CARS: 1958 Mercury 4dr hardtop, dark color; 1958 Edsel Corsair Convertible, medium color, black top up; 1950 Ford 2dr sedan, medium color; 1958 Ford Skyliner retractable, black, top down (Mason); 1958 Ford Thunderbird convertible, black, top down (Drake); 1958 Ford 4dr sedan, black & white (Police). From The Cars by Greg Cockerill. More pictures here.
Watch for the unusual split-screen special effect when Perry and Dr. Blane talk on the phone. Submitted by daveb, date unknown. Picture here.
+ The direction of this split screen is a bit strange. The camera is higher and pointed down at Mason. During the split screen Mason is looking upwards. The split screen is alternated with a normal shot with Mason looking straight ahead. The effect is almost that Mason is looking at the doctor in the split screen! If this is the effect the director wanted, he succeeded. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 7/24/12.
Location: I am watching the second season on local TV. Ironically, the same day #45, The Case of the Buried Clock, aired I was also reading an article about Malibou Lake. I knew several episodes were shot there but on this episode the angle of the newspaper photo was almost exactly the same as the establishing shot on Perry Mason. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 11/8/07. Some pictures here.
At the 3:04 minute mark, the exterior of the house used in that nighttime, medium long-shot is actually 'taken' from the 1945, 2oth Century-Fox , Technicolor picture - "Leave Her to Heaven". That house was referred to as the 'Back of the Moon Lodge", as the lake it abuts is shaped like a crescent. If you click on the "here" link, above, the image is the last of the "More Establishing Shots" images. Submitted by S. Stuart on 12/18/18.
Several of the Presidential portraits hanging on the wall of the courtroom are the same portraits that hang in the courtroom in episode #50, TCOT Perjured Parrot. Submitted by PaulDrake 33.
+ Is the painting parallel to the witness stand "Washington Crossing the Delaware?" Mike Bedard 6.2.16 MeTV viewing.
++ "Perjured Parrot" POTUS gallery: Rutherford Hayes (alone); Andrew Johnson/Abraham Lincoln/George Washington/Thomas Jefferson/John Adams; John Adams (alone). A picture of Washington standing against a mantle hangs between the witness chair & window. Mike Bedard 6.9.16 MeTV PP viewing. //
Character Names: Sheriff Elmore is called “Bert” during the episode. Submitted by gracep, 8/2/10.
Location: There are several interesting establishing shots in this episode including one of an odd, rural courthouse. Some pictures here. Posted by daveb, 9/1/10.
UPDATE : Sierra City unmasked After several years of diligent searching, this AM a 7 second google image search has identified the establishing shot of "Sierra City" (It would also be used in another episode as "Pinewood"): Petaluma (For those of us in the Bay Area, perhaps, a bit of a humbling discovery... as Carol Reed (TCOT Drowning Duck) remarked "I ought to know, I was up there often enough.) Notcom, 092917.
Neither D.A. Burger (William Talman) nor Lt. Tragg (Ray Collins) appears in this episode. Posted by gracep, 11/7/2010.
+ In the original book, Lt. Tragg does not appear at all, and D.A. Burger appears only toward the end (p. 280 out of 312 in my copy). Speaking of changes from the book, it interests me how the TV episodes change some of the names of Gardner's characters. For example, the TV show has Sue Hardisty, but in the book it's Adele Hardisty. I wonder why the TV writers sometimes do this. Submitted by Ed Zoerner, 3/15/11.
Haven't read the book in some time, but I do recall that Perry actually finds a buried clock and there is a lot of nonsense about sidereal time. On TV, Perry just seems to invent the idea of the clock being used to trigger a camera. DOD 07/03/19
There are three considerations to character naming in filmed work: ease of understanding, legal considerations, and distinction (from other characters). (very occasionally, an actor will request a change due to pronunciation difficulties). Although Adele has been used in films, it is more rare on TV, perhaps due to decreased attention given TV compared to movies and, of course, literature. cgraul 7.17.12
Sightings: Apparently Distinguished Gentleman #1, Distinguished Lady #2, and “Miss Carmody” are all big fans of Perry Mason, too, for they all made the field trip out to Sierra City for the hearing at the little courthouse. Find out why we care about these favorite frequent faces. Submitted by gracep, 11/7/2010.
+The Distinguished Lady #4 just acquired a new job as the court reporter. Submitted by BigBill767, 12/9/16.
Syndicated cuts: Drake's men at Hardisty's house, Hardisty on phone, detectives following him; in the first court scene, Blane and Mason talking, Hale introduced, everyone rising and facing the flag, judge appears, Dr. Ritchie's testimony concerning Scopolamine; Additional Hallmark cuts: Part of Perry and Paul's conversation about when the detectives lost Hardisty and how; part of Paul at Hardisty's house approaching a tree, pausing, then running to Blane's car, looking inside, walking to Hardisty's car, then approaching the house; the Sheriff asking Blane if the gun is now in Blane's Car and the doctor replying it's gone; Sue telling Mason she was nowhere near her house last night, she can't prove it, it's embarrasing, Mason telling her to help her father he needs to know everything and if it has nothing to do with the case it'll go no further; Hale's re-direct examination of Paul; part of Beaton's testimony about watching for the flash at 7:30; the judge telling Mason he would require really conclusive evidence to alter his opinion about binding the defendant over for trial. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 7/24/12.
Glovebox Guns: Dr. Blane belatedly reports that Philip Strague's gun was in the glovebox of his car but it is now missing. This has happened in several other episodes. Submitted by ProMason, August 14, 2014
Recycled newspaper: The paper Jack Hardesty was reading at his home came from episode 18 TCOT Cautious Coquette. Submitted by H. Mason 9/28/14
Paul Drake on the witness stand: For the first time we see Paul testify. In episode 5 TCOT Sulky Girl he was given a subpoena to testify in the preliminary hearing (which was never shown). Other episodes with Paul Drake on the stand: 77, 109, 167, 169 (implied), 184, 217, 223, 230, 260. Submitted by H. Mason 10/13/14
I like how Paul gets a bit sassy with the DA, who neatly manages to get back at Paul at the end of his questioning. DOD 07/03/19
Sierra City: According to dialog in this story it is about a one hour drive from L. A. Jack left his home at 3:55 and lost Paul's men near Union Station just after 5:00. In episode 31 TCOT Fiery Fingers Paul seemed to take a commercial flight to get to Sierra City so he could investigate the death of George Gordon's first wife. Submitted by H. Mason 10/13/14 +Sierra County DA Hale welcomes Perry thusly, and while it might seem logical that there would be a city in a county that shares the same name - e.g. Los Angeles - I would have to list this as a "goof": California does indeed have such a county, but it is nothing like a "one hour drive" away. The writers often seem to have difficulty with the state's geography, which seems suprising since - even if they aren't natives - they're in it; then again, perhaps the feeling was it was more important to squeeze in frequent references to California landmarks, even if it sacrificed accuracy. Notcom, 121421.
Names: In this story the first name of Perry's client wasn't mentioned. The first name of the killer wasn't given in episodes 13 and 35 (only initials) and in episode 21 the first name of the victim wasn't given (only initials). Submitted by H. Mason 10/13/14 //
Don Beddoe played the bride's father in "The Best Years Of Our Lives," the 1946 Best Picture winner about 3 veterans adjusting to civilian life; Ray Collins played bank president Milton, the boss of the returning Pacific War Infantry sergeant. Mike Bedard 6.2.16.
This is the second of two Perry appearances for Robin Hughes, the first as Addison Doyle in "The Case of the Green-Eyed Sister". Also in 1958, he played Brian O'Bannion along side Rosalind Russell in Auntie Mame. jfh 20Jun2018.
This is the first of four PM appearances for Robert Foulk. He played a law enforcement officer in each role...MikeM. 9/8/2016
June Dayton (Sue Hardisty) used her hometown of Dayton, Ohio, to create her acting surname. June Dayton married actor Dean Harens in 1947, and they remained married until her death in 1994 at the age of 70...MikeM. 6/20/2018
Recurring Props: The beloved banjo barometer/thermometer is featured in this episode. Submitted by catyron, December 18th, 2020.
All Those Trophies: My husband and i counted a total of FOURTEEN trophies in the doctor's lcabin library. Were they for fly-fishing or for playing bridge? Submitted by catyron, December 18th, 2020.
TCOT Floral Tea Cups: The vaguely floral tea cups have returned. This is one of three sets of Pre Curious Coffee Cups. (The other two are the conical art deco set with striped rings and 7-shaped handles, and the set with what appear to be chickadees on the sides.) I am pretty sure from the shape of these cups that they were made by Syracuse China and i am leaning toward the pattern being "Sovereign," which features stylized leaf-shapes. I have yet to get a good in-focus look at them. Submitted by catyron, December 18th, 2020.