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#237: The Case of the
Original Airdate: 04/08/65
From The Perry Mason TV Show Book
Peter Breck returns to play Pete Warren, a man whose soon to be ex-wife, Myrna, is killing time in a Reno casino, waiting for their divorce to go through.
But when Myrna gets involved in a counterfeit gambling chip scam, Pete makes the mistake of lying to protect her. Then, when someone cashes in Myrna’s chips permanently, the suspicion falls on Pete, who, the authorities claim, manufactured the phony chips at his novelty company. It’s left to Perry to figure out just who’s not playing with a full deck.
Starring Raymond Burr
in The Case of THE GAMBLING LADY
Based upon characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner
Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman, Ray Collins
Directed by Richard Donner
Written by Jonathan Latimer
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 Conducted by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Peter Breck as Peter Warren
Jesse White as Tony Cerro
Ruta Lee as Irene Prentice
Myrna Fahey as Myrna Warren
Benny Baker as Jerome Bentley
Kevin Hagen as Jacob Leonard
John Rayner as Ned Beaumont
Dan Seymour as Croupier
Harry Holcombe as Mr. Big
Kenneth MacDonald as Judge
Willis L. Robards as Business Man
Pitt Herbert as Coroner’s Physician
Bebe Kelly as Cocktail Waitress
Pepper Curtis as Secretary
Adair Jameson as Teller
Don Anderson as Casino Patron (sighted by gracenote, 5/2/2011)
Director of Photography … John M. Nickolaus, Jr.
Art Direction … Lewis Creber
Assistant Director … Gordon A. Webb
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
This is Ruta Lee’s fifth and final appearance on Perry, playing Irene Prentice. This is the only time that the last name of her character did not start with the letter “C.” The first four appearances, her characters were named, Cooper, Crest, Culver, and Cosgrove. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 30 October 2009.
Jessie White makes his fourth of five appearances in this episode as Tony Cerro. When I was growing up, we knew him better as "The Maytag Repairman", who was always so lonely because Maytags were advertised to be so dependable...
For the umpteenth time this season, Ray Collins does not appear as Lt. Tragg despite his billing. Submitted by gracenote, 5/2/2011.
+ see my comment re: Ray Collins in Opening Credits section for
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Sightings: After Drake finishes a phone call and walks back to his table at the casino, Distinguished Gentleman #1 walks behind him. Later, the Gentleman turns up in the courtroom gallery, along with Little Old Lady #1 and a blurry Pencil Mustache Man. Read more about these favorite frequent faces. Submitted by gracenote, 5/2/2011.
This is the last of three PM episodes directed by Richard Donner who went on to fame and fortune as the director for such mega-movies as Superman, the Omen, and the Lethal Weapon series.
Submitted by DickieC, 4/16/13
Character Names: Actress Myrna Fahey plays a woman named Myrna and actor Peter Breck plays a man named Peter. Submitted by H. Mason 4/30/15
Reno, Nevada: For at least the second time Paul Drake went to "The Biggest Little City In The World" because of a Perry Mason case (#39 TCOT Rolling Bones). Submitted by H. Mason 4/30/15
Murder Method: Myrna Warren aka Mrs. Richard Ogden was at least the third person to be killed with a gun by being struck instead of shot (#83 and 182). Submitted by H. Mason 4/30/15
The character Ned Beaumont was previously in Dashiell Hammett's 1931 novel "The Glass Key", and Beaumont's first scene (on page 1) is of him throwing dice in a gambling joint. Writer Jonathan Latimer worked on the screenplay for the 1942 movie version of "The Glass Key". Even though the 1942 and 1935 movie versions changed Beaumont's name to "Ed", I wonder if Latimer was attempting a homage to Hammett, who died in 1961. A less-silly story would have been better (why, for example, is Tony Cerro still alive?), though the double play of Ruta Lee and Myrna Fahey definitely chips in for enjoyment. Submitted by (lowercase, with a comma and period) masonite, 07/01/13.
+Toss in the delectable Della and make it a trifecta. Submitted by DellaFan, 1-19-2014.
The two times Jacob Leonard showed the photograph to Peter he asked Mr. Warren if he knew "the dark-haired woman". Myrna was the only woman (and just about the only person) in the picture. He should have asked: "Do you know this woman?" Submitted by H. Mason 4/30/15
Sound Effect: The doorbell at Myrna's apartment was heard twice. There was a chime beside the door that should have made a different sound. Submitted by H. Mason 4/30/15
The killer's comments near the end of the court hearing: "I couldn't have that. I just couldn't have that", were similar to remarks made by the killer in # 100 TCOT Lavender Lipstick. Jonathan Latimer was credited with writing the teleplay for both stories. Submitted by H. Mason 5/1/15