CARS: 1955 Plymouth 2dr sedan; 1958 DeSoto 2dr hardtop, white & medium color; 1958 Chevrolet Delray 4dr sedan, black & white (Police); 1958 Plymouth 4dr sedan POLICE black & white, (Exempt) Lic No E 313; 1958 Chrysler 300D Convertible (see 300 "letter series"), medium color, white interior, top down, Lic No PBU 883. Cameo: 1958 Dodge 2dr hardtop, dark color; 1951 Dodge Wayfarer 2Door Sedan, light color, Lic No JRP 672. From The Cars by Greg Cockerill.
Irony. The opening scene shows two appliance store employees repossessing a washing machine. One of the main actors in this episode is Jesse White, for years the lonely Maytag washer repairman. Submitted by PaulDrake33.
* And that is the BIGGEST washing machine I've ever seen for a home! It looks more like a coin-op machine! Submitted by MikeReese, 12/20/2020.
+ Jesse White portrays the short-order cook/owner at the diner at which Danny is moonlighting. cgraul 4.3.12
++ JW has 175 IMDb Actor credits, including 5 Perrys from 1958-65. Mike Bedard 6.1.16.
The above appliance store truck bears a sign identifying the firm as Walsh’s Appliances (“Your Credit is Good!”) and gives the telephone number WEbster 12499. This phone number is used in the very next episode (“TCOT Jilted Jockey”) for the home number of gambler/murder victim Johnny Starr. Submitted by FredK October 25, 2009.
Uncredited Actors: One of the Walsh’s Appliance men reposessing the washer is the ubiquitous Don Anderson. Later in the episode he appears again as a courtroom spectator on the last row behind the defense. As the trial goes on, he moves closer to the front. Submitted by FredK 2 October 2010.
+ Read more about Anderson and other uncredited actors. Added by gracep, 10/3/2010.
++ Lee Miller shows up as Sgt. Brice. We also see him sitting in the courtroom gallery (but it still could be his Sgt. Brice character). Submitted by gracep 11/15/2010.
Sightings: In the courtroom (either as spectators or jurors), we find joining Anderson (above) a plethora of favorite frequent faces: Little Old Lady #1, Distinguished Gentlemen #1 & #2, Distinguished Ladies #1 & #2, and “Miss Carmody”! Can you spot them? Submitted by gracep, 11/15/2010.
+ Also joining the group in court is the Distinguished Lady #4 (Perry's side) and Little Old Lady #2 in the Jury. submitted by BigBill767, 12/9/16.
++ Miss Carmody transports from one side of the court to the other, depending where the camera is for the shot. Perhaps all the extras did that, to avoid needing people who weren't in shot. Additionally, this is the first episode where we get good, clear shots of her. Submitted by Clothears 27-Jan-2021.
Syndicated cuts: First scene at the cafe with a customer paying his bill and Luke telling Danny he may not be able to employ him for long; scene at Danny's house with the police arriving, informing him of the murder and Danny's arrest; the police questioning Hickey before Mason arrives; Burger's first examination of Lt. Tragg. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 7/23/12.
While Tragg is looking for the secret compartment in Curran's car, a police radio is heard. Station A mistakenly calls Unit 7, then corrects it to Unit 3. Unit 3, however, never responds as is soon announced. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 8/25/13.
+ There is similar but not identical police radio chatter in TCOT Gilded Lily when Tragg is looking for something that may have been hidden in his car. Submitted by Duffy, 10 May 2014.
While Mason is questioning Luke the level of coffee in Perry's cup changes. There is more in his cup after he takes a sip then before (close-up). Then the level goes back down without taking another drink (long shot). Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 8/25/13.
When the courtroom scenes begin the camera is on the left side of the courtroom, possibly to show off the seldom-seen jury. After a commercial break the camera is on the usual right side and the jury is never seen again. Submitte by Wiseguy70005, 8/25/13.
When Linda Kennedy approaches the stand Tragg reaches over to stop the gate from swinging. Whether this was in the script is unknown. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 8/25/13.
Good catch, Wiseguy70005. It appears (to me, at least) that Tragg ad-libbed the move. Otto Gervaert, 8/2/21.
Frances Helm who played Linda Kennedy in this one, was first married to Brian Keith. They subsequently divorced after 6 1/2 years and on the same day they divorced (06/23/1954), Brian Keith married his 2nd wife Judith Landon. WOW! Submitted by mesave31, 05/07/15.
I believe this is the second episode so far (the first was #29) where Perry pulls his "suppose I told you..." trick on a witness, in this case Luke Hickey. Submitted by 65tosspowertrap, 5-10-2014.
Murder site: According to a sign in the parking lot Frank Curran was killed in apartment 503 of the Mandrake Arms. In episode 8 TCOT Crimson Kiss Carver L. Clement aka Philip Walsh was killed in apartment 702 of the same building. In the earlier story the Mandrake Arms was a security building that required a key for entry. Frank left his keys in his car. Did Danny ring bells until he was buzzed-in or did he go in as somebody entered or left? Submitted by H. Mason 10/13/14
Repeat location: Luke tried to hide from the police at the Baldwin Motel. In episode 14 TCOT Baited Hook Bob Dawson and Carol Leeds aka Carol Stanley were apprehended in the parking lot of that business. Submitted by H. Mason 10/13/14
Recycled newspaper: The newspaper held by Mrs. Cunningham as she discovered the body in apartment 503 came from episode 41 TCOT Lucky Loser. Submitted by H. Mason 10/13/14
This is the only PM appearance by Anne Sargent...MikeM. 9/9/2016
This is the second of six PM appearances for Olan Soule. One of his many show business roles was as the voice of the animated Batman...MikeM. 9/9/2016
This is the second of three PM appearances for Carol Anderson, all of them portraying models...MikeM. 6/21/2018
Chili Size: At Luke's cafe there is a sign advertising "Chili Size" for 45 cents. Frank orders chili, which Luke serves in a chili bowl. Frank throws down the bowl, and Luke charges him 40 cents for the chili, plus 65 cents for the broken bowl.
So what is "Chili Size"? Only Californians will know the answer ... and rather than spoil it, I offer this web-link, where you can read all about Ptomaine Tommy de Forest and the fascinating origin of -- "The Chili Size: A Los Angeles Original" by Ed Simon. Submitted by catyron, December 19th, 2020.
Gavel Tally - After Palmer admits to losing ". . a few dollars." -- $1400 (over $13,000 in 2022) -- the judge gavels the resultant hubbub in the gallery to silence. OLEF641 1/10/22