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#136: The Case of the
Original Airdate: 12/09/61
From The Perry Mason TV Show Book
A journalist is murdered while tracking an ex-Nazi who may be posing as an executive at a company called Space Associates Ltd. Perry comes to the aid of an American ex-GI who is charged with the killing and is still suffering from his own “cowardly” past.
Starring Raymond Burr
in The Case of The RENEGADE REFUGEE
Based upon Characters Created by Erle Stanley Gardner
Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman, Ray Collins
Directed by Bernard L. Kowalski
Written by Samuel Newman
Art Seid | Producer
Gail Patrick Jackson | Executive Producer
Jackson Gillis | Associate Producer
Produced by The CBS Television Network in association with Paisano Productions
Samuel Newman | Story Consultant
Raymond Burr as Perry Mason
Barbara Hale as Della Street
William Hopper as Paul Drake
Wiliam Talman as Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins as Lt. Tragg
Frank Overton as Father Paul
Dick Foran as Harlan Merrill
Paul Lambert as Lawrence Vander
John Sutton as Clifton Barlow
Karl Held as David Gideon
Wesley Lau as Lt. Anderson
Ronald Long as Arthur Hennings
Jennifer Howard as Winifred Dunbrack
Donna Atwood as Phylis Merrill
Denver Pyle as Emery Fillmore
John Gallaudet as Judge
William Boyett as Buck Osborn
John Lormer as Autopsy Surgeon
Robert Nash as Colonel
Victor Izay as Mr. Jones
Jess Kirkpatrick as Lou Kouffman
Lee Miller as Sgt. Brice
Jo Summers as Miss Gibsone
Director of Photography … Robert G. Hager
Art Direction … Lewis Creber
Assistant Director … Robert G. Stone
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
Properties … Ray Thompson
Production Sound Mixer … Herman Lewis
Script Supervision … M.E.M. Gibsone
Sound … Glen Glenn Sound Co.
Automobiles Supplied by … Ford Motor Company
Titles and Opticals … Pacific Title
Perry Mason \ A Film Presentation
A CBS Television Network Production
Location: Serra Retreat. One of the amazing things about Perry Mason is they don’t disguise location. This episode set at a retreat in a Francisan Order is in fact an actual Francisan Order in Malibu that does offer retreats. The 50-room mansion was first built by the Rindge Family in the 1920s. The Rindges owned all of Malibu at one time but got in costly lawsuits with the government and railroads over access through their property. Consequently they ran out of money and were never able to complete the structure, selling it to the Francisan Order in 1942. Serra Retreat as it is now known is closed on weekends but you can visit it for free during the week. Access is off of Pacific Coast Highway. There is a guard gate but if you tell them you are going to Serra Retreat they will let you through. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 8/13/2009. Edited by gracep, 12/1/2010.
+ The Rindges were also known for their Adohr Farms Dairy in Encino (Adohr is Rhoda Rindge’s first name backwards) and their world famous Malibu tiles. Rhoda Rindges’ home called the Adamson House is on the beach directly across from the entrance to Serra Retreat. It is now a historical landmark and well worth the $5 docent tour. Posted by Eric Cooper, August 13, 2009.
For the seventh time, Karl Held appears as dapper young David Gideon, law student and sometime assistant to Perry Mason and Paul Drake (and Della Street, come to that). He has two more appearances left. Submitted by gracep, 12/1/2010.
+ Seven appearances and he still calls Perry "Mr. Mason"; even allowing for the greater emphasis given to "respecting your elders - as well as your boss !! - at the time, this episode has element of formality that makes it seem stiff. Notcom, 011417.
Here we have yet another episode in which Lt. Tragg (Ray Collins) is credited but does not appear. Good thing Lt. Anderson is around. Submitted by gracep, 12/1/2010.
Sightings: In the courtroom gallery, behind Osborn and Winifred Dunbrack on the prosecutor’s side, “Miss Carmody” and Quiet Old Man #1 sit together. On the second day of the hearing, the priest comes in and sits next to our taciturn friend. “Sasha Magaloff” is on the front row on Perry’s side. Little Old Lady #1 also shows her demure face in the gallery. Submitted by gracep, 12/9/2010.
+ The Pencil Mustache Man sits in the gallery, too, and visibly reacts to the testimony. Submitted by gracenote, 7/13/2011.
Wrong Number: When David called Perry's office the sound effects didn't match Perry's number (Madison 5-1190). Submitted by H. Mason 11/15/14
Half Over (or is it half to come??) as determined by the Episodes listing on this site, this show represent the exact mid-point of the series. Submitted by Notcom, 122115.
This is the only credited acting role for Donna Atwood, who was an accomplished ice skater...MikeM. 10/7/2016
This was the only PM appearance for Jo Summers, who was an uncredited slave girl in the movie Spartacus...MikeM. 1/13/2017
Is it just me, or is Burr (Mason) reading his lines from the paper in his hand while he questions Emery Fillmore (Denver Pyle)? Submitted by gracep, 12/9/2010.
+ It could have been from last minute script changes. On DVD extras from the original Battlestar Galactica TV show a clip was shown with an actor reading his (unseen) script taped to a column because it had just been given to him. Added by H. Mason 11/15/14 //
The Battle of the Bulge (Dec. 16, 1944 -January 28, 1945) involved nearly 1 Million soldiers & resulted in 67,000 US & 100,000 German casualties [National WWII Museum website]. Ironically, the crucial battle began the Same Day Ike got his 5th Star. Mike Bedard 7.8.16. //
Scientists like Werner von Braun worked on Germany's V[engeance]1 & V2 Rocket programs before working for the US Space Program. Several were suspected of being dedicated NAZIs & at least 1 was later deported. Mike Bedard 7.8.16.