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#121: The Case of the
Original Airdate: 05/20/61
This is one bizarre episode in that we never see the victim, nor do we meet one of the prime suspects. Posted by Kenmore, 12/14/2009.
+Also in episode #1, TCOT Restless Redhead, murder victim Harry Merrill aka Lester Gladden was never shown. Added by H. Mason 11/10/14
Fans of early TV will recognize Walter Kinsella as Happy McMann, proprietor of the tobacco shop frequented by Martin Kane, Private Eye. Submitted by francis, 4/19/12.
Although he's frequently offered or handed beverages, this is one of the very few times Mason is seen actually drinking one; in this episode he enjoys a highball with Della. Submitted by francis, 4/19/12.
Paul's convertibles sure are snazzy, but it seems strange he would sit in a convertible, with the top down, in plain sight of everyone, while conducting an undercover operation (in this episode, staking out the Gilman house). Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 10/3/2013.
Willis Bouchey really chews up the scenery in this episode as the Judge. He looks and sounds like he should be on the Supreme Court! He is my favorite Perry Mason judge. Submitted by 65tosspwertrap, 10/3/2013.
Don Dubbins' character, Hartley Elliot, says "I refuse to answer" repeatedly on the witness stand. In episode 168, TCOT Prankish Professor, once again his character says "I refuse to answer" on the witness stand. Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 11/9/2013.
Indeed, as noted above, not only do we never see (1) the victim, Vera Martell, but we also do not see many of the other people involved in the convoluted plot: (2) Stephen Barlow, (3) Phyllis Monroe, (4) G.W. Monroe, and (5) Joe Yemen (who might possibly have changed his name to G.W. Monroe). And poor Muriell has little to do, other than to provide one more duplicate daughter. Submitted by Fifty-Niner on 11 August 2011.
And, adding to the bizarreness mentioned above, the shot of the revealed killer's grasping, clutching hands. They seem to float, disembodied in space against a black background - wonder if they actually belonged to the actor who played that role? Submitted by MikeReese, 11/22/2013.