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Check here for Perry’s office address and telephone number. The girl in the scene doesn’t seem to be wearing colored nail polish but the pointing finger is. The same finger is also seen in #198. Submitted by Paul Chrisney, 6/10/2004.
Please note that the address in the phonebook is wrong! Perry’s office moved to the Bank of California building a couple of years ago. Submitted by D. A. Supernaw, 9/6/2005.
+ The office didn’t exactly move. See the Brent Building page for the full story.
Location: The gas station where the two women switch cars and identities is STILL THERE! It’s at Las Virgenes just before the 101 Ventura Freeway. In the episode, you can see the Ventura Freeway behind them. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 9/12/2008, posted by daveb. Some pictures and vidcaps here.
+ Incidentally, all one-shot and two-shot conversations here apparently occur in studio in front of a back-projection screen, with only the long shots taken actually at the station. Submitted by cgraul 1/19/2011.
Location: The church in the opening scene—can anyone identify it? Vidcap here. Submitted by daveb, 12/13/2008.
Is it just me or does anyone else think the plot of this show is awfully close to the plot of episode number #54,
TCOT Foot-Loose Doll? Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 15 September 2009.
+ Yes, it was a remake as indicated in the show’s opening credits. For more about this topic, see the Repeated Episodes page. Submitted by daveb, 9/15/2009.
+This episode of Perry Mason (TCOT Fanciful Frail) and the second season episode TCOT Foot-Loose Doll (#54, 2.15) are both based on the same Erle Stanley Gardner novel titled The Case of the Foot-Loose Doll. So this current episode is often considered to be a "re-make" of the first season episode TCOT Foot-Loose Doll. See repeated episodes here. Submitted by Charles Richmond, 26 April 2013.
This episode features some of the same music heard in episode #255, “TCOT Golden Girls”. In particular, the same song later used on Gilligan’s Island (see trivia of #255) plays at the beginning of this episode when Peggy Sutton is in her room alone. The only difference is that the tune features more piano playing than trebly guitar—but it’s the same song. Submitted by Ed Zoerner, 9/27/2009.
As Ethel bares her soul to her new acquaintance at the garage coffee shop, she drinks from a cup and saucer from the Curious Coffee Set. Submitted by gracenote, 6/12/2011.
Goof: At the gas station, Ethel gives Peggy an extra $20 to help her out, then puts her wallet back in her purse. Then the two women immediately switch purses, making the gesture a little pointless! Submitted by gracenote, 6/12/2011. + This was not an actual goof, as Ethel had not as yet decided to switch. Submitted by cgraul 1/19/2012.
Goof? When Peggy looks at Ethel’s driver’s license, we see that she was born November 7, but no year! No doubt this gallant omission is deliberate, to protect the lady by not revealing her age! Submitted by gracenote, 6/12/2011.
Sightings: In the back row of the courtroom, Quiet Old Man #1 silently watches Perry zero in on the real murderer (again). Submitted by gracenote, 6/12/2011. + Also, it appears that the Thin Man is doing well at the crap table, rolling the dice but not really saying anything. Submitted by Kenmore 10/31/2012
Roy Engel, who played the detective at the San Francisco airport, made six appearances as President Ulysses S. Grant over the four seasons of The Wild Wild West. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 6/21/12. + Roy Engel also appeared on 18 episodes of Bonanza, mostly as Doc Martin (or another doctor). Submitted by Charles Richmond, 8/30/2012.
Most of the edits in the syndicated and Hallmark versions appear to be the same except for the scene at the Starglow Motel. The syndicated version begins with the Starglow sign, then shows a room where a flashlight is shining on the right wall. The camera then pans to the left showing a man pointing the flashlight around the room. After he walks a bit to the right he again shines the flashlight on the right side then makes a counter-clockwise movement with the flashlight until it shines on the camera. Then he walks to the left. The Hallmark version shows the Starglow sign, then jumps to the flashlight pointing at the camera. Then the man walks to the left. The music over the Starglow sign is also changed to the later music so it flows into the edited scene. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 6/21/12.
Other common edits: Both the syndicated and Hallmark versions appear to end Act 1 (after Ethel puts the pencil in her purse after looking up Mason's number) and Act 3 (after the pit boss excuses himself to Drake) prematurely. After the Lake Tahoe and Milgrave names are shown, the music suddenly stops as Milgrave hands a martini to Drake indicating a possible edit. And an office scene with Carruthers, Erskine and Strickland between the kidnapping of Ethel and the Starglow murder scene is missing in both versions. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 6/21/12.