Anomaly: Dean Harens is listed as Morgan Riley but is called Riley Morgan several times and Morgan the rest of the time. Posted by daveb, 12/20/2007.
Goof: In the scene where Lorraine Kendall leaves her home and almost hits the car of Warren Donner, Donner proceeds to tell Jimmie Kendall “It is 9:30, it is past time you were in bed.” Despite the assertion that it is 9:30 P.M., the courtyard is brightly lit, casting numerous shadows, indicating that the sun is still above the horizon. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 7/29/2009.
+ Latest possible LA Sunset, any year: 8:08 PM Local DST. And, in general, the closer one gets to the equator, the more abruptly darkness falls. LA is at 34° N Latitude. Gary Woloski, 9/27/12.
+Cue the crickets: I suspect that is why the sound of crickets is so loud when the body is discovered in the park. The film editor probably noticed the scene didn't look convincingly dark, so he dubbed in some cricket noises so the audience would know this was supposed to be nighttime. Submitted by scarter 8/24/14
Location: Several times in this episode they meet in a park. Later in court Perry identifies this park as Plummer Park and indeed it is Plummer Park located at 7377 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood between Fairfax and La Brea. About 10 minutes into the episode she waits for the man and you can see a basketball court and net as well as some older people playing games on picnic tables. The basketball court is still there and so are the old people playing various games. It’s like a time warp. Posted by Eric Cooper, August 24, 2009. Some pictures here.
+ At the time this episode was filmed, the Plummer House, the "Oldest House in Hollywood", was still in the park. I believe it is visible in the background as Mrs. Kendall enters the park, behind the merry-go-round that the little boys are playing on. It was moved to Calabasas in 1983 after it was vandalized. OLEF641 2/16/21
Continuity Error: In the scene of Riley Morgan's (Dean Harens) first testimony in the trial, there is a long reaction shot of Mason and his client Lorraine Kendall (played by the fetching Coleen Gray) listening intently to Morgan's answers to ADA Bertram Telford (Paul Langton). Some of the tension is undercut by the fact that Harens' face is plainly visible in the upper left hand corner of the screen, above Raymond Burr’s right shoulder. A definite continuity error in out-of-sequence shooting. Submitted by FredK October 12, 2009. Some vidcaps here.
Continuity Error: During the courtroom sequences, Lorraine’s brother Roger McClaine (Ralph Clanton) changes places a number of times. In the longer shots he sits on the aisle just in front of actor Robert Cornthwaite, but in many of the two shots of Burr and Gray he is sitting almost directly behind them. Submitted by FredK, October 12, 2009. Some vidcaps here.
Continuity Error: In the scene mentioned above by PaulDrake33, there is also the Case of the Magic Donut. Jimmie Kendall (Stephen Talbot) follows his mother (Miss Gray) down the steps of their home and exchanges some dialogue before she drives away, narrowly missing her brother-in-law, Warren Donner. As PaulD33 mentions, Donner (Hugh Sanders) and the boy have a few more lines of dialogue, leading up to the note that it is 9:30 (though suspiciously light) and didn’t his mother tell him he should be in bed. Talbot replies that his mother told him not to eat so many donuts. To emphasize his words, he raises his left hand to take a bite from a half-eaten donut that has magically appeared there. You can check this out at the 18 minute mark of the latest DVD version. Submitted by FredK October 12, 2009. Some vidcaps here.
Sightings: A recurring courtroom spectator, affectionately known as the Little Old Lady in a Hat sits near Roger and then later near Riley. Look at the vidcaps for the trivia entries above. Submitted by gracep, 9/8/2010.
+ When court reconvenes on Monday morning, Distinguished Lady #2 appears in the front row, as does “Sasha Magaloff.” Behind the Lady sits Quiet Old Man #1. Submitted by gracep, 10/19/2010.
++ We can furthermore discern the distinctive haircut and profile of Distinguished Gentleman #1 sitting at the bar during a restaurant scene. Lastly, “Sasha Magaloff” also appears in the back row of the courtroom on Friday. Spotted by daveb and posted by gracep, 10/20/2010.
+++ "Sasha Magaloff" is now known to be the actor Mitchell Rhein. Submitted by catyron, November 16, 2020.
++++ Distinguished Gentleman #1 is the person that finds the body. He is wearing the same suit as his bar scene. We also see Distinguished Lady #4 in court on Perry's side. Bill767, 1/3/16.
+++++ Distinguished Gentleman #1 is now known to be the character actor Rudolph Salinger. He occasionally plays characters named "Rudy." Submitted by catyron, February 25th, 2021.
+Mediterranean Woman returns to the courtroom at about 34 minutes on the DVD, wearing the outfit from her debut in TCOT Madcap Modiste. JohnK, 20 November 2022
Della Street (Barbara Hale) does not appear in this episode (despite her name in the credits)! Submitted by gracep, 10/19/2010.
+ Like most of regulars in TV series Barbara Hale's contract specified she would be credited whether she appeared or not. When William Talman was re-hired his new contract stated he would only be credited when he appeared. In most cases throughout TV history through current series, although the fact that a regular doesn't appear in an episode may be noteworthy, the fact he is still credited is not. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 3/15/15.
+ Barbara (b.18 Apr 22, Dekalb IL, 1 of 2 children) appeared as Della 260 times: Wandering Widow was the 1st of her 11 Credit-Only episodes [IMDb]. Mike Bedard 3.14.15.
Richard Gaines Judged 14 Perrys from 1958-61; Only 6 of the other 53 actors who Judged PM had more trials [Statistics page]. Mike Bedard 3.14.15.
Anomaly: The real name of Casey Adams (playing Burt Stokes) is Max Showalter. Read about this duality in the Credits Anomalies section. Submitted by gracep, 10/19/2010.
CARS. (1) 1960 Buick Electra 225 Convertible, Lic UAC 959, light color, top down, Lorraine.
- (2) 1960 Buick LeSabre 4-Door HardTop, medium color, Warren Donner.
- (3) Perry's 1960 Ford Galaxie Special Sunliner, Lic No TVC 236, black, top down.
- (4) 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Wagon, Lic No MTS 916, white over medium, driven by the granny-type at the cabin (Martha?). Same car & plate appeared in Ep#10. Also see Ep#113.
The plate number on Perry's '60 Sunliner was "UAR 076" in Ep#99 (the plate was not visible in Ep#98). It looks like the same car in all these appearances but I suspect that it was switched with an identical one after Ep#99. Note also that the plate seen in this episode is next in sequence to the "TVC 235" on the '60 Mercury Montclair of ep#99. We'll continue to see "TVC 236" on this car in later episodes. Added by Gary Woloski 9/20/12.
Lewis Creber Prop Art. In the opening scene, Burt Stokes shows the Warden "The Golf Club Murder" article in his "crime DETECTIVE" magazine. The back of Burt's magazine has a full-page ad headed: "TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OLD 250,000 CUSTOMERS T.J. TRITON Corporation". The fictional character "T.J. Triton" was a real-estate magnate and slum-landlord in the 1941 movie ACCENT ON LOVE (see TCM synopsis). Cast includes Osa Massen and Minerva Urecal who had five appearances between them in PM, but not in this episode. If you expand "Cast and Crew" on the TCM synopsis to "ALL" or read this comprehensive AFI Film Catalogue entry, you will find Art Direction credited to Richard Day and Lewis Creber. Creber's earliest film credit is 1930 for Set Decoration on Soup to Nuts.
In "ACCENT ON LOVE" the George Montgomery character (John) gets in trouble with his father-in-law, T.J. Triton, when he "omits Triton Realty from an important ad". I haven't found a source for the movie so I don't know if the ad in question resembles the one we see on the back of Burt's magazine, but it's a fair bet that Lewis Creber created this episode's magazine prop. Added by Gary Woloski, 10/12/12.
Sound Edit: While Lorraine is speaking to Stokes on the phone in Perry's office, the sound drops completely off as if someone made a noise and they wanted to edit it out. Listen closely between the lines "I'd like to talk to you" and "Well, this ain't a very good time..." at 17:25. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 4/08/14
Opening Credit Edit: There is an unusual glitch in the opening credits. Part of the animation of Lady Justice is repeated as it retreats to the background, that is, it become slightly larger then continues to get smaller again. Look for it as the words "In the Case of" appears on the screen. There is also a slight ghostly image when the animation of Raymond Burr begins to move toward the background. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 4/08/14.
Both Dean Harens and Robert Cornthwaite appeared in the third-season episode "The Case of Paul Drake's Dilemma." Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 4/08/14.
Cold case / old case: Perry also solved the murder of Martin Kendall killed 6 years earlier. Submitted by H. Mason 9/27/14
Telephone Number: Lorraine was given the number ADams 1-0799 to call Burt Stokes at his hotel. When she made the call the sound effects people were not paying attention. Listen to the third and fourth numbers. They were definitely NOT "one - zero". The last two numbers did sound like "nine - nine". Submitted by H. Mason 11/3/14
Neck tie: Perry arrived at Lorraine's house at 10:30pm and waited for her until 3:30am. His tie was different when she arrived. Submitted by H. Mason 11/3/14
William F. Claxton directed two PM episodes, this one and TCOT Nine Dolls, both in 1960...MikeM. 8/19/2016
This is the fifth of 22 PM episodes credited to writer Robert C. Dennis. His NY Times obituary said Robert Dennis wrote the only PM episode where Perry lost a case...MikeM. 8/19/2016
This is the only PM appearance for Marguerite Chapman, who appeared in five episodes of Studio 57...MikeM. 11/25/2016
The Case of the Wandering Coffee Cups: Unless i am mistaken, the final scene is set in the defendant's home and now she and little Jimmie have possession of The Curious Coffee Set -- but the coffee is poured from an old-fashioned metal urn, not from Della's atomic-modern Glass Carafe. Submitted by catyron, 12/7/2017.
+ Apparently Della must have not allowed the carafe to be stolen ;-) Submitted by HamBurger, 7/6/2020
Take five: Judging by the number of match strike marks on the sidewalk when Burt Stokes left the envelope in Jimmie Kendall's textbook, that scene required five takes. Submitted by Kilo 6/2/2018.