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Charles Thompson makes his only Perry appearance here playing the car man. Mr. Thompson was unique in that he was almost 60 years old before he ever began acting. Most people best remember Mr. Thompson as Asa Breeney, the inept security guard on The Andy Griffith Show. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 2 September 2009.
Yet another triumphant appearance by Della’s monogrammed dress! It does seem to fit a bit more snugly each time, though. Submitted by Ed Zoerner, 7/9/2010.
Location: The brick stairs seen when Perry has a chat with Lester Menke are also seen in the Magic Donut scene in #101, “TCOT Wandering Widow.” Submitted by daveb, 12/29/2010.
Della serves coffee to Perry and Paul at her temporary quarters using the Curious Coffee Set. Submitted by daveb, 12/30/2010.
Character Names: The first name of Mrs. Leander Kerrick is Dolly. The Antique Car Man is Mr. Barry.
Submitted by gracep, 1/3/2011.
+ Paul said Antique Car Man’s (ACM) first name “Amos” when Perry asked him if he knew any antique car people. I did hear Perry address ACM by name but I heard it as “Mr. Berry” which, in hindsight, I prefer because Perry’s & Paul’s consultation with the hard-of-hearing old Crank was NUTS! Perry really asked for confusion, verbal chaos and a razz-berry when he started by asking ACM "Can you tell us the name of the electric broom on this Saint Christopher Medal?" (The “broom” being a "brougham"). The conversation went straight downhill from there. I wonder what 1962 TV audiences without home recording/playback made of this comedy scene. Added by Gary Woloski, 10/13/11.
+ Interesting point re Barry vs. Berry; I was simply using the spelling provided by the closed captions. Submitted by gracenote, 26 November 2011.
+ Minutiae: I assume that gracenote is referring to the "closed captions" on the cable-TV reruns. The Sub-titles on the DVD consistently spell ACM's name "Brry". GW
+ Broom/Brougham? Coincidentally, for Perry's line "Can you tell us the name of the electric broom on this Saint Christopher Medal" (clearly enunciated by a straight-faced Burr), the DVD sub-title does read "brougham". Whether "brougham" or "broom" was typed on the script, this is the only use of the "b"-word in the whole episode and I'm led to wonder if the sub-title writers, J.R. Media Services (closing credits w/ subtitles on), were working from a shooting script or just took great care in their work (or both!). Either way, I'm sure that Raymond Burr intentionally pronounced it "BROOM" in order to make this the in the entire series! Added by Gary Woloski, 4/22/13.
+ I don't think Burr was making a joke; brougham is pronounced in various ways (more than demo'd in the link above), including "broom." Lord Brougham of England pronounced his name Broom. Perhaps Burr was an Anglophile! Submitted by JazzBaby, 3/12/2019.
Although credited, Ray Collins does not appear as Arthur Tragg. Submitted by gracep, 1/3/2011.
Sightings: Distinguished Gentleman #1, sporting glasses, sits in the back row of the courtroom gallery, while “Miss Carmody” sits on the front. Read more about these two and the other recurring spectators. Submitted by gracep, 1/3/2011.
+“Miss Carmody” is also enjoying dinner at the same restaurant where Perry and Della are dining in the opening scene. Her companion has his back to the camera, but he might also be one of our regulars. Submitted by JazzBaby, 3/12/2019.
Goof: When Perry leaves upon the conclusion of his discussion with Mrs. Kerrick, he asks for the medallion back and clearly takes it with him. Yet shortly after, Mrs. Kerrick has the medallion when she visits Della! Submitted by Ed Zoerner, 7/16/2011.
+ Correction: When the scene concludes outside the house, and Perry has had Paul follow Menke, Mr. Baker and the secretary exit the house and get into a car and leave—watched by Perry. He then gets another idea an climbs the stairs to re-enter the house, presumably to talk again with Mrs. Kerrick. It is then that he would have ostensibly given her back the medal. Posted by dwhite, 12/3/2011.
The ultraviolet lamp used by Perry looks very much like the “Black-Ray” from a previous episode, namely #114, TCOT Blind-Man’s Bluff. Submitted by gracenote, 7/20/2011.
Someone please correct me if I am wrong. This episode has the only final wrap where Della cries at the end.
Submitted by Mason Jar, 7/28/2011.
+ And I don’t remember any other episode in which Della dropped so many strong hints that she’s ready to settle down and raise a family. That makes almost five years that she’s been “hinting” but the guy still hasn’t got it. Della’s “Baby Formula” (see below) isn’t working! Added by Gary Woloski 10/16/11.
Mrs. Cosgrove, the cleaner for the Mason law office, praises Perry while being questioned by Burger on the witness stand. In response, Burger hops up onto his soapbox and grandly proclaims: “This seems to disprove the old theory about no man being a hero to his cleaning woman!” Don’t miss the following quick shot of Burr’s facial expression portraying (perhaps) simultaneous amusement and humility! Added by Gary Woloski 10/13/11.
Sgt. Brice (Lee Miller) is Burger’s first witness, just past half-way through the show. The scene is more than 30 seconds long and he answers three questions from Burger in about 50 words. There is also a very fine facial close-up of him. This is the longest speaking part for Lee Miller that I can recall and the only one with an extreme facial close-up (much better than Episode #59 and without his hat!). Added by Gary Woloski 10/14/11.
Della’s Baby Formula: Della hands the notes she found pinned to the baby's blanket to Paul, which he reads as “My name is Leander. Please, Please, don’t let anybody, not even the Police, take me away. E-V-M 13-W 19-C-O-R-N S2T.” In response to Paul asking what the code is, Della replies, “That’s his formula, Paul.” Added by Gary Woloski, 10/16/11.
+ I have made baby formula with Carnation evaporated milk and corn syrup thinned with water. This formula could be 13oz. evaporated milk, 19 oz. water and 2 T. corn syrup. Anything for Baby is sterilized, especially the water. The water is boiled then cooled to eliminate bacteria, then added to the milk. That explains the excessive proportion of water to milk, to allow for the several ounces of evaporation. Submitted by DesignDeb via the Perry Mason Yahoo Group, 6/25/13.
Location: Opening street scene you can see Beefeaters Inn which is long gone. It was at 170 North La Cienega in Beverly Hills. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 19 December 2011.
At 3:49 on the DVD you can see in the far upper left corner the shadow from a studio light quickly appear and then be pulled away. Submitted by Exquisite Decay, 11 January 2013
Set Design Error: starting at 22:28 on the DVD to the left of the front door there is a mail slot in the outside wall. After Della opens the front door and the camera cuts to the interior shot, there is no corresponding mail slot next to the door on the interior of the wall. Submitted by Exquisite Decay, 11 January 2013
This episode's writer Jonathan Latimer throws a screwball with Antique Car Man's (ACM) "information" regarding the car engraving on the medallion. ACM says:
The scene goes on to provide the pointer toward Dolly Kerrick. Within this story's fictional world, please take ACM's info as genuine and enjoy the episode. In the real world, however, only ACM's dating of the car is accurate; the rest of his story is bunk:
Detroit Electric went out-of-buisiness in 1939. I suppose that Jonathan Latimer and Paisano Productions felt that they could get away with attaching fiction to a real company's name because, by 1962, Detroit Electric had been inactive for over 20 years. It's perhaps ironic that, now after 70+ years, the Detroit Electric brand has recently been resurrected! Added by Gary Woloski, 5/16/13.
CARS. (1) Perry's 1962 Ford Galaxie 500 Sunliner, black w/black top up, Lic No XCF 015.
Apparently, the same Baker Electric as in this episode appeared in Bewitched, Season 3 Ep3 "Witches and Warlocks Are My Favorite Things", aired 29 Sep 66. See the episode on youtube, car at 21:04-21:33. Other TV/movie appearances are at this imcdb page. See histories at coachbuilt.com and earlyelectric.com under "Baker" and "Rauch & Lang".
Background Cars. Antique Car Man (ACM) has four old cars in his shop:
An electric car appeared on a US 17¢ stamp of the 1981-95 Transportation Series). It looks like a Detroit Electric (front-hinged doors). This Day-of-Issue postcard puts a Baker Electric (suicide doors) beside the Detroit Electric on the stamp. Added by Gary Woloski 4/5/13.
Anomaly: Did anyone else notice that the supposed date on which Leander Jr. died, as spoken by Lenora Graves and as written in the sanatorium record book, was February 29, which did not occur in 1962 or even in 1961? It seems there were even more lies in this plot than were revealed during the episode. Submitted by 10yearoldfan, 5 Aug 2013.
It's for you, Mr. Mason: Paul and Perry are consulting Mr. Berry in his antique-car garage when the old gentleman fields a call for "Mr. Raisin" from his secretary. Submitted by francis, 10/31/14.
Brent Building: In this story we learned the name of another tenant. Mrs. Cosgrove said she had been cleaning Crespo and Company. Submitted by H. Mason 12/8/14
This is the first of two PM appearances for Joan Petrone, who went to Europe and Japan with the USO shortly after the end of World War II....MIkeM. 10/26/2016
This is the first of two PM appearances for Maria Palmer, who was born in Vienna and passed in Los Angeles...MikeM. 2/1/2017
This is Sara Taft's only PM appearance. (Why wasn't a member of the mini-union - Sheila Bromley, Josephine Hutchinson, Jeanette Nolan, Catherine Squire - that normally filled this type of role brought in ?? Perhaps because a clearly older person was called for.) Notcom 022218.