The $50,000 that Arthur West demands as blackmail would be about $367,517.30 today. The $25,000 would be $183,758.65. Submitted by billp, 1/1/2009.
When Burger has poor old Ned Bain hauled into Court, he tells him he can answer with impunity about the alleged theft (statute of limitations [SoL] having expired). I think that’s only a half-truth (and a little typical of Burger). If the SoL has expired, there still would be the possibility of a civil suit by the Bank for the monies stolen and the profits derived thereof. As always, I could be wrong. Submitted by billp, 1/1/2009.
+ Perry actually concurs with you in the final scene. Submitted by gracenote, 8/29/2011.
++ LOL, as when they wheel him in, they sure do not seem to be very gentle as he looks like he is bouncing all over the place (I saw two bounces)! Leaving, they seem to be going slower. ;-> Submitted by mesave31, 04/19/15.
Civil suits have legislated statutes of limitations. Where real property or a minor child are not involved, most must be filed within Two Years of the incident. That is true in most states. In California, fraud damages must be brought within 3 years, contract suits 4 years (with exceptions). Usually, criminal statutes are longer (around 5 years) than civil, but not always. cgraul 6.15.12
+ Amendment 7: "In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States than according to the rules of the common law" [The US Constitution For Everyone by Jerome Agel & Mort Gerberg; the Constitution Transcript is available at archives.gov]." Mike Bedard 4.17.15
This show marks one of the few times a foreign car, a Citroen, was featured in an episode. The use seems to have been tied to a desire to link Harriet Banes to the murder scene (although IIRC she wasn’t actually driving it). Submitted by billp, 1/1/2009.
As an electronic engineer with a certain amount of experience erasing tapes with magnets, I would have to say that I don't think Perry's technique would have done the job. At best, there would have been a slight decrease in volume. Opined by daveb, 3/2/2011.
Quite true. Any magnet powerful enough to degauss that tape into silence from the distance Perry held it, would have attracted that tape toward it and then the trick would be obvious ... my father was a music/audio buff,and I have seen that done with audio tape and magnets, with a really powerful neodymium magnet. Submitted by MikeReese, 8/12/2016.
This episode opens with stock footage of the Hotel Royal and Victory Clothing. This series would re-use the same footage ten months later, in #42, Pint-Sized Client. (See my comment there on 12/03/2011, before I knew that I have a doppelgänger.) Submitted by (lowercase, with a comma and period) masonite, 07/21/13.
In the novel Ned Bain was innocent of the crime for which he was being blackmailed; J.J. [Stanley] was guilty of the bank robbery. In the episode, he apparently was J.J.'s partner in crime which seems to make whether the tape recording was fake or not less important. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 1/1/14.
+ The guilty party in the episode is only a red herring in ESG's original novel. The guilty party in the novel doesn't even appear in the episode. Submitted by BobH, 25 January 2016.
I love that dress Della poured herself into. How did she breathe? Submitted by DellaFan, 4/3/14.
Heavens! How does Sylvia dress for special occasions? DOD 06/12/20
When Harriet first goes to one door then to the other, I could hear her thinking, “2B or not 2B?”. DOD 07/28/23
+ Channeling Miss Kitty: In her first appearance at about 15 minutes in, sister Sylvia looks like she dropped in from the Long Branch Saloon in Gunsmoke. JohnK, 13 July 2022
The ascot says it all. When the script called for a character who was artistic, aristocratic, frivolous or in Show Biz, the producers always knew the best way to dress him: with an ascot. In this episode, two-timing Addison Doyle wears the tell-tale tie. Submitted by francis, 6/05/14.
At about the halfway point, when they find the dead body in West's kitchen, you can see the dead guy's index finger twitch on the close up. Eric C. 7 August 16.
Robin Hughes played essentially the same character in "Auntie Mame". Addison's apartment, like Perry's, has no lock on the door. And just how long was this London conference, that we could have a blackmail attempt, murder, and hearing, and Perry could still get there in time? DOD 05/18/18
I am sure that Robin Hughes was a fine actor, but that beard of his, gives me the creeps!
Submitted by Hamilton Burger for Governor, 07/08/2020
The incidental music that starts at roughly the 1:00 mark of the episode when the lobby of the hotel is first seen was often reused on "Gilligan's Island", especially the first season when Ginger turned on the charm. Submitted by Kenmore 01/16/2022