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#82: The Case of the
Wayward Wife
Original Airdate: 01/23/60

Summary Edit

From The Perry Mason TV Show Book
Oh, the perils of book publishing! Ben Sutton is listed as the author of the best-seller Ordeal, a book describing his experiences in a Korean prisoner-of-war camp. Sutton is already in deep with a blackmailer over the true authorship when the real author is released from an army hospital. Sutton is slain before he can tell the truth, and his widow arrested for the murder. When Perry takes the case, his first job is to find out who else knew that Sutton was a fraud.

Credits Edit

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Opening

Starring Raymond Burr
in The Case of THE WAYWARD WIFE
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 Walter Grauman
Written by William O’Farrell
Herbert Hirschman | Producer
Gail Patrick Jackson | Executive Producer
Seeleg Lester | Associate Producer, Story Consultant
Produced by The CBS Television Network in association with Paisano Productions
Arthur Marks | 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

Marshall Thompson as Arthur Poe
Bethel Leslie as Sylvia Sutton
Frank Maxwell as Harry Scott Wilson
Madlyn Rhue as Marian Ames
Alex Davion as Gilbert Ames
Richard Shannon as Ben Sutton
I. Stanford Jolley as Alan Kirby
Kenneth R. MacDonald as Judge
Kathleen Mulqueen as Miss Croft
Law Green as Autopsy Surgeon
George E. Stone as Court Clerk
Peter Hayman as Clerk (Bookstore)
Irving Steinberg as Cabbie
Craig Duncan as Sgt. Townley

Crew

Art Seid, A.C.E. | Assistant to the Producer
Production Supervisor … Dewey Starkey
Director of Photography … Frank Redman, A.S.C.
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, S.C.H.
Wardrobe Supervision … William Zacha, Evelyn Carruth
Set Decoration … Charles Q. Vassar
Sound Effects Editor … Gene Eliot, M.P.S.E.
Music Editor … Gene Feldman
Properties … Ray Thompson
Production Sound Mixer … Herman Lewis
Script Supervision … M.E.M. Gibsone
Sound … Glen Glenn Sound Co.

Perry Mason \ A Film Presentation
A CBS Television Network Production

Trivia Edit

Location: A lot of the early Perry’s simply use the real thing. In this episode, Arthur Poe is supposed to be at the Veterans Hospital and, in fact, that is where he is…the Veteran’s Hospital Center in West Los Angeles. I went over this afternoon and took pictures of the two buildings used. Due to pine trees, I needed to take the photos off center so that you can see the details that the trees would block if I took them from where the camera actually was. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 1/9/2009. Pictures here.

Location: The bookstore where Poe sees Sutton’s book is Martindale’s (part of the name is visible in the window). This was a popular bookstore in LA at the time (they had a branch in Phoenix where I occasionally shopped in this time period). BobH, 6/19/09.
+ Martindale’s was at 9477 Santa Monica Blvd. Submitted by billp, 29 October 2009.

Marshall Thompson makes his only appearance on Perry here as Arthur Poe. Thompson was probably best known as the star of the 60s television show Daktari, for two years playing Dr. Marsh Tracy. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 15 September 2009.

As a change of pace, George E. Stone, the Court Clerk, gets a couple of lines in this episode. He reads a deposition. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 28 October 2009.

Location: Another example of a location in plain sight occurs 15 minutes into this episode. Silvia Sutton parks on the corner of 1100 N. Seward and 6600 W. Eleanor in Los Angeles to call for a taxi. She is actually in fact on that very corner. The inside joke is that she is also just a few feet outside what was then General Services Studio where Perry Mason was shot for a few years. It still exists today as Hollywood Center Studios. See Trivia on Artful Dodger episode #78 for more info. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 27 January 2010. Some pictures here.

Sightings: The Little Old Lady in a Hat sits in the back of the courtroom gallery, while Distinguished Lady #2 looks intently on from the front row. Submitted by gracep, 9/23/2010.
+ Distinguished Gentleman #2 is also watching the hearing unfold, along with Quiet Old Man (#1). Way in the back one can see “Miss Carmody” (sometimes). Submitted by gracenote, 9/7/2011.

This episode filmed 11/3, 11/6-11/10, and 11/13 1959 (for 7 days). The script is marked episode #93. I am not familiar with the episode but a house located at 355 Las Palmas was used. The actor James Coburn was interviewed and considered for the part that went to Marshall Thompson. Submitted by DrKimble, 12 February 2011.

CARS. (1) 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Sunliner, Sylvia Sutton, med color, black soft-top up, Lic No PYH 384. (2) 1959 Ford Custom 300 Fordor Sedan taxi, Skyline Taxi Cab Co, Lic No A25 029. Submitted by Gary Woloski, 25 June 2012.

Comments Edit

After playing a Korean War veteran on PM, Marshall Thompson went on to direct and star in a movie about the Vietnam War. The film, A Yank in Vietnam (1964), was filmed in Vietnam. The co-star was Vietnamese actress Kieu Chinh. She would later play a Korean woman in MASH, the television series about the Korean War. Submitted by MikeM, 1/08/2013

This may be the only episode of the entire series where the killer, although identified, is not Arrested. Mason meets privately with the killer, gets a confession, then tells Lt. Tragg (standing in the doorway) that it was self defense. Submitted by Bill-W2XOY.

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