Morris Ankrum’s hands are shaking a bit in this episode. And he makes some unnatural pauses in his delivery. Perhaps he was not feeling well when this was filmed? Submitted by gracep, 9/10/2010.
+ This is the 11th of Morris Ankrum's 22 appearances as a PM judge. Ankrum had a law degree from USC. He passed away in September 1964, the month before his last PM episode aired. Submitted by MikeM, 11/09/2012.
++ He was also an Economics professor & has 275 IMDb credits, including "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers" & "Invaders from Mars." Mike Bedard 7.11.16 MeTV airing.
+++ Interestingly, during his run on Perry Mason, Mr. Ankrum played a character called "Mr. Mason" on a 1962 episode of Bonanza. OLEF641 12/5/21
Burger's Finest Hour: "The District Attorney's Office is more interested in Justice than in obtaining convictions," he told His Honor. Mike B. 7. 11. 16.
Steve Brodie reminds me of the 'Mayhem' character from those insurance commercials. And just where did those chimes in the final scene come from? Never heard those before.
The only episode I recall in which we have a body with eyes open. DOD 08/09/19
Even though the body of Mike Granger was buried when "it was pretty dark", Ben Wallace should've remembered seeing Johnny Clay bury a body under the beach house. jfh 17Jul2017.
The ending to this episode differs from most. After being named by Perry, the killer does not go through the normal “Yes, I did it” histrionics! Instead, Tragg leads the silent culprit off-scene at the end of the big reveal. Ed Zoerner, 3/22/2011.
Questions: How did Perry know Mrs. Bradley put in a claim for her husband's insurance? Paul didn't know. Where did he get that information? Submitted by H. Mason 10/23/14
Funny: Don't miss the last 20 seconds of the episode. I've heard Raymond Burr was a jokester and the last scene shows a good sense of humor and comic timing. As a clock strikes midnight, Della, Paul and Perry try to get out of the office before the last chime. But Della forgot the sliding door to the balcony and Perry forgot the lights. Eric Cooper 18 October 2016
It felt like they had time to fill in. When the chimes sounded, Perry seemed to look outside as if the sound was from an outside clock. Submitted by Perry Baby 1/11/18.
A clock? Sounded like Big Ben to me. Submitted by Clothears 19th March 2021
Burger makes one of his usual disclaimer about not interested in convictions but interested in justice. Actually Perry gave Burger the most convictions by getting the guilty to confess so when the confessed person went to trial they were likely convicted and often others associated in the trial for perjury and any number of other crimes. Perry created business for the DA. Submitted by Perry Baby 1/11/18
+ Yeah, Perry Mason made it all happen. All Burger really had to do was line up the courtroom and judge, and subpoena a few witnesses. JohnK, 27 July 2018
According to IMDb, Steve Brodie lobbied for Raymond Burr to be the bad guy in the film "Desperate" (1947), in what turned out to be the only film in Brodie's career in which he was the star. Brodie did this because Burr had been in a previous film with Brodie, "Code of the West" and thought he would make an excellent villain. "Desperate" turned out to be Burr's big break and he became one of the most recognizable bad guys in all of film noir. Burr returned the favor and had Brodie appear in three Perry Mason episodes. Submitted by Kenmore 9/03/2020.