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This episode is based on the 1942 Erle Stanley Gardner novel of the same name. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 27 October 2009.
Julie Sommars would later appear in another series centered on a mystery-solving defense lawyeróMatlock. According to the IMDb, she played A.D.A. Julie March (and Matlockís friend) in 94 episodes between 1987 and 1994. Submitted by gracenote, 4/27/2011.
+ Julie was in 3 FBIs, 2 McClouds & the 1991 Perry Color movie TCOT Glass Coffin [IMDb]. Mike Bedard 5.7.15
+ Julie was also in a short-lived TV series called The Governor and JJ with Dan Dailey, 1969-1970. Submitted my MillieG, 3/1/18.
This is one of the few Perry Mason episodes where there is no trial or evidentiary hearing. Instead, everyone is gathered into the parlor ‚ la Hercule Poirot for the denouement. Submitted by gracenote, 4/27/2011.
Always edgy Louise Latham makes the first of her two "Perry Mason" appearances here. According to production notes, she had a contract for two episodes, but the second one didn't take place until the fall, in Season 9, in TCOT Cheating Chancellor. Submitted by dwhite 1.20.13
Although this episode is sans courtroom dynamics, the book has one of the best courtroom dramas of the series. The defendant? Della Street!! cgraul 2.12.16
It's for you, Mr. Mason: Paul tracks down Perry in the doctor's office after Frank is shot. jfh 23Feb2017.
Location: About 17 minutes in they drive to Empire Theatre. Itís such a tight shot I canít be certain until I get a chance to drive by and explore but I think itís the John Anson Ford Theater which is still rockiní and is a short drive from the studio. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 14 September 11.
+ It is, indeed, the Anson Ford Theatre in Hollywood; but the hotel clerk is not saying 'Empire', he is mis-pronouncing 'Amphitheatre' (am-PIE-thee-AY-ter). The Ford was referred to, locally, as the Amphitheatre. dwhite 1.20.13
Name of the "Careless Kitten": Monkey. Submitted by H. Mason 9/29/14
No credit for the dead body of Mr. Leach (Leech?)
This is the first of two PM directing credits for Vincent McEveety, who would later direct "A Perry Mason Mystery" in 1995 with Hal Holbrook and Barbara Hale...MikeM. 2/23/2017
This is the last of three PM appearances for the multi-talented and always memorable Lloyd Corrigan (Gerald Shore). Unfortunately, Lloyd Corrigan's many acting credits end in 1966. He passed away in 1969...MikeM. 3/1/2018
+ As a fan of the Boston Blackie movies, Lloyd Corrigan is immediately recognizable as having played Arthur Manleder, Blackkie's millionaire friend. jfh 05Jul2018.
Curious Coffee Service: In the epilog, Della has 5 thermos cups on a tray along with the creamer and sugar bowl from the set. Does this mean that the set only has 4 cups, or does it mean the two youngsters don't rate the highest appreciation? And is there no saucer for Monkey? HiTechHiTouch 23Mar2018
+ Monkey got his aplenty by knocking over the cups and the creamer when he jumped on the table ;) jfh 05Jul2018.
+ This is the West Bend Thermo Serv plastic set that has replaced the chinaware Curious Coffee Set at Perry's office. The sugar and creamer, however, were not plastic. The original chinaware cups and saucers from the Curious Coffee Set are now only seen at the homes of the wealthy and the well-to-do, and occasionally in restaurants. Submitted by catyron, July 9th, 2018
This is the second of three PM appearances for veteran character and voice actor Allan Melvin (Thomas Link), who had recurring roles on many television shows and cartoon series. Allan Melvin passed in 2008 at the age of 84. He was survived by his wife of 64 years and one of their two children...MikeM. 7/5/2018