CARS: 1958 Ford Thunderbird convertible, black, top down (Drake), 1958 Edsel 4dr hardtop, medium color w/ white top, 1959 Lincoln Continental MkIV, 4dr hardtop, white, 1959 Ford Custom 300 4dr sedan, light color (taxi), 1959 Ford Skyliner retractable, black, medium interior, top down (Mason), 1959 Ford Custom 300 4dr sedan, black & white (Police), Late 50s Sunbeam Rapier convertible, light color, Late 40s Packard ambulance, white. From The Cars by Greg Cockerill.
Ann Rutherford (Andy Hardy’s favorite girl Polly Benedict) makes her first of four appearances in this show. Submitted by PaulDrake33, 6/21/2008.
Though she is best remembered as Scarlett O’Hara’s sister, Careen, in “Gone With the Wind”. DOD 07/26/19
The house that Polly Forbes has purchased for Clinton Forbes was the exact house that Charles Burroughs owns in episode #59, TCOT Stuttering Bishop. You can identify it by the distinctive sunburst over the front double doors. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 7/20/2008.
The interior sets are also the same as in “Stuttering Bishop”; in fact, the murders in both shows take place in the same room. Paul’s operative says Evelyn Forbes drove a Sunbeam convertible. This is the only instance I recall of a car being described by a particular make. DOD 07/26/19
This show has an establishing shot of New York City in the 1950s, a much simpler city. It then cuts to Los Angeles and uses the establishing shot of the Los Angeles freeway that was also used in episodes #33 and #68. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 7/20/2008.
The driver of Evelyn’s Skyline cab seen at the house doesn't look much like Mr. D’Amato to me. For one thing, no mustache. Submitted by daveb, 8/12/2009.
Barbara Hale blows her lines in this episode. When Mason is looking over Cartrights will, Hale starts to say her line “That’s quite a” and then forgets the rest of her lines, with Burr finishing the line for her “change of heart,” she then shakes her head at the slip. Quick work on Burr’s part. Hale has alot of trouble with this scene, twice she starts to say something and stops herself from talking over Burr’s lines. Submitted by Craig, 4/4/2010.
Having reviewed that scene a few times, I submit that Hale didn't forget her line, that the script had Burr finishing that sentence. They just didn't do it very smoothly. Most uncharacteristic. I agree, however, that Hale has trouble with that scene. She seems discomposed, almost distracted. Bathroom break? Submitted by francis, 2/16/12.
In this same scene, when Perry is reading aloud Arthur Cartright’s will (at approximately 14:30 on the CBS DVD), the DVD captioning is, “He leaves all his property to his sister, E. Evelyn Cartright.” However, I think Perry is actually saying “née Evelyn Cartright” (i.e., her maiden name). Submitted by Dan K, 28 November 2018.
Sightings / Uncredited Actors: In one brief shot during the hearing, you can see Distinguished Gentleman #1—wearing glasses this time and almost completely obscured by Tragg’s head. Then behind our Gentleman sits Don Anderson, frowning. Also in that shot on the far right is a placid Little Old Lady in a Hat. Submitted by gracep, 8/27/2010.
+ Blue Collar Guy drives the first cab that brings Evelyn Forbes to Clinton Forbes’ house. Also in the courtroom are “Miss Carmody” and Quiet Old Man #2. Submitted by alan_sings, 16 Oct 2010.
+ After lunch, the aforenamed Little Old Lady sits behind the aforesaid Quiet Old Man in the gallery. Distinguished Gentleman #2 is nearby. Submitted by gracenote, 5/16/2011.
+We find the Distinguished Lady #4 on Burger's side during the hearing. Submitted by BigBill767, 2/4/2017.
++ Was that Jacqueline Lee, who played Nurse Watson in TCOT Caretaker's Cat, pushing the wheelchair in the opening scene at the sanitarium? jfh 07Sep2023
Unidentifed "modern" machine Tycoon Cartwright sets down at his desk in front of a credenza with a large radio type machine that at first glance seems to have a screen and keyboard. What is it?
The screen is too irregular to be standard cloth over a speaker. Some radios had a panel with an indicator which moved proportional to the frequency with station ids marked, but this panel seems to have 3d buttons.
OTOH, this would be too Super Hi Tech for even a mogol to track stocks.
+ It’s an AM/Shortwave radio. Probably 1940’s vintage. The top part is the speaker and the bottom is the band/frequency indicator. There are knobs on either side for tuning and volume control. Kilo 1/6/2022.
Location: The hotel 6:36 into this episode is the Bryson Apartment Hotel, 2701 Wilshire, and was also used in episode #33, TCOT Long Legged Models, and episode #28 as identified by Billp. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 5 January 2011.
Name of the "Howling Dog": Sammy. Submitted by H. Mason 9/29/14
Movie: This story was made into a movie released in 1934 with Warren William as Perry Mason and Helen Trenholme as Della Street. It is available on DVD. Submitted by H. Mason 10/18/14
+ The 1934 movie version is much more faithful to the original ESG novel than is the TV adaptation. The TV adaptation changes the identity of the guilty party, thereby completely disposing of the novel's surprise ending. Submitted by BobH, 13 January 2016.
++ IMHO John Holland (Clinton Forbes) looks a lot like Warren William. jfh 26Jul2019.
Prop: For the first time the picture of the boats are hung on the wall in Perry's office beside the private door. That picture was on the wall in the office of Mr. Brent in episode 34 TCOT Gilded Lily. Submitted by H. Mason 10/20/14
New business: In this story, for the first of several times, Paul refers one of his clients to Perry. Submitted by H. Mason 10/20/14
License Plate: The plate number on Perry's Ford changed to RTS 277. Submitted by H. Mason 10/20/14
This is the first of two PM appearances for Fintan Meyler (Thelma Brent), who was born in Ireland...MikeM. 10/3/2016
+ in this episode, sans her lovely Irish accent jfh 07Jan2023
Ann Rutherford (Evelyn Forbes) and Raymond Burr were each born in British Columbia in 1917...MikeM. 7/3/2017
This is the only PM appearance for Gregory Walcott (Bill Johnson), who starred in the 1959 cult classic, "Plan 9 from Outer Space"...MikeM. 10/23/2017
Oh, Bloody Hell This is, seemingly, the most violent of all the PM's: it begins with a brutal assault, and by the end we have three deaths (four if you count the dog). Notcom, 102417.
This is the second of three PM appearances for Robert Ellenstein (Arthur Cartright), who would later appear in four episodes of "Ironside". Besides his numerous film and television roles, Ellenstein was a veteran stage actor and director. Arthur Ellenstein passed in Los Angeles in 2010 at the age of 87. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons...MikeM. 7/13/2018