Zasu Pitts was just delightful. Old silent-film stars have an expressiveness about them that post-talkie actors just cannot seem to emulate. Submitted by gracep 12/22/2010.
“Very well. I repudiate myself!” This quote from Glovatski when he is testifying is one of my favorites from the entire series. It’s great to see Victor Buono (a published poet, by the way) have fun with the dialogue of his character. Submitted by Ed Zoerner, 7/8/2011.
+ You said it! You know you are going to enjoy a TV show when you see Victor Buono on the screen! Submitted by gracenote, 7/19/2011.
++ Ugh. I had the opposite feeling when I saw Victor Buono. I wanted to turn off the episode, especially him as a beatnik. --yelocab 28MAR19
+++ I greatly enjoy Victor Buono and found his role here delightful. Submitted by catyron, May 13th, 2021
This was my favorite of Victor's on the show. His handling of the role in Twice Told Twist was also fine, though I didn't like the story that much. Just once I wish he could have been cast in the show in a non-villainous role-as an actual client, or at least an innocent supporting character. Of course, it didn't help that all of Victor's movie appearances were of people with troubled backgrounds. But his times on the Batman show are fondly remembered by many; in those King Tut episodes, his brand of camp comedy was truly masterful and often hilarious. Indeed, you get a nice touch of that here in this PM episode. Bravo, Buono. Submitted by Greg, 8/26/23
That slatted room divider with attached planters in Gabe’s swank bachelor pad was seen four episodes ago in “Glamorous Ghost”. DOD 12/21/21
Gabe's Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster was a “SuperCar” of its era. Production was 1400 “Gullwing” Coupés 1954-'57 and 1,858 Roadsters 1957-63. The 300SL was the first-ever production car with a multi-tube space frame chassis (scroll down to 5th para). This was a very expensive frame/chassis to produce and they didn’t skimp on the rest of the car either! Wikipedia article here. Anyone driving this car around L.A. in 1962 did it for image: 1962 price for Gabe's car was $10,950 (Port Of Entry). The factory price of Perry's '62 Lincoln Continental Convertible was only $6,720 and a new '62 4-Door Comet was $2,139. Added by Gary Woloski, 10/9/11.
This was most interesting to see, not one, but four ‘suspicious’ actors in this show. Mark Roberts, Richard Erdman, Victor Buono, and Arline Sax almost always mean trouble—if they're in anything, they’re either doing dirt or so close to it they’re dusty!! Submitted by MikeReese, 12/1/2011.
The usually careful Perry Mason touched the car door when he examined the body of the murder victim. Submitted by H. Mason 12/1/14
Our killer intended the victim to be ID'd as Otto, but made no attempt to get rid of Gabe's distinctive car. DOD 11/07/18
+ Even the landlady who "sat at [Otto's] feet" didn't think it odd that undiscovered painter Otto owned such an expensive automobile. jfh 07Nov2018
+TCOT Wondering Watcher While jilted girlfriend Fiona acknowledged the change in Otto's appearance, Miss Whilom apparently took no notice of her idol Otto's radically different look, any more than she did of his owning a fantastically expensive car. Or did I miss something? Had Otto been showing up in his new look for some time? Struck me as VERY odd! Submitted by JazzBaby, 3/10/2019.
Freudian Slip? When Monty was admiring Otto's painting "Day's Catch" at Gabe's farewell party he made a Freudian slip and almost spilled the beans. He said "It looks like the work of two guys, to me". Kilo 1/18/2018.
Hear, hear this was one of the few - the only? - times in the series where the DA clearly articulates, and the judge largely sustains, how a Hearing really works: the Prosecution presents evidence as to why they think the Defendant committed the crime(s) and the Defense tries to refute the evidence; they may do so by showing the evidence is false, or at least inconclusive, but not by constructing elaborate theories as to how someone else did it. Notcom 051823.
In answer to H. Mason's question in Trivia above about what happened to the second bullet, I imagine it was something like this: When Phillips demanded to know where his money was, he pulled his gun on the other man, who lunged for it, it went off, and in the continued struggle it went off again, into Phillips' stomach, killing him. The first bullet could have been anywhere in the studio and not been easily detected, the studio was that disorderly. I suspect there originally was a scene where this was explained, but it either ended up "on the cutting room floor" or never even made onto film in the interest of making the script fit the time allotted. OLEF641 4/20/21