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This is the only time you hear the “romantic” version of the Perry Mason theme as Della drives Mason’s car up to the lake cabin he’s “roughing it” in. It comes equipped with three bathrooms and Paul Drake at the fridge. Submitted by Dedra Kaye, 3/21/08.
+ Not quite: we get a few notes of it in the next lakeside-set show, TCOT Half-Wakened Wife. Added by Notcom, 081516.
I remember William Boyett from his run (119 episodes) in the Adam-12 series as Sgt. MacDonald. Submitted by daveb, 8/28/09.
Perry literally strong-arms the elderly Belle Adrian. He grips her right arm, shakes her, and loudly asks her if she committed the murder. Afterward, he is gentle with her. At the end of the show, Perry tells Belle that he knew all along that she could never commit a murder. Submitted by MikeM, 10/7/2012
This is an unusually straightforward adaptation of the novel. Simplified, of course, to fit the allowed time, it features most of the same plot points with the same defendant, victim and murderer; and most of the characters have the same or similar names (Carla/Carlotta, e.g.) as in the novel, including Darwin Hale, George Lansing, Bert Elmore and even the gossiping Hazel (so why was Arthur changed to Mark?). Much of the dialogue in the courtroom comes from the novel as well. About the only differences were that in the novel Harvey Delano was also Carlotta/Carla's lawyer and Betsy Burris was described as "heavyweight" and having "waddled her way to the witness stand." Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 12/8/13.
Objection! This episode contains the first occurrence of the classic "That's irrelevant, incompetent, and immaterial!" objection. Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 3/16/2014.
Fingerprints played an important role in AM; "In 1882, Gilbert Thompson of the US Geological Survey in New Mexico used his own fingerprints on a document to prevent forgery. This is the 1st known use of fingerprints in the United States," the US Marshals website observes. Mike Bedard 3.30.15
Is this the Only case in which Perry says, "I'm sorry, ___" to the murderer after the cross-examination? Mike Bedard 3.31.15
The presence of Joan Weldon and Barbara Eden makes this one of the more pleasant PM viewing experiences, right up there with TCOT Envious Editor, #108 (with Barbara Lawrence and Sara Shane) and any episode that includes Lisa Gaye. Submitted by BobH, 27 January 2018.
Although thoroughly entertaining, this episode has amongst the least surprising resolutions: Bert is the next door neighbor and admits he wouldn't mind seeing the victim dead...but the audience is (perhaps) fooled by a clever ruse: when confronted, he just flat out lies !! Notcom 050517.