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Uncredited Actors: Phillip Ober also appears uncredited as Adrian Hodge, Sumner’s brother. Posted by daveb, 7/3/2009.
+ Incidentally, Ober was the third husband of Vivian Vance (Ethel Mertz on I Love Lucy). Submitted by gracenote, 8/19/2011.
+Double Duty: Mentioned above P. Ober also played the part of Adrian Hodge. This was at least the fourth time a credited actor played two completely different people in the same story. See episodes: 50 (Maurice Manson), 130 (Frank Cady) and 171 (Hugh O'Brian). Raymond Burr will get his chance to do the same in episode 267. Submitted by H. Mason 4/2/15
Location: A shot of Malibou Lake appears in this episode. Reported by Charles Richmond, 7/3/2009. Read more about this lake at The Lakes.
Phone Numbers: The day of the murder Della Street reports with dismay that Sumner Hodge is unavailable because he is in seclusion at Lake Genado and his housekeeper will not release the phone number; yet a couple hours later Perry tells Della to call the cabin at Lake Genado, and she puts the call right through, without even looking it up. Submitted by cspoleta, 15 April 20116
++IMHO Della calls the Hodge residence "again", apparently successful this time, convincing the maid to divulge the number to the cabin. jfh 19Jan2017.
Pat Priest makes her first of two appearances on Perry here as Miss Young. This same year, Ms. Priest would replace Beverly Owen as Marilyn Munster, her most famous role, on the CBS sitcom The Munsters. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 29 September 2009.
Sightings: In the back row of the courtroom gallery, Distinguished Gentleman #1 and Little Old Lady #1 sit together. She turns to him as if to whisper during a surprising moment. Pencil Mustache Man, in the front row, appears rather detached from the situation. Quiet Old Man #1 is there, too, but blurry. More here. Submitted by gracenote, 3/22/2011.
+ Earlier, While young Con sings to his love at the Lone Pine Club, the aforementioned Gentleman sits at a table in the background, engrossed in converstaion. Submitted by gracenote, 8/18/2011.
Uncredited Actors: Guarding the house by the lake is a deputy sheriff played by Don Anderson. Interestingly, the camera lingers a long time on the deputy as he and Jack Talley (Lonny Chapman) eye each other. Anderson looks like he’s going to speak, but doesn’t. Later, Talley even barks an order at the deputy!! Submitted by gracenote, 3/22/2011.
That’s right, kids! Our singing, guitar-wielding defendant (Paul Carr) also appeared once (and only once) as Lt. Lee Kelso on Star Trek, in the so-called “second pilot” (but third broadcast episode) called “Where No Man Has Gone Before.” Submitted by gracenote, 3/22/2011. More Trek Alumni can be found here.
Location: The hair pin turns that do in Sumner Hodge at the 22-minute mark are on Mulholland Highway just a couple miles away from Malibou Lake as he approached Las Virgines Road. They are pretty tricky even when you do have brake fluid. And at the 35-minute mark Perry scores again with a one-in-a-millon parking spot at 111 N. Hill right in front of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 9 August 2011.
Dramatic footage through the windshield of the car as it plummets over the precipice. jfh 19Jan2017.
The song our man Con sings is ”The Riddle Song“—an English folk song. Submitted by gracenote, 8/18/2011. And at the end, Con sings "This Train," the version written by Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey and recorded on the first "Peter, Paul, and Mary" album in May 1962.- Submitted by 10yearoldfan, 28 September 2014.
Purloined Pocket: When Perry works his usual magic parking in front of the courthouse his suit coat holds a pocket square (30:15 on the DVD), but by the time of the hearing not only has the pocket square disappeared, but the pocket seems to be gone too. JohnK, 3 November 2015
Props: At approximately 5:00, Mona Hodge grinds her heel into a smashed photograph of Sumner Hodge (Philip Ober). This same photograph (then representing Ralph Davis and in a different frame) was smashed by Mary K. Davis earlier in the series, in Episode #30 TCOT Screaming Woman. Submitted by Dan K, 1/1/16.
This is the second of two PM appearances for Natalie Trundy who, according to Wikipedia, has been married five times...MikeM. 1/19/2017