Anomaly: Carlos Romero, listed as Raul Perez, is called Reyo in the show.
+ At times they might be saying [RĀ-əl]—an anglicized pronunciation of the man’s name (though often they are sloppy with the final “L”). Submitted by gracep, 1/26/2011.
Did you catch that line from Lt. Andy about “the Martian nine feet tall?” Could this be a reference to Michael Rennie’s famous film, The Day the Earth Stood Still? Submitted by Mitch English, 1/19/2005.
+ "One of the reasons Michael...was cast as Klaatu was because he was generally unknown to American audiences & would be more readily acceptable as an 'alien' than a more recognizable actor [IMDb, TDTESS, 1951]." Sci Fi guy Mike Bedard 2.5.15.
John Hoyt was in the 1961 Twilight Zone episode "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?" Mike Bedard 2.7.15.
+Star Trek Alert: The prolific Hoyt also appeared as the starship Enterprise's chief medical officer in the pilot for the original series Star Trek, a role ultimately taken over by DeForest Kelley, of course. He made five Perry Mason appearances. Note that if Leonard Nimoy is actually in the gallery (as suggested in a post below), that's two Star Trek actors in this episode. Submitted by MyFavoritePolarBear, 11/12/22
The music used in certain tense, dramatic moments in the early scenes was reused as the theme music in the CBS Radio Mystery Theater of the 1970s-80s. It has a distinctive drum roll and deep, rumbling bass. Submitted by gracep, 1/26/2011.
+ That music was composed by Van Cleave (aka Nathan Van Cleave) for The Twilight Zone episode "Two" (broadcast 9/15/61) starring Elizabeth Montgomery and Charles Bronson. The complete 12:13 track can be found on the Varese Sarabande album The Twilight Zone: The Original Television Scores Volume Four (STV81192) and the CD The Best of The Twilight Zone Original Television Scores Volume II (VCD47247). Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 6/15/12.
Character Names: Michael Fox is credited only as “Physician,” but surely it is the same Dr. Hoxie as from earlier seasons. Submitted by gracep, 1/26/2011.
+ ESG used the name "Dr. Hoxie" in at least one of his books as the Medical Examiner. I am in the process of re-reading the books, so I will see if the name pops up again. Submitted by Bill-W2XOY on 08/15/2013.
Paul's Men: Paul said he had men looking for R. Perez. He received a call from an operative named Connors informing him that Perez was dead. Paul used a man named Alan Connors in episode 121 TCOT Duplicate Daughter. Submitted by H. Mason 1/16/15
Sightings / Uncredited Actors: As Drake, Lindley, and Della confer before the hearing begins, we see Little Old Lady #1 and “Miss Carmody” filing into the courtroom with the other spectators. Along with these two ladies, Quiet Old Man #1 and uncredited actor Don Anderson appear in the gallery. Submitted by gracep, 1/26/2011.
+ And isn't that the Little Old Lady in a Hat sitting behind Janice Norland in court? - Submitted by 10yearoldfan, 9 NOv 2013.
++ At about 34:40 on the DVD, we have a glimpse of an out-of-focus face in the gallery, on the right of the screen. It may be Leonard Nimoy, who played an unconvincing thug in #166 TCOT Shoplifter's Shoe. Or it may be another guy who was in the gallery for a few nearby episodes, including #166, who I contend -- with scant proof -- is Nimoy's brother Melvin. JohnK, 10 January 2018
Lt. Tragg (Ray Collins) did not appear despite his name being printed on the credits. Submitted by gracep, 1/26/2011.
TCOT Curious Coffee Set:On their gorgeous patio, the Norlands enjoy their morning coffee, served by a traditionally-uniformed maid from the Curious Coffee Set. Submitted by gracenote, 7/25/2011.
+ At 29:55 the cups and a glass carafe are in Della's possession in Perry's office and she mentions to Paul that the Professor was the one who drank up all the coffee. Submitted by catyron, May 4, 2918
CARS. It's about time for the new 1963 license plates to appear but all plates seen in this episode are still the '56-pattern yellow-plate and last frame of end-credits is stamped MCMLXII. "Automobiles Supplied by …" credit is to Ford but, as in so many episodes since the start of Season 3, the most impressively displayed car is a Buick:
- (1) Edward Lindley's light-colored 1963 Buick Electra 225 4-Door HardTop appears prominently in several shots throughout the episode. First letter on its licence plate is "Y" (7:14), consistent with its issue late in the Yellow-plate service span (Only "Z" is left!).
- (2) A black 1961 Cadillac Fleetwood Seventy-Five is being polished by the chauffeur in front of the Norland mansion (9:59). The very similar '62 Caddy had different taillight pods.
- (3) Janice Norland drives her light-colored 1962 Mercury Meteor Custom 4-Door Sedan back to Rayo's street during a downpour (16:57) as Hawes and Dias watch from cover.
- (4) A 1963 Ford Galaxie POLICE B&W is parked in front of PEDRO DIAS TOBACCO (23:05) as police investigate the murder scene. Compare the cruiser's rear end (trunk lettering, panel between taillights, taillight inserts) to: Ford 300, Galaxie, Galaxie 500, Galaxie 500XL.
- (5) A dust-colored 1946-1948 Plymouth 4-Door Sedan PUERTO VERDE TAXI, takes Paul Drake to the Mexican village late in the episode (38:04). Plymouths were essentially unchanged from 1946 to '48 and they all had the cool sailing ship hood ornament, illuminated!
Background Cars. Early in the episode, Lindley drives Janice back to Rayo's place to see if Rayo is really dead. After they park the Buick and are about to cross the street to Rayo's building (5:25):
- (a) a light colored 1958 Pontiac Star Chief Catalina Sedan (4-door hardtop) crosses their path from Right to Left,
- (b) a medium-color 1962 Corvair 500 Club Coupe (2-door) whizzes by from Left to Right
- (c) and a dark-color 1940 Chevrolet Coupe is parked across the street. Its partially-seen plate number might be KZE 778 (5:44).
I think that the Pontiac and Corvair whizzing by in the above scene is a nice example of to enhance Lindley's character-development: The characters were in a detailed conversation and car movement had to be coordinated with actor motion & dialogue. Any number of things could have gone wrong, requiring a re-take. I'm guessing that this detail was included to enhance Lindley's gentlemanly & protective nature, seen when he takes Janice's arm as they step off the curb and cross the street. Added by Gary Woloski, 8/14/13.
This is the fourth of five PM appearances for Ruta Lee who, like RB, was born in Canada...MikeM. 11/24/2016
This is the first of three PM appearances for Patrice Wymore, who was married to Errol Flynn at the time of his death in 1959...MikeM. 3/2/2017
This is the second of two PM appearances for Harry von Zell, whose career in radio, film and television spanned almost fifty years. He is most remembered as the announcer/friend of George Burns and Gracie Allen...MikeM. 3/22/2018
The gibberish on the blackboard in the opening scene looks more appropriate for a calculus class than a law class. Submitted by Kilo 8/12/2018.
+ Similar to that in "The Day The Earth Stood Still" jfh Veterans Day, 2022
Nacho's Name: When the taxi driver played by Jose Gonzales Gonzales approaches the Puerto Verde hotel keeper, who is played by Nacho Galindo, he shouts out, "Hey, Nacho!" So Nacho's character name is ... Nacho. Submitted by catyron, July 23rd, 2021.
+ After the greeting, the hotel owner was introduced to Paul as "Juan Perez". jfh Veterans Day, 2022