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#267: The Case of the
Original Airdate: 04/17/66
From The Perry Mason TV Show Book (Revised)
Perry Mason suborning perjury? Never! Except this once, sort of. This episode is a rare bird indeed, and the only time you’ll see double when you see Burr. Raymond Burr appears in his regular role as Perry, and also plays Mr. Grimes, a drunk, a troublemaker, and the spitting image of Perry Mason. The “Mr. Grimes” role is a lot closer to the characters Burr was used to playing before he came to the Mason series.
Perry finds himself on the losing end of a patent dispute case when his opposition leads the jury to believe that Mason paid a witness to change his testimony. How could this have happened? A cockney merchant seaman named Grimes is a dead ringer for the noted attorney. With a little makeup and some coaching, Grimes merely impersonated Perry and passed an envelope full of money to a key witness.
The civil case turns into a criminal one when the winning party in the patent dispute is murdered. The number one suspect is Perry’s client, Barbara Kramer, but the lawyer thinks the murderer may be someone a lot closer to home.
Directed by Arthur Marks
Written by Jackson Gillis
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
Dan Tobin as Terrance Clay
Music | Richard Shores
Indus Arthur as Barbara Kramer
Arlene Martel as Sandra Dunkel
Oliver McGowan as Otis Swanson
Henry Beckman as William March
Stewart Moss as Dan Swanson
Maurice Manson as Jess Parkinson
Tom Palmer as Franklin Bates
Chet Stratton as Minister
Alan Fordney as Harley
Grandon Rhodes as Judge No. 2
Anthony Jochim as Makeup Man
Ed Prentiss as Judge No. 1
Roland La Starza as Bouncer
Mike Miguel De Anda as Mexican Worker
Alex Bookston as Assistant Manager
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 … Ford Motor Company
Produced by the CBS Television Network in association with Paisano Productions
Roland La Starza made for a convincing bouncer in this episode. He was a former boxer, a heavyweight contender who challenged Rocky Marciano twice during his career. The first fight in 1950 lead to a controversial loss. The second was in 1953 for the heavyweight title and La Starza was knocked out in the 11th round. After retiring in 1961, he parlayed his fame along with his good looks for small TV roles. Submitted by Kenmore, 5/20/2010.
Sightings: The Pencil Mustache Man can be seen in the courtroom, middle row sitting behind the defense side. Also, it appears the Quiet Old Man is sitting in the last row, defense side & two seats closer to the door than the Pencil Mustache Man. Submitted by Kenmore, 9/24/2010.
Read more about these and other regulars here. Submitted by gracenote, 6/8/2011.
Location: Paul checks Barbara Kramer’s car registration midway into this episode. Her address is listed as 1416 No. La Brea. This is an inside joke. That address was not only the home of Perry Mason’s production company Paisano Productions from 1961 to 1966 but also where Raymond Burr often slept during the filming of episodes. It was originally Charlie Chaplin studios but is currently home to Jim Henson Productions. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 5 October 2010.
Grandon Rhodes, who plays the trial judge here, was the judge in the first Mason episode TCOT Restless Redhead. Though he was in at the beginning and end of the series, Mr. Rhodes did not appear in any episodes in Seasons 2 or 5, and appeared only once in Seasons 3, 4 and 7. His Perry-Longevity is surpassed only by Kenneth MacDonald who appeared in all 9 seasons.
+ Ed Prentiss Judged 3 Perrys, played the "Man on Tape (Voice)"/a Dr. in 2 more & was in The FBI Story (1959) [IMDb]. Mike Bedard 3.12.15.
Exactly like Leonid Kinsky in episode 264 (see trivia note there) Stewart Moss (Dan Swanson) was one of the original cast members of Hogan's Heroes where he played a P.O.W. named Olsen. After appearing in the 1965 pilot (the only B&W episode) he decided not to continue as a regular with the series although he made a few more appearances both as Olsen and other characters. Again, like Leonid Kinsky, had he continued with Hogan he might not have been available to appear in this episode of Perry Mason. Like Moss, Arlene Martel would also make semi-regular appearances on Hogan playing Tiger, a French underground agent and also appeared as other characters. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 6/23/12.
Stewart Moss, Oliver McGowen and Arlene Martel would all make appearances on Star Trek within the next year and a half. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 6/23/12.
+ as Science Lt. Joe Tormolen ("The Naked Time"), the Caretaker on the "Shore Leave" planet, & Mr. Spock's Bride-to-be T'Pring ("Amok Time"), respectively [IMDb]. Mike Bedard 3.12.15.
The attractive Indus Arthur, who played Barbara Kramer in this episode, was a professional harpist. She died in 1984 at the young age of 43 from skin cancer. Submitted by mesave31, 03/13/15.
As I noted in episode #249, although there is only one episode title that refers to Perry, (for the reasons described above ) there are actually two that refer to characters Raymond Burr plays...this is the other. Clarified by Notcom, 060916.
Amendment 7: "In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed Twenty dollars, the right of Trial by Jury shall be preserved." Mike Bedard 3.12.15
This show seems to emphasize Raymond Burr's weight more than any other. The suits tend to hide some of it but the Grimes characters costumes seem to emphasize it along with his double chin. Submitted by Perry Baby 2/5/2017.