Richard Shores’ incidental music for this episode is especially entertaining and festive. Submitted by gracenote, 4/6/2011.
Wardrobe Incongruity In the opening scene, Joanna Monford, dressed in her nursing whites, walks across the patio and her hard-heeled shoes clatter against the floor. Her nurse's shoes should have been soft-soled. jfh 05Feb2018.
+ They also should not have those "stiletto" super pointy toes either. OLEF641 7/28/21
When Perry finds the body, medium shots of the nearby purse show the $100 bills stuffed in sloppily. The closeup shot shows the bills neatly fanned. And would $60,000 in $100 bills fit in such a small purse?
The shipboard marriage makes no sense. Why would the captain conduct such a ceremony knowing it wasn’t valid, surely putting him in legal trouble?
We are treated to a dazzling array of ladies hats - and Paul’s sunglasses are to die for! DOD 02/28/20
The only episode I recall in which we have what appears to be an African-American court reporter. DOD 02/28/20
Los Dos Banos: I’m surprised Paul mispronounces Los Banos, using a hard ‘n’.DOD 02/28/20
+ "Scott Cattle Ranch Dos Banos Unit No. 1" is how the sign reads as it is being pulled down just as Paul arrives. "Two Bathrooms"? jfh 28Feb2020
++ In re Paul's pronunciation of Dos Banos, it is extremely common for people who are not familiar with Spanish to mispronounce words with an 'ñ', especially when the tilde is left off the 'n'. OLEF641 7/28/21
+++ With the writers' penchant for using somewhat altered names of real California places, I suspect this was the case here. There is a town in CA called "Los Baños". The writers replaced the Los with a similar sounding Spanish word, without bothering about its meaning, thus resulting in a cattle ranch with two bathrooms (and no waiting?). OLEF641 7/28/21
++++ I was born and raised in California. The town of Los Banos had no tilde and was invariably pronounced "Los Bannohs" during my youth -- just like San Pedro was pronounced "San Peedro" and San Rafael was pronounced "San Rahfell." This was the rural accent of the Central Valley, and was used by those from the Southwest and Midwest who came to work in agriculture there during the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s. Some of them pronounced Nevada as "Navayda" and Los Angeles as "Los Angelees." The official city website says, "Los Banos (/loʊs ˈbænoʊs/ lohss BAN-ohss), alternatively Los Baños (lohss BAN-yohss) with the tilde on the ñ, is a city in Merced County, central California." Only after the rise of immigration from Central and South America was there sufficient impulse to belatedly rectify the Spanish pronunciation. So, yes, "Los Bannohs" was correct in the 1950s and 1960s and is still correct today. And San Rafael is still San Rahfell. And nobody calls Detroit "Detwah." Submitted by old-timer catyron, September 19th, 2021
Poor Paul Drake found himself on the wrong end of a gun two times in this story. Submitted by H. Mason 4/9/15
+ Is it a rural California thing to greet everyone who comes to visit with a rifle or a shotgun? Submitted by gracenote, 4/6/2011.
++ It's a Lane Bradford thing, for sure. He played so many heavies it's a wonder his horse could hold him up! Submitted by catyron, June 19th, 2018
Rare event happens 39 minutes in. Perry doesn’t find a parking spot right in front of the courthouse and has to walk. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 18 August 2011.
It looks like Paul's T-Bird took Perry's regular spot. DOD 02/15/19
+ Another rare event in this episode: Burger calls Perry as a Witness for the Prosecution and the judge rules it permissible. This is an onerous day for Perry! Were the Halloween Spirits out early (aired Oct 29)?
++ A nice touch: Burger concludes his examination of witness Mason with “Your witness, Mr. Mason.” Added by Gary Woloski, 1/18/12.
+++ It was the second time Perry was on the witness stand (see episode 17 TCOT Sunbather's Diary). Mr. Burger tried to get Mr. Mason to testify two other times but Perry solved the murder before it happened (episodes 87 and 121). Added by H. Mason 4/9/15
++++ Curiously, that episode also featured a(n atypically) likable victim; was "Perry testifies/undeserved death" somehow a single spot on the 'plot-wheel', or is it just coincidence ?? Hmmm....Notcom, 071420.
PM reuses the same walk-in-to-the-courthouse footage (same location of cars, people, etc.) 3 episodes later, in #220 Tragic Trophy. But in TT Perry no longer has his white pocket handkerchief when he's inside the courtroom. Submitted by (lowercase, with a comma and period) masonite, 12/12/12.
Lucky Don Anderson gets to hold Lisa Gaye. Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 12/21/2013.
+ And he got paid for it, too. JohnK, 5 November 2015
Better than that, Rick Scott (played by the lucky Henry Brandt) got to dance with both Barbara Bain and Lisa Gaye. JohnK, 5 November 2015
++ The young double-shuffle: And helped Lisa to hold the shuffleboard cue while she was dressed in her body-hugging short short shorts. lowercase masonite, 4/13/16.
Priorities: Rick the swain and Joanna the swan, while playing musical chair on the deck of the cruise ship (13:09 onward of the 2012 Paramount DVD): "Joanna, will you please marry me?" "What?!" "I love you. (Rick glances off to the side.) I-I want you to be my wife, now." "Rick, what's the matter with you?" "Hold still, darn it. I'm proposing. Now, I know there's a lot to explain." "Please stop it. It-it's the wrong time of day for this..." "Marry me, Joanna!" "...Besides, I promised the ship's doctor I'd help with an operation tonight." lowercase masonite, 4/13/16.
+ "I promised the ship's doctor I'd help with an operation tonight" has to be craziest excuse i have ever heard. Submitted by catyron, June 19th, 2018
Carelessness: The usually careful Perry Mason touched the desk in the room where Harvey Scott was killed. Submitted by H. Mason 4/9/15
This is the first episode I recall where the murdered person had no negative personalities issues. The usual murder victim was despised by many. Submitted by Perry Baby 11/1/16.
>Recall the sad plight of the hapless Uncle George**. There've been a few others too over the years, often innocent victims of a hasty plot. Notcom, 071420.
(**See above for another similarity to that episode)
"..you poor little fool!". Not exactly what a brand new bride would want to hear from her husband's co-worker. Submitted by GoGertie 2/5/2018
Given the frequency of fireplace pokers for murder weapons in PM episodes(as listed by H. Mason above), why? True in the novels also? Or, because it's the one weapon found next to every rich family's mansion's fireplace? Submitted by GoGertie 2/5/2018
+ Actually, any house with a fireplace, not just mansions, has a set of fireplace tools. My house certainly is not a mansion, and I've got a set. OLEF641 7/28/21
I enjoyed seeing Francis McDonald as Peg-Leg Jasper -- he was a character actor in later years, but was a fine lead actor in the silent movie era. He always pleases me, no matter what kind of role he undertakes. Submitted by catyron, June 19th, 2018
TCOT Not Again! Knot Stop me if you've heard this one: someone's inheritance is tied to whether/not they're married; why yes, it was only six episodes ago...and Anne Whitfield, the bride/pawn here was also the star of that episode!! Perhaps we can forgive the producers however: when shown in 1964, the episodes were actually in separate seasons, so six months apart...presumably enough time for people's memories to have faded. Noted - and forgiven - by Notcom, 070219.