola’s reactions so they decided to shoot it elsewhere. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 28 October 2010.
When Perry calls Tragg to report the poisoning, the lieutenant is holding what appears to be a bag of groceries, with a loaf of Wonder Bread poking out the top.
Whose car is it? If it's Lola's why does Mildred act like she's going to drive off in it?
At 18:44 in the episode, it looks like Tragg has a loaf of Wonder Bread (with the trademark color balloons) hanging out of his grocery bag. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 28 October 2010.
Given the prominence of candy in this episode, an alternate title could be “TCOT Chocolate Chicanery.” Submitted by gracenote, 8/25/2011.
When Perry enters the home of the deceased he finds a bottle of pills on the floor, and a camera close up reveals that it belongs to his client and has been prescribed by Doctor Marvin Rubin whose phone number is CR5-1515. (Remember those old exchanges with names instead of numbers)
Perry then goes to the apartment of that client, Mildred Kimber, and is present when Tragg arrives to arrest her. At that time she faints, due to the shock and heart problems and as Mason cradles her in his arms, he tells Tragg to dial Dr. Rubin at Crestview 4, and is interrupted by Tragg before he can finish. Tragg then starts to dial, saying that yes he knows the doctor's phone number. One hopes so for Mildred Kimber's sake, because Perry certainly doesn't. He should have said Crestview 5..... Submitted by PerryDixon 3/12/14
+How often do you get awakened by the doorbell and find yourself sprawled on the bed fully dressed and wearing a mink coat and then you go to answer the door and a gun falls out. Must have been a rough night... Submitted by HamBurger, 7/28/2017
A Sign of the Times: Note that Bob and Mildred Kimber--husband and wife--sleep in twin beds. This, of course, was typical of 1950's television. Heaven forbid if viewers got the impression that married couples actually slept together and had sex. I suppose that Wally and "the Beaver" were delivered to the Cleaver house via stork. Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 3/15/14.
+About one-quarter of couples today use twin beds, particularly if one of them moves about a lot during the night. A few even use separate bedrooms. They can temporarily share one when necessary. Added by vgy7ujm 10/03/14
+ Evidently all 1950's TV married couples "moved about" while sleeping. 65tosspowertrap, 11-29-2014.
"In 1933 the original Dermal Nitrate [PARAFIN] Test was demonstrated before a number of police depts. by Teodoro Gonzales of the Criminal Identification Laboratory, Police Hqs, Mexico City. Gonzales reported that during...two years, 70 [tests] were positive and 51 negative...The first reported case concerning the admissibility of the test is Commonwealth v. Westwood, decided in 1936, in which the accused was charged with the murder of his wife by gunfire...In sustaining defendant's conviction, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania upheld the right of the state, as well as...the defendant, to introduce EXPERT TESTIMONY as to the results of the Dermal Nitrate Test," scholarship.law.marquette.edu ("Evidentiary Implications of Dermal Nitrate Test for Gunpowder Residue") observes. Mike Bedard 3.28.15
Who let Harry Marlow into Perry's private office? and when he says he wants to speak to Perry privately, why did Della leave? jfh 03Sep2018
Tulloch is seen lurking in Lola's place when she returns home from the hospital. His presence is never explained. Perry offers Lola a seat in her burned out house - wouldn't it have been soaking wet? DOD 04/25/18
Perry is working on a Railroad merger: Abe Lincoln did considerable RR lawyering; Are All the Cats in Perry episodes Siamese ("Silent Partner," "Caretaker's Cat" & "Careless Kitten")? Mike Bedard Non-Siamese Catowner 7.15.16 MeTV viewing.
+I found myself wondering whether that Siamese cat belonged to a cast or crew member. It's appearance here had no relevance to the plot, just a nice touch. I hope it was treated well! Submitted by JazzBaby, 7/1/2019.
For the first--but certainly not the last--time in Perry Mason:
Submitted by 65tosspowertrap,3-15-2014.
--- Is there a quote apropos the men who murder in jealousy or anger or rage?
—-“She was asking for it.” —- I trust everyone knows that is a joke, but not really. Sadly, it still happens way too often. Submitted by Rickapolis 05/09/19
I was left with a lot of questions at the end of this one: Did Lola testify against Marlow, thereby negating his right to possess the shares of the nursery? Did Mildred Kimber survive? Did she divorce Bob Kimber? What, if any, crime was he finally punished for? And, on a behind-the-scenes note, could this episode have inspired Raymond Burr's passion for raising orchids? Back to the show...despite the loose ends, no doubt due to the difficulty of compressing a novel into an hour, this is a fabulous episode, rich in action and clues, with Perry and Paul at their active legwork best and Della included all the way. Lots of interaction with the irresistible Lt. Tragg and the contentious Burger. Ah, the first few seasons! Submitted by JazzBaby, 7/1/2019.
+JazzBaby's comment about Raymond Burr's being an orchid fancier raised in my mind a fascinating question: What if the girthy, more sedentary Burr had assayed the role of Nero Wolfe, Rex Stout's famous detective/orchid fancier? The Maury Chaykin/Timothy Hutton TV series of the early 2000s probably gave us the definitive Wolfe/Archie Goodwin TV pairing, but Burr would certainly have been an interesting (earlier) choice for the part of Wolfe. Submitted by BobH, 10 July 2019.
I agree, this is a superior episode, mainly because of the fine performances by our female leads. Lola is one of my favorite characters in the series. I love the idea of Burr as Nero Wolfe, but my ‘dream team’ would have been Sydney Greenstreet as Wolfe and Dana Andrews as Goodwin. DOD 05/22/20