This week’s mystery production was the 1961 “Perry Mason” episode “The Case of the Envious Editor,” which deals with the publisher (James Coburn) of a magazine company who tries to boost its declining circulation by pandering to the lowest common denominator with sexually oriented material. And things go horribly wrong – at least for him.
“The Case of the Envious Editor” was directed by Laslo Benedek and written by Milton Krims. The story consultant was Jackson Gillis. It starred series regulars Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper and Ray Collins, and guests Philip Abbott, James H. Coburn, Paul Lambert, H.M. Wynant, Barbara Lawrence, Jennifer Howard, Vinton Hayworth, Sara Shane, S. John Launer, Sid Tomack, Dave Willock, Jim Drum, Virginia Carroll, Paul Power, Donna Hayes, Harry Hollins and (although I looked for him in vain) George E. Stone. Director of photography was Frank Redman and art direction was by Robert G. Stone.
No more pictures of missiles! “Women’s Viewpoint will deal frankly with sex from the point of view of the woman….”
“Aitken’s Home Magazine will concern itself with the place where it presents its greatest problem.”
“And Aitken’s Weekly will concentrate on exposing its scandalous results.”
And for Monday, we have a mystery woman.
Update: This is Barbara Lawrence.
Anne Papineau asked if this was a Marly Horse. I have no idea, but here is a better shot of it.
Here’s an image of a pair of Marly Horses from Christie’s. We seem to have a mystery Marly Horse indeed.
And for Tuesday, we have another mystery woman.
Update: This is Sara Shane.
Please congratulate Howard Mandelbaum (mystery production, mystery woman), Julie Merholz (mystery production, mystery woman), Mike Hawks (mystery woman), Sarah (mystery production, mystery woman — and bonus points for a detailed plot summary!), William (mystery woman), Dewey Webb (mystery woman), Norman Desmond (mystery woman), Lee Ann, Thom and Megan (mystery production, mystery woman), LC (mystery production, mystery woman) and Xavier (mystery woman).
For Wednesday, we have a mystery gent.
Update: This is Paul Lambert.
And in the spirit of full disclosure, I should say that this week’s mystery production is a long-delayed request. After Westerns, which reign supreme, this TV show ranks as the No. 2 in requests for a mystery feature.
If nothing else, the hard lighting and sharp shadows should reveal that this is a television production and not a film.
Here is Monday’s mystery woman. Look at the shadow cast by her head. And the shadow cast by the mystery Marly Horse. You would never see this in a movie – at least I hope not. This is TV lighting.
Please congratulate Jenny M (mystery TV series, mystery woman), Julie Merholz (mystery woman), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery woman) and Xavier (mystery production, Tuesday’s mystery woman).
OK, it’s Thursday. Let’s have some fun. Our mystery African American doesn’t appear to be in IMDB, so this is a bonus question.
Here’s a mystery photographer with a twin-lens reflex. Very old school.
Update: This is Sid Tomack.
It’s Oh Him!
Update: This is, of course, Dave Willock.
And Dist. Atty. Oh Him. (The previous district attorney was busted at a nude pot party in West Hollywood — very awkward for this show.)
Update: This is H.M. Wynant.
And finally, Judge Oh Him.
This is S. John Launer.
Please congratulate Julie Merholz (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (mystery production and Tuesday’s mystery guest), Earl Boebert (mystery production and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Jenny M (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Dewey Webb (mystery TV series, wrong episode), William (mystery production and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests) and Charles Kjelland (mystery production and mystery guests).
Earl Boebert sends along a drinking game based on this TV series, which I will post Saturday.
Update: James H. Coburn.
And for Friday, well I’m a sucker for prop newspapers. This one is the Los Angeles Chronicle. The Seven Star indicates that it is the seventh edition of the paper. Now we have one.
Six stories above the fold. And the headlines: Building Code Under Fire. Plane Lost a Year Ago in Andes Still Untraced. Jury System Denounced. American Mining Expert Asks British Citizenship. Court Seeks Adjournment.
I think we know where this is going.
Update: This is how I first experienced Ray Collins – as Lt. Arthur Tragg, the detective who never gets anything right, in “Perry Mason.” Collins lived four more years after this episode, but I can’t say he looks all that healthy.
No Starbucks in those days, kids. If you were a hot-shot defense attorney you used real cups and saucers. And in the background, City Hall.
William Hopper, Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, plus Sara Shane and Philip Abbott.
Please congratulate Dewey Webb (right series, wrong episode), Mary Mallory (mystery production, mystery guests), Julie Merholz (Thursday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Karen in Austin (mystery production, mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), Benito (Thursday’s mystery district attorney), Beach Gal (mystery production and guests) and Valley Dave (mystery production and mystery guests).