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Veteran movie actress Beulah Bondi makes her only Perry appearance here playing Sophia Stone. She made a living playing Jimmy Stewart’s mother. Ms. Bondi played Jimmy Stewart’s mother 5 times—4 times in movies and once in his television show. Submitted by PaulDrake33, 16 September 2009.

Ivan Dixon made 2 other Perry appearances: TCOT Promoter's Pillbox ('62) & TCOT Shooting Star ('86 as the JUDGE); he was in an Ironside [IMDb]. Mike Bedard 2.23.15.

The new season begins with an appearance by the Curious Coffee Set, from which the mysterious seaman pretends to sip as he waits for Great-Aunt Sophia. Submitted by gracenote, 2/11/2011.

Sightings: Both Quiet Old Man #1 and Distinguished Gentleman #1 appear in the courtroom: the former as a spectator and the latter as court reporter. Submitted by gracenote, 2/12/2011.

Alas, Neither D.A. Burger not Lt. Tragg appears in this episode, notwithstanding the billing. Submitted by gracenote, 2/12/2011.
+ Correction: Actually, yes, Hamilton Burger is the prosecuting trial attorney in this episode. Submitted by cgraul, 9/22/2011.

Goof: Perry’s “wireless” intercom box is missing from its usual place on the desk in the office scene with Nineveh Stone. Somewhat later, after Paul enters through the side door, the intercom has returned. Submitted by daveb, 4/14/2011.

Location: Double duty. The house the two sisters live in appears to be the same house the rich lady from “TCOT Bullied Bowler” lives in. Maybe it’s a timeshare. The window patterns are different but check out the 2 very unique and unusual hanging lanterns by the front door. Also on the nightime scenes the porch light is in exactly the same place. The house is probably in Hancock Park which is again close to the studio. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 28 April 2011.

Location: I found the house! It’s at 357 Lorraine Blvd in the Hancock Park section of Los Angeles. It was originally built in 1898 for Issac Newton Van Nuys who developed much of the San Fernando Valley. The house is about 12,000 sq ft and looks exactly the same. Even has the same unique porch light after 50 years. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 6 June 2011. Pictures here.

At the beginning, Ernest announces the aunts’ ages as 73 for Sophia and 71 for Ninevah. The actual ages of the actresses, respectively: 74 and 46! You can tell the age difference if you look closely. Submitted by Ed Zoerner, 8/23/2011.

SEASON SEVEN PREMIERE! In Season 6 ('62-'63), Perry Mason aired Thursdays, 8:00-9:00 PM. On Thursday 26 Sept 1963 the THE NEW YORK TIMES (page 70) ran a half-page-width ad for that evening's Season 7 Premiere of Perry Mason on CBS:

{a large, very noirish Al Hirschfeld caricature of Perry Mason appears here, above the text}

2     NEW TIME!                                                                 ☺= CBS Eye
PERRY MASON 9:00-10:00 PM
Raymond Burr takes complete command in the courtroom (and in millions
of living rooms) with a thrilling new season premiere tonight. As the legendary
Erle Stanley Gardner's attorney-detective, he uncovers a swindling plot
that backfires into murder in the "Case of the Nebulous Nephew."

The Hirschfeld caricature, 5"w x 4¼"h, is very similar to this, without the bow tie but with Perry's left hand (pinkie-ring on) holding an early-20th-Century phone receiver up to his ear; a link to the image in the ad is in the "STARS' ADDRESS" Comment below. The NYT daily program listing (same issue, page 71) was:

9-10 -- Perry Mason defends a young man accused of killing an accomplice in fraud, "The Case of the Nebulous Nephew." Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, Ron Starr, others (season's premiere) - (2).

The Hirschfeld-enhanced ad was just one of many in the CBS Network's "The Stars' Address is CBS!" campaign of 1963. See Comments section below. Added by Gary Woloski, 11/21/13.

CARS. Buick's new Riviera debuted Oct '62. We finally get to see one in this episode!

  • (1) Ernest Stone's dark-color 1963 Buick Riviera, Licence Number 4Y5 MFG 015. Read the Apr 63 MOTOR TREND Road Test. Riviera came only as a 2-door hardtop at $4333. It was intended to compete with Ford Thunderbird ($4321) in the Personal Luxury Car niche. Prices are at factory for base '63 models. Compare: '63 Chevy Biscayne 2dr Sedan 6-Cyl was $2322. More on the Riviera Project in Comments section below.
  • (2) A 1963 Ford Galaxie 4-Door Sedan TAXI drops Perry and Paul off at "St Mary's Home for Children" in Charleston SC. The taxi is white with wide inverted-V stripes along the lower body, as if the car had originally been painted as some kind of emergency vehicle. The dark licence plate might actually be authentic 1963 SC.

The unusual plate on Ernest's Riviera is barely seen at 31:59. I couldn't make it out until I noticed that the MOTOR TREND test car had the same type, a "Manufacturers" (MFG) plate. See California "Occupational" Plates. Further examples: 56-pattern and 2012 Dealer (DLR) plates. Car(1)'s plate is the first Occupational Plate that I've noticed in the series but I now think that there could have been earlier appearances that I misidentified as Exempt Plates. Added by Gary Woloski, 12/17/13.

PLANES: The 4-engine jet that flies Perry and Paul to South Carolina at 23:50 appears to be an American Airlines Boeing 707-123B. If anyone knows more about planes than I do, feel free to correct me. -Submitted by 10-year-old-fan, 2 January 2014.
+ One of the few airlines that are still around today and WOW too that Perry and Paul have a couch to sit on in the plane...and way back in the 60's!!! ;-> Submitted by mesave31, 04/19/15.

Hallway Furniture: Once again there is a view outside of Perry's private door. The lamp was in episode 160, but not in episode 174. The picture was also seen in #174 but different in #160. There was usually something different each time the hallway was shown. Submitted by H. Mason

This is the only PM appearance for Ron Starr, who played Seaman Mannion in nine episodes of the television series Mister Roberts...MikeM. 12/12/2016