CARS: 1956 Buick Century 4dr hardtop, 3-tone: dark color, white, black top, 1958 Cadillac convertible, black, white top up (Mason), 1958 Pontiac Bonneville convertible, white, white top up. From The Cars by Greg Cockerill.
The shot of the police arriving in the cul-de-sac appears to be a clip from five or more years before the rest of this episode was filmed, as none of the cars look newer than early 1950s. Submitted by Tony, 4/5/2019.
Sightings: At least one of the individuals in the lineup with looks like one of the courtroom spectators (behind Burger and Tragg) in the “Style P” opening credits used in episodes 40-69. Perhaps he was a crew member or a regular extra. Submitted by Alex Blackwell, 4/25/08. Posted by daveb.
+ He turns up again in the courtroom gallery, behind Burger. Submitted by gracep, 10/3/2010.
++ Now that he is included among our favorite frequent faces as Distinguished Gentleman #2, read more about him and other regulars here. See also additional sightings below. Submitted by gracep, 11/5/2010.
+++ Distinguished Lady #4 and Little Old Lady #2 join the courtroom scene on Perry's side. Submitted by BigBill767, 12/9/16.
Patrica Taylor, a.k.a. “The Terrified Typist,” is played by Joanna Moore, wife of Ryan O’Neal and mother of Tatum O’Neal. Posted by PaulDrake33.
Hank Patterson, who 7 years later would appear as Mr. Ziffel on "Green Acres", makes a short appearance as Jack Gilly, the man in the boat. Patterson had 190 film credits, a huge amount considering I don't remember anything but "Green Acres"! submitted by 7539 May 2017
+ I was kind of hoping Arnold would confess from the gallery in the last scene. OldDave, submitted 7/8/2020
One of the few episodes where Perry’s client actually takes the witness stand. As you may know, the District Attorney is prohibited from calling the defendant to testify, so in order to testify, the defendant must be called by his own attorney. In this episode, Perry does not reveal the name of the murderer until Burger has rested his case and Perry has began to present his side of the case. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 6/18/2009.
5th Amendment: "No person...Shall Be Compelled In Any Criminal Case To Be A Witness Against Himself." Mike Bedard 5.19.16.
Goof: After questioning a prosecution witness, Burger turns to Perry and says "Your re-direct." Re-direct is something the prosecutor does. Perry would cross examine. Submitted by Ben B, posted by daveb, 12/18/10.
+ Jefferson/Kincaid was called as a witness by Mason, so his first examination is the direct, Burger's is the cross-examination, and any further questions by Mason are re-direct. I believe that Burger's remark is correct. Submitted by FredK 12 July 2012.
++ Burger says it after his cross-examination of Patricia Taylor not Duane Jefferson. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 2/15/14.
+++ Wiseguy is correct, Mrs. Taylor was the witness following Kincaid on the stand. But since she was also Mason's witness, Burger is still correct. Submitted by FredK 28 April 2014.
Sightings: You can see the man first spotted by PaulDrake33 in #48, TCOT Purple Woman, in this episode—a dark-complected man with a pencil-thin mustache who resembles Leo Carrillo. There is a really close shot of this Pencil Mustache Man in a cut to Patricia Taylor sitting in the courtroom gallery. “Miss Carmody” sits in the back row during the hearing for a motion for a new trial. Submitted by gracep, 10/3/2010.
+ She certainly looks similar, but I believe this is a different lady. alan_sings, 16 Oct 2010.
++ I agree with alan_sings. This was not Miss Carmody. Freeze frame plus zooming in showed her to be very similar, however. Submitted by Clothears, 17-Jan-2021.
Location: Just short of 10 minutes in we see an exterior shot of Parker Center at night. There are many daytime shots but this is the only nighttime one I've seen. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 13 January 2011.
Location: Almost 15 minutes into the episode Paul and Perry drive to Senator Taylor's estate which in reality is what is known as Greenacres. It is the lavish estate comedian Harold Lloyd built. It was known for its 15 acres of amazing gardens. It remained intact until 1975. It remains on 5 or so acres and is owned by supermarket magnate Ron Burkle. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 13 January 2011.
+ Small World see Trivia comment above by 7539 May 2017 re Hank Patterson, a.k.a., Fred Ziffel. jfh 24Jun2019.
The elevator operator, played by Frankie Darro, is named "Barney." IMdB has incorrectly identified him a "Brian." The first automatic elevator (which made Barney unemployed) is still functioning in the Hard Rock Hotel in the Carbon and Carbide Building on Chicago's Michigan Avenue. cgraul 7.10.12
Another TV lawyer appeared 3 years later with the name George Baxter on the series Hazel played by Don DeFore. In the Terrified Typist novel the character's name is "Munroe Baxter." Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 2/15/14.
+ Munroe Baxter becomes George Baxter. The Pitkin Principle (See Episode 18) at work again. Submitted by BobH, 12 April 2016.
++ And the actress who played George Baxter's wife on Hazel appeared in the episode previous to this one. Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 4-28-2014.
Scenes of screen tests of Raymond Burr (and William Hopper!) as Perry Mason from the novel The Case of the Terrified Typist are included in the Perry Mason 50th Anniversary Edition DVD set. These scenes, however, are with a character (Yvonne Manco) that wasn't written into the TV version so one can't compare the two screen tests with the final version. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 2/15/14.
Brent Building: In this story we learn of two more businesses in the Brent Building: South African Diamond Co and Crawford Jewelry. We already knew about Perry Mason Attorney At Law, Paul Drake Detective Agency, and Clay's Grille. Mr. Brent also has offices in his building. More Brent Building tenants are revealed in episodes 68, 97, 149, 238 and 264. Submitted by H. Mason 10/10/14
This is the only PM appearance for Joan Elan, who was born in Ceylon in 1929. She passed at the age of 51...MikeM. 8/30/2016
Alan Marshall/Marshal was born in Sydney, Australia in 1909. He passed in Chicago, aged 52, of a heart attack...MikeM. 8/30/2016
Harald Dyrenforth was born in Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland) in 1913. He was the son of a famous Swiss/German mountaineer. He served with US forces in World War II. After the war, he worked for the Voice of America....MikeM. 8/30/2016
This is a shared writing credit for renowned British author Philip MacDonald. He passed in Woodland Hills CA in 1980...MikeM. 8/30/2016
This is the second of ten PM appearances for Steve Carruthers and the only one where he has a character name and a credit...MikeM. 5/14/2018
This is the last of about a dozen season-one appearances for Connie Cezon (Gertie). Connie would have limited appearances for the remainder of the PM series. IMDb says that after season one, 1957-1958, she would only appear once in 1959, once in 1961, and four times in 1964. Connie Cezon passed away in Glendale CA in 2004 at the age of 78. She is interred at Forest Lawn Glendale, resting place for many prominent individuals...MikeM. 6/12/2018
Thirty-two time PM judge Kenneth MacDonald appeared uncredited in the 1946 romantic comedy "Lady Luck" which starred Barbara Hale and Robert Young. "Lady Luck" was broadcast 6/11/2018 on Turner Classic Movies...MikeM. 6/12/2018
Gavel Tally - Three times, one is a spoiler and listed below the banner. The first occasion is when the judge orders Jefferson to be seated after he protests the calling of Patricia Taylor. The second is to adjourn court after the guilty verdict.
This episode marks the first use by the judge of a pencil to rap his desk; he does it twice. I won't report future uses individually, but will report totals at the end of each season.
Audio Dubbing: In the trailer the real Duane Jefferson says "I want to get out of here." but his lips are saying something else. Submitted by Kilo 6/8/2017
Third Use of Gavel - At the hearing for a motion for a new trial, the judge gavels to adjourn to his chambers with both lawyers to discuss the ramifications of two Mr. Jeffersons. OLEF641 12/23/21