Mabel Albertson makes her only Perry appearance here playing Carrie Wilson. Mabel Albertson was the sister of Academy Award-winning actor Jack Albertson. Many people may remember Mabel Albertson as Howard Sprague’s mother on The Andy Griffith Show. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 9 September 2009.
+ I think she may be best remembered as Darrin Stephen's mom in "Bewitched" for some 18 episodes according to (I had thought more than that!)! ;-> Submitted by mesave31, 03/04/15

Sightings: I see an African-American woman watching the court proceedings! Very good! Submitted 02-09-2015. In the back of the courtroom and mostly in shadow, the Pencil Mustache Man and “Miss Carmody” watch the proceedings intently. Find out more about them and the rest of the recurring spectators, and help us spot their friends! Submitted by gracep, 1/11/2011.
+ African American courtroom spectators have appeared before. See Episode 143. Submitted by catyron, 4/21/18.
++ Update: The same African-American courtroom spectators appear repeatedly. Because the African-American Man and African-American Woman often appear in tandem, i also call them African American Couple. I am logging them so their pictures can be added to the list of uncredited courtroom spectators. Submitted by catyron, May 19th, 2018

New Opening Scene: Instead of sitting alone in the courtroom, Perry is shown entering the empty courtroom and looking around anxiously. As an actor, Burr can make excellent use of his eyes; but I can't help wondering if perhaps Perry showed up a day early for the trial. --Submitted by 10yearoldfan, 30 August 2013.
+ Yes, I honestly think he is thinking, "Della, you told me to be here at this time, but I am the only one here!" Submitted by Welshwoman 02/09/2015

CARS. The episode opens at the rear "employees' entrance" of LAPD HQ (Parker Center) as Lt Anderson makes his way to see Otto and Jimmy in the policemen's locker room. This is the only time I know of in the series that the rear of the station is used as a location. We get to see the LAPD gas pump island and some of LAPD's special purpose and utility vehicles.

  • (1) Lt Anderson arrives as passenger in a 1962 Ford Galaxie 4-Door Sedan LAPD B&W. Probably the same car serves as Jimmy's & Otto's patrol car at Wilson Plastics.

The following are all background in the opening sequence:

  • (a) Car(1) stops beside a large van, the LAPD Mobile Command Post (scroll↓ to 2nd-last photo). This is the great-granddaddy of today's "Mobile 1" of the LAPD Incident Command Post Unit (ICPU).
  • (b, c, d) Three smaller communications or office-type vans, in LAPD B&W paint scheme, of unknown make & model, are parked to the rear of Mobile 1, roofs visible.
  • (e) Hidden behind Mobile 1, only visible as Lt Anderson closes the door of his cruiser, is one of LAPD's own tow trucks, City of LA seal on door, 1957 International A-120 Tow Truck.

This episode and the linked Harry Marnel image are apparently the only existing records of the 1962 LAPD Mobile Command Post. The vehicle is based on Ford's P-Series (probably P-500). It has a '55 Ford truck grill-bar w/ V8 badge and a roof extension of almost two feet. Emergency flashers, siren, public-address loudspeaker, two ventilation hatches and ten short whip antennas are roof-mounted. FORD lettering is across the flat hood below the windshield, as are corner flashers and spotlights. In the Marnell image, note the vents at the rear of the vehicle's Left side: Air Conditioning would have been mandatory to keep the radios cool! Added by Gary Woloski 3/22/14, update 2017.

If the link times-out/fails, click here: INTERNET ARCHIVE. Copy & paste this address " " into the WaybackMachine search box at top of Internet Archive page, producing "Summary of" for year 2016. Click on highlighted date "April 23", giving desired page "KMA367 Photo Gallery". Scroll↓ to 2nd-last photo An early "Mobile Command Post" Communications van.

Character Name: The defendant, James Anderson, had the same name as the main character on the television series Father Knows Best. That show premiered on CBS in 1954 then went to NBC and returned to CBS for the final two seasons. When this episode of Perry Mason was originally broadcast FKB had been cancelled, but was being shown in syndication. Submitted by H. Mason 12/20/14

We got to see the inside of Lt. Anderson's office for the first time. Lt. Tragg's office had been seen in approximately 15 stories. Submitted by H. Mason 12/20/14
+ Ray Collins as Lt Tragg seems so ill in this episode he can barely stand or talk. So sad. Submitted by Welshwoman 02/09/15
+ I agree. It is sad. But he wanted to remain a part of the team, and i love that they made a place for him, even as his health was failing. Submitted by catyron, 04/21/2018.

This is the fourth of five PM appearances for Sue England , who was "Miss Tulsa" at age six...MikeM. 11/8/2016

This is the fourth of six PM appearances for Jeanette Nolan, who was married to John McIntyre from 1935 until his death in 1991...MikeM. 2/14/2017

This is the fifth of eight appearances for the prolific William Boyett. In most of his appearances as well as most of his career he played a police officer. His most recognizable role may be in the 1987 sci fi thriller "The Hidden", but MST3K fans will know him as Patrolman Hal Jackson from the short "Last Clear Chance". Submitted by Kenmore 02/08/2022

Death & Resurection. William Boyett went on to play watch commander Sgt. MacDonald in 129 episodes of Adam-12. HiTechHiTouch 8Mar2018

The $60,000 payroll stolen is worth over half a million $ in 2021 money. OLEF641 5/6/21