Cheerio Meredith makes her only appearance on Perry Mason in this episode playing Mrs. Temple. Cheerio Meredith began serious acting at the age of 65 and is best known for playing Emma Brand on The Andy Griffith Show. Submitted by PaulDrake33, 3/6/2009.
The previous episode, ‘Jealous Journalist’, featured two other ‘Andy Griffith’ regulars, Denver Pyle and Parley Baer. DOD 11/05/20
Two UNSEEN characters in this story: Mr. Green, neighbor of Thompson, mentioned by Drake and Claudia Bruce, woman with Nichols in the bar. Submitted by WJones 6/10/16.
Sightings: A trio of regulars makes an appearence in this episode. As Hamilton Burger has Mr. Grant on the stand, we can see the Distinguished Gentleman #1 sitting next to the guard by the main entrance. And a subsequent close-up of Bert Nichols looking on shows both Pencil Mustache Man and Little Old Lady #1 sitting behind him. Submitted by Kenmore, 9/12/2010.
+ Quiet Old Man #2 is also in the gallery on the defendant’s side, while “Miss Carmody” and “Sasha Magaloff” are sitting together on the prosecutor’s side. The elusive Distinguished Lady #1 also appears on the prosecutor’s side in some shots (but not others), along with Little Old Lady #2. Quite a collection of favorites from the Who Is That? page! Submitted by gracep, 11/22/2010.
+ "Sasha Magaloff" is now known to be the actor Mitchell Rhein. Submitted by catyron, November 16, 2020.
+ Distinguished Gentleman #1 makes an even earlier appearance. At then end of the workday, as Bert Nickels comes out of Fallon Paints, the Gentleman, sporting a hat, scurries down the stairs behind him—obviously anxious to get home. Submitted by gracenote, 6/3/2011.
Location: About 4:15 minutes into the episode Paul pulls his convertible around to Fallon Paints. What he is actually doing is driving around the studio where Perry Mason is being shot. In reality, Paul enters the scene from 1000 N. Seward and hangs a right onto 6600 Romaine. If you compare the Google street view to the episode you will see the exact same windows, 4 grooves in cement between the windows. You can even see the exact window pattern on the Seward Street building behind him that has the giveaway “Studio” signage. The square block Hollywood Center Studio still exists, and its history is covered in other episodes on this wonderful website. Lastly, the tarp over the building by the entrance was probably to cover studio signage they couldn’t remove. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 20 May 2011.
Character Names: We learn early on that Mrs. Temple’s first name is Agnes. Submitted by gracenote, 6/3/2011.
Uncredited Actors: When Ray Collins answers the door at the crime scene, Sgt. Brice (Lee Miller) and a uniformed police officer (Robert Wegner) are busily working and conferring in the background. Submitted by gracenote, 6/3/2011.
CARS. (1) Paul's black 1961 Thunderbird Convertible, top down.
- (2) 1961 Buick LeSabre Convertible, med color, top down, Edith Fallon, Lic VBV 994.
Background Cars: (a) 1957 Dodge Sierra 4-Door Station Wagon, light color w/ roof rack. Parked, seen as Paul arrives at Fallon Paints on his 1st visit (see "Location" entry above).
- (b) 1954 Ford Customline Country Sedan V8, 4-Door Station Wagon, light color w/darker color band around complete window area. Parked in front of the Dodge Sierra.
- (c) 1949 or 1950 Chevrolet Styleline 4-Door Sedan, dark roof/light body, with optional front & rear "Outer Bumper Tips" as on this option-loaded '50 Chev. The car is the backdrop to the meeting of Edith & Amory behind Fallon Paints.
- (d) 1957 Cadillac Series 62 2-Door HardTop, white roof/med body, parked behind Fallon Paints beyond the '50 Chev.
The appearance of current-year Buicks continues again here in Season 5; PM's use of the latest Buicks started in Ep#70 (1st ep of Season 3, aired 10/03/59). Added by Gary Woloski, 1/4/13.
+ In production terms this episode is still in the fourth season. CBS held it (and the previous episode) over for a September broadcast. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 11/30/14.
Business for Perry: For the fifth time Paul sent a client to Perry. Submitted by H. Mason 11/11/14
This is the second of three PM writing credits for Adrian Gendot...MikeM. 9/22/2016
According to imdb, this is not just the only PM appearance for Paula Courtland, but it is her only acting credit ever...MikeM. 12/29/2016
This is the second of three PM appearances for Leslie Parrish, who was married to Ric Marlow from 1955-1961. Ric Marlow co-wrote the hit song "A Taste of Honey", which won a Grammy award in 1962...MikeM. 12/29/2016
This is the first of four PM appearances for Jack Betts, who may still be working at the age of 88...MikeM. 9/28/2017
In this episode, at least, he has a startling resemblance to a young Clark Gable. DOD 11/05/20
In the final scene Perry states he believes in what Judge Learned Hand (1872-1961) called the “eventual supremacy of reason.” Judge Hand stated, “I believe that the community is already in process of dissolution where each man begins to eye his neighbor as a possible enemy, where non-conformity with the accepted creed, political as well as religious, is a mark of disaffection; where denunciation, without specification or backing, takes the place of evidence, where orthodoxy chokes freedom of dissent; where faith in the eventual supremacy of reason has become so timid that we dare not enter our convictions in the open lists, to win or lose.” Submitted by Steve Fox, 4/18/2020