This episode features lots of peppy rock music with trebly guitar—apparently part of the CBS stock library. One of the songs, which plays at about the 25-minute mark when Debbie is fussing with the Teddy Bear cases at the club, features prominently in an episode of Gilligan’s Island. It’s the music to which Mary Ann, Ginger, and Lovey (performing as the Honeybees) sing their smash hit “You Need Us.” (Bzzzz!) Great stuff! Submitted by Ed Zoerner, 9/17/2009.
This episode of Perry Mason (TCOT Golden Girls) and the first season episode TCOT Vagabond Vixen (#9, 1.9) are both based on the same Erle Stanley Gardner novel titled The Case of the Vagabond Virgin. (Note the book title is "virgin" and not "vixen".) So this current episode is often considered to be a "re-make" of the first season episode TCOT Vagabond Vixen. See repeated episodes here. Submitted by Charles Richmond, 26 April 2013.
Hooray (if a sexually charged environment can be cheered) for racially diverse "Teddy Bears" in this 1965 episode. [Unsigned]
+ Indeed. We have come a long way from the silent (and uncredited) black judge to the talkative black Teddy Bear played by Annazette. And i think that's a good thing. Submitted by catyron, July 31st, 2018
In the first half-hour, we see quite a bit of Victoria Vetri/Angela Dorian as she appears only in either her two-piece swimsuit or her Teddy Bear costume. As she leaves the Golden Bear Club, she throws on an overdress of sorts, but when Della, Perry, and Paul come to her aid after being beaten by her boyfriend, she is, once again, only clad in her Teddy Bear costume.
+ Kudos to the director: when Paul calls Perry away from Ms Conrad's bedside, Perry's wide shoulders discreetly block what would have been yet another gratuitous view of her in her Teddy Bear costume. jfh 29Mar2018
++ I found all of the ogling in this episode creepy, and the costumes were not attractive. Submitted by catyron, July 31st, 2018
This episode marks actor George Neise's fourth Mason appearance as a murder victim, a series record. It all began with his unintentionally humorous post mortem hijinks as Albert Tydings in TCOT Baited Hook (Episode #14). Submitted by BobH, 6 March 2016.
Debbie Conrad’s boyfriend, Rick Durbin, here is played by Bruce Glover in his only Perry appearance. Bruce Glover is most famous as the father of Crispin Glover. As an added irony, the same year (1965) Bruce Glover appeared in this episode, he also appeared in a movie called Who Killed Teddy Bear. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 16 October 2009.
Speaking of Bruce Glover, we have a James Bond "back to back" connection. Mr. Glover played "Mr. Wint" in Diamonds Are Forever (1971). In the previous episode, TCOT Baffling Bug, Teru Shimada was featured. He appeared in You Only Live Twice (1967). Both Bond films featured Sean Connery. Submitted by Bill-W2XOY on 08/02/2013..
Debbie Conrad, who was a Teddy Bear at a gentleman’s club in this episode, was played by Victoria Vetri using the name Angela Dorian. Two years later, "Angela Dorian" posed for Playboy as Miss September, 1967. She was chosen as 1968 Playmate of the Year, and was one of the most popular Playmates of the Vietnam War era. (Info from IMDb.) Submitted by Charles Richmond, 11/12/2009.
+ On 16 October 2010, Victoria Vetri a/k/a Angela Dorian shot her husband, Bruce Rathgeb. Her husband survived, but on 7 September 2011, at the age of 67, Victoria was sentenced to 9 years in a California prison. Submitted by PaulDrake33, 15 November 2011.
++ This was the only PM appearance for Angela Dorian, whose birth name was Victoria Vetri. I have been trying to determine if the 72-year-old 1968 Playmate of the Year is still serving time for shooting her husband in 2010. She was legally known as Victoria Rathgeb when she was sentenced to nine years... MikeM. 3/23/2017
+++ According to the State of California Inmate Locator site, inmate Victoria Rathgeb (Angela Dorian), age 73, has been transferred to the custody of the Community Transitional Reentry Program in Santa Fe Springs, California... MikeM. 3/29/2018
++++ Great research, MikeM -- thanks! Submitted by catyron, July 31st, 2018
Location: I believe the Golden Bear Club Rancho de Oro is in fact Serra Retreat in Malibu. The original structure pictured here burned down in a 70’s fire and has been rebuilt. Consequently due to lack of photos it’s hard for me to match scenes up. However, I have been there many times and the road, view and mountain backgrounds all match. Serra Retreat was used in another Perry Mason episode #136, TCOT Renegade Refugee. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 27 September 10.
+ The night exterior shot of Debbie Conrad's apartment hotel is the old Sheraton West, previously the Town House, at Wilshire and Commonwealth in LA's Westlake district. It's now low income housing. Added by OldDave1, 4/29/2020.
Uncredited Actors: We can spot Don Anderson among the patrons of the Teddy Bear Club, though it’s Charles Stroud who gets the lecherous lines and behavior. Submitted by FredK, 11 January 2011.
Sightings: Both our “Miss Carmody” and Quiet Old Man #1 appear noticeably in the courtroom gallery. Submitted by gracenote, 5/25/2011.
+ And Miss Carmody is back to her regular hair colour and style. I think that aberration last time was a wig. Submitted by catyron, July 31st, 2018
TCOT Paper Cups: Okay, i regretfully accept that the Curious Coffee Set is gone, and was replaced by the abhorrent plastic West Bend Thermo-Serv carafe and mugs -- but now we are down to paper cups! Della serves Perry and Paul their coffee in paper cups! Noooooo. Submitted by catyron, July 31st, 2018