Johns: Inspector, you measure a newspaperman by the number of enemies he's made.
Ellery: Don't you like elevators?
Velie: Not this one.
Johns: McCully is an All-American, red-blooded idiot.
McCully: I can spot a Commie at 50 paces.
McCully: You show me a man who's trying to sell world peace and I'll show you a card carrying Commie every time.
Ellery: Strange how people end up, isn't it?
Inspector Queen: You wanted to be a magician.
Ellery: I was eight years old.
Inspector Queen (to Ellery): You mean I was dragged down here in the middle of the night to find out this case is still impossible to solve?
Ellery: Flannigan, what are you doing here?
Flannigan: Oh, just trying to make a living.
Arthur: Do you have any idea what it's like writing about dead people every day?
Ellery: Well, sort of, yeah.
The resort town of Wrightsville, the setting for The Adventure of the Chinese Dog, is mentioned in this episode when Ellery states that he's going there for some rest and relaxation before getting dragged into the murder case.
The broadcaster of the baseball game being listened to on the radio by Zelda Van Dyke is Mel Allen, long-time voice of the New York Yankees.
In this episode we learn that Ellery was born on April 2, 1912 in New York City.
Guest star Dina Merrill is the daughter of noted financier E. F. Hutton and socialite Marjorie Meriweather Post of Post cereal fame.
The "howdunit" of this episode is very similar to a Perry Mason episode entitled The Case of the Wednesday Woman.