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CARS: 1957 Ford Skyliner retractable, black (Mason), 1957 Plymouth convertible. From The Cars by Greg Cockerill.
+ The Plymouth is Sybil Granger's 1957 Plymouth Belvedere Convertible with V8 engine (denoted by wide "V" on fender forward of front wheel). Screenshot at 12:09 of the episode is here. Sybil's car was produced after mid-Jan 57: a close look at 12:17 shows that it had six pairs of narrow vertical slots in the underpan behind the licence plate, like this. Cars produced before mid-Jan 57 had six wide slots like this. The 57 Plymouth had very good handling thanks to its new "Torsion-Aire Ride" which included torsion bar Front Suspension. Read about the car here. See Comments "1957 Headlights".
& At 16:10 we see the Drake Detective Agency radio car manned by two of Paul's agents. It's a black 1957 Lincoln Premiere 4-Door Sedan. Another photo here. Added by Gary Woloski, 5/17/12.
Anomaly: Robert Bice is listed as Hurley in the closing credits but is identified as Frank Faulkner by Paul Drake.
In this show George Lutts complains to his daughter and son-in-law because steak costs $1.34 a pound. Can you imagine what he would have to say about today’s prices? Submitted by PaulDrake33, 6/25/2008.
The (shooting?) script for this episode is dated 10 June 1957. At least 7 episodes have scripts dated earlier. So while it was the 3rd episode broadcast, it was probably no earlier than the 8th filmed. Submitted by billp, 3 November 2009.
Here is the putative route of the “second” taxi trip Mrs. Granger took. The actual route described is a plausible one. The taxi is followed south on Roxbury Dr. It turns east onto Santa Monica Blvd. and goes past Hillcrest Dr. While on Santa Monica, it picks up Drake’s man. It then goes north on Doheny Dr., heading towards Sunset Blvd. While on Doheny it presumeably drops off Drake’s man and picks up Mrs. Granger and company. They tell it to go west on Sunset. It then probably goes south on Whittier. Mrs. Granger and friend exit at Whittier and Wilshire. This is somewhat southwest of where we, the viewer, initially picked up the trail. The route followed by the taxi is circular in nature. Frankly, it seems possible, given this description, that Mrs. Granger could have been with Drake’s men when this road trip began and ended. Interesting. I guess if you wanted to do a Perry Mason “re-enactment,” you could trace out this route and check out the scenery. Submitted by billp. 26 November 2009. [Here's the route on Google Maps. Use Street View to check out the scenery. daveb]
Uncredited Actors: Don Anderson makes his third Mason appearance here (unless you count episode 2 twice, since he was in two places in the courtroom). He’s a courtroom spectator seated directly behind Herbert Dean played by Robert Cornthwaite. (See Uncredited Actors). Submitted by FredK 29 September 2010.
+ In an initial long shot of the courtroom, he appears in the back row, but then in a closer cut to Burger, he disappears. Submitted by gracenote, 8/23/2011.
Sightings: Blue Collar Guy can be seen with his arm on the back of an attractive young brunette among the spectators exiting from the first aborted hearing, while Tragg is stalling Mason in the foreground. (See Who Is That?) Submitted by alan_sings 30 September 2010.
+ (Also Continuity Error:) In the courtroom gallery during the first hearing, we find Distinguished Genetleman #1 in the back row, Distinguished Gentleman #2 in the front row, on the prosecutor’s side. In the second hearing the two gentlemen sit together in the back row on the other side of the courtroom—that is until DG #1 shows up again on Burger’s side when he calls a witness. Submitted by gracenote, 8/23/2011.
Syndication cuts: Opening scene with Harriet, Bruce and Roxy; Sybil leaving her car and catching a cab; after checking her car for the gun, Sybil grabs her sweater from the seat and the binoculars fall out; conversation between Tragg, Mason and Sybil where Tragg takes Sybil to the D.A.; Della commenting that Burger left a vapor trail, Mason saying he didn't fool Burger, Mason accusing Sybil of lying about the distance of the shot and Tragg issuing another warrant against Sybil; Mason and Drake driving up to the shack; scene with Burger and Tragg and the binoculars, where Burger calls Tragg a peeping Tom and Tragg informs Burger about Lutts' and Sybil's fingerprints on the binoculars. Additional Hallmark cuts: Part of the dinner conversation when Lutts asks Herbert about Sybil "Did you see her there or didn't you?" and Vinnie says "every day last week"; Burger complaining about endless and purposeless cross examinations; Mason questions Sybil about the distance of the shot; cabbie being sworn in; cabbie saying he took Sybil to Brent building; Bruce asking Mason if he can help and Mason saying he's a little late; conversation between Vinnie and Herbert after Perry, Della and Paul leave; Burger's first objection to Mason's shooting-the-blank demonstration; Mason's telling Sybil to keep a poker face and Ruth being sworn in; Ruth saying she's Sybil's friend and Burger asking if the relationship goes farther. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 7/04/12.