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Anomaly: Dave Willock, listed as Jay Robinson, is called Phillip Robinson in court by Deputy D.A. Sampson. Submitted Mitch English, 20 December 2007.
Continuity: When Lori Stoner is on the witness stand, the white streak in her hair is to the right of center. Later, in shots of her in the court seating area, the white streak is to the left of center. Submitted by Daniel Jones, 7/17/2007. Some pictures here.
Continuity: This is an addition to the Lori Stoner Continuity error listed by Daniel Jones - It's true that the white steak in the women's hair switched sides over the course of three courtroom scenes. But rather then it being a simple continuity error where the stylist forgot which side of her head she put the streak on it appears to be a goof in the editing room where someone dropped the piece of film containing the scene on the floor and when they picked it up it was turned "backwards" (from left to right, the woman's head was still at the top of the frame). Notice that her sheriffs badge looking broach and the overlap of the coat's button flap and buttonholes are also reversed. The only way I can see this happening is that the film editor dropped the film and when they picked it up they had the emulsion side reversed producing this mirror image. If you go to the link Daniel included the author of that link suggests this was done on purpose to get a needed shot. Certainly a possibility but if so it's hard to think they would just ignore the fact that by faking the way she was looking (right v left) it would make the hair backwards, the broach on the wrong side and the jacket button up backwards. Were they too cheap to just bring the audience back in, sit Lori down there, and film the scene properly?? Submitted Jim Delton, 10/17/2013.
+ Yes, this was/is a common practice in film. It is expensive to "reconvene" the actors and staff and recreate the lighting just to film a short scene where reversing the film would serve the purpose. There are a few episodes of Star Trek ("The Way to Eden" and "The Savage Curtain" come to mind) where William Shatner is shown backwards for a brief reaction shot. The part of his hair and shirt insignia can be seen on the wrong side. There is another episode where they needed a line from William Shatner after the footage had been filmed so they simply dubbed the line over footage of Shatner with his lips not moving rather than go back and film the scene. The fact that these were late third-season episodes after the budget had been reduced and they were running out of the money they did have may have something to do with it as well. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 10/21/13.
++ The other episode was "The Cloud Minders" [Episode 74 of 79; TWTE was # 75 & TSC # 77]. Mike Bedard 5.26.16. //
Character Names: There seems to be some dispute about the pronunciation of Alyce Aitken’s first name. It is at various times pronounced Elise and Alice. As a matter of fact when Jay Robinson is on the witness stand he pronounces it each way within a span of 30 seconds. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 29 July 2009.
Sightings: Seen in and around the courtroom are Quiet Old men # and #2, Pencil Mustache Man, Distinguished Gentleman #1, “Miss Carmody,” and the Little Old Lady in a Hat in the back corner. Submitted by daveb, 4/5/2011.
+ Distinguished Lady #2 also appears among the spectators. At one point she walks behind Perry and Paul as they confer in the hallway. Find more about all these folks on the “Who Is That?” page. Submitted by gracenote, 7/4/2011.
The dark little poem that Nicholson recites to taunt poor Aitken is “Richard Cory” (1897) by Edwin Arlington Robinson. Simon & Garfunkel adpated it the 1960s (years after this epsiode aired). Submitted by gracenote, 7/4/2011.
Uncredited Actors: Scowling Robert Wegner appears, as he often does, as the bailiff guarding the courtroom door. Submitted by gracenote, 7/4/2011.
In the wrap-up, everyone drinks from that ubiquitous and Curious Coffee Set. Submitted by gracenote, 7/5/2011.
This Episode has No Outdoor Scenes and NO CARS. Added by Gary Woloski, 2 Oct 2012.
Dave Willock makes his first of two appearances on Perry here playing Jay/Phillip Robinson. Dave Willock attended college in Wisconsin with Jack Carson, then teamed up with him in vaudeville. After Jack Carson became a big star with Warner Brothers, he never forgot his vaudeville buddy, and gave him work whenever he could. When Jack Carson had a starring role in his own radio show in the 40's, he hired Dave Willock as his sidekick, calling him "Tugwell". Submitted by PaulDrake 33. 17 October 2013.
In this first episode to be broadcast in 1961, the opening credits were redone for this one episode. All of the credits from "Perry Mason" to the Erle Stanley Gardner credit are displayed larger than in other episodes and the three co-stars' names are displayed diagonally rather than in the usual three corners. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 6/26/14.
So who played the waiter at the club for authors/journalists? He is seen picking up a tray of drinks, and I think he even says a word to one of the other actors, but no credit? From Welshwoman on 11/12/14
Philip Abbott played Assistant Director Arthur Ward on "The FBI," which ran 9 seasons like PM: there were 271 Perrys & 241 FBIs (1965-74). Mike Bedard 2.5.15.
Writer Milton Krims is credited with eight PM episodes. Milton Krims served in the Army Air Corps during World War II....MikeM. 8/30/2016
This is the only PM appearance for Sara Shane. She reportedly moved permanently to Australia in the 1960's...MikeM. 8/30/2016
This is the third of four PM appearances for Barbara Lawrence, who was a photographer's model as a child...MikeM. 12/6/2016
This is the first of three PM appearances for Paul Lambert, who was a lieutenant in the Army Air Corps during World War II...MikeM. 9/5/2017