In the opening scene, John Lowell deftly tears an ad from a newspaper and hands it to Doris Hocksley. As she looks at it, we see there’s no printing on the back. How odd! See here. Submitted by Eli Kaminsky, 10/3/2005.
+This was done for photography reasons. Thin paper and dark ink on the reverse would bleed through in the studio lights. Interesting that they made such an effort! Jared 15May2021
Check out the photo behind Lowell's right shoulder in the link provided by Eli Kaminsky above. It appears to be a professional baseball player. Does anyone recognize him? Otto Gervaert, 7/2/21.
Small world: Miriam Hocksley (played by Mary Shipp) says “My father’s name was Adam Hocksley. He had a biblical turn of mind. He called me Miriam.” Olive Deering, who plays Rebecca Gentrie, also had a blibical turn of mind. She played Miriam in the biblical epics The Fifteen Commandments and Sampson and Delilah. Submitted by Charles Richmond, 12/23/2005.
+ "According to the Hebrew bible, Miriam was the older sister of Moses and Aaron. She was also a prophetess in her own right...Miriam first appears in the biblical book of Exodus...[she] also appears in the biblical book of Numbers," judaism.about.com observes. Mike Bedard, posted 4.23.15 Before MeTV's airing of TCOT ET.
++ Teleplay writer Seeleg Lester had a "Biblical turn of mind": "Judas" of New Testament infamy is mentioned & "Rebecca" was "the wife of Isaac, mother of Esau and Jacob. Gen. 24-27 [Webster's Unab. Dict.]." Mike Bedard, posted After watching ET with Lapcat Tigger/sister Winnie by my side.
+++Small World 2: In a strange twist...
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Tragg finds the combination to the safe inside Elston Carr’s pocket watch. Then, he sees the dial is already on 13, and only needs to be turned to number 4 to open the safe. But the print man had already told Tragg the dial had been “wiped clean,” so it’s highly unlikely the dial would have still been in the precise spot.
Elston Carr’s house number is 3972 as seen twice on the curb outside his home. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 1 December 2009.
+ That's the number painted on the curb. However, the house number in the newspaper ad is 133. JohnK, 30 October 2018
Another episode that contains multiple murders. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 1 December 2009.
+ Indeed, at least two and maybe three, depending on the accuracy of Tragg's prognosis... or lets just say it has two-point-six. Added by Notcom, 081216.
I do believe this is our only attempted triple murder. DOD 06/18/20
+ Episode #62, "TCOT Howling Dog," has three murders, but it could be argued that the original novel has only two--the third killing in the novel being an act of self-defense. (And neither count includes the shooting of the non-howling dog.) Submitted by BobH, 31 May 2021.
Uncredited Actors: Don Anderson is a courtroom spectator in the last row on Burger’s side of the aisle near the door. Submitted by FredK, 7 October 2010.
+ We have two uncredited actors playing plainclothesmen. (See Credits, above). Submitted by gracenote, 8/31/2011.
Sightings: It’s easy to miss, but an un-hatted plainclothesman dusting for fingerprints behind Tragg is none other than Pencil Mustache Man. Later, the Man and several other cohorts—Distinguished Lady #2, Little Old Lady #2, and Little Old Lady #1—appear in the courtroom gallery. Distinguished Gentleman #1 is the court reporter, again. Submitted by gracenote, 8/31/2011.
+The Distinguished Lady #4 sits on Perry's side of the courtroom. Submitted by BigBill767, Nov 11, 2016.
Benson Fong appeared in 4 Perrys, including Caretaker's CAT: 1 of my Favorites. Cat-Person Mike Bedard 4.21.15
+ Viewers will remember Benson Fong as one of Charlie Chan's sons (#3 I believe) along with appearances on TV's Kung Fu. Submitted by HamBurger, 9/9/2017
++ This episode and TCOT Caretaker's Cat feature both Benson Fong and Anthony Jochim together in the same type of roles. Submitted by HamBurger, 1/1/2023
Syndication cuts: In the hospital, Mason telling Doris that he'll get answers from John Lowell and his trip to San Francisco along with the truth about Gow Loong and John Lowell; the argument between Mason and Burger over the word pretender.
Additional Hallmark cuts: [In the original/syndicated versions the Alan/Doris conversation begins with a long shot with Alan saying "That's quite a history" and asking what her father looked like. Then a closer shot of Doris and Alan with Doris saying she doesn't remember and only had an impression of him. This dialogue was cut from the Hallmark version and the next line, her saying that she was only a child the last time she saw him, was dubbed over the long shot with the rest of the conversation following]; Carr saying his nephew Alan is helping to find Adam's daughter, needing Mason to do the job right and telling him to look at the check; Perry asking Miss Gentrie on the phone if Carr was shot, her saying she saw him on the floor, someone else is in the room, she think's he dead and what should she do?; Tragg asking Miss Gentrie if she left Carr alone and Rebecca saying yes, returning and seeing the light in the room which wasn't unusual because he often works late; part of Paul and Perry's conversation concerning where the action was; [In the original/syndicated versions Mason asks Doris in the hospital if the photo had rounded corners, she responds she doesn't remember and asks how Lowell could have brought her a photo she threw away and Mason saying he could have duplicated it, Mason sighs, then gets up and makes a comment about Burger prosecuting. In the Hallmark version after Doris says she doesn't remember about rounded corners, the scene cuts to Mason sighing with a piece of music dubbed over it to indicate the end of an act and the scene ends.]; Burger asking Dr. Morton on the stand about the distance the fatal shots were fired and the response, 6 to 9 feet; Burger asking Miss Gentrie if Doris was in the courtroom and her response, next to Mason; Mason asking Tragg about the significance of the photo not fitting in the tin and the response, none; during Miriam's testimony, Mason objecting about hearsay evidence, Burger's response, the judge permitting the question and Burger asking Miriam if he should repeat the question and the response, no; Burger's objecting over Mason's asking Miriam where she was on the night of the murder, Mason's response and the judge allowing it; part of Mason trying to break apart the empty tin, smashing it against his knee and Burger exclaiming that it's state's evidence; [In the original/syndicated versions Mason tells Miss Gentrie "a bride and groom practically on their honeymoon, the bride shoots the bridegroom" all on a close-up of Mason. In the Hallmark version the first line is cut and the beginning of the second "the bride shoots the" is dubbed over the footage of Mason saying "a bride and groom"]. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 7/21/12.
Closed-captioning oddities: When Tragg asks Doris a question and she doesn't respond, Mason says in explanation "Shock, Tragg." In the aired versions, the closed-captioning reads "She's out, Tragg." Also, during Miriam's testimony she states "[Mason] told me that [Doris] knew where the key evidence was." Burger asks "Was that in the safe in Elston Carr's library?" Mason objects, the judge permits the question and Burger asks if he should repeat the question and Miriam responds, "No. He told me that she knew the evidence was in the safe." Hallmark cut the objection, the judge and the offer to repeat the question and the response, no. However, the word "no," which appears on the same line as the rest of the response in the closed-captioning, stayed in. Someone just reading the captions of the Hallmark version would see Burger asking a question and the witness saying no, then answering the question in the affirmative. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 7/21/12.
Unsolved mysteries: What happened to John Lowell? Submitted by H. Mason 10/6/14
Sponsored Items: I watched this episode on MeTV and once again I saw the same FOUR sponsored items pictured at the end in episode 7, 21, and 23 show up here. Once again, I WAS ABLE to see that the FIRST one was actually "Sweetheart Soap", as helpfully provided by Wiseguy70005 on 4/14/15 for episode #7. The picture and lettering were VERY clear again. ;-> The Second was "New Blue Dutch Cleanser". The Third was "trend" (with a lower case, "T"). The Fourth was "Beads-O'-Bleach". Submitted by mesave31, 04/23/15.
According to Wikipedia, Warren Stevens began his acting career after serving as a pilot in the US Army Air Corps during World War II...MikeM. 8/11/2016
This is the first of twenty episodes where Seeleg Lester is listed for teleplay or writer. He would be listed as story consultant on thirty other episodes...MikeM. 8/11/2016
The photo of the three men in China is an obvious composite.
The men have been "photoshopped" onto the street scene.
Submitted by Kilo 5/27/2017.
+ Ha Ha. I just realized Perry actually uses the words "photo shop" in the episode! Kilo 12/16/2018.
++ Doris also says "photo shop". jfh 05Jun2019
This is the only PM appearance for Toni Gerry, who was born in Utah as Antoinette Newman. Toni Gerry took the surname of her first husband, actor Alex Gerry. Alex Gerry would also have a single PM appearance...MikeM. 5/24/2018
An oddity? The actresses who play Doris and Miriam are 32 and 43, respectively. Miriam certainly looks significantly older than Doris. Given the strict proof of identity that Carr demands, wouldn't he have had some idea of the age of the woman for whom he was searching? Wouldn't the gap in their ages have made one of them less than believable? Submitted by JazzBaby, 7/10/2019.
Matisse: At 46:44, when Perry and Tragg are at the Neale apartment, after everyone else has left, Perry stops and pauses for a while in front of a small picture on the wall which is hung crookedly. This is a framed copy of the 1946 lithograph "Seated Woman with Guitar" by Henri Matisse, which was copied from Matisse's own 1939 original painting "Girl in Yellow and Blue with Guitar." The original painting had been purchased by Paul Rosenberg in Paris when it was new, but was confiscated from Rosenberg (a Jew) by the Nazis, transferred to the Louvre Museum, and by 1944 was in the possession of Herman Göring. In 946 it was was still of disputed ownership as "spoils of war" and the colour lithograph was published. In 1947 the original painting was returned to Paul Rosenberg and he sold it to the McCormick family. Eventually it was bequeathed by them to the Art Institute of Chicago. Submitted by catyron, November 27, 2020.