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#225: The Case of the
Ruinous Road
Original Airdate: 12/31/64

Summary Edit

From The Perry Mason TV Show Book
When a land development plan goes sour, Perry is called in to defend engineer Adam Conrad, who is accused of murdering his boss in an old house that has something very sinister buried underneath it.

Credits Edit

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Opening

Starring Raymond Burr
in The Case of THE RUINOUS ROAD
Based upon characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner
Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman, Ray Collins

Trailing

Directed by Jesse Hibbs
Written by Robert & Esther Mitchell
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 by Richard Shores
Music Supervision by Herschel Burke Gilbert

Cast

Grant Williams as Quincy Davis
Barton MacLane as Archer Osmond
Joan Blackman as Hilary Gray
Allen Case as Adam Conrad
John Howard as Harley Leonard
Meg Wyllie as Marguerite Keith
Les Tremayne as Ed Pierce
Bert Freed as Joe Marshall
Willis Bouchey as Judge
Frankie Darro as Messenger
Patricia Joyce as Secretary

Uncredited Actors
Don Anderson as Police Officer

Crew

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 Marshall Schlom
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

Uncredited Actors: Don Anderson appears in one of his most familiar roles, a non-speaking uniformed policeman. As usual, we do not hear his reply. Submitted by FredK, 16 Nov 2010. Hallelujah! We finally see African-Americans in the courtroom gallery!!! And more than one!Welshwoman 01/15/15.
+Don also appears in court in the back row behind Perry. Submitted by BigBill767, 6/17/2016.
Sightings: Three regulars make an appearance in the courtroom gallery: a pensive Pencil Mustache Man, a passive Quiet Old Man (#1), and an inscrutable Little Old Lady in a Hat. Read more about these recurring spectators. Submitted by gracenote, 4/17/2010.

Although credited, Lt. Tragg (Ray Collins) does not appear. Submitted by gracenote, 4/17/2010.

Meg Wyllie appeared in 4 Perrys: 2 with the same surname, Mrs. Margaret STONE, "Stand-In Sister" & Ninevah STONE, "Nebulous Nephew" [IMDb]. Mike Bedard 3.16.15.

+To me this was one of the easiest cases for viewers to solve. The look on Adam Conrad's face when Hilary Gray told him the house was about to be moved just gave the game away right there. Submitted by PaulDrake 33. 1/15/15.

Although Jesse Hibbs did not come on board to PM until late in the 1961-62 season, he more than anyone established the no-nonsense, no-frills directorial style with which we are familiar with the show, directing over 40 episodes over the last 4 years and being given the honor of directing the final episode, TCOT Final Fade-Out. cgraul 11.23.11

The Curious Coffee Set A cup from The Curious Coffee Set appears at Ms. Keith's Manzana House. jfh 09Feb2017.

When Perry visits Adam and his girlfriend in Adam's apartment, what is that strange creature sitting on a shelf behind him??? Looks like some sort of weird alien dummy.Welshwoman 01/15/15

Allen Case makes his third and final appearance in the series here and, as with several other actors, seemed to be professionally typecast by the Mason production team. Back in episode 173, TCOT Golden Oranges he played home designer Frank Wheeler, who has a bullying boss played by Arch Johnson. This time he's a surveyor with Bert Freed as his boss. Submitted by FredK 12 December 2012.

Cold case / old case: Perry also solved the murder of Mrs. Davis - killed three years earlier. Submitted by H. Mason 9/27/14

Grant Williams: The actor played the part of Robert Scott Carey, the title character in the 1957 movie The Incredible Shrinking Man. He also played the part of Greg MacKenzie on the ABC show Hawaiian Eye. Submitted by H. Mason 4/18/15

Murder Weapon: In this story it was revealed for the third time that a person was killed with a crowbar (#117 and 202 [first victim]). Submitted by H. Mason 4/18/15

This is the only PM appearance for Joan Blackman, who was married 1968-1970 to Rockne Tarkington, the only African-American to have a credited speaking role on "The Andy Griffith Show"...MikeM. 2/9/2017
+Ms Blackman was also married to fellow Perry singleton Joby Baker (TCOT Bogus Books). jfh 09Feb2017.

Ruinous Road or Ruinous Redhead? My Frontier FIOS screen menu shows this episode as "The Case of the Ruinous Redhead". A number of websites also show "Ruinous Redhead" in the title. MeTV has "Ruinous Road" on their website. Wikipedia shows "Ruinous Road". The opening clearly shows "TCOT Ruinous Road". Does anyone know the reason for this apparent "Redhead" mistake on some sites?...MikeM. 2/9/2017

Comments Edit

Flub? About 40 minutes in Paul asks a messenger to drive to another block. As they pull away you can see 2 large square cement posts with an unusual design. As they pull up in the next block, there are the same 2 unique posts. I think they just returned to the same place they left. Submitted by Eric Cooper 30 August 11.

Yes, watch at around 35:50 on the 2012 Paramount DVD. Also the same manhole in the street, drainage on the curb, and cars parked farther up the street. I guess that Frankie Darro just made a U-turn despite Paul's saying, "Drive to the next corner, turn right, and pull up when I tell you to stop." Why couldn't the crew just have filmed the pull-up and stop farther back on the same street? Pressed for time, perhaps, despite Mercury Messenger Service (with non-union drivers?) being available 24/366. Submitted by (lowercase, with a comma and period) masonite, 12/17/12.

Sound Effect: We heard the doorbell ring twice at Adam Conrad's apartment. There was a chime beside the door that should have made a different sound. Submitted by H. Mason 4/18/15

Question: Which newspaper did Quincy Davis work for? There have been several papers introduced in the series: L. A. Chronicle, L.A. Star-News (#29 & 41), L.A. Bulletin (#139), The Evening Star (#156), and L.A. Clarion (#181). Submitted by H. Mason 4/18/15
+ It wasn't mentioned in the 4.23.15 MeTV broadcast; could it be named in the uncut DVD? Mike Bedard 4.24.15
+ It is not mentioned in the uncut DVD. Submitted by D. Tlougan 4/24/15.

The Comcast TV Guide billed this episode (METv airing) as "The Case Of The Ruinous Redhead"; a Google search of that title produced this result: http://tv-episodes.prettyfamous.com/l/83541/The-Case-of-the-Ruinous-Redhead jfh 09Feb2017.
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Same Prop? It looks like the same crowbar shown in court that Quincy Davis breaks into the house to be moved and starts prying floor boards. But then again they did mention there were a bunch of tools available at that place! Sunmitted by HamBurger 10/08/2016

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