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#67: The Case of the
Spanish Cross
Original Airdate: 05/30/59

Summary Edit

From The Perry Mason TV Show Book
Jimmy Morrow was trying to go straight after having been put on probation for car theft. Now he's faced with a bum rap for stealing a valuable Spanish cross and killing the owner.

Perry wants to give a kid a break and takes the case.

Credits Edit

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Opening

Starring Raymond Burr
in The Case of THE SPANISH CROSS
Based upon characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner

Barbara Hale as Della Street
William Hopper as Paul Drake
William Talman as Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins as Lt. Tragg

Trailing

Directed by Arthur Marks
Written by Robert J. Shaw and Gene Wang
Ben Brady | Producer
Produced by CBS Television in association with Paisano Productions
Gail Patrick Jackson Executive Producer
Sam White | Associate Producer

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

Cast

Jacques Aubuchon as Felix Karr
Josephine Hutchinson as Miriam Baker
Richard Miles as Jimmy Morrow
Linda Watkins as Grace Runyan
Arthur Space as James Morrow, Sr.
Donald Randolph as Curtis Runyan
Jonathan Hole as Everett Wormser
Richard Gaines as Judge
Harlan Warde as Sgt. Kenton
Herman Rudin as Roger
George E. Stone as Court Clerk
Chuck Zacha as Harry Kline

Crew

Gene Wang | Story Consultant
Production Supervisor … J. Paul Popkin
Story Editor … Alice Young
Director of Photography … Frank Redman, A.S.C.

Art Direction { Lyle Wheeler
Lewis Creber
Editorial Supervision … Art Seid, A.C.E.
Film Editor … Richard W. Farrell
Assistant Director … Robert G. Stone
Casting … Harvey Clermont
Makeup … Richard Hamilton
Hair Stylist … Annabell, S.C.H.
Wardrobe Supervision … Dick James
Set Decoration … Walter M. Scott, Charles Q. Vassar
Properties … Ray Thompson
Sound Editor … Gene Eliot, M.P.S.E.
Production Sound Mixer … Roy Meadows
Script Supervision … William E. Orr

Perry Mason
Filmed in Hollywood by TCF Television Productions, Inc.
A CBS Television Network Production

Trivia Edit

CARS: 1959 Lincoln Continental MkIV, 4dr hardtop, white, 1958 Ford Thunderbird convertible, black, white top up (Drake), 1959 Cadillac series 62 convertible, black, black & white interior, top down (Mason), 1959 Ford Custom 300 4dr sedan, black & white (Police), Cameo: 1959 Ford Custom 300 4dr sedan, white. From The Cars by Greg Cockerill.

Richard Miles makes his only Perry appearance here playing Jimmy Morrow. Richard Miles (born Gerald Richard Perreau) also acted under the name Peter Miles. Richard Miles was the brother of Gigi Perreau (“TCOT Desperate Daughter”, “TCOT Sleepy Slayer”) and Lauren Perreau (“TCOT Nine Dolls”) making the Perreau family the only triple siblings appearing on Perry. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 23 September 2009.

Perry's longish dramatic scene in the cellar trying to convince Felix to surrender was quite unusual for the series. You do not see this softer compassionate side of Perry much in the series. Submitted by Perry Baby 3/6/15.

Sightings: Pencil Mustache Man makes another appearance in the far corner of the courtroom gallery, defendant’s side. When the hearing reconvenes after recess, our man reappears on the prosecutor’s side, second row. Both times he seems keenly interested in the proceedings. Oh, and then in a quick shot as Mr. Wormser is about to be re-crossed, we spy Distinguished Gentleman #1 back in the shadows of the defendant’s side. Lastly, Quiet Old Man can be seen to mutter with surprise when the killer is revealed! Submitted by gracep, 9/3/2010.
+ “Miss Carmody” is visible in the gallery just over Burger’s shoulder at the beginning of the courtroom scene. Submitted by alan_sings, 3 Oct 2010.
+ The rarely seen Distinguished Lady #3 is seated almost directly behind Perry. Read more about all these favorite frequent faces.

Jacques Aubuchon makes the first of four appearances on PM. His Cuban cigars were still legal in 1959. Submitted by MikeM, 11/07/2012

The door: When Felix Karr visited Perry's office he didn't shut the door when he entered. It was closed when he approached it to leave. Submitted by H. Mason 10/21/14

Jonathan Hole as Wormser makes another appearance as unsavory and overly nervous character and involved in the crime. Submitted by Perry Baby 3/6/15.

+And, just as in Episode #26 (TCOT Half-Wakened Wife), Jonathan Hole again pulls out a handkerchief to wipe the perspiration off his face as he is broken down on the witness stand by Perry. Submitted by BobH, 4 July 2016.

This is the only PM writing credit for Robert J. Shaw, who wrote 16 episodes of Peyton Place...MikeM. 10/10/2016

This is the second of four PM appearances for Arthur Space, who had a recurring role as veterinarian Dr. Weaver on the "Lassie" television series...MikeM. 7/10/2017

Comments Edit

I consider this one of those “topical” Perry Mason episodes. It deals with “juvenile delinquency,” a hot topic back then—Blackboard Jungle, Young Savages, Rebel Without a Cause, etc. Since it is topical, the episode comes across more “dated” than is generally true for Perry Mason. Also, and this may be just me, I detect a bit of homoeroticism. Even so, it’s still a credible entry in the oeuvre.
It's a bit ironic that the link to the obit of the actor who portrayed 'Jimmy', Gerald Perreau-Saissine, (see below Spoiler Warning) mentions him being survived by two male partners. Odd, I didn't feel any sense of homoeroticism when watching ... then again, my wife says I can't even tell when a woman is flirting with me, so what do I know? Submitted by MikeReese, 10/11/2016.

+ What you are calling homoeroticism might just be paternalism, if you are referring to the interaction between wise, kindly Mason and young Jimmy. Submitted by gracep, 9/3/2010.

In retrospect, at least as far as juvenile delinquency goes, Eisenhower’s “America” really wasn't all that bad. Submitted by billp, 31 October 2009.

The brief interlude between the judge and Burger regarding the latter's laryngitis seems odd; it plays no part in the plot other than to explain Burger’s hoarse voice. Why didn’t they just postpone filming that scene for a day or two? Submitted by Ed Zoerner, 2/1/2010.

When leaving James Morrow, Sr.’s apartment, Mason leaves his card and Drake leaves a pack of cigarettes, presumably as an act of kindness. Submitted by gracep, 9/3/2010.



Spoiler Alert! Do not read below if you have not seen the episode!

Gerald Perreau-Saissine (a.k.a Richard Miles/Peter Miles) turns in a decent performance as Jimmy, but seems to have dropped out of film/tv about this time. This makes Perry’s final comments about his character somewhat ironic. Since Perreau-Saissine seemed a credible actor and photogenic, his disappearance is curious. Whatever the explanation, he seems to have had an interesting life. (See his obit here and a retrospective here).
+According to Wikipedia, "As Richard Miles, he wrote novels, poetry, and two screenplays. In 1963, he entered his first novel, That Cold Day in the Park, in a Dell Publishing contest; it did not win, but was considered worthy of publication (in 1965); it was made into a film of the same name in 1969."

Jimmy’s dad mentions the real thief of Mrs. Runyan’s car—a Barney Kellogg (who never appears). Later, Drake tails the invisible Kellogg in his search for Jimmy. And Mason brings the non-appearing but oft-mentioned Kellogg up at least once when conferring with his client Jimmy. Submitted by gracep 9/2/2010.

+ Correction: It was Paul's operative Harry Kline that followed Barney Kellogg to Jimmy's hiding place. Submitted by H. Mason 10/21/14

Ham Burger's hoarseness was probably related to William Talman's smoking, which would kill him within ten years. The tight shooting schedule, described in the Dan Jenkin's article linked in an earlier episode, prevented waiting for actor's health problems to clear up. Submitted by MikeM 7/27/2012

Questions: What happened to the cross? Did Felix Karr keep it or was it returned to Mrs. Runyon? Submitted by H. Mason 10/21/14

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