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CARS: Cameo: 1958 Chevrolet Delray 4dr sedan, black & white (Police). From The Cars by Greg Cockerill.
Elisha Cook, Jr. makes his first of two appearances on Perry playing Art Crowley. Elisha Cook, Jr. was an outstanding character actor best remembered for playing Wilmer Cook in The Maltese Falcon. Elisha passed away on 18 May 1995, the exact day that Elizabeth Montgomery died. At the age of 91, he was the last surviving member of The Maltese Falcon. Submitted by PaulDrake33.
Prolific character actress Nita Talbot (the Lauren Bacall look-alike referenced above) makes her only Perry appearance here playing Iris Anderson. Among other television shows, Ms. Talbot was a semi-regular on Hogan Heroes, SuperTrain and The Thin Man. Ms. Talbot had a sister named Gloria who was married to Carl Betz. Carl Betz appeared on Perry in TCOT Sunbather’s Diary. However Carl Betz’s wife was not the famous Gloria Talbott, who spelled her name differently. Submitted by PaulDrake33. 21 October 2009.
Bobby Clark makes his only Perry appearance here as The Pint-Sized Client. Bobby Clark was better known for either Jimmy Grimaldi (the young boy who was afraid of his own mother) in Invasion Of The Body Snatchers or as Casey Jones, Jr. on the early TV drama Casey Jones. Submitted by PaulDrake 33. 3 December 2009.
Character Names: A crowbar in the episode has Gramp Renzi’s initials “A.R.” on it. But what is Renzi’s first name? Apparently, only Mr. Hays uses it: Anthony. Submitted by gracep 10/17/2010.
+ Hamilton Burger clearly identifies Mr. Kolichek as “Joseph Kolichek” even though the credits omit the first name. Submitted by gracep 10/18/2010.
Sightings: The Little Old Lady in a Hat watches with great interest from the front row of the courtroom gallery. “Miss Carmody” looks coolly on from the back row. Read more about her and other favorite frequent faces. Submitted by gracep 10/18/2010.
+ Also attending court today is the Little Old Lady #2, Distinguished Lady #4, and Distinguished Gentleman #2 (Burger's side). Submitted by BigBill767, 12/9/16.
Little Old Lady in a Hat is wearing the same hat and dress seen in the opening credits. DOD 06/15/18
Eleanor Audley (playing Lois Gilbert) might seem familiar to Walt Disney fans. She was the voice and the physical model for two animated villainesses: Lady Tremain, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, and Maleficent, the Mistress of All Evil who caused Princess Aurora to become the Sleeping Beauty. (She plays a more harmless and comical figure here, but that voice is quite distinctive.) Submitted by gracep 10/18/2010.
If you take a good look at the replica safe brought in by Hamilton Burger, you will see that it is the original Hargrove Finance Company safe, badly painted over. Submitted by evelyne 11/02/2010. Some pictures here.
Instead of the mounted plate on the wall behind Perry's desk, the mask is back, as it had been in Episode 40. Also, Della's hair has grown considerably longer in 42 than it had been in 41. I suspect that Episode 41 was filmed prior to Episodes 40 and 42. Submitted by 10yearoldfan, 25 March 2012.
+ Or perhaps episode 41 was shot after 40 and 42 and Della had her hair cut just before 41. Submitted by HamBurger, 10/1/2017
Syndicated cuts: Scene with Mr. Kolichek as Renzi works on his invention and Kolichek informs Gramp that Nicky found $50, Nicky entering and Kolichek leaving [When we see Kolichek comforting Nicky in court, we have absolutely no idea who he is and the first we hear of an invention that will make Gramp money is during Kolichek's testimony]; Tragg's testimony concerning the crowbar, the judge orders it entered as evidence, the clerk marks it as evidence; Crowley goes to Anderson's place for the other half of the hundred dollar bills, Iris gets a call, Crowley leaves thinking it's the police. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 8/11/12.
The Case of the Moving Chair: At least twice in this episode Paul Drake's courtroom chair is moved so that it is blocking the left swinging gate leading to the witness stand: when Mason is cross-examing Tragg we see views of the chair in its correct place (28:39) but when Mason returns to his chair, Paul's chair has been moved (28:44), perhaps to give Burr more room to get to his chair? The chair can also be seen in its correct position at 26:28 and 36:57 (when Paul enters and sits down) and blocking the gate again as Mason gets out of his chair (31:17) to cross-examine Lois Gilbert. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 8/06/13.
Unsolved mysteries: Perry and Paul failed to learn the identity of "Pop" - the third robber. Something similar happens in episode 52 TCOT Borrowed Brunette. Submitted by H. Mason 9/28/14
Torn money: This was the second story that included tearing money in half. It also happened in episode 14 TCOT Baited Hook. Submitted by H. Mason 10/13/14
James Anderson, who played Frank Anderson, was racist rabble-rouser Bob Ewell in "To Kill A Mockingbird" [IMDb: 1962]. Mike Bedard 5.25.16.
"Pint-sized Client" is the only Perry that Raymond Greenleaf judged; he was Edward Norton in "Sulky Girl" & a Rare Book Curator in "Bogus Books" & an uncredited Judge in "Birdman of Alcatraz" [IMDb]. Mike Bedard Memorial Day 2016 MeTV viewing.
This is the first of two PM directing credits for Buzz Kulik...MikeM. 9/5/2016
This is the first of two PM writing credits for Herman Epstein...MikeM. 9/5/2016
This is the only PM appearance for Eduardo Ciannelli, who was trained as a doctor but preferred singing baritone in operas. Ciannelli was born in Italy in 1888 and passed in Italy in 1969...MikeM. 9/5/2016
This is the second of two PM appearances for prolific character actor Than Wyenn (Eddie Merlin), who traveled with a Shakespeare company before moving to Los Angeles after World War II. Than Wyenn would appear in three episodes of "Ironside". Wyenn's last television role was in 1985. Than Wyenn passed in 2015, at the age of 95. He was survived by his wife of 71 years, two sons, and five grandchildren...MikeM. 6/15/2018