Even considering today’s “anything goes” mentality, this episode seems racy to me, i.e., the nephew having a “relationship” with his aunt-in-law. It must have been seen as particularly bold in its day. Submitted by billp 6/14/09
$80,000 in 1960 would be worth about $576,324 today. Submitted by billp, 6/14/2009.
Sue Randall makes her first of two appearances on Perry playing murder defendant Betty Wilkins. Every baby boomer will remember Sue Randall much better as Beaver Cleaver’s grade school teacher, Miss Alice Landers. Sue Randall died at the age of 49 in 1984. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 06/26/2009.
James Anderson is best known as the villainous Tom Ewell in "To Kill a Mockingbird". Despite his long and varied career, Kenneth Toby may be best known for three sci fi classics - “Beast From 20,000 Fathoms”, “It Came From Beneath the Sea”, and the terrific “Thing From Another World”. DOD 09/02/18
That brief shot of the fire as seen from the phone booth is taken from the end of Hitchcock’s “Rebecca”. DOD 11/15/22
Ken Toby is also well known for his appearance in Airplane. On the DVD commentary for the film, the directors implied that he didn't quite get the jokes, but he still did a pretty decent job. Submitted by Kenmore 9/29/2020.
Notice when Alice Gorman leaves the cabin which is on fire, she enters her car from the passenger side and awkwardly scoots to the driver’s side. It makes little sense in reality since entering on the driver’s side is what most folks do, especially if they are in a hurry. But from the camera’s point of view it makes perfect sense since she stays in frame for the entire scene. Submitted by Kenmore,11/10/2009.
+ Actually, in the days of roomy cars and bench seats, people would often enter on the passenger side and scoot over, especially if the car was parked at the curb and traffic was heavyish. I've seen it happen on PM more than a few times. OLEF641 2/6/21
I love Perry's coffee carafe! (at 42:31 on DVD) submitted by scarter 8/21/14
Funny how William Campbell who played "Trelane" in the Star Trek episode reminds us a little like Liberace in that Star Trek episode and is shown at the end of this episode, when revealed by Paul Drake wearing a "Liberace" style hat ! ;-) Submitted by HamBurger, Aug. 24, 2014 <<<<<<<
Perry ID's Beautiful Cocktail Waitress as Frances Banks near the end in court but she never gets a credit. Anyone know who she is or if she appears in other episodes? Eric C 16 Aug 16 =======
"The Case of the Ill-Fated Artful Dodging Faker." At several points in this episode, Paul Drake refers to Jim Ferris's having at least one alias, but never supplies it. One can only wonder whether Ferris's alias might be Allen Sheridan (See Episode #78, TCOT Artful Dodger), another scheming nephew--also played by William Campbell--who's trying to bilk money out of a wealthy relative by claiming that gangsters are putting the bite on him. Submitted by BobH, 3 December 2016.
TCOT Kafkaesque Credits: And thus we come to the dreaded Season Four Opening Graphics by Pacific Title, which, speaking as a professional graphic designer, i find unbearably lame and useless, fading from grey dimensionality to stark chiaroscuro by way of filmic realism, symbolic of Eternal Anomie, the Endless Void of Judgement, and the Overwhelming Blankness of Nihility. Tiny Featureless Perry stands 20 feet away from the Looming Faceless Judge emerging from the shadowlands, with no one to defend but himself. There is no prosecutor to contend against, no witness to call, no secretary to take notes, no spectator to watch. We see him alive for but a passing moment, and then he blinks into linear flatness, alone, Trapped in a Sword He Never Made. This is truly Perry Mason's Nightmare, The Case of the Kafkaesque Credits. Submitted by catyron, February 22, 2021.
Another plot that relies on rather casual identification of a body. DOD 09/02/18