Another time that the identity of the murderer is not revealed until the final scene. Submitted by PaulDrake33, 6/26/2008.
Quote of the day: “Blackmail, like cancer, needs radical treatment.” (Said by Paul Drake.) Submitted by gracenote, 8/31/2011.
+ "Blackmail" Etymology: "sp. var. of North ME mal(e) tribute, rent; OE mal agreement; Scand, cf Icel mal agreement" (Webster's Unabr. Dict). Mike Bedard 3.6.15
Della refers to Mr. Brent's GIRL FRIDAY: the term is "Modeled on Man Friday" [after character Robinson Crusoe; WUD]. Mike Bedard 3.6.15
The title comes from the most persistent misquote from Shakespeare. The actual line: "To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, to throw perfume on the violet, to smooth the ice, or add another hue unto the rainbow, or with taper-light to seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish, is wasteful and ridiculous excess." King John, Act IV.
Brent is sapped hard enough to knock him out cold, yet this is never brought up in court.
The Duke of Wellington, when approached by a similar blackmailer, famously replied "Publish and be damned!" DOD 06/06/18
This is one of the early shows, in which a jury is present. Normally, Mason disposes of his cases at a "preliminary hearing," or "probable cause" hearing, a favorable ruling at which precludes the need for a jury. So we can assume in this case Mason did not have his usual success at the prelim. cgraul 7.4.12
Why does Binney slug Brent? This makes no sense to me. Submitted by Scarter 1/5/14
+ It makes perfect sense. Binney was no fool. Although Brent had told Binney that he was going to pay the blackmail, for all Binney knew Brent was actually going to kill him. To eliminate that unpleasant possibility, he slugged him, and then took the money. Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 4-23-14.
Plot Hole: When Binney shows up at Stewart Brentt's office with all the blackmail material, Brentt had only met his wife 3 weeks previously. He told Perry there was a 2 week courtship in Las Vegas, and then a week honeymoon. Binney arrived on Brett's first day back in his office. But the news that Brett and Anne Rowan had married was only known for a week at the most, not nearly enough time to discover that Anne Rowan was actually Anne King, and that she had a prison record. Submitted by PaulDrake 33. 6 May 2015.
Barbara Baxley resembles Connie Cezon. jfj 30Oct2019
"Richard Erdman: A Tribute." One of my earliest and fondest memories of the PM series is of watching this episode on WPIX-TV in New York in the mid-1960s. And perhaps the most memorable among its charms was the appearance of bantamweight blackmailer Arthur Binney, played so adeptly by Richard Erdman. In addition to numerous terrific movie and TV performances spanning eight decades--most notably in the 1951 film noir "Cry Danger"--Erdman made five more PM appearances and was one of a group of talented guest actors who contributed substantially to making PM such a pleasurable viewing experience. Mr. Erdman passed away yesterday at the age of 93. R.I.P., Mr. Binney. Submitted by BobH, 17 March 2019.
+ I just watched one of my favorite films noir, "The Blue Gardenia", in which Richard Erdman played a newspaper photographer and Raymond Burr was the murder victim. jfh 18Mar2019.
++Pitkined?? Erdman's bio notes he was born in Enid, OK, which is the first name of Barbara Baxley's character...coincidence?? Perhaps; but if so it's a remarkable one. Wondering, Notcom 111320.