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#173: The Case of the
Golden Oranges
Original Airdate: 03/07/63

Summary Edit

From The Perry Mason TV Show Book (Revised)
Perry is back on the job, and it’s a dog day when he must defend Amos Keller’s mutt for biting Gerald Thornton. Later he defends Keller’s granddaughter for murdering Thornton. Fans of Spaghetti Westerns will recognize Lee Van Cleef, who played Ugly in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, as Edward Doyle in this episode.

Webmaster’s Note: Knowledgeable fans know that Lee Van Cleef was the Bad (aka "Angel Eyes") in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Eli Wallach was the Ugly. Thanks to Susan McNeel for pointing this out.

Credits Edit

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Opening

Starring Raymond Burr
in The Case of THE GOLDEN ORANGES
Based upon Characters Created by Erle Stanley Gardner
Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman, Ray Collins

Trailing

Directed by Arthur Marks
Written by Samuel Newman
Art Seid | 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

Cast

Arthur Hunnicutt as Amos Keller
Natalie Trundy as Sandra Keller
Erin O’Brien as Janis Carr
Allen Case as James Wheeler
Arch Johnson as Gerald Thornton
Mary Munday as Grace Doyle
Hugh Sanders as John Grimsby
Henry Norell as Courtney Osgood
Lee Van Cleef as Edward Doyle
Charles Irving as Judge Stanley
Vic Perrin as Assistant D.A. Rice
Nolan Leary as Judge Gray
Michael Fox as Coroner’s Physician
Wallace Rooney as Lab Technician
James Goodwin as Pound Attendant
Alex Bookston as Private Physician
Robert Rothwell as Earth Mover Operator

Uncredited Actors
Lee Miller as Sgt. Brice

Don Anderson as { Courtroom Spectator
Bailiff with Dog

Crew

“Perry Mason”
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

Perry Mason
Produced by the CBS Television Network in association with Paisano Productions

Trivia Edit

Natalie Trundy makes her first of two appearances here on Perry as Sandra Keller. Natalie Trundy was one of only two actors (Roddy McDowell being the other) who appeared in 4 of the 5 Planet of the Apes films. Ms. Trundy played both an ape and a human in the films, which her husband A. P. Jacobs produced. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 29 September 2009.

Uncredited Actors: Don Anderson does double duty again in this episode. He’s a spectator early in Sandra’s hearing, and then he plays the bailiff who holds the leash of the dog Hardtack near the end of the hearing. Submitted by FredK, 3 Nov 2010.

Character Names: For completeness, Arthur Hunnicutt’s character should have been listed as Amos Kenesaw Mountain Keller. Additionally, in the first scene, Thornton addresses the Earth Mover Operator as Brian or Bryant. Lastly, the Coroner’s Physician played by Michael Fox is likely the same Dr. Hoxie that has testified in earlier episodes. Submitted by g, 1/29/2011.

Sightings: Some of our favorite frequent faces break out in some very different roles today. Our “Miss Carmody” has a new job as banker Osgood’s secretary; we catch glimpses of her as Grimsby and later Thornton enter the office. (It is unclear whether the voiceover on the intercom is the same actress.) During the hearing about poor Hardtack the dog, Distinguished Gentleman #1 for the first time is a bailiff instead of a spectator in the courtroom. But then at Sandra’s hearing, he’s back in the gallery, along with Quiet Old Man #1 and Little Old Lady #1. Submitted by g, 1/29/2011.

Vic Perrin did many voiceovers for and appeared once on the original Star Trek TV series. Submitted by g, 1/29/2011.

For Amos Keller to have been a veteran of the Spanish-American War (a.k.a. the War of 1898), he would have had to have been 80 or 90 years old. The actor Arthur Hunnicutt was only in his fifties at the time. Submitted by g, 1/29/2011.

CARS. The new 1963 black-plates show up for the first time on some of the background cars in this episode (California completely replaced its vehicle licence plates in 1963, see here):

Background Cars in or near the parking lot at "Las Dugas & Sunset", 28:47 to 31:07. Paul, Perry & Sandra go there to meet Jim. Cars are all parked with noses facing away from the camera:

  • (a) Probable 1949 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible, top up (Screen Right at 28:47). Rear window panel is unfastened & open. The '63 BLACK-PLATE stands out against the car's white paint.
  • (b) 1959 DeSoto Station Wagon, rear plate not seen. Advertisement here, factory price for the 9-passenger model was $3508 (a 9-passenger Chevy Kingswood was $2852).
  • (c) Parked to rear of (b), closer to camera, a 1955-1958 Metropolitan (no side-window vent wings makes it 1955-58). The car has a '63 BLACK-PLATE on its rear-mounted spare.
  • (d) To Left of (b), an early '60s VolksWagen Beetle with 56-pattern yellow-plate.
  • (e) A 1955 Packard Clipper Super Panama (2-dr hardtop Sport Coupe, $2766) or Clipper Constellation ($3076), parked on the street just outside parking lot. The '63 BLACK-PLATE stands out against white rear end at 29:40. Priced about the same as a '55 Olds 98.
  • (f) White 1960 Valiant, 56-pattern yellow-plate (31:01), parked in driveway across the street.

It's reasonable to conclude that this episode was filmed in early January 1963 during a transition period in which the old 1956 yellow-plates and the new 1963 black-plates were both valid. This timing is consistent with filming taking place following Raymond Burr's December 1962 hospitalization and six to nine weeks prior to the Original Airdate. Added by Gary Woloski, 9/12/13.

Comments Edit

In yet another example in Perry Mason of an attractive young woman disregarding her personal safety, we see Janis Carr, clad only in a bathrobe, answer the door. Luckily for her it was only a leering Paul Drake. Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 11/13/2013.

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