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#116: The Case of the
Original Airdate: 03/25/61
From The Perry Mason TV Show Book
Plans to build a vacation resort go wrong when someone engineers the death of the developer. Perry is called on to defend the construction worker charged with the crime.
Starring Raymond Burr
in The Case of THE DIFFICULT DETOUR
Based Upon Characters Created By Erle Stanley Gardner
Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman, Ray Collins
Directed by John Peyser
Teleplay by Sy Salkowitz and Samuel Newman
Story by Sy Salkowitz
Art Seid | Producer
Gail Patrick Jackson | Executive Producer
Produced by The CBS Television Network in association with Paisano Productions
Jackson Gillis | Story Consultant
Raymond Burr as Perry Mason
Barbara Hale as Della Street
William Hopper as Paul Drake
William Talman as Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins as Lt. Tragg
Jeff York as Pete Mallory
Suzanne Lloyd as Sheila Benton
Jason Evers as Stuart Benton
Mort Mills as Sgt. Ben Landro
Lee Farr as Chet Stark
Joe di Reda as Phil Edwards
Neil Hamilton as Ames
Joan Camden as Miriam Ames
Bert Freed as Edward Parker
John Gallaudet as Reviewing Judge
S. John Launer as Judge
Mike Masters as Driver
Don Anderson as Bailiff (spotted by gracep 11/12/2010)
Production Supervisor … Dewey Starkey
Director of Photography … Frank Redman, A.S.C.
Art Direction … Lewis Creber
Assistant Director … Gordon Webb
Film Editor … John D. Faure
Casting … Harvey Clermont
Makeup … Irving Pringle
Hair Stylist … Annabell
Wardrobe Supervision … Ed McDermott, Evelyn Carruth
Set Decoration … Charles Q. Vassar
Sound Effects Editor … Gene Eliot, M.P.S.E.
Music Editor … Gene Feldman
Properties … Ray Thompson
Production Sound Mixer … Herman Lewis
Script Supervision … M.E.M. Gibsone
Sound … Glen Glenn Sound Co.
Titles and Opticals … Pacific Title
Construction Equipment Through Courtesy of Allis-Chalmers
Perry Mason \ A Film Presentation
A CBS Television Network Production
Anomaly: Bert Freed, listed as Parker, is really Parker. Posted by daveb, 12/20/2007.
Continuity Error: A bit of a blooper happens after Perry ticks off Sheila Barton on the stand. When we see Perry talk to Pete Mallory (York) about “blackmail” at his table, the wide shot showing Perry’s face reveals that York’s hair is parted, yet on the “reverse angle” York’s hair is combed straight back. Clearly both shots happened on different days. Posted by Kenmore, 12/14/2009.
Holy triple play! This makes the third appearance of 1960s Batman’s Commissioner Gordon—I mean Neil Hamilton. Submitted by gracep, 11/12/2010.
+...and isn't it interesting that this episode originally aired following TCOT the Bare-Faced Witness, in which Batman (Adam West) appeared. Submitted by Fifty-Niner on 13 July 2011.
Sightings: The Little Old Lady in a Hat and Quiet Old Man #2 sit in the back row of the courtroom gallery on the prosecution’s side. Distinguished Gentleman #1 and “Miss Carmody” both appear on the defense’s side. Read more about these favorite frequent faces and help us find more! Submitted by gracep 11/12/2010.
+ Quiet Old Man #1 can be seen briefly in a few shots seated on the other side of the Little Old Lady in a Hat in the back row. Submitted by daveb, 11/12/2010.
+ “Miss Carmody” looks unusually fetching even though she's a bit blurry (or maybe because she's a bit blurry!). Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 9/27/2013.
Character Names: Mr. Ames’ first name is Jim. Submitted by gracenote, 7/8/2011.
CARS. (1) circa 1952 Allis-Chalmers TS-200 Motor Scraper.
Telephone Number: The phone number (DU 2-0799) written on the phony survey map was used to call Eve Nesbitt's apartment in episode 113 TCOT Angry Dead Man. Submitted by H. Mason 11/8/14
Continuity Error: Perry is questioning Sheila Barton in her room. In an establishing wide shot, Perry is seated to our left, Sheila to our right and to her right is a representational painting of a horse, with curly mane flowing down towards our left side of the painting. Later, in two close-up shots of her profile still facing Perry off-screen to our left, Sheila stands and is framed against the painting. However, the horse's mane is seen flowing down the opposite side of the painting. In the following scenes after each close-up, the horse's mane flips back to its the original side. Posted by David E. Hurst, 3/30/2013.
+ Not an Error: There are actually two paintings, one the reverse of the other. One is on the wall above a dresser or desk (left mane) with statues on either side. The other painting (right mane) is above the headboard of the bed. We can see the corner of the frame and a line that goes down the wall to the left of the painting in close-ups as she sits on the bed. When she stands up we see the full painting with no statues and the same line that goes down the wall on the left of the painting. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 9/6/14.
This is the only PM appearance for Canadian-born Suzanne Lloyd. She is the mother of actress Tracey Bregman...MikeM. 9/9/2016
This is the first of five PM appearances for Lee Farr, whose actress wife Felicia Farr would later become Jack Lemmon's last wife...MikeM. 12/16/2016
Continuity: In the scene where Sheila Benton has a suitcase and is getting into her car the rear window is closed. However, when Perry sticks his head in to speak with her he puts his hand through the rear window. As she drives off the window is closed again. Submitted by Kilo 8/27/2017.
This is the second of four PM appearances for Bert Freed, who portrayed police lieutenant Columbo in a live television drama in 1960...MikeM. 9/15/2017
Joe di Reda appears here as Phil Edwards. Mr. di Reda should not be confused with Joe DeRita who played the part of Curly Joe in the Three Stooges movies of the 1960s. Mr. di Reda was much younger. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 3 September 2009.
This is the first of three appearances by Jeff York, who turns in a rather “angry” performance (though that’s what the character calls for). Submitted by Kenmore, 12/14/2009.
+ Mason was pretty rough on Phil Edwards on the stand, dredging up his poor military record and all. Not that circumstances didn't call for it... JohnK, 9 October 2015.
A year before this episode Suzanne Lloyd appeared in the classic The Twilight Zone episode "Perchance to Dream" as Maya, the carnival-dancing Cat Girl. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 9/6/14.
Another episode in which Della wears her monogrammed dress! Ed Zoerner, 5/22/2010.
This is yet another episode where the way they handle violence against women is terrible and perplexing. Sheila Benton comes staggering in, claiming her husband has beat her. She seems to be believed, but no one takes her to the hospital or gets a statement. Instead, the cop rushes her back to her husband! Submitted by gracep, 11/12/2010.
I don't think that Mort Mills gets enough credit for the fine job he does in his several episodes as Sgt. Landro. Plus, he has a great voice! Ed Zoerner, 1/18/14
Finish the job: At the end of the show the conversation seemed to indicate the construction project was going to continue. Would it still be called the Bentonville Park Estates, named after a murdered con man, or would they change it? Submitted by H. Mason 11/8/14
Deja View Estates might be a good name if - as H. Mason suggests (above) - the development is renamed, since the plot device (of a contractor being ruined by fraud) was used only seven episodes back. It seems curious that, so early in the series history, the writers would recycle parts of a storyline...or more precisely it seems sloppy that they would place them so close together; admittedly watching in syndication can place episodes a few nights apart that in reality were separated by 8-9 months, but here the original air dates were separated by a matter of weeks. Submitted by Notcom, 120915.