Old time movie star Mae Clarke has a small part here as the switchboard operator. It would be her only appearance in the Perry series. Mae Clarke will forever be remembered at the recipient of a grapefruit in the face from Jimmy Cagney in the movie The Public Enemy. Mae Clarke was also the wife of Henry Frankenstein in the classic movie Frankenstein (1931). Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 28 August 2009.
Location: About 20 minutes in after a drunken night Davey Carroll talks to Perry and Paul outside the Courthouse. This is actually the Malibou Lakes Clubhouse and was also used in other episodes. See #113 for photos. Malibou Lakes was used in Perry Mason episodes 7, 26, 45, 71, 113, 195, 210, and 261. It has been featured as a location in the classic Frankenstein (see post above for ironic connection). Malibou Lake has been in such classics as Huckleberry Finn, Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator, and more recently the Story of Us and Must Love Dogs. It is also walking distance from locations where they shot Planet of the Apes, the TV show M*A*S*H and the Gillette estate where they currently film The Biggest Loser. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 11 May 2010.
Uncredited Actors: Don Anderson arrives at the murder scene as a Police Officer. Submitted by BigBill767, 6/20/2016.
Sightings: As Burger races forward with an objection, we find sitting in the courtroom gallery, Distinguished Gentleman #1 and Pencil Mustache Man. Learn more about them and other recurring spectators. Submitted by gracep, 1/8/2011.
+ The Distinguished Gentleman #1 gets around a little more in this episode as well. You can spot him at the "party" about 13:25 on the DVD, standing with his back to the camera at a table on the back right side of the screen. Later at night during the party, when the Jimmy is arguing at about 16:25 you can see the Distinguished Gentleman #1 sitting on the right at a table, reacting to the argument. Submitted by Kenmore 1/03/2012
++ We find Miss Carmody watching in court on Burger's side. Submitted by BigBill767, 6/20/2016.
+++ We now know that Distinguished Gentleman #1 is the actor Rudolph “Rudy” Salinger, but still, after all these years, the identify of Miss Carmody eludes us. Submitted by catyron, May 29th, 2021.
Yet Another Cagney Connection: Robert Armstrong, who plays Davy's boxing trainer in this episode, played a boxing trainer for the FBI in 1935's G-Men -- laughing every time James Cagney was thrown from the mat, until Cagney wallops him one. (See entries 1 and 2 above for other Cagney connections.) Naturally, Armstrong had changed a bit in the intervening 27 years, but that voice of his was quite distinctive. Submitted by Fifty-Niner, 20 April 2012.
+ Eerie? James Cagney (July 17, 1899 to March 30, 1986) and Erle Stanley Gardner (July 17, 1889 to March 11, 1970) share birthdays. Submitted by Gary Woloski, 4/21/12.
+ "You dirty rat" is often attributed to Cagney. In this ep#156, Robert Armstrong (Jimmy West) exclaims to Davey "Ya BIG APE!!!", reminiscent of Robert Armstrong (Carl Denham) in 1933's King Kong (same year as Cagney's Footlight Parade). Likewise, in PM Ep#170 we'll hear Lt. Anderson's quip about “the Martian nine feet tall” to Michael Rennie (previously Klaatu) who grimaces in reaction to the memory of his old sidekick Gort. Delicious! Gary Woloski, 4/21/12.
- (2) The mobile Mechanic returns a medium-color 1962 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible (top down) to Jo Sands after repair & a test-drive.
- (3) The Mechanic has his 1957 Harley-Davidson Servi-Car ('57 or earlier) hitched to the back of the Caddy, like this. Wiki article.
- (4) Perry's black 1962 Ford Galaxie 500 Sunliner, top down, Licence No XCF 015. Hill St in front of the courthouse is jammed with Fords & Buicks but Perry still gets his parking spot right by the steps!
Background Car: Right-rear corner of a white 1962 Lincoln Continental parked just outside the Sheriff's office door as Perry & Davey leave, seen just before Car(1) [could be Perry's car for the trip to bail out Davey]. Added by Gary Woloski, 6/11/13.
+Thank you, Gary, for the information on the Harley-Davidson Servi-Car. I remember those, but did not know what they were called. Catyron, April 21, 2018.
Newspaper: A reporter for the Evening Star is a character in the story. The fourth L.A. newspaper in the series. A fifth paper will be seen in episode 181 TCOT Witless Witness. Submitted by H. Mason 9/29/14
Gary Lockwood's role in 2001: A Space Odyssey is mentioned in the Summary (where I don't think it belongs); another well-known role of his was in the second pilot of Star Trek, aired as S01E03 Where No Man Has Gone Before. His fight with Capt. Kirk in this episode is said to have sold NBC on the series. Submitted by DyNama, 2/6/2016.
This is purely my conjectured Star Trek connection, but in the courtroom gallery, in the back row, appears a man who looks like he might be Leonard Nimoy's brother (Melvin) or show-biz cousin (Jeff). He looks on in a few other episodes. JohnK, 4 January 2022.
This is the second of two PM writing credits for Helen Nielsen who, when writing mysteries, liked to provide enough clues for readers/viewers to solve the crime themselves...MikeM. 11/4/2016
Star Trek Sighting: In addition to Gary Lockwood, mentioned above, Anthony Caruso (the actor playing Keith Lombard) was the unforgettable Bela Oxmyx in the delightful original series Star Trek episode "A Piece of the Action," which involved a planet run by Chicago-style mobsters. Caruso had a flair for playing mob bosses and tough guys, which he brings to this episode. Added by My Favorite Polar Bear, 11/08/22.
This is the only PM appearance for Dolores Michaels, who was married to writer Bernard Wolfe...MikeM. 2/10/2017
For once the parking spot in front of the courthouse was taken. We see Perry walking across the street to reach the first scene in court! HiTechHiTouch 4 March 2018
+ Actually, that Ford Galaxie convertible is Perry's. The scene just starts after he has already exited the car. See CARS (4), above. Submitted by Kilo 7/28/2018.