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#165: The Case of the
Polka Dot Pony
Original Airdate: 12/20/62
From The Perry Mason TV Show Book
When two girls lay claim to the same long-lost $200,000 trust fund, Perry must defend one of them for murdering a man who said he had evidence indicating the other girl was the rightful heir.
Starring Raymond Burr
in The Case of THE POLKA DOT PONY
Based upon characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner
Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman, Ray Collins
Directed by Jesse Hibbs
Written by Robert C. Dennis
Arthur Marks | Producer
Gail Patrick Jackson | Executive Producer
Jackson Gillis | Associate Producer
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
Wesley Lau as Lt. Anderson
Jesse White as Burt Renshaw
Virginia Field as Angela Renshaw Fernaldi
Burt Metcalfe as Richard Campion
Ben Cooper as James Grove
Vivi Janiss as Margaret MacDonald
Melinda Plowman as Maureen Thomas
Eilene Janssen as Maureen Franklin
Jonathan Hole as Edward Link
Byron Foulger as Pop--Leverett Thomas
John Warburton as Mr. Campion
Doris Packer as Mrs. Campion
Morris Ankrum as Judge
Freeman Lusk as Man
Vince Townsend, Jr. as Court Clerk
Director of Photography … Robert G. Hager
Art Direction … Lewis Creber
Assistant Director … Gordon A. 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
Properties … Ray Thompson
Production Sound Mixer … Herman Lewis
Script Supervision … Cosmo Genovese
Theme Composed by … Fred Steiner
Automobiles Supplied by … Ford Motor Company
Produced by the CBS Television Network in association with Paisano Productions
Goof: In an office scene near midway, Perry reads a newspaper, whose headline “Ranch Foremen Held in Beauty’s Death,” magically changes when he hands the paper to his client. See here. Submitted by Christopher Graul, 5/27/2005.
Dorris Packer makes her only appearance on Perry here playing Mrs. Campion. Dorris Packer was known as the principal, Mrs. Rayburn, of the grammar school that Beaver Cleaver attended. She was also the mother of Chatworth Osborne on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. Submitted by PaulDrake33, 9 September 2009.
Location: This episode features the Burbank Airport about 5 minutes in and you can see the exterior of the terminal and parking lot. I confirmed this with Les Copeland, president, of the Burbank Aviation Museum. Burbank Airport is now called Bob Hope Airport and has a slightly different facade. It is also featured in episodes #39, #99, #165, #220 and #258. Posted by Eric Cooper, 25 May 2010. Some pictures here.
Burt Metcalfe would go on to produce M*A*S*H. Submitted by gracep, 1/20/2011.
Lt. Tragg, played by Ray Collins, appears in the credits only. Submitted by gracep, 1/20/2011.
Sightings: A few favorite faces turn up in the courtroom today. Pencil Mustache Man lurks in the shadows in cutaways to the defendant. Distinguished Gentleman #1 peers over other spectators from the second row. Lastly, after a long absence and with a little more makeup than usual, Distinguished Lady #1 makes an appearance behind Mrs. Fernaldi. More here. Submitted by gracep, 1/20/2011.
Second consective show with an equine title. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 9 September 2009.
Sorry for being critical, but I have to say that the four episodes with Virginia Field, including this one, are amongst my least favorite Perry episodes. I don't understand why they kept asking her back--I just don't care for her acting! Ed Zoerner, 8/10/11