The famous and award-winning Jerry Goldsmith “composed and conducted” music for this episode. Submitted by Wilson Maffetano, 7/22/2003.
+ In fact, Jerry Goldsmith’s score for this episode has been released along with some of his other work for Playhouse 90 and a few other things. You can get the CD at Screen Archives Entertainment and other places. Submitted by Douglas Monce, 12/31/2007.
Location: There are a couple of quick shots of the Miracle Mile, which was a pretty popular area at the time. Now it’s home to the LACMA (L. A. County Museum), the La Brea Tar Pits, and the Screen Actors Guild Headquarters. There’s also a quick inset night shot of Miracle Mile with Orhbach’s Dept Store and Van De Kamp’s, which was a cool bakery in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 12/26/2008. Some pictures and vidcaps here.
+Both the day and night shot of the Miracle Mile show the Art Deco Wilshire Tower with the Desmond's department store sign at the top. The last establishing shot (which you can see here) is the Kinema or Cinema, originally known as the Fuji Kan Theater, and later as the Nichibei Kinema. Next door is Lem's Chop Suey. The location was 324 E 1st Street in Little Tokyo. For some history of the Kinema, see the post dated 5/17/18 at http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/3493/comments. For a daytime picture as the Fuji Kan, taken 1941, see http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2396/photos/221654. For a picture of future Japanese PM Hayato Ikeda at dinner with local businessmen at Lem's in 1953, see http://www.janm.org/collections/item/96.267.190/. The site was demolished to make way for Japanese Village Plaza. OldDave in full Paul Drake mode, 8/27/2020
That’s right, kids! George Takei makes an early TV appearance, years before his most famous role as Mr. Sulu in Star Trek. Submitted by gracep, 9/10/2010.
+ Coincidentally, when Kamuri is showing his pearls to Mason, he says "...these with the faint yellow cast are from the Sulu seas." Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 4/15/13.
The Sulu Sea is in SW Philippines, and separated from the South China Sea by the island of Palawan. About 1½ years after your comment that area became (in)famous as the place where a number of beheadings of prisoners took place by a certain terrorist group that is, finally, no longer around. Submitted by Arisia, 2/21/18
++ Per IMDb, TCOTBP in '59 was George's 5th role & 2nd Credited one since his initial "Godzilla Raids Again" citation ('55 voice uncredited). I had the honor of meeting Mr. Takei at the 2008 Shore Leave convention & have an autographed picture of us shaking hands. Mike Bedard 7.11.16.
+ Has anyone else noticed that, at times, Christine White looks remarkably like June Lockhart? Submitted by Arisia, 2/21/18
Sightings: While Hudson Nichols is on the stand, Mason confronts him with the presence of his secretary from San Francisco, “Miss Carmody,” played by the often-seen elegant young lady whom we have labeled by that name. See “Miss Carmody” in the Who Is That? gallery for other sightings both in and out of court over many episodes. Submitted by alan_sings, 3 Oct 2010.
+ Quiet Old Man #1 sits inconspicuously in the back row of the courtroom. Elegantly dressed as ever, Distinguished Lady #3 sits very near Miss Carson. Lastly, Little Old Lady #2 is right behind young Mr. Nichols. Submitted by gracenote, 8/22/2011.
+"Distinguished Lady #2" sits at the far left of the back row of the defense side of the gallery, clearly visible as Mr. Nichols gets up to take the stand again. Submitted by JazzBaby, 8/20/2019.
Anomaly: Perry’s pronunciation of his client’s name varies in this episode. At the beginning, he correctly pronounces it “Mee-tsu.” Later in his office, though, he incorrectly says “Mih-tsu.” But then after that he pronounces it correctly throughout. Odd. Submitted by Ed Zoerner, 3/2/2011.
A tiny point, but the spelling "Mitsou" is not correct. The Japanese name should be transcribed into Romaji (the Roman alphabet) as MITSU. Trivial, but it bugs me! Submitted by JazzBaby, 8/20/2019.
And about halfway into the episode, Mr. Takei’s character Toma uses the surname “Kimura” instead of “Kamuri.” An understandable mistake, perhaps, with “Kimura” a very common Japanese family name. Submitted by Ed Zoerner, 3/24/2011.
+ Tragg pronounces the name Kamuri both ways in the pool scene, first correctly with Alice Carson, then incorrectly with Mason. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 4/15/13.
++ TCOT Nebulous Name The judge who sets bail for Mitsu gives her family name as Kamura. Nichols calls her Miss Kimura, or Kimera or something like that. In the scene where Perry takes on Mitsu as a client, Della pronounces the family name as Kimuri. Perhaps the scriptwriter should have opted for a Japanese name Americans were familiar with. Tojo or Suzuki come to mind! (Apologies for being flippant in a reference to WWII.) After much digging around online, I can find no example of Kamuri being a Japanese family name. It does pop up as a popular first name for boys, with no reference to it being Japanese. Makes one wonder. Submitted by JazzBaby, 8/20/2019.
+++ I recall reading some detective novels a few years ago, set in modern day Japan, with a police detective named 'Kimura'...
Mason butchers "Samurai" at 28'10" and earlier in the scene mispronounced "HariKari". Edmahl 11/7/17
+ I heard Mason correctly pronounce Samurai and Hara Kiri...MikeM. 5/9/2018
++ I also heard hara-kiri correctly, both times he said it, but he says "sa-MU-rai the first time he says it; an odd emphasis on the second syllable, but much closer to correctly the second time, with almost no emphasis on the second syllable that time. OLEF641 1/7/21
Uncredited Actors: The venerable actor Sam Harris appears in the front row of the courtroom gallery. His last appearance in film was in the Disney classic The Ugly Dachsund (1966). He, Bess Flowers, and two other actors are the only ones to have appeared in five movies that won the Best Picture Oscar. Submitted by gracenote, 8/22/2011.
- (2) 1959 Ford Custom 300 4-Door Sedan Police B&W.
- (3) light-color 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty-Special Four-Door Sedan parked at Nichols mansion. The seemingly glowing paint makes this B&W TV shot of the car stunning! $6233 (Factory), 2250 built.
- (4) 1959 Buick Convertible probably LeSabre, white top down, Grove Nichols.
- (5) Paul's black 1958 Thunderbird Convertible, top down.
Background Cars parked in first two shots: (a) 1954 Chevrolet Sedan and
- (b) 1957- 1959 Mercedes Benz 180 W120 Sedan, black.
Added by Gary Woloski, 8/1/12.
Same apartment?: The wallpaper design in Mr. Nogata's apartment hallway was the same as in Mrs. Bradley's building in the previous story. Submitted by H. Mason 10/24/14 ''' At this point, the writer borrows a plot device (false fire alarm) from the Sherlock Holmes' story, "A Scandal in Bohemia."
This is the only PM directing credit for multi-talented Richard Whorf, who died of a heart attack in 1966 at the age of 60...MikeM. 10/18/2016
This is the third of 32 PM writing credits for crime writer Jonathan Latimer...MikeM. 10/18/2016
Like Raymond Burr, Nobu Atsumi McCarthy (Mitsou Kamuri) was born in Canada. Nobu Atsumi was the daughter of a Japanese diplomat living in Canada before World War II. The family returned to Japan where, after the war, Nobu Atsumi married US Army Sergeant David McCarthy...MikeM. 7/18/2017
Although Bill Walker (who was sometimes billed as William Walker) is officially credited as playing the "Watchman," the character is referred to more than once as "Mr. Connors." Submitted by catyron 11/13/2017.
This is the third of three PM appearances for Christine White (Alice Carson), who tried to calm her spouse, played by William Shatner, when he had his "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" in a 1963 episode of the Twilight Zone television series...MikeM. 5/9/2018
This is the third of four PM appearances for Benson Fong (Itsubi Nogata), and his only PM role playing an ethnic Japanese. Benson Fong's final IMDb Filmography listing was in 1986. Benson Fong passed in Los Angeles in 1987 at the age of 70...MikeM. 7/30/2018
Has anyone counted the number of times Hamilton Burger wears that ugly, spotted bow tie? It seems to me he had worn it in a not-long previous episode. jfh 30Jul2018.