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Tudor Owen makes his first of two appearances on Perry here playing MacLean. Tudor Owen starred on radio with Raymond Burr (and also Jack Webb) on the noir action show Pat Novak For Hire. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 3 September 2009.
Robert Armstrong is best known for playing Carl Denham in 'King Kong' , in which he also spends a lot of time on a rusty old freighter. DOD 10/12/18
Sightings: The ubiquitous Little Old Lady in a Hat is present in the courtroom. You can see her sitting behind actor Edward Binns as Perry finishes with Special Officer Vogel for the first time on the stand. Despite her dour look, she does well enough to afford a string of pearls. Submitted by Kenmore, 9/12/2010.
+ Joining the Lady in the courtroom gallery: Pencil Mustache Man, “Miss Carmody,” “Sasha Magaloff,” and Quiet Old Man #1. Submitted by gracep, 11/23/2010.
+ Lastly, as someone bolts for the courtroom door, a startled Distinguished Gentleman #1 turns to watch. No doubt as you read each name, you wonder, Who Is That? Added by gracenote, 6/10/2011.
Uncredited Actors: Bert Stevens sits on a seat of the board hearing testimony in the Coast Guard maritime court. Submitted by gracep, 11/24/2010.
TCOT Active Art. When Paul Drake goes to Japan to check on salvage operations on the Janeel Trader’s cargo, crates with the stamp “Claver Collection — Rio de Janero” can be plainly seen behind the salvage crew. The alleged destruction of this art collection set in motion Episode #118, TCOT Torrid Tapestry. Later, when Drake and the Japanese police trace the stolen cargo to a warehouse in Yokohama, more Claver crates are present. Submitted by FredK, 2 October 2010.
+ I saw only one “Claver” crate, and I don’t believe that Paul was in Japan at that time. I think he was on the island seen in the establishing shot just before the scene with the crates. Paul probably flew there “by way of Guam” per earlier dialog. After Paul reports to Perry, he is sent on to Yokohama. I did not see any clearly identifiable “Claver” crates there. Submitted by daveb, 10/4/2010. Some pictures here.
+Dave is right and it’s a lesson to me about relying on memory late at night while posting. The second appearance of the Claver crates is on the dock in Los Angeles when Perry, Della and David Gideon check the watchmen’s routine. As David times Perry going to the ship, he and Della stand next to two Claver crates. For the record they are stencilled “Nathan Claver Collection — Rio de Janeiro.” My apologies for the inaccuracy. Submitted by FredK, 4 October 2010.
CARS. Two rare "Professional Cars" [Cars (1) & (5)] are featured in this episode:
More on Professional Cars (1), (5) in Comments sect. Added by Gary Woloski, 1/17/13.
TCOT Fortunate Find Not only does the salvage company have a curious haul in their warehouse, they were also verrrry lucky to have salvaged the Jeneel Trader's jettisoned cargo: the Pacific Ocean has an average depth of >14,000', but apparently the loss occurred right where it could be found easily....how lucky !! Submitted by Notcom, 122215.
We learn during the trial that Capt Bancroft purposely chose a shallow reef to purposely scuttle the ship so as to give the crew a chance to get away safely. DOD 10/12/18
Character Names: Mr. Wenzel’s (Sean McClory’s) first name, as revealed during the Coast Guard hearing, is Fred. The protagonist Griffin (Lee Farr) is Jerry, but curiously that is left out of the credits, too. Submitted by gracenote, 11/24/2010.
Did you notice that Tudor Owen stereotypically follows in the tradition of Scottish engineers set forth in countless movies and TV shows (e.g. Mr. Scott on Star Trek) in remembrance of Scotland’s 19th century glory days of shipbuilding? Submitted by daveb, 11/24/2010.
+ I not only noticed, i could not stop laughing! I had to pause the show until i could re-focus my attention. Then i played it again and started laughing again. It took three tries before i could watch it without cracking up. Not the actor's fault -- he was great -- but just my own weird sense of humour kicking in. Submitted by catherine yronwode, 1/26/2018
Karl Held repeats his performance as David Gideon, which he began in #122, TCOT Grumbling Grandfather. Submitted by gracep, 11/30/2010.
Although credited, Ray Collins as Lt. Tragg does not appear in this episode. Submitted by gracep, 1/7/2011.
This episode introduces Lt. Anderson, played by Wesley Lau, who'd portrayed a paint manufacturer just two episodes ago. Submitted by francis, 4/25/12.
+ But that previous episode was filmed at the end of the fourth season. Because of CBS' arbitrary decision to withhold two episodes and show them at the start of the fifth season put the airdates of those two episodes closer together than they normally would have been. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 2/2/15.
While tying all the loose ends together in the final scene, several of the characters enjoy refreshment from the Curious Coffee Set in Perry’s office. Submitted by gracenote, 6/11/2011.
+ Except for young Gideon, who is seen holding a glass of milk (again). Submitted by francis, 4/25/12.
Both this episode and the next one (TCOT Crying Comedian) feature actors who had prominent roles in Marilyn Monroe movies. In this episode it's Casey Adams, who was in Niagara; in the next episode it's Tommy Noonan, who was in Gentleman Prefer Blondes. Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 10/10/2013.
+ Casey Adams is involved in scuttling a ship in this episode, and prays for a boat to be scuttled in Niagara.
This is the first of five PM writing credits for Robert Leslie Bellem, who was best known for a character he created, Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective...MikeM. 9/24/2016
This is the second of two PM appearances for Victor Sen Yung, who played Hop-Sing on Bonanza...MikeM. 1/2/2017
+ Victor was also Jimmy Chan and later Tommy Chan in the Charlie Chan movies. Submitted by HamBurger, 9/29/2018
TCOT Marvelous Model: At around 01:56 - 01:59 we see a nicely detailed model of the Janeel Trader on the high seas ... only it is clearly marked as the Chinese Star! Not only that, in the middle of that brief scene, a tiny human figurine along the aft port rail falls over the edge and into the ocean! Man overboard!! Submitted by catherine yronwode, 1/26/2018