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CARS: 1957 Mercury 4dr hardtop wagon, 2-tone: medium color & white, Late 50s Triumph TR3, white, top down, 1957 Ford 4dr sedan, black & white (Police), 1957 Ford Skyliner retractable, black, top down (Mason), Cameo: 1955 Chevrolet Nomad. From The Cars by Greg Cockerill.
Don Durant makes his first of two appearances on Perry (He would appear in season 2 in “TCOT Jilted Jockey”). Fans of 1950s westerns will recognize Don Durant as the star of Johnny Ringo for 38 episodes during the ’59-60 season. Submitted by PaulDrake 33.
Location: About 18 minutes in, there is a quick exterior shot of County USC Hospital. Submitted by Eric Cooper 11 January 11. More info here.
The Mason team racks up another rare loss in the course of this episode: the Hudson case. Perry and Della first appear dispiritedly preparing a writ to try to keep “Mr. Hudson” out of the gas chamber that Friday. No further mention is made of this; it’s good to know Perry never let the occasional execution bother him too much. This scene has not appeared in all formats; it occurs at 11:16 on the DVD. Submitted by Dennis Bell, 2/14/2011.
+ Not a rare loss for Perry. It is just an appeal of a previous court case. Submitted by BigBill767, Nov 12,2016.
++ "A Writ of Coram Nobis is an order by an appeals court to a lower court to consider facts not on the trial record which might have changed the outcome of the lower court case if known at the time of the trial. CORAM NOBIS is a Latin term meaning the 'ERROR BEFORE US,'" uslegal.com explains. Mike Bedard 4.27.15
Syndicated cuts: Ed and Gary watching a horse on the track; Perry and Della preparing a writ late at night [see comment above], hearing a noise, Mason's comment about a char woman; entire jail scene with Perry, Doris, Lisa and Ed; Burger's argument that Doris discovered the other woman and killed Riker; Ed Bannister is sworn in. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 7/22/12.
Sightings: A number of favorite frequent faces appear in the courtroom gallery today, including Distinguished Lady #2, the Pencil Mustache Man, and our beloved Little Old Lady in a Hat. Find out more about these favorite frequent faces. Submitted by gracenote, 8/29/2011.
+ (Also Continuity Error:) “Sasha Magaloff” appears in some shots and not in others (and the Little Old Lady wanders a bit, too). Submitted by gracenote, 8/29/2011.
++ Also notice Distinguished Lady #4 among the courtroom spectators. Submitted by gracenote, 9/6/2011.
+++ We find Distinguished Gentleman #1 in the background when Paul meets Bannister at the parking lot before court. Submitted by BigBill767, Nov 12,2016.
16 TV seasons later Robert F. Simon appeared in the M*A*S*H episode "The Incubator" in the recurring role of General Mitchell. At a press conference (attended by Hawkeye and Trapper) a reporter asks him if the USA is using germ warfare. The general yells out "That's a lie!" sounding very much like Ed Bannister exclaiming the same on the stand. Mr. Simon was also the first of two actors to portray Darrin's father on Bewitched. The other actor was Roy Roberts who also appeared on Perry Mason in episodes such as "The Barefaced Witness" and "The 12th Wildcat." The two actors alternated on Bewitched, appearing with both Darrins, Dick York and Dick Sargent. Robert F. Simon died in 1992, Roy Roberts in 1975. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 7/22/12.
+ Robert has 199 IMDb credits, including his 2 other M*A*S*Hs ("Officers Only"/"The Trial of Henry Blake") & Perrys ("Slandered Submarine"/"Two-Faced Turn-a-bout"). He appeared in other Crime Dramas: Quincy, M.E.; Streets of San Francisco, Cannon, McCloud, Columbo & Hawaii Five-O. Mike Bedard 4.27.15
The music which is playing when Doris visits Riker is from Frederic Chopin's Impromptu Op. 66 in C sharp minor. Submitted by 65tosspowertrap 13 April 2014.
It's for you, Mr. Mason: Perry's nursing a drink in a well lit cocktail lounge when a waitress summons him to the phone; Paul knew where to find him. Submitted by francis, 6/12/14
Borrowed Bannister: Edward Bannister needs the help of two canes to get around, just like the character Arthur Bannister in Orson Welles's great film noir Lady From Shanghai. In that film, Arthur Bannister, played by Everett Sloane, was a criminal defense attorney with a high slugging percentage. JohnK, 18 October 2015
Werner Klemperer was born in 1920 in Cologne, Germany. His family brought him to the United States in 1935. Klemperer served in the US Army during World War II. He was an accomplished violinist and pianist. If Wikipedia is correct, this episode aired on Klemperer's 38th birthday...MikeM. 8/15/2016
+ His father was the world-reknowned orchestral conductor, Otto Klemperer. The Klemperer family had to flee Nazi Germany because they were Jewish. OLEF641; 9/4/2017.
So how does Stefan Riker get into the phone book after being here for only a few months? Submitted by HamBurger, 9/10/2017.
According to Wikipedia, Robert F. Simon was an excellent high school basketball player in Ohio...MikeM. 8/15/2016
Osa Massen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1914...MikeM. 8/15/2016
Last Lines: Della: "After all, every woman is entitled to at least one secret."; Perry: "What's yours?"; Della: "You'll never know."...MikeM. 8/15/2016