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#197: The Case of the
Original Airdate: 01/23/64
From The Perry Mason TV Show Book (Revised)
After her older brother Rodney is charged with embezzling company funds, Nancy Banks tries to help him. She just can’t believe that Rodney would risk everything to gamble on the ponies as he was accused of doing. Nancy’s faith in her brother backfires when she’s implicated in a murder.
Starring Raymond Burr
in Erle Stanley Gardner’s
The Case of THE ICE-COLD HANDS
Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman, Ray Collins
Directed by Jesse Hibbs
Teleplay by Jackson Gillis
Artur Marks \ 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
William Talman as Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins as Lt. Tragg
Wesley Lau as Lt. Anderson
Joyce Bulifant as Nancy Banks
Dick Davalos as Rodney Banks
Lisabeth Hush as Lorraine Lawton
Dabbs Greer as Larsen Halstead
Arch Johnson as Marvin Fremont
Phyllis Coates as Inez Fremont
Paul Bryar as Burdett
John Goddard as Sgt. McClanahan
Henry Norell as Jarvis Nettle Gilmore
Willis Bouchey as Judge
Art Lewis as Man
Alex Bookston as Court Reporter
Lee Miller as Sgt. Brice
Dorothy Edwards as Juror
Charles Stroud as Court Clerk
Jack Crowder as Officer
Director of Photography … Howard Schwartz, A.S.C.
Art Direction … Lewis Creber
Assistant Director … Robert G. Stone
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 … Carl Biddiscombe
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 radio broadcast of the horse race is called by Jim Healy, who, while not credited for the part, does actually announce “this is Jim Healy.” Mr. Healy was a well known radio and television sports personality in the Los Angeles area for 30+ years. Submitted by D. A. Supernaw, 2/24/2005.
The radio broadcast of the horse race has "Turkish Dream" finishing third. The next day when Perry and Della return to the track, the P.A. announcer in the background gives "Turkish Dream" as one of the entrants. Thoroughbred horses rarely race more than once every two weeks. Submmitted by Teejay 6/14/2012
Burger presented a list of serial numbers of the $20 bills in the theft case. On the stand he had the detective Sgt. McClanahan & Rodney Banks compare the last number on the list to the $20 he handed them. If you look closely you’ll notice someone has pasted on 2 new serial numbers on the $20 bill .... K 0 0 4 9 _ _ _ _ A. The line of numbers on those 2 places are lighter paper than the rest of the bill. Submitted by Daniel Jones, 12/27/2007.
+ The serial numbers on the bill are K00460975A. They definitely appear to have been pasted on. Both numbers show the “border lines” one would expect from the thickness of the stick-on. Quick picture here (use browser’s back function to return). Submitted by daveb, 1/11/2011.
+ Had they wished to be a little more authentic, the writer and the props crew could have begun the serial number with the letter "L" to match the Federal Reserve District bank which issued the bill. The district seal can be seen in the close-up, showing the letter "L" corresponding to the San Francisco Federal Reserve district. If you could read the writing in the round seal surrounding the "L," it would identify the San Francisco Federal Reserve bank. The number "12" seen in four corners of the inner space also refer to San Francisco ("L" is the 12th letter). Letter "K" corresponds to the Dallas district (which should likewise show "K" in the district seal, and the number "11" in its corners). The redesign in 1996 changed some of these features for newer bills. Submitted by alan_sings, 1/1/2012.
One more time: Ray Collins billed as Lt. Tragg, but a no-show. Submitted by gracenote, 3/5/2011.
Sightings: At the racetrack, Distinguished Gentleman #1 might walk behind the angry Marvin Fremont as he yells at Perry. Then he walks a few seconds later behind Sgt. McClanahan, and then again (but this time with an escort) just before leaves the confrontation. But he definitely shows up at trial, along with Quiet Old Man #1. Submitted by gracenote, 3/5/2011.
Robert Wegner looks only a bit less scowling at his promotion from his usual bailiff to Burger's No. 2 in this episode. Submitted by FredK 3Feb12.
Hard to believe, but the beautiful Joyce Bulifant later played Murray Slaughter’s wife in the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Submitted by cgraul, 7/12/2011.
Halstead and Paul have a rare extended conversation in Della’s office. Note the oddly empty bookcase we usually see only in quick glimpses when Della enters and exits Mason’s office. Submitted by cgraul, 10/13/2011.
Hamilton Burger delivers one of the few opening statements in this show (this might be the only one). This is rare because of (a) time, (b) money to pay more extras, and (c) the show (and books) rarely used juries, as Perry usually revealed the murderer at a preliminary hearing (also called “probable cause” hearing). Submitted by cgraul, 10/13/2011.
Nancy Banks' beautiful soft-top convertible is a 1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Sunliner. She has the (white?) top down. We get a good look at the car as Nancy arrives at the Valley Trout Farm ("Tackle & Bait Furnished - Open 10AM to 8PM Daily").
Submitted by Gary Woloski, 30 Dec 2011.
The Valley Trout Farm that Nancy Banks works at in this episode actually did exist in the San Fernando Valley. It's the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City on Ventura Blvd near Laurel Canyon. I fished there myself as a kid and boy was it exciting. The fishing portion is gone now but the Lodge and Hotel remain. Here is the history currently on the Sportsman's Lodge web site: “The Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel has been a landmark since it opened in 1962. Adjacent to the original Sportsmen’s Lodge, a restaurant and trout-fishing lake where families and celebrities such as Clark Gable came to catch and eat their own dinners, cooked courtesy of the lodge. As the San Fernando Valley evolved, Studio City sprung up around the hotel and historic Trout Lakes. Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel has preserved its country charm and appeal to celebrities looking for a low-key atmosphere. Robert Kennedy stayed on the fifth floor at the Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel the night before his assassination. On the walls of our café, you’ll find many movie posters signed by Hollywood cowboys who stayed here. And, many a musician has been found improvising by the pool over the years as well. The Sportsmen’s Lodge truly is a quiet legend that represents the history of the entertainment industry’s roots.” The Sportsman’s Lodge is actually not too far from the Beverly Garland Hotel, which has the same vibe and whose former owner Beverly Garland, appeared in a 1960 Perry Mason episode. Added by Eric Cooper, 6/23/2009.
In a dramatic moment, Perry Mason warns someone to “get the shrewdest lawyer in town.” Well, if that isn’t Mason himself, who could it be? Submitted by gracenote, 8/9/2011.
I'm impressed with Della's math skills. Submitted by DellaFan, 12/3/2013.
This episode has one of my all-time favorite scenes in Perry Mason! Every time I see that witness on the stand, upon being given immunity, promptly confessing to the murder, I laugh out loud! D.A. Burger has the right note of incredulity and exasperation! Very well done! I enjoyed it in the book too. Submitted by DyNama, 3/5/2014.
The dialog in that scene says that granting immunity was a new-fangled practice of prosecutors. I'd like to find out more of the history of granting immunity. The book was published in 1962 so it was contemporary with this episode. That may explain why Mr. Burger didn't know what was going to happen. Submitted by DyNama, 3/5/2014.