Goof: In the final scene, listen closely to Hannibal Harvey’s good-bye. It sounds like he starts to say “Bye Ray!” (as in Ray Burr) but he catches himself and then adds another “Bye” to cover. Submitted by Adam Kamil, 10/23/2004.
Uncredited Actors, with a line or two, are seen occasionally in the show. But, in this episode, the actress playing “Mrs. Banks” really should have been credited. Her scene lasts about 90 seconds as she is questioned by Perry in court. Submitted by Mitch English, 3/23/2005.
+ It looks like this is Shirley Mitchell. See here. Her scene is completely missing in the Hallmark version of this show. Submitted by daveb, date unknown.
++ It is, however, in the regular syndication print. Submitted by gracenote, 3/31/2011.
+++ The scene is also in the MeTV airing 25Jan2017
Location: About halfway through this episode Paul and Perry drive east on Sunset Blvd toward La Brea. Over Perry’s head you can make out the SAHARAN MOTOR HOTEL’s neon sign. The hotel is still there. You can see a current photo if you Google 7212 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA. Or go to the hotel’s website for lots of photos. A few seconds later Paul makes a right turn onto La Brea. Between Paul and Perry you can clearly see “CAROLINA PINES JR.” in the background. It was a famous Googie styled 24 hour coffee shop. Unfortunately, it is no longer there. However, it was located at 1518 N. La Brea which in fact was just north of the intersection of Sunset and La Brea and would have been visible behind them as they turned south on La Brea. Unlike most shows that cut and paste different backgrounds, this driving sequence makes perfect sense and appears to be in real time. Furthermore, when Perry and Paul confront Mr. Harvey outside the bar, I believe they are just where their journey took them... just south of Sunset on La Brea. That shingle work behind them is the Charlie Chaplin Studios which is now the Jim Henson Studios. However, at the time of this filming it was owned by CBS Studios and is where Perry Mason was filmed and where Raymond Burr often slept during shooting. Posted by Eric Cooper, 7/16/2009. Some pictures here.
Location: When Hannibal drives to Bonnie's (to discover her body), he drives through Beverly Hills, heading eastbound on Wilshire Blvd, and turning south on N. Hamel Drive. There is an Earl Scheib neon sign in the upper left hand corner of the shot. Scheib's corporate headquarters were at 8737 Wilshire Blvd, and remained there at least another 46 years. Earl himself also lived in Beverly Hills. OldDave 10/8/2020
Location: About 39 minutes into the episode, Perry walks up the steps and into the courthouse as he does numerous times in this series. It’s amazing that Perry is always able to find parking right in front of the courthouse. The Stanley Mosk Superior Courthouse is still there, located at 111 N. Hill Street, near the intersection of 1st street. You can see the street sign for 1st street as Perry walks up. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 30 July 2010. Some pictures here.
And yet again the interior courtroom set has no relation to the building's modern exterior. DO 1/30/18
Sightings: Sitting behind the defendant and also behind Ainsley is Quiet Old Man #1. Possibly, Distinguished Gentleman #1 strolls in the background during a recess, just as Paul enters the scene. Learn more about these and other favorite frequent faces, and help us spot them! Submitted by gracenote, 3/31/2011.
+ Blue Collar Guy is the cab driver for Mrs. Stanton and Mrs. Porter at the beginning of the story. alan_sings, 11/8/2011.
Location: At the end, the steps down which Drake and Mason saunter look remarkably like the ones featured in the Magic Donut scene (a continuity error) in #101, “TCOT Wandering Widow.” Submitted by gracenote, 3/31/2011.
+ Same steps. That house and property also in episodes 128 and 149. Added by H. Mason 4/6/15
Once more, Ray Collins, who by now has been ill for some time, received credit for Lt. Tragg, but did not appear (nor did anyone seem to notice). Submitted by gracenote, 3/31/2011.
Uncredited Actors: In addition to playing a bartender who speaks and gets billing, Don Anderson appears as a passerby outside the courtroom. As Mason and Della discuss things, Anderson passes them twice, once apparently coming from the courtroom and once going toward it. Submitted by FredK, 7 April 2011.
Hannibal’s Song: (TCOT Spoiled Chowder). Hannibal sang the old ditty (late 19th Century) twice. The words I got were:
“‘Who threw the overalls in Mrs Murphy’s chowder?’
Nobody answered so he hollered all the louder
‘It’s an Irish trick that’s true, I can . . .’ ” (inaudible)
You can find the answer to the mystery by reading the lyrics here or by listening to this 1901 Edison recording. Added by Gary Woloski, 1/11/12.
+ I don't have to look them up. A friend of mine used to be in a barbershop quartet, and I think it was one of their songs. It goes (pardon the politically incorrect reference):
'It's an Irish trick, that's true, I can lick the mick that threw
The overalls in Mrs. Murphy's chowder.' JohnK, 10 December 2017
Character Names Bonnie's last name is Dunbar. jfh 25Jan2017
This is the first of two PM directing credits for Jack Arnold, who directed 26 episodes of "Gilligan's Island"...MikeM. 1/25/2017
Not a particularly satisfying episode, perhaps because of the reliance on a few too many stock characters - blustering artist, ditzy model, latin lover, cute little old ladies, virtuous wife. The whole thing had the flavor of a Carol Burnett skit. Some interesting camerawork in the courtroom,though,including a few closeup zoom shots. Looks like that well worn staircase set finally got a makeover. DO 1/30/18
This is the third of three PM appearances for Irish actor Sean McClory, whose career on stage, screen, and television spanned over forty years. In 1983, McClory married Peggy Webber, and they were still married when Sean McClory passed in 2003 at the age of 79...MikeM. 6/6/2018