Charlie Rose asked Raymond Burr why Perry Mason ran for 9 years. Raymond replied that people are interested in "our form of justice" and that minorities saw it as "their show" because PM prominently featured Asian, Black, & Female characters (PM 50th Anniversary Edition Special Features). Mike Bedard 2.5.15.
+ And in addition to the Asian-American characters, we had a return -- after months -- to having an African American courtroom spectator. Submitted by catyron, July 13th, 2018
"Nightwatch 10-16-1985" Interviewer
CR: "What was the MAGIC of it?"
RB: "The audience wanted to believe in our court system...still the best in the world...It was even an important show in foreign countries where they have the Napoleonic Code rather than the Anglo-Saxon code...some of the shows in the United States helped change the laws in those countries." Mike Bedard 2.23.15.
Douglas Henderson (Frank Jones) is best known for another role with Cold War associations in The Manchurian Candidate.
This may be the most technically dense episode, stuffed with a lot of admiralty law and shipping regulation. Still, it is a welcome switch from our last, and possibly worst, episode "TCOT Grinning Gorilla". DOD 3/8/18
Back to the corrupted variation of the end credit music. Sigh. Submitted by catyron, July 13th, 2018
The Bamboo Curtain Closes in all of PM's 271 episodes there were only two defendants - out of the >271 - who weren't white: in ep 189 TCOT Floating Stones Irene Tsu played a Chinese female, and here we have a Japanese male. Male and female...China and Japan...much like a Taijitu, balanced and complementary. And thus the show's most visible efforts at diversity - modest by today's standards but somewhat daring for early 60's television - were over. Notcom, 080219.
+ In addition to the two episodes mentioned by Notcom, both "TCOT Caretaker's Cat" (#58) and "TCOT Blushing Pearls" (#73) had defendants--Benson Fong and Nobu McCarthy, respectively--of Asian descent. Submitted by BobH,3 August 2019).
Goof: As Perry explains the basis of his writ to move the case to federal district court, Hamilton says, " Why, that's ridiculous! You know better than that, Perry!" To which Perry replies, "Yes I do, and so will you tomorrow morning." jfh 15Apr2021