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#217: The Case of the
Nautical Knot
Original Airdate: 10/29/64

Summary Edit

From The Perry Mason TV Show Book (Revised)
Rick Scott runs a mining business that was turned over to him when his uncle Harvey went into retirement. But Rick, injured in an accident, has been out of touch lately, recuperating in Acapulco. Suddenly, Uncle Harvey wants to regain control of the company, and he wants Rick out of the way. That’s why Harvey is paying Rick’s nurse, Joanna, to keep him “occupied” in Mexico—a situation Joanna likes (although she denies it vehemently and never acts unprofessionally), because deep down she’s in love with Rick.

Rick’s brother tips him off that Harvey is up to something, and gets him to come back to Los Angeles by ship, with Joanna, for a stockholders’ meeting. The ship arrives, but Rick disappears. When Joanna lands in jail after finding Uncle Harvey dying of blows to the head, Perry must come to the rescue.

Credits Edit

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Starring Raymond Burr
Based upon characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner
Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman, Ray Collins


Directed by Jesse Hibbs
Written by Robert Leslie Bellem
Arthur Marks \ Art Seid | Producers
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

Music Composed and Conducted by Richard Shores
Music Supervision by Herschel Burke Gilbert


Tom Tully as Harvey Scott
Anne Whitfield as Joanna Monford
Lisa Gaye as Pamela Blair
Arline Judge as Emmalou Schneider
Henry Brandt as Rick Scott
Barbara Bain as Elayna Scott
Mark Roberts as Ben Scott
Whit Bissell as Laurence Barlow
Francis McDonald as Peg-Leg Jasper
Lane Bradford as Rider On Horseback
Renata Vanni as Rosa Martinez
Maurice Wells as Captain Vinson
Fern Barry as Esther Larson
Glen Vernon as Steward
Kenneth MacDonald as Judge
Thomas Hasson as Bellboy
Willis Robards as Banker

Uncredited Actors
Don Anderson as Door Bailiff


Director of Photography … John M. Nickolaus, Jr.
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 … George A. Rutter
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

Anomaly: Although listed as Emmalou Schneider, Arline Judge’s character is called Snyder. Submitted by gracenote, 4/6/2011.

Although credited, Ray Collins does not appear. Submitted by gracenote, 4/6/2011.

Sightings Several favorite frequent faces appear throughout the courtroom gallery during this episode’s hearing. Distinguished Gentleman #1 boasts an excellent seat in front. Quiet Old Man #1, inconspicuously seated in the back row, makes it into several cutaways. Little Old Lady #1, also in back, is visible in a cutaway to defendant and is as respectably dressed as ever. Submitted by gracenote, 4/6/2011.
+Before his courtroom appearance, Distinguished Gentleman #1 is seen on the Cruise ship and at the boat dock walking behind Harvey's taxi. We see Distinguished Lady #4 in court on the back row behind Burger. Submitted by BigBill767, 6/17/2016.

+This is old time movie actress Arline Judge's last screen appearance, even though she was only 52 at the time this was filmed and she lived 10 more years. Submitted by PaulDrake33. 5 January 2015.

Barbara Bain is best known for playing Cinnamon Carter on Mission: Impossible and also as Dr. Helena Russell on Space: 1999 where in both roles she starred with her real life husband Martin Landau. Submitted by HamBurger 9/24/2016.

Viewers will remember Whit Bissell as a regular on Bachelor Father and The Time Tunnel. Submitted by HamBurger 9/24/2016.

Murder Weapon: For at least the tenth time a person was killed with a fireplace poker (see episodes 12, 44, 72, 95, 104, 124, 170, 199 and 203). Submitted by H. Mason 4/9/15

Paul Drake on the Witness Stand: Paul had to testify again (see episodes 45, 77, 109, 167, 169 [mentioned - not shown] and 184 [coroner's hearing]). Submitted by H. Mason 4/9/15

This is the second of three PM appearances for Anne Whitfield, who would appear in four episodes of "Ironside"...MikeM. 1/30/2017

This is the second of two PM appearances for Tom Tully, who contracted a tropical disease while on a USO tour of South Vietnam and had a leg amputated due to the disease...MikeM. 2/5/2018

PM judge Kenneth MacDonald appeared on TCM today uncredited in the 1946 romantic comedy "Lady Luck" starring Barbara Hale and Robert Young...MikeM. 6/11/2018

Comments Edit

Richard Shores’ incidental music for this episode is especially entertaining and festive. Submitted by gracenote, 4/6/2011.

Wardrobe Incongruity In the opening scene, Joanna Monford, dressed in her nursing whites, walks across the patio and her hard-heeled shoes clatter against the floor. Her nurse's shoes should have been soft-soled. jfh 05Feb2018.

Poor Paul Drake found himself on the wrong end of a gun two times in this story. Submitted by H. Mason 4/9/15

Is it a rural California thing to greet everyone who comes to visit with a rifle or a shotgun? Submitted by gracenote, 4/6/2011.
+ It's a Lane Bradford thing, for sure. He played so many heavies it's a wonder his horse could hold him up! Submitted by catyron, June 19th, 2018

Rare event happens 39 minutes in. Perry doesn’t find a parking spot right in front of the courthouse and has to walk. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 18 August 2011.
It looks like Paul's T-Bird took Perry's regular spot.

 DOD 02/15/19

+ Another rare event in this episode: Burger calls Perry as a Witness for the Prosecution and the judge rules it permissible. This is an onerous day for Perry! Were the Halloween Spirits out early (aired Oct 29)? A nice touch: Burger concludes his examination of witness Mason with “Your witness, Mr. Mason.” Added by Gary Woloski, 1/18/12.
+ It was the second time Perry was on the witness stand (see episode 17 TCOT Sunbather's Diary). Mr. Burger tried to get Mr. Mason to testify two other times but Perry solved the murder before it happened (episodes 87 and 121). Added by H. Mason 4/9/15

PM reuses the same walk-in-to-the-courthouse footage (same location of cars, people, etc.) 3 episodes later, in #220 Tragic Trophy. But in TT Perry no longer has his white pocket handkerchief when he's inside the courtroom. Submitted by (lowercase, with a comma and period) masonite, 12/12/12.

Lucky Don Anderson gets to hold Lisa Gaye. Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 12/21/2013.
+ And he got paid for it, too. JohnK, 5 November 2015

Better than that, Rick Scott (played by the lucky Henry Brandt) got to dance with both Barbara Bain and Lisa Gaye. JohnK, 5 November 2015
++ The young double-shuffle: And helped Lisa to hold the shuffleboard cue while she was dressed in her body-hugging short short shorts. lowercase masonite, 4/13/16.

Priorities: Rick the swain and Joanna the swan, while playing musical chair on the deck of the cruise ship (13:09 onward of the 2012 Paramount DVD): "Joanna, will you please marry me?" "What?!" "I love you. (Rick glances off to the side.) I-I want you to be my wife, now." "Rick, what's the matter with you?" "Hold still, darn it. I'm proposing. Now, I know there's a lot to explain." "Please stop it. It-it's the wrong time of day for this..." "Marry me, Joanna!" "...Besides, I promised the ship's doctor I'd help with an operation tonight." lowercase masonite, 4/13/16.
+ "I promised the ship's doctor I'd help with an operation tonight" has to be craziest excuse i have ever heard. Submitted by catyron, June 19th, 2018

Carelessness: The usually careful Perry Mason touched the desk in the room where Harvey Scott was killed. Submitted by H. Mason 4/9/15

This is the first episode I recall where the murdered person had no negative personalities issues. The usual murder victim was despised by many. Submitted by Perry Baby 11/1/16.

" poor little fool!". Not exactly what a brand new bride would want to hear from her husband's co-worker. Submitted by GoGertie 2/5/2018

Given the frequency of fireplace pokers for murder weapons in PM episodes(as listed by H. Mason above), why? True in the novels also? Or, because it's the one weapon found next to every rich family's mansion's fireplace? Submitted by GoGertie 2/5/2018

I enjoyed seeing Francis McDonald as Peg-Leg Jasper -- he was a character actor in later years, but was a fine lead actor in the silent movie era. He always pleases me, no matter what kind of role he undertakes. Submitted by catyron, June 19th, 2018

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