At August Dalgran’s competency hearing, Perry intervenes saying “...Section 1461 of the California Probate Code provides that any relative or friend of the alleged insane or incompetent person may appear and oppose such a petition.” There is in fact such a code and section. Read it here if you dare. Submitted by Steve Fox, 12/2/04. [Perry’s statement doesn’t seem to jibe with the current code.]
Also at the competency hearing, August Dalgren quotes, "Ask no questions, and you'll be told no lies.", then attributes the quote to Kipling. It is actually a quote by Charles Dickens. jfh 08Aug2022 >>>>>>>
John Larkin makes his first of four appearances on Perry playing Jay Fenton. John Larkin was the voice of Perry Mason on radio for several years. He is probably best known to television viewers as D.A. Mike Karr on the afternoon soap opera Edge of Night. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 9 August 2009.
Location: The final scene was probably in Upper Iverson Ranch, Garden of the Gods area, in Chatsworth where many movies and television shows were shot. See episode #88 TCOT Bashful Burro for more about this area. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 3 May 2010. See also Location Trivia.
+ I agree and would vote to change Eric Cooper's "probably" to "certainly." As a long-time fan of the Iverson Movie Ranch, i am sure that's the location. Submitted by catyron, April 2, 2018.
++ The Dalgran offices are in Hollywood, on the Walk of Fame: when August opens the window and looks down, before tossing out the money, you can see the "Walk of Fame" stars in the sidewalk. OLEF641 2/24/21
Character Names: We learn that Kenneth and Sandra’s last name is also Dalgran (so presumably Ken is August’s brother’s son). Submitted by gracep, 1/4/2011.
Continuity Error: A slight editing error. In court, during the murder hearing, just before the break, there’s a shot of Sandra (Connie Hines) in the gallery wearing a different hat than she wore earlier on the stand and in other such shots. This hat is seen again after the break during Burger’s summation and afterward. This appears to be on the next day as it was dark outside during the break scene in Perry’s office. And, Martha Blair’s hat has changed as well. Submitted by dave, 4/20/2011.
CARS. (1) white 1962 Mercury Commuter 4-door station wagon, Gus Dalgran.
- (2) Ford Model A Roadster STREET ROD, light color, top down, engine appears to be flathead V8. Teenage Driver ("Joe Fanning" ?) helps Gus Dalgran in his escape.
- (3) Perry's black 1962 Ford Galaxie 500 Sunliner, top down, Licence Number XCF 015.
- (4) 1962 Ford Galaxie 4-Door Sedan B&W LA County Sheriff, Lic No E 910.
Car (2) appears again in Ep#169. Added by Gary Woloski, 4/08/13.
It's for you, Mr. Mason: We get a double-header in this episode. Perry is quizzing the delectable Sandra in her living room when she hands him over to Paul, who's calling from a phone booth (remember those?). Later, Perry's in the Dalgran offices when the secretary summons him to her desk. It's that detective again. Submitted by francis, 11/01/14.
Judge: Actor Charles Irving made his third appearance as a judge. He was on the bench in the disturbing the peace case (Judge #1). His other two cases were outside of Los Angeles, episode 130 - Palm View and episode 135 - Euclid Heights, which seemed to be in L.A. County. Submitted by H. Mason 12/9/14
"Judges" ?: How many Perrys had 2 Judges in the Same episode & how many had 3 like this one? Mike Bedard 2.15.15.
Perry's client on the stand: This was the first time Perry had his client testify. Because of a technicality in episode 38 (TCOT Terrified Typist) the man on the witness stand wasn't Perry's client. In this story Mr. Burger didn't get a chance to question the defendant. Submitted by H. Mason 12/9/14
Unsolved Mysteries: What happened to the murder weapon? (see comments below) Submitted by H. Mason 12/10/14
In a Rare "casual dress" scene, Perry's tie is undone and hanging loosely around his neck in the office. Mike Bedard 4.27.2016
This is the second of two PM appearances for Connie Hines. Connie Hines began her role as Carol Post on the Mister Ed series in 1961. She did the 144th final episode in 1966...MikeM. 10/27/2016
This is the only PM appearance for Burt Reynolds, who would later star for one season in the television series "Dan August"...MikeM. 2/2/2017
+ He would also begin, within six months of the airing of this episode, a three-season run as Quint Asper in the long-running CBS series "Gunsmoke". Notcom, 020317.
++ I believed that Burt Reynolds' career did pretty well after that. Submitted by Kenmore 08/31/2020
+++ Amidst that not too bad run appeared the 1973 movie Shamus, suggesting that the term - seen on PM in TCOT Jaded Joker - was at least fairly well known. Notcom 083120.
This is the second of seven appearances for Don Dubbins. A frequent player who played a character named "Bill Vincent" in two separate episodes, as well as a character whose last name is "Vincent" in his last PM appearance: Hartley Elliott in the Duplicate Daughter 121 5/20/61; Kenneth [Dalgran] in the Counterfeit Crank 150 4/28/62; Ned Bertell in the Prankish Professor 168 1/17/63; Burt Blair in the Duplicate Case 238 4/22/65; Bill Vincent in the Impetuous Imp 246 10/10/65; Bill Vincent in the Golfer's Gambit 259 1/30/66; Deputy D.A. Vincent in the Misguided Model 268 4/24/66. jfh 14Nov2018.
Dubbins joins HM Wynant and Walter Burke in playing a prosecutor as well as a victim, suspect, or killer. DOD 12/27/21
Counterfeit Crank...Late 18th century (in the sense ‘sickly, in poor health’): perhaps from obsolete (counterfeit) crank ‘a rogue feigning sickness,’ from Dutch or German krank ‘sick.’...MikeM. 11/2/2017
Clever Tragg: At about 31 minutes in, when Perry is in the Dalgran offices sneaking a late-night look at the books, Tragg and Brice arrive and Tragg quips something about "McGuffey's Readers" (meaning the company's ledgers). McGuffey's Readers was a series for primary school students in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; they sold in the zillions and are still available today (so says Wikipedia). Maybe Ray Collins learned from them himself. JohnK, 27 December 2021.