Perry Mason

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (147)

  • Mrs. Adams: You contemptible blackmailer.
    Briggs: Around here, a man earns his living digging up potatoes and beets. I dig up information. Now what's the difference?
    Mrs. Adams: The difference is in the kind of dirt you use.

  • Perry: Paul, what kind of luck do you think you'd have investigating an18-year-old murder case?
    Paul: I've got trouble enough with the modern ones.

  • Judge Meeham: The man's dead. What's to be gained by bringing it up again?
    Perry: Something with which we're both familiar. Justice.

  • Marv: This magic water I have here makes fish walk and pigs fly. It also can make a duck drown.

  • Della: You know, Paul, I don't know what we'd do without you.
    Perry: Don't tell him that, Della. He'll send us a bill in the morning.

  • Perry: But she won't come in to see me.
    Della: Um-um.
    Perry: Too bad. I had a thirty-minute lecture all prepared on the evils of lying to your liar.
    Della: I think that's what she was afraid of.

  • Perry: Two pawn tickets: one she hides in the label of a mink coat, the other ticket stays in her purse where anybody might find it. It's inconsistent.
    Paul: She's a woman.
    Perry: Nah, that's no excuse.

  • Lt. Tragg: (to Perry) Suppression of material evidence in a murder might be hard to explain to the bar association. And I'd hate to lose my favorite sparring partner.

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Notes (245)

  • The character of Sgt. Holcomb (who appears briefly here in the premiere episode) was Perry's primary police detective antagonist in all of the early novels. The character of Lt. Arthur Tragg did not appear until TCOT Empty Tin which was published in 1940. The Lt. Tragg of the novels was quite different than the one we see in the series. For one thing, he was a much younger man than the crusty old coot portrayed on the series by Ray Collins.

  • We get a good idea of the configuration of Perry's office: reception area, Della's office, Perry's personal office, and the law library. We also briefly see Perry's living room and Paul Drake's living room with a fireplace as he is playing cards with his friends.

  • William Talman and Ray Collins are credited but don't appear.

  • Lillian Bronson, who plays Clara Mayfield in this episode, would later appear as a female judge in the show's regular rotating panel of judges.

  • This episode would later be re-filmed in Season Nine as TCOT the Candy Queen.

  • William Talman and Ray Collins are credited but don't appear.

  • Connie Cezon is credited but doesn't appear.

  • This episode would be re-filmed in Season Nine as TCOT Golden Bears.

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Trivia (68)

  • When the taxi leaves the bus station, the Logan City Taxi sign is in large white letters and close to the rear of the driver's side door. When it pulls up to the motel, the sign is much smaller and centered on the door. When the driver pulls to a halt, the sign is back in its original position and size.

  • While a barn correctly reads "Waters Dairy Farm," the roadside sign is mislabeled "Water's Dairy Farm" (with an inappropriate apostrophe).

  • When Marv picks up the duck, there's a cap on the bottle. In the next shot, the cap instantly disappears.

  • When Della and Paul drive up to the home where Mrs. Adams is hiding, in the long shot as the car approaches the house, the driver has black hair and clearly isn't Paul. In the next shot as the car arrives, Paul is in the driver's seat.

  • Trivia: We get a rare glimpse of Gertie, Perry Mason's receptionist, when Fran Celane storms into Perry's office to see him.

  • Trivia: This episode features one of the few instances where Perry Mason solves the murder without entering a courtroom.

  • Trivia: Della Street's phone number is Hollywood 2-1799.

  • After Perry and Paul discover the body, Mason says "That's not the same man that came to see me at the office." But Dawson met Perry at his apartment not his office.

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Allusions (9)

  • Perry: Homicide won't need a Joseph to interpret this dream. This is a reference to the character of Joseph in the Book of Genesis who was known as an interpreter of dreams. (see Genesis 41).

  • This episode which features a woman who has multiple personalities was obviously inspired by the classic 1957 film Three Faces of Eve.

  • "It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing." From Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5 by William Shakespeare. "Nature's above art in that respect." From King Lear Act 4, Scene 6

  • Roger Byrd: For they who await no gifts from chance have conquered fate.

    The quote is actually from a poem called "Resignation" and was written by English poet and cultural critic Matthew Arnold (1822-1888). The full quote is "Yet they, believe me, who await no gifts from Chance, have conquer'd Fate."

  • Title:
    Referencing the song "Fifty Million Frenchmen Can't be Wrong" (1927) by Billy Rose, Willie Raskin, and Fred Fisher. It served as the basis for the musical Fifty Million Frenchman (1929), with music by Cole Porter.

  • The character of Barney Austin appears to be based on Joe Pyne, a popular and acerbic Los Angeles talk radio host in the 1960's, who pre-dated the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Howard Stern, and Don Imus.

  • This episode is basically an update re-telling of the classic Charles Dickens novel, Oliver Twist, right down to the name of one of the major characters.

  • This episode bears some resemblance to a two-part episode of Matlock entitled The Don. Several writers of the Perry Mason TV movies also wrote episodes of Matlock. This explains why the TV movies often resembled episodes of Matlock instead of the original Perry Mason series.

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