Paul Fix makes the final, of five, appearances here on Perry playing District Attorney Hale. In four of the five appearances Mr. Fix’s character name was Hale, and in one no name was given. In each episode he was the District Attorney, however each time he was practicing in a different city. Of course Paul Fix was better known for his role as a judge, the judge in To Kill A Mockingbird. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 16 December 2009.
+ The painting in DA Hale's office looks like a picture of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Mike Bedard 3/16/2017.
++ Fans of classic Westerns will remember Fix as Marshal Michah Torrance in the TV series The Rifleman. Submitted by francis, 6/13/12.
+++ Paul Fix also played the first doctor on Star Trek with William Shatner. All three doctors from the original Star Trek have appeared on Perry Mason: John Hoyt, Paul Fix, and DeForest Kelley. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 6/16/12.
++++ Paul Fix became friends with John Wayne, early in Wayne's career. Fix appeared in many of John Wayne's movies. Also, Paul Fix was known for his many career appearances in Western movies and TV shows. Submitted by Bob61571, 12/14/2017.
Perry and Della have coffee after court with innocent Melinda and a Curious Coffee Set. Submitted by gracenote, 9 February 2011.
For the last time this season, Ray Collins does not appear as Lt. Tragg, despite being billed so. Nice work if you can get it. Submitted by gracenote, 9 February 2011.
+ Even odder: William Tallman's name is omitted from the credits, rightfully, since Hamilton Burger does not appear in this episode; but Ray Collins's name does appear, even though Tragg does not. -Submitted by 10yearoldfan, 21 Dec 2013.
++ Not so odd. As written elsewhere it all depends on the actor's contract. After his arrest, William Talman's contract was changed that he would only be credited for episodes he appeared in (although one episode made a mistake by crediting him when he didn't appear). Ray Collins' contract always stated he would be credited regardless of whether he appeared on not and this continued until his death. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 12/26/13.
++Producer Gail Patrick Jackson also said in an interview that the reason they continued to credit Collins was to keep his spirits up while he was fighting a debilitating illness. Jackson claimed that even when he was very ill and close to death, they wanted him to believe he might still recover and claim his place on the show. Submitted by DellaMason
A familiar jazz theme composed by Jerry Goldsmith can be heard in this episode. Originally composed for a CBS pilot years before, this music can be heard in several episodes of Perry Mason and The Twilight Zone. The full 3:13 track can be found on The Twilight Zone: The Original Television Scores Volume Four album (Varese Sarabande STV81192) and CD The Best of The Twilight Zone Original Television Scores Volume I (VCD47233). Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 6/16/12.
Location. Clues to the location of the fictional town of "PALMETTO" lead us in circles:
- "COME AGAIN - PALMETTO CALIFORNIA - THE FLOWER CITY - ELEV. 212 - POP. 28590" says the authentic-looking sign as Melinda rides out of town in the opening shot.
- As Melinda walks back to town (5:02) she passes a mileage sign reading "PALMETTO 5, LANCASTER 25, LOS ANGELES 106". This places Palmetto in the Antelope Valley of Northern Los Angeles County, possibly near Edwards AFB. Elevations in the Palmdale-Lancaster-Edwards AFB area are just over 2300 feet (Mojave in Kern County is 2762 feet).
- The character Delehanty is a Police Chief (town or city), not a County Sheriff: Pinter and Frances both refer to him as "Chief" and Frances also addresses him as "Joe".
- The shoulder patch worn by Delehanty and the court attendants is shield-shaped with a lighted-torch & scroll motif and an unreadable script: it's not identifiable as any organization's insignia.
- The old Town Hall or Courthouse shown at 31:54 likewise gives no clue as to location. The shot is probably pre-1949, see Cars (a), (b) & (c).
Lacking an internet in 1963, the writer(s) perhaps didn't know that there actually is a Palmetto, CA 6½ miles South of Storrie on the SouthWestern edge of Plumas County in Northern California: elev 5134 feet, pop 0. That might be a good spot for a winter ski cabin but not-so-good for a "Flower City". Added by Gary Woloski, 10/16/13.
+ It is only 69 miles along CA 14 from Lancaster to Los Angeles. The sign 5 miles outside of Palmetto indicates that it is 106 miles to LA and 25 miles to Lancaster. If you subtract 25 from 106, you get 81 miles, so Palmetto, Lancaster, and LA cannot be along one road in a straight line. Submitted by catyron, May 16th, 2018
++ Although its appearance is brief, I believe the "Old Town Hall" (see above) is actually the Courthouse Square Set at Universal Studios, elevation 600'...a site that Paul Fix was no stranger to. Given the dating of cars (see below) and the presence of a tower on the building , it appears the scene is an outtake from An Act of Murder, the 1948 movie in which it first appeared. Notcom, 052220.
- (2) Martin Walden's medium color 1953 Ford F-100 PickUp (or 1954), "WALDEN NURSERIES" on door, Black-Plate Lic No F 83955.
- (3) Andrea Walden's medium color 1963 Buick Wildcat Convertible, top down, Black-Plate Lic No QCV 014. Andrea is Martin's wife; Frances (below) is his sister.
- (4) David Pinter's medium color 1963 Buick Electra 225 4-Door HardTop, ID: 4 venti-ports briefly glint in the twilight. Melinda, on Honda (1), almost collides with it.
- (5) Frances Walden's 1957 Ford Country Sedan, light color 4-door station wagon.
Incidental Cars parked in front of the "Palmetto" Courthouse (31:56), R to L at bottom of screen:
- (a) 1941 Plymouth Woodie Wagon.
- (b) 1946 - 1948 Chrysler 4-Door Sedan (minimal changes '46-'48).
- (c) probable 1941 Oldsmobile Dynamic Cruiser Club Sedan.
The distinct absence of any vehicles built later than 1948 in the Courthouse shot leads me to believe that it was filmed prior to 1949. Added by Gary Woloski, 10/17/13.
+ The comment for Car(b) can be widened: in general, cars of the 1948 model-year differed from U.S. passenger cars of 1941-'42 only in such minor features as grills and trim. Compare images (a), (b) & (c) to: '47 Plymouth Woodie, '41 Chrysler and '46 Olds. A genuine "1943 Chrysler" was actually a tank. For an account of Chrysler auto production 1940-'46, see here. Gary Woloski 7/12/17.
Anomaly: At 19:40, just before the near-collision, David Pinter's car is clearly driving on the left side of the road around a blind curve. Very bad driving for anyone, especially a trained lawyer. - Submitted by 10yearoldfan, 21 December 2013.
A Gavel: For the first time since episode 80 there was a gavel in the courtroom. A gavel was used at the school board meeting in episode 163. Submitted by H. Mason 2/11/15
Harry Lauter: This was his only Perry Mason appearance as Chris Hearn, the banker. Science fiction fans might remember him as a regular on Rocky Jones, Space Ranger. His most memorable sci-fi role was probably in The Day The Earth Stood Still. He was the lieutenant who reached for an empty holster after Klaatu picked up his damaged gift for the president. Submitted by H. Mason 2/11/15
+ Harry Lauter was also one of the stars of "Tales Of The Texas Rangers", a series that ran during the 1958-59 season. Submitted by D. Tlougan, 2/20/15.
This is the only PM appearance for Diane Brewster, who was teacher Miss Canfield for the first season of Leave It To Beaver...MikeM. 12/8/2016
This is the first of two PM appearances for Mark Goddard, who was Lost In Space from 1965-1968...MikeM. 12/8/2016
+ Mark's other PM episode was Frustrated Folk Singer/# 226. Mike B.
++ Mark Goddard was not your typical character actor; he had recurring parts:
- 1959-1960: 38 episodes of Johnny Ringo
- 1960-1962: 64 episodes of The Detectives
- 1964-1965: 26 episodes of Many Happy Returns
- 1965-1968: 84 episodes of Lost in Space
Submitted by catyron, May 16th, 2019
This is the third of five "unnamed" PM credits for Pepper Curtis, who was married to actor Howard Curtis...MikeM. 3/16/2017
WHAT IS THAT THING? Cue The Twilight Zone theme! As Andrea and Melinda arrive at the Tarr house at 7:47, there is a huge structure on the skyline above the rooftops, Screen Left. The structure has some resemblance to a Circularly Disposed Antenna Array (CDAA) but seems to be much taller. It looks very spooky looming over the Tarrs' street here in "Palmetto" but it wasn't visible in the preceding ep#179, in which the same Location was filmed as the Laytons' street in "Cliffside Heights" (here in ep#180 the camera is across the street from the Tarrs' house but in ep#179 the camera was on the same side of the street as the houses, the line-of-sight to the mystery-structure apparently being blocked by the roof-line). Can anyone:
- Identify the real location of the street filmed as the Layton/Tarr street?
- Remember structures like this? Or,
- Unequivocally recall what the mystery structure was and where it was?
The question is: What is that thing? Added by Gary Woloski, 10/10/13.
+ Big "THANK-YOU"s are in order for Perry Mason Fans Rory and SkipF, who have identified what the structure is. See Comments Section below under the ! Added by Gary Woloski, 10/25/13.
In the opening scene where Melinda is riding her motor scooter to the Walden Nurseries at night her headlight shining on the side of the building appears as the dual headlights of a car. Submitted by Kilo 10/31/2017.
This episode featured the following 3 actors with almost exactly the same roles in PM Episode 45 - TCOT Buried Clock: Jamie Forster(Judge), Paul Fix(DA Hale), and Robert Foulk(as a sheriff's deputy). ......Submitted by Bob61571, 12/14/2017.
This is the first of four PM appearances for David Macklin, who played Jack Klugman's son on the 13-episode television series "Harris Against the World"...MikeM. 4/5/2018
Constance Ford appeared in 2,517 episodes of the daytime drama, "Another World" from 1967 - 1992. Submitted by catyron, May 16th, 2018
Signage The Peppermint Palace signs are as follows:
- Fresh Tasty Malts -- Sparkling Sodas
- Peppermint Palace Flavors
- Vanilla - Cherry-Vanilla - Butterscotch
- Strawberry - Pistachio - Coffee
Somehow the idea of the teenagers of Palmetto going gaga over a Pistachio Malt strikes me as weird. Submitted by catyron, May 16th, 2018
+ Not Weird! Malted-anything was my favourite! Should be brought back everywhere! Gary Woloski, 5/18/18.