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#149: The Case of the
Original Airdate: 04/14/62
From The Perry Mason TV Show Book
Perry and Della return to the office after dinner to finish up some work and are startled to find a four-week-old baby boy in a basket on Perry's desk. Perry perceives someone to be in trouble, since he doesn't believe in storks.
Before long, the alleged mother shows up, with a trail of trouble behind her. She is arrested for murder, but not before Perry finds out that this little baby that he and Della have been caring for may be the heir to the vast Kerrick fortune.
Starring Raymond Burr
in The Case of The Borrowed Baby
Based upon Characters Created by Erle Stanley Gardner
Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman, Ray Collins
Directed by Arthur Marks
Written by Jonathan Latimer
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
Hugh Marlowe as Jarvis Baker
Maria Palmer as Florence Wood
Corey Allen as Lester Menke
Nellie Burt as Mrs. Holly Cosgrove
Kaye Elhardt as Ginny Talbot
Gregory Morton as Dr. Paul Hogathy
Sara Taft as Mrs. Leander Kerrick
Joan Petrone as Lenora Graves
El Brendel as Court Manager
Charles Thompson as Antique Car Man
Kenneth MacDonald as Judge
Ed Stoddard as Gun Clerk
Lee Miller as Sgt. Brice
Charles Stroud as Court Clerk
Director of Photography … Robert G. Hager
Art Direction … Lewis Creber
Assistant Director … Gordon Webb
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
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 by … Pacific Title
Perry Mason \ A Film Presentation
A CBS Television Network Production
Charles Thompson makes his only Perry appearance here playing the car man. Mr. Thompson was unique in that he was almost 60 years old before he ever began acting. Most people best remember Mr. Thompson as Asa Breeney, the inept security guard on The Andy Griffith Show. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 2 September 2009.
Yet another triumphant appearance by Della’s monogrammed dress! It does seem to fit a bit more snugly each time, though. Submitted by Ed Zoerner, 7/9/2010.
Location: The brick stairs seen when Perry has a chat with Lester Menke are also seen in the Magic Donut scene in #101, “TCOT Wandering Widow.” Submitted by daveb, 12/29/2010.
Della serves coffee to Perry and Paul at her temporary quarters using the Curious Coffee Set. Submitted by daveb, 12/30/2010.
Character Names: The first name of Mrs. Leander Kerrick is Dolly. The Antique Car Man is Mr. Barry.
Submitted by gracep, 1/3/2011.
Although credited, Ray Collins does not appear as Arthur Tragg. Submitted by gracep, 1/3/2011.
Sightings: Distinguished Gentleman #1, sporting glasses, sits in the back row of the courtroom gallery, while “Miss Carmody” sits on the front. Read more about these two and the other recurring spectators. Submitted by gracep, 1/3/2011.
Goof: When Perry leaves upon the conclusion of his discussion with Mrs. Kerrick, he asks for the medallion back and clearly takes it with him. Yet shortly after, Mrs. Kerrick has the medallion when she visits Della! Submitted by Ed Zoerner, 7/16/2011.
+ Correction: When the scene concludes outside the house, and Perry has had Paul follow Menke, Mr. Baker and the secretary exit the house and get into a car and leave—watched by Perry. He then gets another idea an climbs the stairs to re-enter the house, presumably to talk again with Mrs. Kerrick. It is then that he would have ostensibly given her back the medal. Posted by dwhite, 12/3/2011.
The ultraviolet lamp used by Perry looks very much like the “Black-Ray” from a previous episode, namely #114, TCOT Blind-Man’s Bluff. Submitted by gracenote, 7/20/2011.
Someone please correct me if I am wrong. This episode has the only final wrap where Della cries at the end. Submitted by Mason Jar, 7/28/2011.
Della’s Baby Formula: I have made baby formula with Carnation evaporated milk and corn syrup thinned with water. This formula could be 13oz. evaporated milk, 19 oz. water and 2 T. corn syrup. Anything for Baby is sterilized, especially the water. The water is boiled then cooled to eliminate bacteria, then added to the milk. That explains the excessive proportion of water to milk, to allow for the several ounces of evaporation. Submitted by DesignDeb via the Perry Mason Yahoo Group, 6/25/13.
Location: Opening street scene you can see Beefeaters Inn which is long gone. It was at 170 North La Cienega in Beverly Hills. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 19 December 2011.
At 3:49 on the DVD you can see in the far upper left corner the shadow from a studio light quickly appear and then be pulled away. Submitted by Exquisite Decay, 11 January 2013
Set Design Error: starting at 22:28 on the DVD to the left of the front door there is a mail slot in the outside wall. After Della opens the front door and the camera cuts to the interior shot, there is no corresponding mail slot next to the door on the interior of the wall. Submitted by Exquisite Decay, 11 January 2013
Anomaly: Did anyone else notice that the supposed date on which Leander Jr. died, as spoken by Lenora Graves and as written in the sanatorium record book, was February 29, which did not occur in 1962 or even in 1961? It seems there were even more lies in this plot than were revealed during the episode. Submitted by 10yearoldfan, 5 Aug 2013.
It's for you, Mr. Mason: Paul and Perry are consulting Mr. Berry in his antique-car garage when the old gentleman fields a call for "Mr. Raisin" from his secretary. Submitted by francis, 10/31/14.
Brent Building: In this story we learned the name of another tenant. Mrs. Cosgrove said she had been cleaning Crespo and Company. Submitted by H. Mason 12/8/14
This is the first of two PM appearances for Joan Petrone, who went to Europe and Japan with the USO shortly after the end of World War II....MIkeM. 10/26/2016
This is the first of two PM appearances for Maria Palmer, who was born in Vienna and passed in Los Angeles...MikeM. 2/1/2017
It’s curious that Perry recognized an antique electric car when he saw one, especially now that electric cars are making a comeback! There was a recent film about the old electric cars and their demise. Find out Who Killed the Electric Car? here or here.
That is the BIGGEST four week old baby I've ever seen ... times have changed, it's more likely that a baby closer to that real age could be used in a tv show. MikeReese
+ I agree. That might have been a summary error, though. In one scene the baby's mother refers to "those months" since the birth. Submitted by francis, 10/31/14.
Sign of the times: Perry, Della and baby, and Paul travelling in the front bench seat of Perry's car. Front bench seat? Baby riding in front? in the lap of its caregiver? jfh 26Oct2016
Della is the star of this show. In many episodes Della is mainly (delightful) window dressing, but this episode shows us just how indispensable she can be. Imagine how foolish Perry and Paul would have felt if they had been unable to decipher the baby formula--something Della knew immediately--only to eventually find out what it really was. Plus she took care of Leander. Submitted by DellaFan, 10/24/2013.
I really feel for Della at the end when she cries. There she is, pushing forty, unmarried, childless, biological clock tick-tick-ticking away, a famous, successful lawyer--her boss!--in her sights, and she can't reel him in! Submitted by DellaFan, 10/24/2013.
+ I would love to be the solution to her problem! Submitted by DellaFan, 10/24/2013.
+Della has no problem. She's intelligent, lovely, and has an exciting career. The choices she makes are her own. jfh 01Feb2017.
For the first time we got to see the hallway just outside of Perry's office. Unless there was a major remodel job the suite of Ajax Mining & Development Corporation (from episode 68 TCOT Dubious Bridegroom) couldn't have been next to suite 904. Submitted by H. Mason 12/8/14
As noted by MikeM yesterday, METV preempted their normal schedule to show an episode "remembering" Barbara Hale, who died last week; ironically, they could have simply waited a day and used this episode, probably the most Della-cetric of the series...the honoring part, of course, would have been showing it unedited, and not deleting her big scene (ARGH!!!). Proffered by Notcom, 020217.