Two icons of 60s television make their only Perry Mason appearances in this episode. Barbara Parkins (Paula Durham) played Betty Anderson in all 123 episodes of Peyton Place on ABC from 1964 until 1969. She also starred in Valley of the Dolls in 1967. Harvey Korman (Coleman, the bartender) was a regular on The Carol Burnett Show for 138 episodes from 1967 until 1978. Submitted by PaulDrake33, 28 January 2009.
George E. Stone makes his final appearance on Perry here as the Court Clerk. Not only was it his final appearance on Perry, but it was his final acting assignment. Failing health led to his retirement, and he finally passed from a stroke in 1967. Submitted by PaulDrake33, 21 October 2009.
Paula Winslowe makes her final Perry appearance here as the Night Court Judge. Even though it was uncredited, Paula Winslowe, a very busy voice actress in the 30s and 40s, dubbed Jean Harlow’s speaking voice in a few scenes in Jean Harlow's final picture Saratoga. Jean Harlow died in June 1937 right before the completion of the picture, and Mary Dees was Jean Harlow’s body double, with Paula Winslowe doing the speaking. Submitted by PaulDrake33, 1 January 2010.
+Also note that Ms Winslowe (murderer in episode 4 TCOT Drowning Duck) was the second female to appear as a judge in the series. The other actress, Lillian Bronson was in episodes 40,51 and 102 (as a judge). Added by H. Mason 12/26/14
++ The "e" was dropped from Paula's Last name in the DD Non-Judge credit. The Statistics page notes that 54 actors -- 2 Females & 52 Males -- played 278 credited Judges. Mike Bedard 3.7.15.
Character Names: Dickie Durham’s real name is Richard William Durham. Submitted by gracep, 1/12/2011.
Sightings: Just after Dickie tries to pick a fight with Gil, we find “Miss Carmody” having drinks with her escort at the Zebra Club. She also appears in the front row of the courtroom gallery. More about her and other regulars here. Submitted by gracep, 1/13/2011.
Location: About 6 minutes in, the Tudor house at 801 Stanhope Road is also used in “TCOT Injured Innocent“ and “TCOT Unwelcome Bride.” Submitted by Eric Cooper, 1 June 2011.
Although the proprietor/bartender's name was "George Coleman," the name of the bar (shown in neon in the window during the scene in which Dickie refuses to return to Australia) is "Joe's." Submitted by CGraul, 23 August 2011.
NO CARS, but lots of ships at dockside. The bow lettering of at least one freighter can be read at 20:29, right after Lord Harry stops bartender Coleman from phoning the police. It's the:
- Hawaiian Packer, 8348 ton C3 freighter, built at Pascagoula MS in 1944, owned by Matson Navigation Co 1947-1964 & fitted with passenger accommodation. Records here & here.
We saw another Matson liner, S.S. Mariposa, in Ep#140. Added by Gary Woloski, 6/22/13.
Two rarities in this episode: 1. One of Perry's fees is mentioned ($100 for a will), and 2. Della testifies. Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 11/1/2013.
+ I just learned Della testifies again only two episodes later. Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 11/5/2013.
+ This was the fourth time Della was on the witness stand (episodes 8,30,63). This time Perry didn't object to any of Burger's questions (he probably should have - see comments below). He was distracted by Paul's arrival with important information. Della would later sit on the stand in episodes 162,172,187). Submitted by H. Mason 9/25/14
Judge: Actor Charles Irving made his fourth appearance as a judge. In the first two (episodes 130 and 135) he presided over cases outside of L.A. The other time he was on the bench for a disturbing the peace case in episode 150 (TCOT Counterfeit Crank). Submitted by H. Mason 12/26/14
Barbara Parkins, like Raymond Burr, was born in British Columbia...MikeM. 11/10/2016
This is the only PM appearance for Anna Lee, who was born in England and passed in Beverly Hills in 2004 at the age of 91...MikeM. 2/16/2017
This is the only PM appearance for Howard Smith who had a recurring role as Harvey Griffin on the "Hazel" television series from 1961-1965. Howard Smith was also memorable as the pushy boss in the 1960 Twilight Zone episode "A Stop at Willoughby"...MikeM. 3/8/2018
TCOT Curious Coffee Set: At 3:26 the Durhams are breakfasting from the Curious Coffee Cups -- but even more amazing, we see a matching bread plate and luncheon plate! Submitted by catyron, 04/24/18
+ The set is now minus one cup as we see Russell bandaging his hand, explaining that he "hit Dickie with a coffee cup." jfh 28Nov2018
Blink and You'll Miss It: The great old time radio actor (and television character actor) Harry Bartell has exactly one line in this episode. Submitted by catyron, 04/24/18
Like the recurring appearances of the curious coffee set, the No Credit No Checks Cashed sign makes at least its fourth PM episode appearance in Joe's Bar. Submitted by Kilo 8/2/2018.