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Location: About 14 minutes into the episode, right before the pawn shop scene, there is a nice street shot of Clifton’s Cafeteria which has been a landmark at 648 South Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles since 1931. Founded by Clifford Clinton it reflected his Christian ethics by feeding 10,000 people free in a 90-day period during the Great Depression. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 2 July 2010.
+ The presence of Car(g) and Trolley Bus(i) definitely date the filming of this shot to between late-September 1962 and 31 March 1963. The view is from the southwest corner of Seventh & Broadway looking north up Broadway; more in Comments section. Gary Woloski, 6/9/14.

Goof: About 19 minutes into the episode, we see the exterior of a building at least 20 stories high. But once inside, we see the elevator only goes to 12 floors. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 2 July 2010.
+ It's not necessarily a goof, since tall (>c.15 stories) buildings will generally have multiple elevator banks, one for the low-rise floors, and one (or more) for the higher floors. Submitted by Notcom, 121715.
+ This shot of the building exterior (DVD 15:12 to 15:18) sets the location for the offices of "Webber & Reed", presumably somewhere in Downtown LA. However, the film footage used here is of Lever House at 390 Park Ave @ E 54th St, New York City (floor count 24, a pioneer "glass curtain wall" design, constructed 1951-52 as "American corporate headquarters of the soap company Lever Brothers"). As the camera pans upward, the 1930s-era skyscraper to the Left and beyond the "Webber & Reed" building is the Du Mont Building at 53rd St and Madison Ave (floor count 42, completed 1931). The TV broadcast antenna on its roof is historic.See "Los Angeles Building Heights" in the Comments section for the steps leading to these findings. Added by Gary Woloski, 6/25/14.

Sightings: As Burger redirects the testimony of a witness, we find Distinguished Gentleman #1, Quiet Old Man #1, and “Miss Carmody” watching events unfold. A little later, we see a Pencil Mustache Man on the defense side of the room. Read more about these recurring but anonymous spectators here. Submitted by gracenote, 3/3/2011.
+In the Pawn Shop scene, we find the Distinguished Gentleman #1 out for a walk. Submitted by BigBill767, 6/17/2016.

CARS. Of the very large number of background cars seen in this episode, I have listed only the most visible or significant. There are only three Cast Cars:

  • (1) A yellow 1964 Ford Custom 4-Door Sedan TAXI takes Katherine Stewart to San Quentin Prison in the opening scene and later for her second visit. It's the first 1964 model-year Ford to appear in PM (Dodge had the first '64 in ep#192).
  • (2) At 14:07 Phillip Stewart exits the pawn shop as Jack Mallory watches from his medium-color 1963 or 1964 Buick Electra 225 4-Door HardTop. Not enough is seen to determine which year Mallory's car is. I believe that the bulbous side mirror seen at 14:07 is the "remote-control outside rear view mirror" option S7 ($11.78) which was available on both the '63 & '64 cars (ref Gunnell p112 &115). The first Buick definitely identifiable as 1964 does not appear until Ep#201 so Mallory's is almost certainly still a '63.
  • (3) At 38:52 it's Perry's OLD 1962 Ford Galaxie 500 Sunliner top down, with the expired 1956-pattern YELLOW-plate Lic No XCF 015. This is another re-use of one of two Season 6 Hill Street Courthouse location-setters: this is the one with the line of traffic on Hill St and without Paul's TBird in the picture.

Background Cars. Cars (a)-(d) are in the opening shots as Katherine's taxi, Car(1), approaches the prison and pulls into visitors parking:

  • (a) (00:50) In the quarter-full San Quentin Prison outer parking lot, there's a 1959 Chevrolet station wagon at lower center-screen, dating this shot to no earlier than late 1958.
  • (b) (01:00) A light-colored 1949 or 1950 Ford passes through the gate as Katherine's taxi approaches.
  • (c) (01:02) As the 49/50 Ford approaches the taxi, a black 1950-1953 Cadillac Sedan is parked to the Right. At 1:03 the shot abruptly cuts to:
  • (d) At "Visitors Parking" Car(1) pulls up beside a medium-color 1962 Oldsmobile 88 2-Door HardTop. The unique front end, seen in a flash at 1:03 before Kathy's taxi blocks the view, has been described as having a "chin strap layered front bumper". The jet-age styling evolved from the '61 Olds but the doubled bumper was dropped for '63.
  • (11:54-11:56) In another view of the outer parking lot with a guard tower and the front entrance in the background, from L→R the cars are a 1960-61 Ford Falcon, 1960-61 Chevrolet Corvair, VW Beetle, '58 Ford, '49-'53 Chevy & a '56 Dodge.

In the shot at South Broadway & 7th Street (12:53-12:58):

  • (e) An Austin Healey Sprite Mk I, light body/black top up, approaches the camera. Commonly called the "BugEye Sprite", it was manufactured 1958-61. The less cute Mk II-IV Sprites were made until 1971.
  • (f) A light-colored 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner is ahead of the Sprite and exits Screen-Right during the fade-in.
  • (g) A medium-color 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 2-Door HardTop is driving northward through the intersection toward Sixth Street, counter to the Sprite. The 1963 Fords were introduced in late-Sept 1962.
  • (h) Way-behind the Sprite is a "New Look" transit bus picking up passengers. It's a 1961-1963 Flxible Model F2D6V401-1. It's not the similar GM New Look bus; compare here (L→R: an "Old Look" 1953-59 GM TDH-4512 , two Flxible New Looks & a GM New Look). Amongst other differences compared to the GM bus, note the flat windshield sections and wiper positions of this episode's bus.
  • (i) Looking further Northward to the next intersection (Broadway & 6th), a trolley bus can be seen crossing from L→R on 6th. It's an ACF-Brill T-46, T-44 or T-45. No trolley buses or streetcars remained in service in LA after 31 Mar 63 (see article The Trolley Bus in Los Angeles).

The Broadway & 7th view is immediately followed by a shot of Phillip approaching the pawn shop (12:58). The bottom of the screen is filled by a:

The location-setting shot for the offices of "Webber & Reed" at DVD 15:12 to 15:18 shows at least two recognizable cars, bottom-left:

As of 1 April 1963, streetcars and trolley buses were gone from Los Angeles streets. On the weekend of 30/31 March 1963, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (LAMTA) ended use of electric-powered transit vehicles. All remaining streetcars and trolley buses were replaced by 200 "New Look" diesel buses. They were 100 Flxibles and 100 GM buses LAMTA had received in February '63 specifically for that purpose. These 200 buses made LAMTA's fleet of New Looks up to over 500, bought in stages since late 1959. The fleet was mixed at about half & half Flxible/GM because, although LAMTA preferred Flxible, the company was not able to supply the full numbers required (McKane, pp51-52). After the departure of the streetcars and trolley buses, LAMTA was left operating the 500+ New Looks plus 175 GM Old Look (25 TDH-5103 and 150 TDH-4801) buses, all diesel. See: LAMTA Bus Spectacular (Dodger Stadium 30/31 Mar 63, youtube 6:27) and this Nathan Masters article. Added by Gary Woloski, 7/23/14.

Phillip Pine played the genocidal Colonel Green in Star Trek's "Savage Curtain" opposite PM alums Barry Atwater/Prankish Professor (Vulcan Surak) & Lee Bergere/Murderous Mermaid (Abraham Lincoln). Raymond Burr was in the 1946 movie San Quentin [IMDb RB Filmography]. Mike Bedard 3.11.15.

Uncredited Actors: In the final scene, Don Anderson and an escort exit the elevator that Perry awaits to board. (Anderson was also a courtroom spectator.) Submitted by gracenote, 3/3/2011.

For several times in a row now, Lt. Tragg (Ray Collins) has only appeared in the credits. Submitted by gracenote, 3/3/2011.

Cold case / old case: Perry also solved the murder of David Reed - killed a year earlier. Submitted by H. Mason 9/27/14

Names: In episode 24 TCOT Deadly Double the murder victim was named David Reed and he had a wife named Helen. In this story the unseen murder victim was named David Reed with a wife named Helen. Submitted by H. Mason 3/9/15

Recycled newspapers: The newsman in Perry's office held a stack of newspapers with the partially visible headline: HEIRESS DEATH. That paper came from episode 185 TCOT Deadly Verdict. The paper Perry took to his desk was made for episode 182 TCOT Nebulous Nephew but not used in the story. It had the headline PATENT MEDICINE BABY LOSES STONE FORTUNE. The full front page can be seen in episode 204 TCOT Woeful Widower where it was supposed to be a New Orleans newspaper. Submitted by H. Mason 9/29/14

Address: Phillip Stewart's apartment was at 3506 Vista Haven #204. In episode 177 TCOT Elusive Element Austin Lloyd lived at the same address (no apartment number was given). Submitted by H. Mason 3/9/15

Banks: In court it was discovered that the Jakarta Diamond was in a safe deposit box at the Sherman Oaks Bank. That establishment paid $500,000 for the Volney Papers in episode 171 TCOT Two-Faced Turn-A-Bout. Submitted by H. Mason 3/9/15

Phillip Pine played the genocidal Colonel Green in Star Trek's "Savage Curtain" opposite PM alums Barry Atwater/Prankish Professor (Vulcan Surak) & Lee Bergere/Murderous Mermaid (Abraham Lincoln). Raymond Burr was in the 1946 movie San Quentin [IMDb RB Filmography]. Mike Bedard 3.11.15.

Hallway: For the first time there was a water fountain visible outside of Perry's private door. Submitted by H. Mason 3/9/15

Perry once again gets his coveted on-street parking space right in front of the courthouse! ;-> ...AND Goof: the white handkerchief in his left breast pocket as he walks up the stairs after parking, is not present when seen in court! Submitted by mesave31, 05/07/15.

This is the last of four PM appearances for Marie Windsor, who made eight appearances on The Red Skelton Hour...MikeM. 12/28/2016

This is the only PM appearance for Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, who appeared in four episodes of "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet"...MikeM. 4/5/2017