Anomaly: Elisabeth Fraser, listed as Estelle Paige, is identified as Estelle Gaige in three ways. Submitted by Lisa & Mack McLendon.
The painting “featured” in the scene where Perry confronts the murderer can also be seen in #146, TCOT Absent Artist, and #187, TCOT Reluctant Model. See the appearances here. Submitted by Leah, 1/29/2003.
This episode of Perry Mason (TCOT Sausalito Sunrise) and the first season episode TCOT Moth-Eaten Mink (#13, 1.13) are both based on the same Erle Stanley Gardner novel titled The Case of the Moth-Eaten Mink. So this current episode is often considered to be a "re-make" of the first season episode TCOT Moth-Eaten Mink. See repeated episodes here. Submitted by Charles Richmond, 26 April 2013.
+ In a certain sense, this episode also remakes second season episode TCOT Purple Woman, in that both take their title from a painting ( though - happily!! - we're not reminded of the title every few minutes here). Observed by Notcom, 062316.
Uncredited Actors: Don Anderson hits another three bagger in this episode. In the opening scene at the Clune Gallery, he’s among the crowd viewing the art. He wears his tux and dark-rimmed spectacles. Mid-episode, the glasses disappear when he’s the non-speaking one of two San Francisco plainclothesman who surprise Paul Drake at the bus depot parcel check. At the trial, his glasses reappear so he can better watch the action from the last row of the gallery on the defense side of the courtroom. Submitted by FredK, 28 December 2010.
There must have been something about actor Donald Murphy that just screamed “Art!” to the Mason team. In this episode he’s art gallery owner Francis Clune. In Episode #48, TCOT Purple Woman, he plays art critic Wayne Gordon. And in Episode #231, TCOT Lover’s Gamble, he’s philandering art professor Dr. Philip Stark (whose wife was named "Frances" in that episode, as his is "Francis" here --- jfh 13Sep2022). Submitted by FredK, 28 December 2010.
+ Donald Murphy became an interior designer and antiques expert in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Talk about life imitating art. Submitted by BobH, 24 June 2016.
Sightings: Two favorite faces appear in the courtroom gallery today: Quiet Old Man #1 and Miss Carmody. The young brunette also appears in the courtroom on the prosececutor's side on the back row. Submitted by Perry Baby 1/16/14
+ Miss Carmody also appears to be taking admittance tickets at the entrance to the "Pop" art show. Submitted by JazzBaby, 6/25/2019.
+ Miss Carmody is also seen in the background at Clay's, as she and a friend make their way presumably to a table. Submitted by Clothears, 13 June 2022.
Fate must have been working overtime in the casting of Paul Genge as the thug who tries to kill Bobbi Dane twice, once in her hospital room, then dies in a fiery crash trying to hijack Paul Drake as an undercover truck driver. In about two years he will try the same actions in Peter Yates' Bullitt, though in that case he's chased through the hospital and fatally run off the road by Steve McQueen. Submitted by FredK 5 June 2012.
Although it is only in the show we get to hear his voice. DOD 04/29/20
During WWII, "Sausalito was a shipbuilding town with 6 shipways operating 24 hours...A cast of 20,000 filled this stage,...launching 93 ships...The war effort ended and the shipyards were cleared for the next production -- a 1950s art film featuring painters, sculptors, dancers, writers, musicians, mask makers, bohemians, hippies & houseboaters," the City Of Sausalito website observes: that heritage made Sausalito the Logical Location for this episode. Mike Bedard 3.4.15.
Location: Where is Clune Galleries? At the 2 minute mark when Bobbi leans up against the wall in the Clune parking lot you can see the famous, now demolished, Tiny Naylor's Googie style Coffee shop with the Mobil Gas Station on the other corner. The Mobil station is still there. The intersection is Sunset and La Brea. That would put Clune Galleries just above what is now Jim Henson Studios. It was originally Charles Chaplin studios and in the early 50s was where the Adventures of Superman were shot. In the 70s it was A&M Records. But what was this studio used for from 1962 to 1966? Some show called Perry Mason. A minute or 2 later we see the Pop Art Premiere and you can see "Hotel Roosevelt" sign which would be a couple blocks due North. Eric Cooper, 24 June 16
This is the second of two PM appearances for Francine York, who worked from 1959 until her passing in January 2017, at the age of 80...MikeM. 3/30/2017
This is the third of three PM appearances for prolific character and voice actor Allan Melvin, who was Sergeant Bilko's Corporal Henshaw and Archie Bunker's friend Barney Hefner. He was also the voice of Magilla Gorilla. Allan Melvin was married to his wife, Amalia, from 1944 until his passing in 2008 at the age of 84...MikeM. 4/5/2018 + And Sam the butcher on The Brady Bunch, and Charlie Hacker on Gomer Pyle, USMC, and nearly a dozen bits on The Andy Griffith Show. Submitted by Chief Kurtz, 20 January 2022
Artwork Inventory: At the opening of the episode, the policeman is reading from a list of artworks implicated in the case. This is the list, as transcribed by my dear husband:
1. WAR IN THE COSMOS - VAL. $1250.
Broken child's toys, tubing, toilet brushes,
2. LOST ECSTASY - VAL. $1850
Collage, Dance Programs, ticket stubs,
plastic soda straws, bar napkins.
3. RAMPANT DAEMON - VAL. Appr. $975.
Collage. Cut up plastic animals, glued
over garden hose, two plumbers' plungers,
4. AURORA OVER ARMAGEDDON - VAL. $2250.
Very large 'cyclorama' collage. Forest
of mushroom clouds, twisted Erector set
assemblies, wrecked slot cars, battered
5. DEEPS OF DESPAIR - VAL. $725.
Great pools of dark blue paint with brass
clockwork gears, whorls of confetti, cigar
bands and candy bar package wrappers.
Some bottle crowns.
6. TOURNEY ON TANTALUS - VAL. $1200.
Long, crossed toy horns mounted on base
of lifting weights. Festooned with brass
cartridge cases strung like beads.
Note that not a single one of these pieces appears in the gallery or the stock room. Also, much to my surprise, one of the assemblages that is shown at the gallery opening in a face surrounded by bent wall-sconce lamps -- the same lamps that have been appearing on-set in lower-class homes and hotels in the series since 1957. The prop man went wild! Submitted by catyron, August 8th, 2018
In the opening gallery scene, Della is decked out in a gorgeous fur stole! I guess the dream she expressed way back in TCOT Moth-eaten Mink came true, hopefully, thanks to Perry! Lili-beth 02.16.2020
+ And she even has her hair all dolled up too! Submitted by HamBurger, 8/15/2020
Della's doubletake? At the gallery event, Della drops her purse, and reporter Bert Kannon picks it up for her. She says thank you, and he just walks off with no reaction; Della does a doubletake, troubled by his taciturn behavior. What was the point of this scene? Seems odd. Rick P 10/13/21
Actor Paul Genge as Bud, (making his 4th and final PM appearance) who with Mac attempts to lure Paul into their hijack trap, and, having failed, gets into a chase with the truck, later participated in another famous (perhaps the most famous) filmed car chase, in Bullitt (1968).