+This is Joan Banks’ (Mrs. Manley) third appearance on Perry, (TCOT Negligent Nymph, and Fancy Figures previously) and for the third time she plays the wife of the murder victim. The difference this time is that she is not an alcoholic. Submitted by PaulDrake 33.
+ "Left-Handed Liar"& "Woeful Widower" were her 2 other Perry appearances. Mike Bedard 7.28.16
+ She was in all 4 of those mentioned episodes above including this one for five in all. The real question is was she an alcoholic in all 4 other episodes? HamBurger 7/29/2016
Location: About 10.5 minutes in we see a quick shot of Parker Center, 150 N. Los Angeles Street, before they cut to Tragg inside. Submitted by Eric Cooper 23 September 10.
Continuity Error: In the scene where Perry questions Mauvis Meade in her apartment, Mauvis has a cigarette in her left hand -cut- the cigarette now is in her right hand -cut-cut- the cigarette is back in her left hand. Submitted by Craig 4/24/10.
+ Another continuity error involving Mason and Mauvis shows Mason sitting then standing during their conversation. After standing, a brief close-up of Mason listening to Mauvis (@ 19:12) shows him again sitting. The shot which immediately follows shows him standing again. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 2/10/15.
++ Perhaps related to the continuity errors - or not - I found this episode to have a number of instances of curious filming: the picture going from a distance shot to a close-up, but for no obvious reason...not a (deliberate) zoom shot, but more like the camera had been improperly placed and some foreground object ended up in the way. Wondering, Notcom 011120.
Dead Ringer: The corpse that Gladys glimpses in the darkened cabin appears to be the same actor who also portrays the crooked lawyer, "Gregory Dunkirk", in that same episode (with the addition of a disguising mustache). Submitted by cspoleta, 11/24/17
Character Names: Mrs. Manley's first name is Viola. (Her brother Caspar Pedley calls her this.) Submitted by gracep 9/30/2010.
+Kelton's first name is Pete.
Sightings: (and Continuity Error) Several recurring spectators appear in the courtroom gallery. Behind Caspar Pedley, the Little Old Lady in a Hat peeks out at the proceedings, but she disappears in the middle of the trial. Two seats down from her sits a Quiet Old Man, although he ends up in different seats throughout the hearing. A Cute Young Lady looks on with interest, and Distinguished Lady #2 acts very surprised by certain revelations. Submitted by gracep 9/30/2010.
+ In court, we also find Miss Carmody in the back row and Little Old Lady #2 in the front with a hat. Submitted by Bill767, 10/31/15.
CARS. (1) Perry's white 1959 Lincoln Continental Mark IV Convertible, top up (raining);
- (2) 1955 Ford Fairlaine Sedan V8, white w/medium-color roof, Drake's operative Pete Kelton;
- (3) white 1959 Buick Convertible, LeSabre or Invicta, registered to Richard Gilman, top up.
BACKGROUND CARS in restaurant parking lot:
- (a) 1959 Edsel Convertible, Lic No RWS 016, med color w/white top;
- (b) 1959 Chrysler Windsor 4Dr HardTop, med color;
- (c) beyond tail of Car(b), a white Volvo PV544 (intro 1958), read about it here;
- (d) a 1949 Chevrolet Styleline DeLuxe Wagon all-steel body, like this minus the "Woody" trim;
- (e) '59 Buick, probably the same car as Burger's in ep#83 and Huston's in ep#85;
- (f) a light-color 1957 Ford Custom 2-Door Sedan ("Tudor");
- (g) 1957 Chevrolet 210 Townsman Station Wagon;
- (h) a black 1959 Buick Electra 225 4Door Hardtop (the "FlatTop"), see roof and Panoramic Rear Window as the car enters "GLOBE FILM CORPORATION" here.
The (notional) "restaurant parking lot" is the General Service Studios parking lot so some background cars are probably owned by Studio employees. Added by Gary Woloski, 6/29/12.
+ I spotted a Nash Metropolitan parked at Edgar Carlisle's sister's house (13:24 on the dvd). It could be a 1959 model but the car's design didn't change much year to year so it's hard to tell. Only the rear of the car is visible. Submitted by Kilo 07/28/2017.
Gilman's Registration Form. Perry checks out the ownership of the cars in the restaurant parking lot. The Registration form of the Buick Convertible is shown at 39:46 (CBS/Paramount DVD):
AUTOMOBILE REGISTRATION___235499x . . . ("x" probably is "4", see here) NAME..Richard Gilman___________Code--42 ADDR REGISTERED OWNER...350 Sierra Rd. Licence No...NFL 252___Engine No Xy547769 Make....Buick________Type....Convertable (sic) First Sold....1/8/59_____________Fee....$48.50 Date Issued....5/23/59 Registered Owner....Richard Gilman
Look! The last line is overprinted with "Denver Leonard"! Compare to Denver Leonard's registration from ep#83 here. The Buick is certainly the same one in both episodes but the cockeyed bull horns from Ep#83 have been discarded for this ep. Added by Gary Woloski, 6/30/12.
+ Instead of "Denver Leonard" being overprinted, it appears a new label with some of the same info has been pasted over the original. [The address number, although the same as the original, is typed further above the line than in the original.] Unfortunately, the new label comes up a bit short (Richard Gilman's name is a bit cut off) and doesn't completely cover the old label. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 2/10/15.
Costumes: Note that Mason wears rounded club collars for the first 26 minutes of this episode. But while visiting the cabin, he wears his usual button-down collar, which he still wears in the next scene. Then, when he appears in court at 30:18, he is again wearing a rounded club collar, which he keeps for the rest of the episode. Submitted by 10yearoldfan, 22 Sept 2012.
Closed-Caption Anomaly: After Dunkirk hands Mauvis' keys back to her, they jingle in her hand. At 6:52 the closed-captioning on the CBS/Paramount season set reads "coins jingle" although she is holding no coins. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 2/10/15.
Brilliant Deduction on the part of Perry Mason. Looking up at the coffee can (@ 28:30) he remarks "This looks like a coffee can." Since the only visible word on the can is "coffee" (written four times) one can only wonder how he came up with that reasoning. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 2/10/15.
In the novel Perry enters the cabin to look around and later finds the coffee can under the house. To expedite matters in the episode he doesn't enter the cabin and "finds" the can (already being told where it was) under the roof. Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 2/10/15.
This is the first of two PM directing credits for Gerald Mayer, who was the nephew of Louis B. Mayer...MikeM. 11/4/2016
This is the only PM appearance for Beverly Garland, who also appeared in a single episode of "The New Perry Mason" television series in 1973...MikeM. 8/4/2017
Louise Fletcher (Gladys Doyle) died on 23 September 2022, at age 88. She also appeared in Episode #107 TCOT Larcenous Lady. Submitted by Dan K, 24 September 2022.