Oklahoma born Ben Johnson makes his only Perry appearance here as Kelly. Ben Johnson won the Academy Award in 1971 for Best Supporting Actor, playing Sam The Lion in The Last Picture Show. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 14 October 2009.
+ Johnson got his start in movies as part of John Ford's stock company, and eventually appeared alongside John Wayne in eight films, including Fort Apache and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. He once said of himself:
"Everybody in town's a better actor than I am, but none of them can play Ben Johnson." OLEF641 8/2/21
The Judge in this episode is played by Harry Stanton. This is not the more famous Harry Dean Stanton, who was 25 years younger than the judge. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 14 October 2009.
+ Harry Isaacs Stanton was 1 of 9 actors who Judged 2 Perrys (his other case was Careless Kidnapper; IMDb: 45 Actor credits]. Mike Bedard 4.17.15
Elisha Cook appeared in the iconic "Maltese Falcon" (1941) & as Captain Kirk's defense attorney in Star Trek's "Court Martial" (1967) [IMDb: 217 Actor credits]. Mike Bedard 4.18.15
+ Is it just me, or are there others of you out there who get Elisha Cook and John Fiedler (who just appeared in the previous episode) mixed up? OLEF641 8/2/21
Roy Barcroft was the king of Republic Pictures' bad guys, playing many Western villains -- and even a Martian, in "The Purple Monster Strikes" movie serial, before going on to play a good guy in the Mickey Mouse Club's "Spin & Marty" series. Submitted by scarter, 5/6/15
Sadly, Douglas Lambert ("Kinder") succumbed to AIDS in 1986, at 50. Rick P 10/20/21
Character Names: Malone’s first name is Sal; Bascom’s is Carl. Reelin’ Pete’s real name is Peter Bridwell. Submitted by gracenote, 4/15/2011.
+ALSO: Eight characters in the story were given a last name but no first name, including the killer. Added by H. Mason 4/13/15
++ Actually, Malone's first name is Mal. jfh 03Feb2017.
+++ During court (32:01 of the 2012 Paramount DVD), Prosecutor Clark calls for what sounds like, and is per the subtitle, Peter Bridewell. (Speaking of calls: Fingernails on a blackboard would sound like the call of the lark, compared to Clark's voice.) lowercase masonite, 04/20/16.
Names: This episode was the tenth time the murderer wasn't given a complete name. That doesn't include #85 where it wasn't sure if the killer used a nickname or if his parents gave him a different name. It also doesn't include #165 where the guilty person used a stolen identity throughout the story and a "real" name was never given. Submitted by H. Mason 4/13/15
Continuity: Bascom goes into the bank to request that he be allowed to examine the vault again. As he approaches Mal, a woman in a tartan (?) skirt in the medium distance walks away from a plinth and towards to door. Scene briefly switches to Mal and then back to Bascom. When it switches back, the same woman makes the same move again - by which time she ought to have been exiting the bank's front door. Submitted by Clothears, 14th Aug 2020.
Sightings/Uncredited Actors: Both Distinguished Gentleman #1 and Don Anderson appear as spectators in this out-of-town courtroom. Submitted by gracenote, 4/15/2011.
Location: Can't say for sure but I think the Burgess Mine is actually one of the entrances of the Bronson Canyon Cave which was used in tons of movies but most famously as the Bat Cave. Submitted by Eric Cooper 24 August 11
This is the only PM appearance for Audrey Totter, who had recurring roles on a few television series...MikeM. 2/3/2017
+ How quickly the famous are forgotten! Audrey Totter wasn't just an occasional TV actress; she was a talented, sizzling femme fatale in film noir classics such as Lady in the Lake and The Postman Always Rings Twice. (Do watch them if you haven't seen them!) Still looking gorgeous here! She and Bruce Bennett, Olympic athlete and early Tarzan, make a delicious couple! Submitted by JazzBaby, 6/10/2019.
This is the only PM appearance for prolific character actor Jeff Corey, who served in the US Navy during World War II. After he was blacklisted in the 1950s for refusing to name names, Corey became an acting instructor, with many famous actors taking his classes...MikeM. 2/9/2018
Jeff Corey made many, many appearances in television and films. Perhaps most notably in John Wayne's "True Grit". He also turned in a remarkable performance in the Outer Limits' classic "O.B.I.T." Submitted by Kenmore 01/03/2022
+Star Trek Alert: Corey also appeared in the original series Star Trek episode, "The Cloud Minder," where he played an ill-tempered bigot. He's one of two Perry alums in this episode to go on to play a Star Trek character. The other is Elisha Cook, Jr., mentioned above. Cook played a defense attorney in the orginal series episode, "The Court Martial." Like Perry, he won. Submitted by MyFavoritePolarBear, 11/27/22.
This is the second of two PM appearances for Lenore Shanewise (Mrs. Munger), who was a personal friend of Raymond Burr from his days at the Pasadena Playhouse. She would later appear in two episodes of "Ironside"...MikeM. 6/15/2018
The Cars: All those older cars in the opening street scene -- and no Gary Woloski to identify them. Sigh. Submitted by catyron, June 23rd, 2018
Bascom (Jeff Corey) bears a resemblance to Cosmo Kramer from the Seinfeld show. Kilo 4/1/2020.