The nifty telescoping, solvent-dispensing syringe used by Nils Dorow to loosen the jewels from the statue is really a car radio antenna with a rubber ear syringe bulb attached to the end. Props department saved some money on that one.
Submitted by Mason Jar, 9/16/2011.
+ Many aspects of the jewel theft seem inspired by the 1964 classic heist movie Topkapi.
Submitted by Masonite, 1/18/2012.
Semi-comic heist films were a bit of a trend in the 60s. Not just “Topkapi”, but also “Gambit”, “Italian Job”, “How to Steal a Million”, “Ocean’s 11”, “Who’s Minding the Mint?” - I’m sure there are several more. DOD 06/20/23
+* subcomment: this episode reminds me of Ninotchka (1939) starring Greta Garbo, Melvin Douglas, and Ina Claire. jfh 21Jun2022
+ + Such an elaborate jewel heist - and the thief didn't wear gloves.DOD 04/10/18
+ + + A digressive effort went into showing that he had no thumb on one hand and wore no gloves. Submitted by catyron, August 12th, 2018
++++ Actually the photo of the thief in the trunk shows a missing index finger. It may include a missing thumb but the picture of him in the trunk doesn't clearly show that. Submitted by HamBurger, 8/22/2020
Bad Accent Dept. Plenty of bad accents to go around in this episode! Wesley Addy, who plays Joachim DeVry, drifts in and out of a slight but indefinable accent. Though DeVry is the anglicized version of a French surname, judging from this episode, our Mr. DeVry spent some time in Transylvania. Submitted by francis, 4/30/14.
+ Wesley played a US Navy codebreaker in "Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970). Mike Bedard 3.5.15.
GOOF: At the airline desk, Gerard Van Ness reads the note left for him by Lisabeth, folds it and puts it in his pocket. In the next shot, Van Ness has the note in his hand, and then drops it, apparently intetionally, on the floor as he leaves the airport. jfh 21Jun2022.
+ It’s the empty envelope he drops. He put the message in his coat pocket. The envelope was apparently left on the counter which he picked up as he turned to leave. Kilo 4/29/2023.
"INTERPOL...facilitates cooperation between the criminal police forces of more than 180 countries...Headquartered in...France, it is the only police org. that spans the entire globe... INTER[national]POL[ice] traces its history to 1914, when a congress of...police...from 14 countries, was held in Monaco," britannica.com notes; Article 1 of the Constitution mentions "THE LAW OF NATIONS": 1 of 3 Roman law branches (+ Civil & Natural). Mike Bedard 3.10.15.
Paul Drake goes to a carnival and pays 50 cents to enter an establishment with the name "Girly Show". Not much subtlety there. Submitted by PaulDrake 33. 11 March 2015.
+ Paul got his 50 cents worth pausing to view while talking to Vyacheslav as 2 "girlys" walk between them as Paul ogles at them ;-) Submitted by HamBurger, 07/03/2017
While a number of prior episodes - e.g. TCOT Lazy Lover, Sad Sicilian, etc. - have substantial humorous elements, this episode, with its over-the-top characters and international jewel smuggling elements is perhaps the show's only attempt at camp (Batman, it should be noted, had debuted two months before this episode aired, though likely after it had been filmed). As might be expected, for a show that was at its heart a combination of murder mystery and morality play, the experiment didn't merit repeating. Submitted by Notcom, 062816.
Much has been written regarding "over-the-top accents", but, I believe that Lt. Drumm's over-the-top performance on the witness stand ouutdoes all the other performances in this episode. jfh 21Jun2022
I loved it at the end when Della was presented with a gift of a diamond ring from the exonerated defendant. She slips it on the third finger of her left hand with a wistful look. [unsigned, undated]
+ I noticed that too. It was sweet and sort of sad. Submitted by catyron, August 12th, 2018
Why do the fabricators of the fake tiara use jewels from an ancient Aztec statue? How could these possibly resemble the finely faceted jewels that would go into late 19th century jewelry created for the Russian Czar? Certainly the dozen 'experts' who checked out the faked tiara would have caught this. ckb 28 Oct 2020