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#252: The Case of the
Silent Six
Original Airdate: 11/21/65

Summary Edit

From The Perry Mason TV Show Book
Sergeant Dave Wolfe warned Joe Oliver to stay away from his sister Susan. Now Susan’s been beaten up in Joe’s apartment, Joe’s been shot to death, and Dave is going to jail for the murder.

Dave swears someone knocked him out and used his gun on Oliver. Perry comes to his defense and soon learns that there were six other people in the building at the time of the attack on Susan. Not one of them tried to help her. Perry also learns that Joe Oliver was not the man who beat up Susan Wolfe. If Dave really did kill Joe, he killed the wrong man.

Credits Edit

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Opening

Starring Raymond Burr
in The Case of THE SILENT SIX
Based upon characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner
Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman

Trailing

Directed by Jesse Hibbs
Written by William Bast
Arthur Marks \ Art Seid | Producers
Gail Patrick Jackson | Executive Producer
Ernest Frankel | Story Consultant
Orville H. Hampton | Associate Story Consultant
Raymond Burr as Perry Mason
Barbara Hale as Della Street
William Hopper as Paul Drake
William Talman as Hamilton Burger
Richard Anderson as Lt. Steve Drumm

Music | Richard Shores

Cast

Skip Homeier as Sgt. Dave Wolfe
Dianne Foster as Linda Blakely
Cyril Delevanti as Craig Jefferson
Virginia Gregg as Flo Oliver
David Macklin as Ron Peters
Hampton Fancher as Hamp Fisher
Chris Noel as Susan Wolfe
Tyler MacDuff as Herb Jackson
Kenneth MacDonald as Judge Carter
John Heath as Arch
Walter Mathews as Reporter
Peter Baron as Monk Coleman
Lee Miller as Sgt. Brice
Dale Van Sickle as Joe Oliver

Uncredited Actors

Don Anderson as { Police Officer
Courtroom Spectator

Crew

Director of Photography … John M. Nickolaus, Jr.
Art Direction … Lewis Creber
Assistant Director … Gordon A. Webb
Film Editor … Richard W. Farrell
Casting … Harvey Clermont
Makeup … Irving Pringle
Hair Stylist … Annabell
Wardrobe Supervision … Bob Wolfe, 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 … Chrevrolet Division of General Motors Corp.

Perry Mason
Produced by the CBS Television Network in association with Paisano Productions

Trivia Edit

Chris Noel makes her only Perry appearance here playing Susan Wolfe. As hard as it may be to believe, the beautiful, sexy, Chris Noel was a DJ for Armed Forces Radio in Vietnam during my tour there in 1969. She had a daily show called A Date With Chris. The war pretty much ruined her life as it ruined so many lives. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 16 October 2009.

This episode was broadcast in Chicago on 23 March 2010. It is obiviously based on the real-life Kitty Genovese murder, which occurred in March 1964, a year-and-a-half before the original broadcast date. She was chased and attacked three times over a period of about 35 minutes before finally succumbing. It was determined that at least 38 people “witnessed” the attacks, but none came to her aid or even called the police. This case raised a national outcry over public apathy, but, of course, the explanation is a bit more complicated. A good account is given in Influence, the Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini. Submitted by Prof. Lindley, 24 March 2010.

+ Yes, certainly, there is more to that tragic event than what was reported at the time in the newspapers 49 years ago. Kitty Genovese, for one source, has an account that mentions only two attacks on her, starting at about 03:15 AM and finishing in the rear of a building about 20 minutes later. Per this account of the tragedy, the “witnesses”, closer in number to 3 than to 38, had some trouble interpreting what was happening down in the street, though at least 2 people called the police (this was before 911 and cell phones). Submitted by (lowercase, with a comma and period) masonite, 07/07/13.

Uncredited Actors: Don Anderson appears twice in this episode. First he’s one of two uniformed officers escorting Sgt. Dave Wolfe (Skip Homeier) into police headquarters after the fatal shooting. When a reporter infuriates Wolfe with an indelicate question about his sister, Anderson helps Lt. Drumm (Richard Anderson) restrain him. Later, Anderson, wearing dark-rimmed glasses, appears in the first row of the courtroom gallery behind the prosecution table. For some reason in this episode, the prosecution sits to the judge’s right and the defense to the left instead of the usual arrangement used in the series. Submitted by FredK, December 16, 2010. It appears that Anderson is also among the patrons seated at the bar in Clay's Grill in the tag scene. Submitted by FredK, 21 April 2012.

Cyril Delevanti played Craig Jefferson in this episode, “TCOT Silent Six.” The only other Perry Mason episode in which he appeared is #252, “TCOT Silent Partner”, which was broadcast as the sixth episode of the series. And both the episode titles had the word “silent” in them. Submitted by Charles Richmond, 31 January 2011.

Skip Homeier appeared in "TCOT Pathetic Patient" ('61) as an MD, an "Ironside" & 2 "Star Trek"s as Hippie Dr. Sevrin & Deputy Fuhrer Melakon [IMDb]. Mike Bedard 2.19.15.

Sightings: At the trial we find our “Miss Carmody” in a huge hat, along with Quiet Old Man #1. Submitted by gracenote, 5/20/2010.

I spotted the young brunette sitting in the back row on the prosecutor's side. Perry Baby 12/26/13

Anomaly: The credits list Tyler MacDuff as “Herb Jackson,” but Perry clearly addresses the harried, bespectacled man in his office as “Herm.” Submitted by gracenote, 5/21/2011.

This episode has a very unusual trial, in that it uses a jury (to whom Perry gives an opening statement). Very shortly after the series began, juries were generally absent to save production costs and remain consistent with the books, which resolved generally in preliminary hearings. cgraul 1.2.11

Comments Edit

By far my favorite confession. (2nd best: impatient partner). Submitted by GlovatskiInc, 6/25/2008.

During the murder in the opening scene, does anyone know the piano music that was playing on the phonograph? It sounds kind of like a Beethoven sonata, and I gather that the producers of Perry Mason were fond of using Beethoven, but I cannot quite place that particular piece. Submitted by gracenote, 5/20/2011.

The stormy piano piece heard under the opening scene is the Etude in C minor, Opus 10 No. 12 by Chopin, the so-called Revolutionary Etude. It was written in 1831 during the unsuccessful revolt of Poland from Russia, and is also sometimes called Etude on the Bombardment of Warsaw. Chopin may have used Beethoven's last piano sonata (in C minor) as a model for certain aspects of the piece, especially the end. Submitted by FredK 30Jan12.

Who would arrange candle holders on the mantle side by side rather than on opposite ends of the mantle like in one apartment scene. The one with three looked even worse. Submitted by Perry Baby 1/11/17.

This happens to be me, in my opinion, one of the most exciting openings I have seen in this series. Submitted by gracenote, 5/20/2011.

Did anyone else notice that the sister and the landlord who-would-be-her-boyfriend were more than three decades apart in age? Chris Noel was born in 1941, and Dale Van Sickle in 1907! Submitted by gracenote, 5/20/2011.

+Hampton Fancher, who played Hamp Fisher in this episode, came the closest to playing himself (without actually playing himself) of any actor in the series. Submitted by PaulDrake 33. 23 February 2015.

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