Susan Seaforth makes her only Perry appearance here playing Helen Gregory. Susan Seaforth would go on to greater prominence in the 70s on the soap opera Days Of Our Lives after marrying her co-star Bill Hayes and changing her name to Susan Seaforth Hayes. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 2 September 2009.
Location: As a running inside joke of the show the writers used the address of the studio where Perry Mason was being shot as addresses in the story lines. About 3 minutes into this episode Big Steve is on the phone dictating a note to be sent to 1416 N. La Brea. Then 5 minutes in John Gregory reads the telegram with 1416 N. La Brea. That address was the original home of Charlie Chaplin’s studio and is currently the Jim Henson Studios. On the Henson website if you click on Sound stage and then History it states: “In 1961, CBS purchased the studio to shoot the Paisano Production’s Perry Mason series. During this time, Raymond Burr lived on the lot. CBS then sold the studio in 1966 to the A&M Record Company; Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss moved in on November 6, converting the swimming pool and two of the sound stages to recording studios.” See 1040 N. Las Palmas for an earlier studio address used in the series. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 18 May 2010.
Sightings / Uncredited Actors: As the Sub-Committee hearing breaks up, we catch a glimpse of Distinguished Gentleman #1 as he departs from the spectators’ seats. But out the door ahead of him is uncredited actor Bert Stevens, who is presumably a Senator (as he was seated at the Senators’ table). Submitted by gracep, 1/14/2011.
+ In the courtroom gallery, Quiet Old Man #1 sits, er, quietly, behind Big Steve. “Miss Carmody” is in the front row, and Distinguished Gentleman #1 peeps out from the back row. Submitted by gracep, 1/14/2011.
Character Names: Once again, we may presume the autopsy surgeon is Dr. Hoxie since Michael Fox is portraying him, as he has so many times before. Paolo should be Capt. Nick Paolo. Submitted by gracep, 1/14/2011.
+ Peter Mamakos appeared in 2 other Perrys: TCO A Place Called Midnight & TCOT Sausalito Sunrise as Paul Drake's client/Victim #2 [IMDb also lists an Ironside appearance]. Mike Bedard 3.5.15.
In this episode we learn that Paul's office assistant /secretary is named "Seale" (spelling from subtitles). HiTechHiTouch 17Mar2018.
Alas, Lt. Tragg (Ray Collins) is once again absent despite credit. Submitted by gracep, 1/14/2011.
Continuity Error: When court reconvenes, two chairs are empty where Big Steve and his guard sit. A moment later, they fill those seats again. Submitted by gracep, 1/14/2011.
TCOT Curious Coffee Set: Della and Perry eat breakfast at their hotel from plates that match the Curious Coffee Set also on the table. Submitted by gracenote, 7/24/2011.
+ This is at 22:17, for all you Coffee Cup lovers -- and the action is set in BOSTON, of all places. This scene also begins with a fascinating editor's cut, a fade: Perry's hands, showing his left-hand pinkie ring as he holds the newspaper clipping ... fade to ... to Della's hands, showing her right-hand pinkie ring as she holds the newspaper clipping. Nice work! Submitted by catyron, 04/25/18
CARS. Car(1) is seen behind "Big Steve" as he uses a phone booth near Washington D.C. (newsbox carries the Washington Tribune). The other cars are seen back in California.
- (1) Steve Jahnchek's 1955 Cadillac Sedan, light color, California Lic No GXF 772 (readable for an instant at 3:43). It's definitely California: not Maryland, D.C. or Virginia.
- (2) Helen Gregory's white 1962 Thunderbird Convertible, top down.
- (3) John Gregory's 1962 Buick Invicta Estate Wagon (4-door station wagon), medium metallic color, "THE GREGORY FLEET" written on front doors.
- (4) 1962 Ford Galaxie 4-Door Sedan B&W, LAPD at murder scene.
I like to think that Car(1) belonged to Big Steve's shyster lawyer (who had driven it out to D.C.) but that Steve pinched it for his getaway. Added by Gary Woloski, 6/24/13.
1956-1962 California passenger-car front plates: color, B&W. Other '62 plates: DC (five characters), MD, VA . California Plate Primer here. Gary W.
According to Wikipedia, Susan Seaforth is the only actor to appear in all six decades of Days of Our Lives...MikeM. 11/11/2016
This is the only PM appearance for Kaye Farrington, who played Amazon #5 in the movie "In Like Flint"...MikeM. 2/17/2017
This is the first of four PM appearances for Meg Wyllie, who was born in Honolulu and raised in the Philippines where her father worked as an engineer...MikeM. 3/9/2018
From Hungary to Hollywood: The PM audience is treated to an appearance by prolific Hungarian character actor Steven Geray, as the ill-fated retired Swiss banker and extortionist. Wikipedia relates that Geray worked from 1929 to 1966, moving from Hungary to Hollywood when things started to heat up in the mid 1930s (and his characterizations of fascist political leaders of the day were not well received). Geray contributed to many Hollywood movies great and small, including All About Eve, Gilda, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and In A Lonely Place, as well as Tarzan and the Amazons and Blondie Knows Best. He often played a waiter, clerk, or ship steward, but also a doctor, spy or shakedown artist (here and in The Unfaithful). Submitted by JohnK, 11 January 2022.
Syndicated Cuts from FETV:
09:50 -10:24 .. 0:34 John Gregory meets Margaret Stone at her apartment, and asks her to leave town
10:24 - 11:30 .. 1:06 At his home, John Gregory meets his daughter Helen and fiancé. They discuss a call from Moray
16:51 - 17:26 .. 0:35 On the boat, Perry questions John Gregory about the truth of the murder
22:00 - 22:17 .. 0:17 Perry gets information on the auto accident at the newspaper office
28:29 - 29:09 .. 0:40 In court, Burger questions the autopsy surgeon
31:06 - 31:52 .. 0:46 In court, Burger questions the fiancé, Van Bennett
Total ............... 3:58
Submitted by DexterLakeClub, 02/26/22.
+ Fortunately, as of today's FETV airing, all these cuts have been restored. jfh 30Apr2023
There's no glass in the sides of the phone booth -- notice that both the cord from the telephone handset and the pages of the phone book stick out past where the glass would be. OLEF641 8/3/22
(Sort of) Hostile Witness Is sarcasm "hostile"? Maybe, but it certainly can be amusing: in an attempt to impress upon him the power of the Law, Burger askes Jahncheck if he's aware of the penalty for perjury; "Yeah...they send you to jail don't they?" retorts the convict. Notcom 060823.