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#125: The Case of the
Original Airdate: 09/16/61
From The Perry Mason TV Show Book
Wesley Lau, who would later go on to play a starring role as Lt. Anderson in the Mason series, plays Amory Fallon, a paint manufacturer who suspects his partner of embezzling from his company and sleeping with his wife.
When Fallon decides to confront his partner he makes the mistake of drinking too much beforehand. He passes out near the guy's apartment, and when he comes to, his partner is dead. Faced with a murder charge, not to mention a hangover, Fallon retains Perry.
Starring Raymond Burr
in The Case of THE IMPATIENT PARTNER
Based upon Characters Created by Erle Stanley Gardner
Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman, Ray Collins
Directed by Arthur Marks
Written by Adrian Gendot
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
Ben Cooper as Frank Wells
Leslie Parrish as Vivian Ames
Wesley Lau as Amory Fallon
Lucy Prentis as Edith Fallon
Peter Adams as Ned Thompson
Mary Young as Mrs. Murdock
Cheerio Meredith as Mrs. Temple
Jack Betts as Bert Nickols
Dan Seymour as Carlos Silva
Chet Stratton as Charles Grant
Barney Biro as Judge
Charles Stroud as Court Clerk
Paula Courtland as Margo
Production Supervisor … Dewey Starkey
Director of Photography … Robert G. Hager
Art Direction … Lewis Creber
Assistant Director … Robert G. Stone
Film Editor … Richard H. Cahoon, A.C.E.
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
Perry Mason \ A Film Presentation
A CBS Television Network Production
Cheerio Meredith makes her only appearance on Perry Mason in this episode playing Mrs. Temple. Cheerio Meredith began serious acting at the age of 65 and is best known for playing Emma Brand on The Andy Griffith Show. Submitted by PaulDrake33, 3/6/2009.
Sightings: A trio of regulars makes an appearence in this episode. As Hamilton Burger has Mr. Grant on the stand, we can see the Distinguished Gentleman #1 sitting next to the guard by the main entrance. And a subsequent close-up of Bert Nichols looking on shows both Pencil Mustache Man and Little Old Lady #1 sitting behind him. Submitted by Kenmore, 9/12/2010.
+ Quiet Old Man #2 is also in the gallery on the defendant’s side, while “Miss Carmody” and “Sasha Magaloff” are sitting together on the prosecutor’s side. The elusive Distinguished Lady #1 also appears on the prosecutor’s side in some shots (but not others), along with Little Old Lady #2. Quite a collection of favorites from the Who Is That? page! Submitted by gracep, 11/22/2010.
+ Distinguished Gentleman #1 makes an even earlier appearance. At then end of the workday, as Bert Nickels comes out of Fallon Paints, the Gentleman, sporting a hat, scurries down the stairs behind him—obviously anxious to get home. Submitted by gracenote, 6/3/2011.
Location: About 4:15 minutes into the episode Paul pulls his convertible around to Fallon Paints. What he is actually doing is driving around the studio where Perry Mason is being shot. In reality, Paul enters the scene from 1000 N. Seward and hangs a right onto 6600 Romaine. If you compare the Google street view to the episode you will see the exact same windows, 4 grooves in cement between the windows. You can even see the exact window pattern on the Seward Street building behind him that has the giveaway “Studio” signage. The square block Hollywood Center Studio still exists, and its history is covered in other episodes on this wonderful website. Lastly, the tarp over the building by the entrance was probably to cover studio signage they couldn’t remove. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 20 May 2011.
Character Names: We learn early on that Mrs. Temple’s first name is Agnes. Submitted by gracenote, 6/3/2011.
Uncredited Actors: When Ray Collins answers the door at the crime scene, Sgt. Brice (Lee Miller) and a uniformed police officer (Robert Wegner) are busily working and conferring in the background. Submitted by gracenote, 6/3/2011.
CARS. (1) Paul's black 1961 Thunderbird Convertible, top down.
Background Cars: (a) 1957 Dodge Sierra 4-Door Station Wagon, light color w/ roof rack. Parked, seen as Paul arrives at Fallon Paints on his 1st visit (see "Location" entry above).
The appearance of current-year Buicks continues again here in Season 5; PM's use of the latest Buicks started in Ep#70, (1st ep of Season 3, aired 10/03/59). Added by Gary Woloski, 1/4/13.
Arthur Marks, perhaps to give himself some variety in directing a fairly formulaic show, gave us some nice camerawork here. There is a wide shot of Paul's office (perhaps the most inclusive of the series). Note especially the overhead and moving crane shots in the courtroom. See also the nice closeup on Mason as he makes the final turn to confront the killer. The final reveal is a bit of an overly-dramatic reading for the character, but overall this is a nice show to view. cgraul 7.23.12