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#192: The Case of the
Original Airdate: 12/12/63
From The Perry Mason TV Show Book (Revised)
Rod Cameron stars as Grover Johnson, a man who managed to talk his beautiful new bride, Eula, into living with him on a barren 1,000-acre desert spread. Trouble is, Eula hates it. When a wealthy Texan (played by Alan Hale of Giligan’s Island) shows up and offers Grover four times what the property is worth, he takes the bait and signs it away. Little does he know that his lovely wife is behind an elaborate swindle, and that the Texan will soon die with his dental bridge—if not his boots—on.
The scam goes awry, however, when Eula is killed and Grover is charged with the homicide.
Starring Raymond Burr
in The Case of THE BOUNCING BOOMERANG
Based upon characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner
Barbara Hale, William Hopper, Ray Collins
Directed by Jesse Hibbs
Written by Arthur Orloff
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
Ray Collins as Lt. Tragg
Rod Cameron as Grover Johnson
Diana Millay as Eula Johnson
Paul Picerni as Walter Jefferies
Parley Baer as Willard Hupp
Berkeley Harris as Les Gilpin
Wright King as Sidney Weplo
Alan Hale as Nelson Barclift
John Pickard as Sheriff
Ed Peck as Prosecutor
Nelson Olmsted as Doctor Lewis
Frederic Downs as Judge
Ralph Moody as Mr. Morgan
Director of Photography … Howard Schwartz, A.C.E.
Art Direction … Lewis Creber
Assistant Director … Gordon A. Webb
Film Editor … Al Clark, A.C.E
Casting … Harvey Clermont
Makeup … Irving Pringle
Hair Stylist … Annabell
Wardrobe Supervision … Ed McDermott, Evelyn Carruth
Set Decoration … Carl Biddscombe
Properties … Ray Thompson
Production Sound Mixer … Herman Lewis
Script Supervision … Marshall Schlom
Theme Composed by … Fred Steiner
Automobiles Supplied by … Ford Motor Company
Produced by the CBS Television Network in association with Paisano Productions
The latter part of the opening scene of the car driving to the ranch is also used in #248, TCOT Hasty Honeymooner. See here. Submitted by Adam Kamil, 8/2/2007
+ The car in the opening scene of this ep#192 is a 1955 Chevrolet. It is immediately distinguishable from the '56 Chev by the grill and the body side chrome. Contrast with the still post-war styling of the '53/'54 Chev. The minimal chrome trim and one-colour paint-job indicate that the car is not the premium "Bel Air" model (Starting 1953, Chevrolet had three model lines: 150 [no-frills], 210 [mid-price] and Bel Air). The 150 was so no-frills that many "basic" features on it were extra-cost options, including side-mirrors. A dealer or owner-installed side-mirror on this car could explain the mirror-position-anomaly pointed out by G Delozier in the Ep#248 Trivia. A good description of the car would be "1955 Chevrolet Model 150 2-door Sedan". Submitted by Gary Woloski, 12 Dec 2011.
+ At one point, Eula (Diana Millay) and Willard (Parley Baer) go out to the Chevy for a ride. Eula drives. Maybe it's just me, but does she have trouble getting the car moving? Since this is a base model, it may have "three on a tree" ( 3 speed column mount manual transmission). Perhaps Diana Millay wasn't too proficient in driving standards. If you look closely at the stripped down, 1950's Fords and Chevvies used in the various episodes,(taxicabs etc), many have 3 speed manuals. Submitted by Bill-W2XOY on 08/13/2013.
+ Speaking of cars, apparently the show's producers weren't crazy about sending the nice '62 Lincoln Continental driven by that "Texas millionaire" over the cliff; in that shot, a plain, older Ford was substituted for the fiery plunge. Submitted by Francis, 8 January 2013.
Location: The exteriors are of Upper Iverson Ranch in Chatsworth. About 17 minutes into the episode Eula and Nelson drive up to a cabin. That is the same cabin used in Episode #88. It was also used in the movie Tennessee Partner starring Ronald Reagan. Submitted by Eric Cooper 6 July 2010. More about the cabin can be found here.
When Eula (Diana Millay) checks with Barclift (Alan Hale) about having his bridgework done, Hale puts a hand to his right lower jaw near the back teeth and complains about how big it feels. Yet when Paul Drake inquires with Dr. Lewis (Nelson Ohlmstead) about the bridge, the dentist touches his upper jaw just to the left of center. In the one shot we see of the spare bridge, the tooth looks fairly large, more like one from the location Hale indicated. Submitted by FredK 4Nov2012
Barclift mentions adding his “John Henry” to the last document he had to sign, but he really means his “John Hancock.” John Hancock was the president of the Continental Congress, and he signed the Declaration first and in the biggest hand. John Henry was a steel-drivin’ man, who competed against a steam drill and won, and then (as the song goes) he laid down his hammer, and he died (Lord, Lord). Submitted by gracenote, 2/28/2011.