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#97: The Case of the
Credulous Quarry
Original Airdate: 09/24/60

Summary Edit

From The Perry Mason TV Show Book
Perry must defend a man who—besides being charged with killing his former girlfriend (by running over her with his car)—has also fallen into the clutches of (egads!) a dishonest attorney.

Credits Edit

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Opening

Starring Raymond Burr
in The Case of the CREDULOUS QUARRY
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 William D. Russell
Written by Sy Salkowitz
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

Katherine Squire as Clara Thorpe
Russell Arms as Everett Dorrell
John Conwell as Richard Hammond
Vinton Hayworth as Marvin Claridge
Walter Reed as Alex Hill
Nan Peterson as Barbara Claridge
Russ Bender as Policeman
Willis Bouchey as Judge
Fred Graham as Fire Chief
Renee Godfrey as Miss Winslow
Bart Conrad as Autopsy Surgeon
George E. Stone as Court Clerk

Uncredited Actors
Robert Wegner as Courtroom Spectator sighted by gracep 10/13/2010
Lee Miller as Sgt. Brice sighted by gracep 10/14/2010

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

Goof: Near the end of the final courtroom scene, Marvin Claridge (Vinton Hayworth) is on the stand. He says “Because Mr. Alexander Hill approached me himself the day after Helen was murdered.” Cut to a shot of Mason saying “Thank you. That’ll be all Mr. Claridge.” Cut to a reaction shot of Hamilton Burger. Behind Burger, in the gallery to the left, we see none other that Mr. Claridge watching himself testify! Submitted by Jeff Hanson, 1/7/2003. Pictures here.

+ Talman, farewell. The opening of this episode goes back to the second season opening, the one where Della and Paul are at the defense table and Tragg and Burger are at the prosecution table. This must have been stock footage, since William Talman no longer worked for CBS. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 5/22/2009.
+ This must be the second third of two three episodes filmed before March 1960 and not previously shown, because it was aired on 24 September 1960, 6 months after CBS fired William Talman. Beginning next week, Talman will no longer be featured. Submitted by PaulDrake 33. Edited by gracep, 10/14/2010
+ For more information about Talman’s woes and the story behind his departure, see related trivia items for episodes #87-89 and #95-96. Submitted by gracep, 10/14/2010.

+A clearer understanding of the order of episodes can be had by observing the production numbers conveniently given at the end of each episode from third season on. This episode is Prod#99. Prod#98 was broadcast 10 episodes previously in March 1960. Prod#101-103 (with William Talman and the "new" opening) were broadcast after Prod#104-108 without the actor. Apparently while CBS the corporation wanted to fire William Talman, CBS the network wanted him on the series and mixed the episodes so that Talman would be seen occasionally while they still had episodes featuring the actor and certainly wanted him in the fourth season premiere (and the second broadcast episode of the season [this episode]) as well. So this was not Talman's farewell, he filmed another four episodes (Prod#100-103) afterwards. Another argument for putting episodes on DVD in production order and not the arbitrary broadcast order. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 12/01/13.

Location: About 15 minutes into the episode we see Perry pull up to a house with his client. Tragg is standing under the archway of the front door and 812 is clearly visible. This is in fact 812 N. Las Palmas Los Angeles 90038. If you Google Map it you can see the same house with the distinctive archway and odd roofline minus the awning. Also compare the archway of the 2 story apartment building to the left of the subject house. Same today. At the top of the scene you can see 804 N. Las Palmas. At the time it was 800 Las Palmas and you can see 800 on the front door. For a closer look see episode #85 where the building was the star called the “Monterey.” There is a great scene as a woman scales down the exterior on the fire escape. Lastly, this block is just 2 blocks away from the studio where Perry Mason was being shot at the time. Thus it was an easy location for cast and crew from the studio at 1040 N. Las Palmas. Try and see how many car registrations etc. appear on the show with that address. Posted by Eric Cooper 17 February 2010. Some pictures here.
+ That house was also used as the Colin home in episode 75 Paul Drake's Dilemma. Submitted by H. Mason 11/1/14

Sightings: Blue Collar Guy appears as a bystander at the faked hit-and-run accident scene. More about him and other frequently-seen people here. Submitted by alan_sings, 9/26/10.
+ Distinguished Gentleman #1 and Distinguished Lady #2 watch the proceedings only on the second day, whereas “Miss Carmody,” Quiet Old Man #1, and Quiet Old Man #2 show up for both days. Submitted by gracep 10/14/2010.

CARS. This is the last legitimate appearance for both Perry's '59 Skyliner and Tragg's '59 Electra 225. They do briefly appear together in a single shot in Ep#106 but I believe that is leftover footage from Season 3 used for convenience by the Film Editor to set a scene.

Background Cars: parked in the street as Perry arrives at 812 N. Las Palmas, we quickly see

Oh-Oh!!! And there's that ominous KYL 907 plate again! Added by Gary Woloski, 9/2/12.

When Burger asks to recall Everett Dorrell if the defense has no objection, Mason (offscreen) replies "No objection." On the Season 4 Volume 1 DVD the closed-captioning has the judge saying that line. The syndicated version's closed-captioning does not specify who says the line, correctly assuming that it is Mason. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 12/01/13.

Brent Building: In this story we became aware of other tenants. More can be seen in episodes 38, 68, 149, 238 and 264. Submitted by H. Mason 11/1/14

The Judge: Willis Bouchey made his first appearance as a judge in Los Angeles. He presided over cases in Fawnskin (episode 80 TCOT Violent Village) and Outcast (episode 93 TCOT Ominous Outcast). Submitted by H. Mason 11/1/14

According to imdb, this is the last of 28 episodes of PM directed by William D. Russell...MikeM. 8/12/2016

This is the only PM appearance for Nan Peterson, who appeared in four episodes of The Twilight Zone...MikeM.11/21/2016

Comments Edit

A “blooper” takes place when Perry and John Conwell arrive at Conwell’s home as it’s clear that it’s been raining. The street and parked cars are wet, and we see rain droplets on Perry and Conwell’s jackets as well as Tragg’s hat. Yet when the scene shifts to the driveway, everyone is completely dry. Submitted by Kenmore, 07/05/2010.

French Parking. The production crew included a nice touch by deliberately parking Car(a), the Renault, behind the '59 Ford in the style "á la Parisienne" (DVD 13:05). This Renault could not possibly be the same one parked in New York City in Ep#78: it would have rusted-out on the drive to LA long before it got to 1040 N. Las Palmas! Added by Gary Woloski, 9/4/12.

Once again the "two of his greatest fans," Brian Kelleher and Diana Merrill, get the episode's summary wrong. Helen Austin wasn't the former girlfriend of Richard Hammond but of his lawyer, Everett Dorrell. And she wasn't supposedly killed by Hammond's car but by Dorrell's borrowed car. It would seem "two of his biggest fans" could have done more research into a widely-syndicated episode during the long time of compiling the information for the book of their supposedly favorite series. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 12/01/13.

Perry's office has new lettering on the door. Just three episodes earlier (in production) "The Case of the Gallant Grafter" featured the stock shot of his office door with different lettering. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 12/01/13.

+I'm glad Perry finally got the lettering on his door redone, because the original lettering, shown during the first few seasons, had the word "Law" slightly off center. Submitted by scarter, 8/20/14

Is there a more annoying series guest character than Aunt Clara Thorpe, played by Katherine Squire? Well, perhaps one of the other characters played by Squire in her two other series appearances (Episodes 199 and 240). Submitted by BobH, 2 December 2016.

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