Myrna inherited $280,000 or $2,062,371.58 in 2007 dollars. Only $40,000 ($294,624.51) is left. Beckmeyer had $210,000 ($1,546,778.69) in his trailer. The police had the $17,000 ($125,215.42) that Norge had turned over. Let’s see: 210,000 + 40,000 + 17,000 is 267,000. So there’s been a net loss of 13,000 ($95,752.97). Besides being a crook and a skunk, Ed Davenport seems to have been a pretty lousy businessman, too. Submitted by billp, 12/27/2008.
The file cabinets have moved from Della's office to Gertie's office - the ones with individual drawers for the first twelve letters of the alphabet. Rita Norge drives up to the office, sees Perry inside, then runs off away from her car. A few moments later, she drives up to the office again.
As with many episodes, this one has some pretty cavalier police work. They don’t bother trying to explain how Mrs Davenport could have removed her husband’s body and buried it miles away, nor do they show much interest in checking out the obviously shady doctor.
The only episode I recall in which Perry remains seated while questioning a witness. DOD 05/28/20
Perry's desk: There have been some comments about the modesty panels being cheap hardboard pegboard. There is a good shot of the panels in this and some other episodes. I submit they a perforated ornamental sheet metal which would be much more appropriate.Joe B. 10/25/21
On E. Davenport’s real estate business’ “For Sale” sign we see: 8 room, 2 bath, 60' x 150' (lot), $35,000; 4 family flat, 8 (car) garage, built 1948, $30,500; and Tri-plex, $27,500. In 2007 dollars these properties would be worth $257,796.45, $224,651.19, and $202,554.35 respectively. I don’t know what California properties run now, but I’m getting the distinct impression housing was a lot more affordable in California back then than now—if these 1957 prices were realistic. Submitted by billp, 12/27/2008.
+"Vista Motel Rates $3.50 up Kitchens" was the price at the "Motor Court." Mike Bedard 4.2.15
Robin Morse (Dr. Mitchell) reminds me of a younger Thomas Browne Henry (who portayed Ralph Duncan in TCOT Sleepwalker's Niece, George Denby in TCOT Dubious Bridegroom, and Hartley Basset in TCOT Treacherous Toupee). jfh 24Aug2023
I enjoyed watching Della hang the picture. I think Paul did too. Submitted by DellaFan, 3/24/2014.
On the stand, Dr. Hoxie stated that Davenport had a blood alcohol level of 0.15% and there slightly inebriated. Today, 0.08% is considered inebriated so more than slightly and for an average man would be 4 drinks. This means Davenport had about 8 drinks and then he had breakfast. So did he drink alcohol for breakfast? Submitted by Perry Baby 10/28/14
+ "Well I woke up this morning and I got myself a beer" or was it a mimosa or tequila sunrise. 7-8 of them to go along with those bacon and eggs!!! Either that or he was still hung over or drunk from the night before and needed something greasy.... Submitted by HamBurger, 7/30/2017
++ From "Sunday Morning Coming Down" by Kris Kristofferson: "And the beer I had for breakfast wasn't bad so I had one more for dessert" jfh 24Aug2023
I'm watching this one on MeTV and there is some sort of an "echo" at times throughout the show during various character's lines. It was surprising (and disappointing) to hear. I hope it was on their end and not the show's media itself deteriorating. Submitted by mesave31, 04/02/15.
Lt. Tragg too busy for Perry while filing his nails. Classic!!! Submitted by HamBurger, 7/30/2017
"You don't ask questions" Beckmeyer's response to the toxicologist - his apparent philosophy...as a detective no less! - goes a long way toward explaing his lot in life. Notcom 071323.
Why did Ed Davenport create such an elaborate ruse instead of just disappearing? Did he really believe he could frame his wife if there was no body to autopsy? And didn't it strike anyone as odd that a man who claimed that his hated wife, a woman he wanted to be rid of, was trying to poison him never went to the police? Also unresolved was Rita Norge's complicity in the scheme. Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 3/20/14.
Hopefully, Myrna cut all ties with her manipulative cousin after the verdict.Joe B. 10/25/21
I thought it was a stretch that Davenport found the doctor in advance and then when faking the poison attempt the front desk was called and the front desk recommended Dr. Renault. I guess the front desk thought he was a real doctor too.
Submitted by Perry Baby 10/28/14.
+"Quack," deriving from early Dutch, comes from "Quack" + "Salve" [Webster's Unabr. Dict.]. Mike Bedard 4.2.15
++ Dr. Renault was the "only doctor in the neighborhood". jfh 28Jun2022
Evil Twin? Beckmeyer's denials on the stand - the mannerisms, facial expressions, words ... even the cadence of his voice - are almost identical to those of the killer in TCOT Sleepwalker's Niece... just eight episodes earlier. Notcom, 092719.
+ He reminds me, in voice and appearance, of a young Jack Weston. jfh 28Jun2022