Location: A lot of the early Perry’s simply use the real thing. In this episode, Arthur Poe is supposed to be at the Veterans Hospital and, in fact, that is where he is…the Veteran’s Hospital Center in West Los Angeles. I went over this afternoon and took pictures of the two buildings used. Due to pine trees, I needed to take the photos off center so that you can see the details that the trees would block if I took them from where the camera actually was. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 1/9/2009. Pictures here.
Location: The bookstore where Poe sees Sutton’s book is Martindale’s (part of the name is visible in the window and the entire name can be seen later in the scene). This was a popular bookstore in LA at the time (they had a branch in Phoenix where I occasionally shopped in this time period). BobH, 6/19/09.
+ Martindale’s was at 9477 Santa Monica Blvd. Submitted by billp, 29 October 2009.
+ Correction: The location of this Martindale's Bookstore was 1418 Santa Monica Mall (now 3rd Street Promenade) in Santa Monica. You can see the number 1418 above the store's entrance.
Marshall Thompson makes his only appearance on Perry here as Arthur Poe. Thompson was probably best known as the star of the 60s television show Daktari, for two years playing Dr. Marsh Tracy. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 15 September 2009.
As a change of pace, George E. Stone, the Court Clerk, gets a couple of lines in this episode. He reads a deposition. Submitted by PaulDrake 33, 28 October 2009.
+ Technically the item read by the Court Clerk was an affidavit. ;-) Submitted by HamBurger, 8/23/2019
Location: Another example of a location in plain sight occurs 15 minutes into this episode. Silvia Sutton parks on the corner of 1100 N. Seward and 6600 W. Eleanor in Los Angeles to call for a taxi. She is actually in fact on that very corner. The inside joke is that she is also just a few feet outside what was then General Services Studio where Perry Mason was shot for a few years. It still exists today as Hollywood Center Studios. See Trivia on Artful Dodger episode #78 for more info. Submitted by Eric Cooper, 27 January 2010. Some pictures here.
Location: The street exterior shown right after the book store sequence is in the Broadway Theater and Entertainment District in Downtown LA. The vertical sign for the Lost Angeles Theater (615 S. Broadway) is visible to the left. On the right, just to the right of the lamppost, you can see the last few letters of the Palace Theater vertical sign (630 S. Broadway). Both theaters are still standing. Swelldom Department Store (6th and Broadway) is barely visible just past the Los Angeles. For a 1938 view from a somewhat similar angle, see http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/5/photos/215535 OldDave, 9/7/2020
Sightings: The Little Old Lady in a Hat sits in the back of the courtroom gallery, while Distinguished Lady #2 looks intently on from the front row. Submitted by gracep, 9/23/2010.
+ Distinguished Gentleman #2 is also watching the hearing unfold, along with Quiet Old Man (#1). Way in the back one can see “Miss Carmody” (sometimes). Submitted by gracenote, 9/7/2011.
Double Take: At about 42 minutes on the DVD, when the spooky sister-in-law is on the stand, she is also in the gallery. JohnK, 12 November 2017
This episode filmed 11/3, 11/6-11/10, and 11/13 1959 (for 7 days). The script is marked episode #93. I am not familiar with the episode but a house located at 355 Las Palmas was used. The actor James Coburn was interviewed and considered for the part that went to Marshall Thompson. Submitted by DrKimble, 12 February 2011.
CARS. (1) Sylvia Sutton's medium color 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Sunliner, black softtop up, Lic No PYH 384.
- (2) 1959 Ford Custom 300 Fordor Sedan, Skyline Taxi Cab Co, Lic No A25 029.
Sylvia's Sunliner is the softtop version of Perry's "retractable hardtop" Skyliner. Prices: Custom 300 2Dr Sedan $2219, Sunliner $2839, Skyliner $3346. Added by Gary Woloski 6/25/12.
Frank Maxwell was president of the AFTRA union from 1984-1989...MikeM. 7/25/2016
Visible Crew: At approximately 20:30, yet another instance of a crew member off-set grabbing the outer knob of the side door of Perry’s office in an effort to pull the door closed. In this case, Paul is leaving Perry’s office and the phantom hand is visible reaching for the knob just before the door closes. This also happens in numerous other episodes, including Episode #4 TCOT Drowning Duck, Episode #30 TCOT Screaming Woman, and Episode #74 TCOT Startled Stallion. Submitted by Dan K, 10/31/16.
This is the only PM appearance for Madlyn Rhue, who would later do four episodes of Ironside...MikeM. 10/31/2016
This is the third (and final) appearance of Bethel Leslie. As was true of many others who had a handful of appearances, in each case she played basically the same character: an unhappy women, in a seemingly loveless marriage, who is accused of murdering her husband. A few months after her appearance here, she would star along with Frank Overton in Child's Play the second episode of the Bosis Karloff series Thriller; there she would portray...yes...an unhappy woman trapped in a seemingly loveless marriage (she somehow avoids murder - no small feat, as her spouse in CP makes the PM characters warm and cuddly by comparison - but is no happier...if she so much as smiled in any of these four appearances it ended up on the cutting room floor). Submitted by Notcom, 110116.
This is the second of two PM directing credits for prolific television director Walter Grauman, who passed in Los Angeles in 2015 at the age of 93...MikeM. 7/31/2017
Location: This is certainly a location-rich episode. The motel, supposedly in Palm Springs, where Silvia Sutton goes to think things over is not identified by name, but as she gets into her car to leave, there is a glimpse of a station wagon parked near the office with three words lettered on it: "(illegible) SANDS Motel." Submitted by catyron, 11/20/2017.
Music cues: There are numerous ominous music cues by Bernard Hermann in this episode. I don't know the names of these pieces, but they fall into the set that Hermann first composed for the 1951 movie "On Dangerous Ground" starring Ida Lupino and Robert Ryan, and then reused for the opening theme and incidental cues in the 1957 "Have Gun Will Travel" series starring Richard Boone. Submitted by catyron, 11/20/2017.