When Della gets up from Perry's desk and then walks across the office to let in Claude Demay, we get a really good look at her. Submitted by DellaFan, 9/28/2013.
A minor point, but this is the only episode I recall in which that lamp by Perry’s sofa is lit. DOD 10/27/20
The problem I have with this episode is that a few times Perry jumps to some pretty amazing conclusions, and while of course they are correct (as they always are), his arrival at them does not seem plausible. Submitted by gracep, 11/14/2010.
Claver's Caddy. The Fleetwood Seventy-Five could be either the 9-Passenger Sedan ($9533, 699 built) or the Limousine (highest-priced Caddy @ $9748, 926 built). They were the same except the Limo had a more sumptuous interior with a glass chauffeur partition and two auxiliary seats added. When Perry draws Claver to the window at 30:17, examine the Caddy:
- it appears that it does have the chauffeur partition; and
- looking a bit aft of the Right-Front Wheel, see that the forward-most section of the lower-body chrome trim line has fallen off this Brand-New Caddy ('61 Caddies went on sale 3 Oct 60).
I wonder if anyone at Cadillac noticed their car falling apart. Added by Gary Woloski, 11/19/12.
Suspense Sequence. In general, cars appear early in PM episodes and then we spend the last half-hour in court. In this episode #118, the unusual timing of car appearances late in the story drew my attention to the sequence of shots between the courtroom and the warehouse. From the moment the Judge declares a recess @ 44:33 to Perry's line "Better call Tragg, Paul" @ 47:59, the sequence is backed by an ominous-sounding arrangement of the PM main theme. The main action occurs from 44:56 to 47:04, in which time there are eighteen film edits (cuts and dissolves) and all nine of the cars listed above appear while the Suspects move to cover their posteriors. The apparent anxiety of the characters, the clipped editing and musical backing, even the Thin Man's silence and creepy pointing gesture, all contribute to the suspence.
Although the dominant quality of the sequence is TENSION rather than Action, I regard this two minutes or so as ranking right up there with the Bullitt Car Chase! I think that this was Exceptionally Well Done. Added by Gary Woloski, 11/22/12.
Thin Man Twin. The image used for driver Car(3) above is not of our Perry Mason Thin Man but is actually of look-alike Leo Catozzo, film editor for the 1957 Federico Fellini film Nights of Cabiria. Fellini roped his editor and friend Leo into playing a character, "The Man with the Sack", in one of the sequences of the film. That sequence was not included in the original public release but has been restored to the DVD available now. Leo invented the Catozzo Splicer, for which he was awarded an Oscar for Technical Achievement at the 62nd Academy Awards (1989), demo on youtube (It). The likeness between Leo Catozzo and the PM Thin Man was too striking for me not to bring to your attention. Added by Gary Woloski, 12/20/16.
In a similar vein to first comment… It is not clear to me why Mr. Claver should have confronted Mr. Voss when he discovered the tapestry was a fake. He wasn’t going to accuse Voss of producing it? Submitted by gracenote, 7/8/2011.
+ Having just reviewed the episode, here’s my take on the action: Claver gets Demay’s mysterious invite to the arras auction. None of the invitees knows who it’s from. This is concerning to Claver. The only arras that could possibly have been available for auction was his, which was destroyed—or was it? Claver goes to Voss’s gallery for an answer. Why? Claver later says he hadn’t seen Voss in some time prior to this first visit to the gallery. (Voss probably set up the gallery with his cut of the insurance money. Claver reasonably probably didn’t want to seem connected to his partner in crime.) This seems to indicate that Claver had some suspicion about Voss. Had Claver heard rumors about Voss’ special offerings (c.f. Hazlett)? Regardless, Claver strongly conveys the impression he thinks Voss has something to do with this mysterious tapestry. The gallery dialogue/interplay between Claver and Voss is marvelous—full of double entendre. Claver leaves the gallery with his suspicions unassuaged if not elevated. Claver and his driver follow Voss to the pawnshop. Claver sees the arras, now materially connected to Voss in Claver’s mind, and has his driver steal it. Claver knows it’s a fake. So he asks himself, what’s Voss’s game? Blackmail? Whatever it is, Claver seems to be at the center of it, and he doesn’t like it. (Claver got an invite, it’s a copy of his arras, Voss is linked with it.) Claver goes to the gallery, probably pretty angry and upset, and, lo, he sees the Voss and the buddha. Claver now knows he’s been thoroughly double-crossed by Voss. Claver kills Voss for any number of reasons. Della’s post-lude comment about “that’s why Claver confronted Voss at the gallery” is accurate, but not particularly informative because in my opinion Claver would have confronted Voss whether the tapestry was real or a copy. Submitted by billp, 10/04/2011.
Is Claude ever cleared of setting the fire in Rio? DOD 10/27/20
One minor nit: when the collection is on fire at the begging, the police show up with Voss. When the policemen talk, the closed captions say: "[Speaking in Spanish]", however Rio is in Brazil, where they speak Portuguese. And I do hear the word "fogo" which is Portuguese for "Fire".
I like this episode, but it does have a timing issue. When "The Thin Man" calls in the position of Brenda Larkin, she is in the warehouse district on foot. When Perry, Paul, and Della arrive, they meet "The Thin Man" who points them to the exact warehouse she is in. As our heroic trio walk towards the warehouse, Brenda Larkin is arguing with the warehouse clerk to give her the key. --- Just how long was she arguing with him? Even if "The Thin Man" had a car phone, it would take Perry, Paul, and Della at least 15/20 minutes minimum and probably a lot more to arrive on the scene. If we assume that Brenda Larkin was walking for most of that time, why did she park so far away? It doesn't make any sense. It would've worked better for Larkin to be in the room having torn it all apart looking for the statue when Perry arrives. Submitted by Kenmore 8/02/2021.