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#86: The Case of the
Mythical Monkeys
Original Airdate: 02/27/60

Summary Edit

From The Perry Mason TV Show Book
Mauvis Meade, author of the bestseller Chop the Man Down, sends her secretary out to a mountain cabin to pick up a package. Gladys gets lost and her car is stuck in the mud. She walks to a cabin looking for help and meets a mysterious man who seems to know her. While Gladys freshens up, the man leaves and Gladys finds--a dead body.

Perry has to find the mystery man in the cabin in order to clear Gladys, but several things are working against him. First of all, the cabin was rented in Gladys's name. And second, it appears that Gladys was unknowingly working as a courier for the underworld.

Louise Fletcher, one of the stars of the award-winning film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, plays Gladys the secretary. Also, watch for Norman Fell, who starred as the jerky landlord on "Three's Company," as Casper Pedley.

Credits Edit

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Opening

Starring Raymond Burr
in Erle Stanley Gardner’s
The Case of THE MYTHICAL MONKEYS

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

Trailing

Directed by Gerald Mayer
Teleplay by John Lattimer
Herbert Hirschman | Producer
Gail Patrick Jackson | Executive Producer
Produced by The CBS Television Network in association with Paisano Productions
Seeleg Lester | Associate Producer, Story Consultant
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

Beverly Garland as Mauvis Meade
Lawrence Dobkin as Gregory Dunkirk
Louise Fletcher as Gladys Doyle
Lew Gallo as Richard Gilman
Joan Banks as Mrs. Manley
Norman Fell as Caspar Pedley
John Reach as Dukes Lawton
Nelson Leigh as Judge
Bill Erwin as Morrison Findlay
Bill Boyett as Kelton
Frances Morris as Miss Carlisle
Paul Lees as Parking Lot Attendant
Ralph Brooks as Headwaiter
George E. Stone as Court Clerk

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 Presentation

Trivia Edit

+This is Joan Banks’ (Mrs. Manley) third appearance on Perry, (TCOT Negligent Nymph, and Fancy Figures previously) and for the third time she plays the wife of the murder victim. The difference this time is that she is not an alcoholic. Submitted by PaulDrake 33.
+ "Left-Handed Liar"& "Woeful Widower" were her 2 other Perry appearances. Mike Bedard 7.28.16
+ She was in all 4 of those mentioned episodes above including this one for five in all. The real question is was she an alcoholic in all 4 other episodes? HamBurger 7/29/2016

Location: About 10.5 minutes in we see a quick shot of Parker Center, 150 N. Los Angeles Street, before they cut to Tragg inside. Submitted by Eric Cooper 23 September 10.

Continuity Error: In the scene where Burr questions Beverly Garland in her apartment Garland has a cigarette in her left hand -cut- the cigarette now is in her right hand -cut-cut- the cigarette is back in her left hand. Submitted by Craig 4/24/10.

+ Another continuity error involving Mason and Mauvis shows Mason sitting then standing during their conversation. After standing, a brief close-up of Mason listening to Mauvis (@ 19:12) shows him again sitting. The shot which immediately follows shows him standing again. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 2/10/15.

Character Names: Mrs. Manley's first name is Viola. (Her brother Caspar Pedley calls her this.) Submitted by gracep 9/30/2010.

Sightings: (and Continuity Error) Several recurring spectators appear in the courtroom gallery. Behind Caspar Pedley, the Little Old Lady in a Hat peeks out at the proceedings, but she disappears in the middle of the trial. Two seats down from her sits a Quiet Old Man, although he ends up in different seats throughout the hearing. A Cute Young Lady looks on with interest, and Distinguished Lady #2 acts very surprised by certain revelations. Submitted by gracep 9/30/2010.
+ In court, we also find Miss Carmody in the back row and Little Old Lady #2 in the front with a hat. Submitted by Bill767, 10/31/15.

CARS. (1) Perry's white 1959 Lincoln Continental Mark IV Convertible, top up (raining);

BACKGROUND CARS in restaurant parking lot:

The (notional) "restaurant parking lot" is the General Service Studios parking lot so some background cars are probably owned by Studio employees. Added by Gary Woloski, 6/29/12.

Gilman's Registration Form. Perry checks out the ownership of the cars in the restaurant parking lot. The Registration form of the Buick Convertible is shown at 39:46 (CBS/Paramount DVD):

 AUTOMOBILE REGISTRATION___235499x . . . ("x" probably is "4", see here)
 NAME..Richard Gilman___________Code--42
 ADDR REGISTERED OWNER...350 Sierra Rd.
 Licence No...NFL 252___Engine No Xy547769
 Make....Buick________Type....Convertable (sic)
 First Sold....1/8/59_____________Fee....$48.50
 Date Issued....5/23/59
 Registered Owner....Richard Gilman

Look! The last line is overprinted with "Denver Leonard"! Compare to Denver Leonard's registration from ep#83 here. The Buick is certainly the same one in both episodes but the cockeyed bull horns from Ep#83 have been discarded for this ep. Added by Gary Woloski, 6/30/12.
+ Instead of "Denver Leonard" being overprinted, it appears a new label with some of the same info has been pasted over the original. [The address number, although the same as the original, is typed further above the line than in the original.] Unfortunately, the new label comes up a bit short (Richard Gilman's name is a bit cut off) and doesn't completely cover the old label. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 2/10/15.

Costumes: Note that Mason wears rounded club collars for the first 26 minutes of this episode. But while visiting the cabin, he wears his usual button-down collar, which he still wears in the next scene. Then, when he appears in court at 30:18, he is again wearing a rounded club collar, which he keeps for the rest of the episode. Submitted by 10yearoldfan, 22 Sept 2012.

Closed-Caption Anomaly: After Dunkirk hands Mauvis' keys back to her, they jingle in her hand. At 6:52 the closed-captioning on the CBS/Paramount season set reads "coins jingle" although she is holding no coins. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 2/10/15.

Brilliant Deduction on the part of Perry Mason. Looking up at the coffee can (@ 28:30) he remarks "This looks like a coffee can." Since the only visible word on the can is "coffee" (written four times) one can only wonder how he came up with that reasoning. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 2/10/15.

In the novel Perry enters the cabin to look around and later finds the coffee can under the house. To expedite matters in the episode he doesn't enter the cabin and "finds" the can (already being told where it was) under the roof. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 2/10/15.

Stock music used in this episode highlighted by this YouTube presentation, featuring Bernard Herrmann. Added by filmscorerundowns

This is the first of two PM directing credits for Gerald Mayer, who was the nephew of Louis B. Mayer...MikeM. 11/4/2016

Comments Edit

It is rather amusing how offended Burger seems at the idea of the cabin being used as a “love nest.” His reaction, a whispered “Really!” is almost Victorian. Submitted by gracep 9/30/2010.

This episode aired a few weeks before William Talman was arrested at the so-called "nude pot party" at an apartment in West Hollywood. Talman was quoted as saying, "What can I say? This is going to ruin me." PM producer Gail Patrick Jackson was quoted as saying, " I don't think it will help his career any, if the report is true." Submitted by MikeM, 1/10/2013.

Hamilton says they found the fire "already lighted". Isn't the correct term "already lit"? HamBurger 7/29/2016

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