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Syrian born Michael Ansara makes his only Perry appearance here playing Vince Kabat. Mr. Ansara was married to Barbara Eden (“TCOT Angry Mourner”) when he appeared in this episode. However, Ms. Eden appeared on Perry Mason before her marriage to Mr. Ansara. Michael Ansara had his greatest acting fame as Cochise on the 50s western, Broken Arrow. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 14 October 2009.
Sightings: For at least a third time, Distinguished Gentleman #1 plays a spooky morgue attendant, once again turning up the sheet for an identification. Later, in the courtroom gallery, he and Quiet Old Man #1 appear as spectators. Read about them and all the other favorite frequent faces so diverting to spot. Submitted by gracenote, 3/20/2011.
In addition to playing the bailiff at the door (who helps nab the murderer at the end of the episode), Don Anderson has two other appearances here. In the opening scene, he passes by Bill Sherwood outside the hotel revolving door. Later, he's seen from behind sitting at the bar in Red's Reef as Sherwood banters with a waitress in the foreground. Submitted by FredK, 7 April 2011.
The restaurant where Paul and Perry have coffee between court sessions uses the ever-present Curious Coffee Set. Submitted by gracenote, 3/20/2011.
Although credited, we never see Lt. Tragg (Ray Collins) in this episode. The rest of the principal cast (except of coure for dear Gertie) is credited and appears. Submitted by gracenote, 3/20/2011.
Location: Thirty-six minutes in Perry once again scores a parking spot right in front of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse at 111 N. Hill Street. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 3 August 2011
Location: And look at all the traffic! Usually Perry arrives much earlier in the day. -Submitted by 10yearoldfan, 12 September 2014.
Hidden Clues: At 10:08, Perry peruses a newspaper account of the plane crash in which Ruth Sherwood supposedly died. Below the crash photos, we are shown the headline, "$200,000 LOOP ROBBERY," which also turns out to be central to the plot. -Submitted by 10yearoldfan, 12 September 2014.
More Thoughts on the Newspaper: I cannot find any record of a real newspaper named "Chicago Globe Star." The masthead font resembles that used by the Chicago Tribune but is not identical. The masthead does not show a date, and it is marked both "Extra" and "Final Edition." The text shown at 10:41 seems artificial. I suspect the page was laid out specifically for the episode. The airplane shows the number 421 on its tail. Perhaps it is a photo of Northwest Air Flight 421, which departed Chicago on 29 August 1948 and, horribly, crashed 100 miles southeast of Minneapolis. The plane in the photo resembles the real crashed plane, which was a Martin 2-0-2 like the one shown here. --Submitted by 10yearoldfan, 12 September 2014.
+"List of Accidents & Incidents Involving Airliners" identifies the Crash site as Fountain City, WI & the Cause as "Structural Failure" [google.com]. Mike Bedard 3.27.15
This is the third of three PM appearances for Bek Nelson, who was married twenty years to actor Don Gordon...MikeM. 1/16/2017