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#68: The Case of the
Dubious Bridegroom
Original Airdate: 06/13/59

Summary Edit

From The Perry Mason TV Show Book
A lawyer’s work is never done. Perry returns to his office late one night and finds an attractive blonde climbing into his balcony window. She claims to be Virginia Colfax, Ed Garvin’s secretary from next door. Virginia says that she climbed into Perry’s office to escape Garvin’s wife. But it seems Garvin is married to two women.

Perry sends Garvin and his second wife to Mexico until he can clear up the situation. But when Garvin’s first wife is murdered, Perry’s client is in an even bigger mess. And who was that woman climbing in the window?

Credits Edit

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Opening

Starring Raymond Burr
in Erle Stanley Gardner’s
The Case of THE DUBIOUS BRIDEGROOM

Trailing

Directed by William D. Russell
Teleplay by Milton Krims
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

Betsy Jones Moreland as Lorrie Garvin
Jean Tabor as Virginia Colfax
Patrick McVey as Covington
Harry Ellerbe as Edward Garvin
K. T. Stevens as Ethel Garvin
Thomas Browne Henry as George Denby
Neil Hamilton as Frank Livesey
Tom Brown as Jarvis
Robert Nichols as Howard Scanlon
Rosa Turich as Filomena
Robert Lynn as Judge
Keith Richards as Sergeant Holt
James Nolan as Policeman
Dick Keene as Court Clerk

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.
Assistant Director…Robert G. Stone
Casting…Harvey Clermont
Makeup…Irving Pringle
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

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

Trivia Edit

CARS: 1955-6 Plymouth, 4dr sedan, light color (Taxi), 1959 Cadillac series 62 convertible, black, top down (Mason), 1959 Edsel convertible, medium color, top down, Cameos: 1959 Ford Custom 300 4dr sedan, white, 1955 Chevrolet Nomad, medium color & white top. From The Cars by Greg Cockerill.

Look for Betsy Jones Moreland playing Lorrie Garvin. Does she look familiar? She might. She returns in 1990 to play the Judge in seven of the 26 two-hour Perry Mason made-for-TV movies. Submitted by daveb, 8/2/2007.

About 23 minutes into the show, Helen Bynum, a.k.a. Virginia Colfax, is in Mexico checking out registrations of vehicles parked in front of the hotel. The show then cuts to an establishing shot of the Los Angeles freeway before Della phones Perry. This same extablishing shot of the freeway was used to bring the action from Las Vegas back to Los Angeles in the opening of #33, TCOT Long Legged Models. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 7/19/2008.

Three of the main characters in this episode are named Garvin: Edward Garvin, Lorrie Garvin. and Ethel Garvin. In episode 33, TCOT Long-legged Models, three of the main characters are also named Garvin: Michael Garvin Sr., Michael Garvin Jr., and Margo Garvin. Submitted by Charles Richmond, 07/19/2009.

This will mark the final appearance by Jean Tabor, (she earlier appeared as Evelyn Whiting in #32, TCOT Substitute Face), on Perry Mason. In January 1962 the beautiful 29-year-old Jean Tabor would wed the brutish 50-year-old Broderick Crawford. The marriage would last until 1967. A year-and-a-half later in December 1968, the 36-year-old Jean Tabor would be found dead of a drug overdose. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 7/19/2008.

In her previous PM appearance, "Jean" Tabor appeared using her normal acting name of Joan, which was her real middle name. In May 1959, columnist Walter Winchell asked "Are Raymond Burr and actress Joan Tabor planning a surprise?" The December 1968 AP report of Joan Tabor's death gave the cause as an accidental overdose of flu medication. Submitted by MikeM, 11/07/2012

Ray Collins is listed in the opening credits even though he does not appear in this episode. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 7/20/2008.
+ Ditto for William Talman. Submitted by gracep 9/4/2010.

I do not know if the opening that is on my DVD of this episode was the original opening; however, the opening that is on my DVD is unlike any other opening I have ever seen. The action stops shortly after Perry takes the files from the Judge and everyone’s names are printed on the files. Unlike all other openings in the first two seasons, no one but Perry and the Judge are shown. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 10/20/2008.
+ When I viewed this episode, the action was the regular Style P for season 2. A subsequent rebroadcast of the syndication print on my local public TV station showed the same. The credits described by PaulDrake33 are, however, modified Style P used in later epsiodes after Talman’s troubles. Submitted by gracep, 10/3/2010 & updated 7/17/2011.
+ My DVD also shows the modified Style P. I believe it's a different judge, the file the judge hands to Mason is bound at the top, rather than the side, the pen and gavel are gone from the bench behind Mason, the microphone has changed to black, the scene freezes on the files, the credits are printed on the files, and William Talman's name is omitted. Why the change in opening credits for the DVD? It is true that Talman (Burger) does not appear in this episode, but then, neither does Ray Collins (Tragg). - Submitted by 10yearoldfan, 18 June 2012.

Goof: In the second scene of this episode, where Edward Garvin comes to Perry’s office for help, Perry asks Garvin about a lady that is “about five-eight, blonde, lovely figure, beautiful legs.” Garvin said, “Well, you’re describing Lorrie…my present wife.” Yet later in the episode when we see Edward Garvin’s present wife, she is not a blonde. Submitted by Charles Richmond, 07/19/2009.

Another Goof: When Virginia Colfax arrives at the Vista Del Mar and checks the registration slip on Edward Garvin's car, it lists the vehicle as a Cadillac; it certainly is not. We don't see much of it, but judging by the trim and distinctive taillight shape, I'd say it's an Edsel. Submitted by francis, 7/23/14.

Continuity: When Mason confronts Virginia Colfax in his office it’s nighttime, yet when Mason scuffles with her in front of his office building a few minutes later, it’s bright daylight. That’s the quickest sunrise in history. Submitted by Craig, 4/10/2010.

Sightings: Distinguished Gentleman #1 very inconspicuously wears glasses and sits on the defendant’s side of the room. Submitted by gracep, 9/04/2010.
+ Blue Collar Guy drives Helen Bynum’s cab when she flees from Perry at the Brent Building. Submitted by alan_sings, 3 Oct 2010.
+ “Miss Carmody” is visible in the back of the gallery next to the door when Frank Livesey returns to the stand. Submitted by alan_sings, 3 Oct 2010.
+ Distinguished Gentleman #2? appears in court oin two different places. More info on all of these folks here. Submitted by gracenote, 7/18/2011.

Location: Both the old and new (well, the Civic Center which may have had courtrooms) San Diego courthouses are seen briefly in establishing shots. Submitted by daveb, 9/8/2010. Some pictures here.

Music: At 13:00, as Mason is about to knock on Ethel Garvin's apartment door, we hear what I call the "espionage" theme, used in at least one earlier episode: the horns play C, C, D flat, D flat, E flat, E flat, D flat, D flat, C, repeated, the notes played on beats 1 and 4, with muted trumpet on top. - submitted by 10yearoldfan, 18 June 2012

This episode marks the second of Neil Hamilton's seven appearances on PM. Neil Hamilton became famous as Commissioner Gordon on the Batman television show. Submitted by MikeM, 11/07/2012

It's for you, Mr. Mason: Perry's just sitting down to breakfast at the Vista Del Mar when the hostess, Filomena, summons him to a pay phone. It's Della calling from L.A. Submitted by francis, 7/23/14.

Comments Edit

What a poorer society we are because there are no longer actors like Thomas B. Henry on television. Mr. Henry was less than handsome, with a distinctive appearance, but was a fine actor. Check out his testimony late in the show, it is riveting. It seems as if all of today’s television actors are selected for their appearance, not for their acting abilities. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 7/19/2008.

Spoiler Warning! Do Not Read Below If You Have Not Seen The Episode

Thomas B. Henry also appeared in “TCOT Sleepwalker’s Niece.” Brown gave another fine performance in this episode as the lawyer Ralph Duncan. Perry’s final tip-off as to the murderer came from some testimony given by Duncan. Submitted by Charles Richmond. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 7/20/2008.

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