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#240: The Case of the
Wrongful Writ
Original Airdate: 05/06/65

Summary Edit

From The Perry Mason TV Show Book (Revised)
When lawyer Ward Toyama is contacted by a man claiming to be an agent of the Central Defense Intelligence Bureau (CDIB), he finds himself tangled up not only in an illegal gun-running operation but in a murder on the high seas. //

"To define and punish piracies and felonies committed ON THE HIGH SEAS" is a Congressional power under the Constitution [Article 1, Section 8]. Mike Bedard 5.26.16 MeTV airing.

Credits Edit

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Opening

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

Trailing

Directed by Richard Kinon
Written by Samuel Newman
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

Cast

James Shigeta as Ward Toyama
Philip Abbott as Harry Grant
Peter Whitney as Capt. Otto Varnum
Bobby Troup as Smitty
Katherine Squire as Esther Norden
Douglas Henderson as Frank Jones
Henry Beckman as Albert King
Nobu McCarthy as Sally Choshi
Francine York as Ursula Quigley
Bill Zuckert as Judge Simpson
Douglas Evans as Judge

Uncredited Actors
Chuck Hamilton as Lecture Guest, Courtroom Spectator
Arthur Tovey as Lecture Guest, Courtroom Spectator

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

James Shigeta (Ward Toyama) and Nobu McCarthy (Sally Choshi) also appear together, with Jack Lord, in a film entitled Walk Like a Dragon. It’s a rather rarely seen film; at least, I haven’t seen it broadcast on network for over 30 plus years or ever on cable! It’s set in the American West…but it is not a typical Western! Posted by Mike Reese, 2/8/2010.

Uncredited Actors: This espiode has two of them. Chuck Hamilton, who played a postal inspector in TCOT Posthumous Painter, appears briefly as a guest at Perry Mason’s lecture at the criminal law symposium, and later as an observer in the courtroom. The other is Arthur Tovey, once dubbed the King of Extras, who also plays a lecture guest and a courtroom spectator. In 1984 People magazine wrote an article on this “best-known unknown.” Submitted by gracenote, 5/5/2011.

The Curious Coffee Set appears on board the dining room of the S.S. Thomas Norden. Submitted by gracenote, 5/5/2011.

Sightings: Our “Miss Carmody” sits behind Toyama at Perry’s lecture; a true fan, later she watches Perry at the evidentiary hearing. Submitted by gracenote, 5/5/2011.

For the penultimate time this season, Ray Collins receives billing as Lt. Tragg, but makes no appearance. Submitted by gracenote, 5/6/2011.

The syndicated version of this episode, or at least the one the local station showed recently, had a bottle of Prell Shampoo displayed in the closing credits, Usually the sponsor's products are removed from reruns. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 6/17/12.
+In the butchered syndicated version which I just saw on MeTV, that little bottle of Prell was on screen for longer than Nobu McCarthy, which is a shame, since the former Miss Tokyo was seriously gorgeous. Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 1-22-2014.
+ I just saw MeTV too and I do not think I’ve ever noticed any sponsored items there before, but saw this and noticed you already commented! I will pay more attention when I read the info from THIS great website! ;-> submitted by mesave31, 02/05/15 //

Philip Abbott played Assistant Director Arthur Ward in "The FBI" from 1965-74 [241 episodes: IMDb]. Mike Bedard 5.26.16.

No B-Flats, but High Seas Bobby Troup makes his third and final appearance here, notable - as it were - for his not portraying a musician. Punned by Notcom, 052716.

Comments Edit

Charlie Rose asked Raymond Burr why Perry Mason ran for 9 years. Raymond replied that people are interested in "our form of justice" and that minorities saw it as "their show" because PM prominently featured Asian, Black, & Female characters (PM 50th Anniversary Edition Special Features). Mike Bedard 2.5.15.

"Nightwatch 10-16-1985" Interviewer CR: "What was the MAGIC of it?" RB: "The audience wanted to believe in our court system...still the best in the world...It was even an important show in foreign countries where they have the Napoleonic Code rather than the Anglo-Saxon code...some of the shows in the United States helped change the laws in those countries." Mike Bedard 2.23.15.

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