CARS: 1957 Cadillac convertible, black w/ black & white int., white top up (Mason); 1957 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible, medium color, top down; 1954 Buick Special Convertible, light color, top down; 1957 Buick Special 4dr sedan (Police). Cameos: 1957 Corvette, white, top down & again (Drake); 1955 Chevrolet Nomad; 1957 Chevrolet BelAir 4dr Sedan, light color. From The Cars by Greg Cockerill.
+ Tragg drives himself to the murder scene (alone). Reported by William Continelli on the Perry Mason Yahoo Group, 4/29/17.
Goof: A great blooper! Two of the main characters, Myrna Davenport and her cousin Louise, are in conference with Perry in his office. Louise turns to Myrna and says “, that telephone call that came just before we left the house…Ed’s very ill….” Submitted by Rodney Pendell, 7/11/2002.
Continuity Error: The gauges on the oxygen tank in the motel room show pressure when Dr. Renault checks them. A few seconds later, there’s no pressure. Pictures here. Submitted by daveb, April 19, 2007.
Uncredited Actors: Principal cast member Connie Cezon makes a rare cameo as Gertie, the receptionist. Former amateur heavyweight boxer Tom Kennedy plays a Drake operative, Don Gregory. Submitted by gracenote, 8/26/2011.
Sightings: At least two frequent familiar faces turn up in the courtroom gallery to watch Perry in action: Distinguished Gentleman #2 and Pencil Mustache Man. Submitted by gracenote, 8/26/2011.
+ Also in the courtroom we have Distinguished Gentleman # 1 on Perry's side in the front row and Distinguished Lady #4 on Burger's side. Submitted by BigBill767, Nov 11, 2016.
John Stephenson was the voice of Mr. Slate, Fred's boss, on The Flintstones. Submitted by Mason Jar 10/7/2011
Edwin Jerome [Rath] Judged 2 Perrys: Purple Woman was the other ('58) [IMDb]. Mike Bedard 4.2.15
+ I am wondering if this is the same Ed Jerome who played Blackstone the magic detective on radio. Submitted by Wick 4/62022
Twilight Zone Connection: James Maloney was the 1888 train conductor in "A Stop at Willoughby" (1960); June Dayton appeared with Dick York in "A Penny for Your Thoughts" (1961); Sarah Selby appeared with Jackie Cooper in "Caesar and Me" (1964); Adam Williams appeared with Inger Stevens in "The Hitch-Hiker" (1960) and was also in "A Most Unusual Camera" (1960); Michael Fox was also a doctor in "Nightmare as a Child" (1960), a Martian(!) in "Mr. Dingle, the Strong" (1961, with Burgess Meredith) and another doctor, a psychiatrist, in the rarely seen "Sounds and Silences" (1964). Submitted by Wiseguy 70005, 7/12/12.
Alfred Hitchcock Connection Adam Williams was on two AHP episodes, the earlier of which (Listen, Listen 1958) was coincidentally on this same night. Notcom, 081117.
Syndication cuts: Part of Mason and Della's conversation in the car about Perry being overzealous; scene with Paul and the motel manager with Beckmeyer watching them; the scene in Burger's office with Mason before Myrna leaves; scene with Louise and Beckmeyer outside the courtroom; Louise and Beckmeyer's conversation while Perry and Della are looking for a house trailer. Additional Hallmark cuts: Everyone walking out of Davenport's office building and Mason's conversation with Della in the car; the scene in Burger's office with Mason after Myrna leaves with Tragg's phone call about finding the body; at the gravesite, Burger offering Mason a no-death-penalty sentence if Myrna pleads guilty and accusing Mason of destroying evidence after he refuses; a couple of lines during Beckmeyer's testimony concerning Davenport drinking alcohol. [This changes the facts somewhat: In the original and syndicated versions, the poison was in the alcohol; in the Hallmark version, the arsenic was in the bacon and eggs.] Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 7/13/12.
Incorrect show summary: The letter was from Ed Davenport, not Myrna's uncle. Ed Davenport was never in a hospital. The envelope thought to contain the letter was found in Davenport's office as expected and turned over to the police. Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 3-20-14.
It's for you, Mr. Mason: Always a special moment when someone tracks down Perry. In this episode, sexy secretary Rita Norge grudgingly hands Perry the phone in her boss's office when his wife calls from a booth. Submitted by francis, 5/25/14.
+ It's for you, Paul: Della answers a call in Perry's office for Paul. jfh 03May2018
Looks like some of Perry's law books made their way over to Davenport's office. Compare the stacks of books behind where Perry sits (@ 13:30) to the ones under the picture Della is hanging (@ 49:20) and the ones in the closing credits. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 6/21/14.
Della corrects Jason Beckmeyer saying that Perry represents Mrs Davenport, not the Davenport edtate; when Ms Norge confronts Perry for being in Davenport's office, Perry says he represents the Davenport estate. jfh 03May2018
Not a cut: At the gravesite scene, after Mason and Burger arrive, the music abruptly stops after the scene changes from a far shot to a closeup. If this were a syndicated broadcast one might think something was cut here. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 6/21/14.
Cold case / old case: Perry also solved the murder of Myrna's Uncle Charlie, killed 8 months earlier. Submitted by H. Mason 9/27/14
Perry runs in this one AND on a sloped hillside, when Della yells for him after she finds some tire tracks! Submitted by mesave31, 04/02/15.
Black and WHITE This is, I believe, the first time - and at any rate one of a very limited number of times - a physical description is given of Paul, and his hair color is described as "white". This was confirmed nine years later in the show's one color episode, but most people watching the show would likely have assumed he was blonde. Submitted by Notcom, 072216.
+ Not quite so. When Beckmeyer describes"Stokes", actually Drake, he describes his hair as gray, but driving a white sports car. So does Della when she repeats it to Paul. BTW young Della sure looks sexy in these early episodes and Paul agrees. Joe B. 03/12/2020
+ But Della sinks Paul's ego when she said she couldn't understand why Beckmeyer thought Paul was good looking. Submitted by HamBurger, 9/20/2020
This is the only PM writing credit for both Marvin Wald and Jack Jacobs...MikeM. 5/3/2018
Dr. Hoxie reports the deceased had .15% alcohol in his blood "enough to indicate the beginnings of intoxication". I guess they held their liquor better in those days. Joe B. 03/12/2020
Adam Williams, the shady PI, also played bad guys in The Big Heat and North By Northwest. He was a decorated carrier dive bomber pilot during WWII. He is credited with flying the biplane that chases Cary Grant in the famous scene in North By Northwest. DLH 5/27/20