This episode features a Clary DE-60 Computer furnished by the Clary Corporation of San Gabriel, California. Very cool at the time I imagine. Posted by daveb, 9/1/10. Some pictures and more here.
This is dashing Karl Held’s third appearance as David Gideon. The first was in #122, TCOT Grumbling Grandfather. He will make six more appearances as this character. Submitted by gracep, 11/22/2010.
The presence of Dr. Andrija Puharich marks one of the few times a character plays himself in the series—perhaps in this case to give the episode, dabbling in the paranormal, a little relevance and credibility. Dr Puharich appeared in and consulted for a short-lived series in the 1960s called One Step Beyond, the forerunner of today’s anthologies that re-enact “real stories” of the supernatural. This show was a rival to Serling’s The Twilight Zone. Submitted by gracep, 11/29/2010.
This is the first of two Perry appearances for Kent Smith, the second being The Case of the Prankish Professor (1963) as Dr. Curtis Metcalfe. It's always good to see the ever-handsome Kent Smith. He was so perfect in those 1940s films. jfh 04Oct2017.
Some Psychic: At about 27 minutes on the DVD, in Dr. Puharich's office, the phone rings and it's for Perry. But despite the lab equipment, technicians and large bottles of elixirs about, this supposed ESP expert anticipates none of it. JohnK, 12 October, 2015.
Seen and featured in the laboratory scenes, in a rare appearance on network television, a Faraday Cage! The normal purpose of which is to shield the things inside from higher frequency electromagnetic fields outside. Having worked with these things in a past life, its use here makes little sense to me. Especially as there is no evidence that any communications, let alone electromagnetic, is going on between test subjects that could be blocked (thereby verifying its existence). Why the cage should be electrified at 22,000 volts (is that AC?) makes even less sense. It does make for a nice show however. Submitted by daveb, 12/1/2010.
At the beginning of this episode, there is a shot of mansion on a cliff overlooking the ocean. There is a thunderstorm going on. Cut to a shot of the night sky, and a bolt of lightning cuts across the screen accompanied by thunder. The scene changes to a shot of two gravestones, the names close enough to be read. Then the scene cuts to the outside of a mansion in the middle of pouring rain. These shots are identical to the beginning of the episode TCOT Sleepy Slayer, with the exception that the Sleeply Slayer omits the shot of the two gravestones. Submitted by Charles Richmond, 1/20/13.
Sightings: A few recurring spectators dropped by the courtroom hear about the occult. “Sasha Magaloff” sits in the back row behind Mr. Craig, Dr. Younger, and Sylvia Walker. Behind Mr. Craig (and next to Magaloff) “Miss Carmody” takes it all in. Pencil Mustache Man appears (blurred) in a cutaway of the defendant, and next to him is Quiet Old Man #2. Submitted by gracep, 11/29/2010.
+ "Sasha Magaloff" is now known to be the actor Mitchell Rhein. Submitted by catyron, November 16, 2020.
+I think we get a glimpse of "Distinguished Gentleman #1" (wearing glasses) leaving with the other spectators in the back row on the defense side when the judge grants Perry a recess. Submitted by JazzBaby, 03/02/2019.
The Curious Coffee Set in Perry’s office is seen along with one of those sixties era playground arts and craft things we all did; The Ceramic Style Bowl. One such item I remember doing was an ashtray from back then, when smoking was not as taboo. Submitted by HamBurger, 10/12/2014
Seems like an unusually large number of characters in this episode had some kind of electrical training. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 1/14/15.
Most of the times in this episode the name Puharich is pronounced with a ch sound at the end; however, at least twice (@35:57 and 43:21 on the season set) Mason seems to pronounce it with a ck sound. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 1/14/15.
IMDB lists Samuel Newman as Story Consultant on 109 PM episodes. This is the fourth...MikeM. 9/28/2016
This is the second of two PM appearances for Sonya Wilde, who was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in 1939. Oak Ridge was home to the Manhattan Project, which developed the atomic bomb during World War II...MikeM. 1/4/2017
This is the fourth of five Perry appearances for Mary La Roche: The Case of the Bluffing Blast (1963) as Donella Lambert, The Case of the Spurious Sister (1959) as Grace Norwood, The Case of the Jaded Joker (1959) as Lisa Hiller, The Case of the Fiery Fingers (1958) as Vicky Braxton. In this episode, she certainly resembles Joan Crawford, perhaps intentionally. jfh 16Oct2018.
Syndicated cut? I do not remember ever seeing on cable TV the brief scene early on where nefarious Philip Paisley visits Princess Charlotte to get her coaching. Without that scene, we are left wondering (at first) whether he's as fake as he seems to be. I really appreciated the clarity that brief interchange gave us. Submitted by JazzBaby, 9/13/2019.
All Aboard! At about 40 minutes in, Hamilton Burger raises the spectre of a one-way ticket to the gas chamber. Do they sell round trips? JohnK, 26 November 2021