Perry Mason's lone Halloween episode showcases loads of classic horror talent

The stars of The Exorcist and The Fly were at the center of this mystery!

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Yes, even Perry Mason celebrated Halloween. In "The Case of the Dodging Domino," which aired on November 1, El Dia de los Muertos, 1962, saw Perry ushering a bunch of trick-or-treaters into the courtroom. Fitting for the Day of the Dead, one of the kids was dressed as a skeleton. 

Perhaps by coincidence, the episode also happens to feature a gaggle of actors from classic horror movies. Just as it might be a coincidence that this episode happens to be episode six of season six… 6-6! Spooky!

Let's start with Ellen McRae, who plays Mona White, Perry's client. You know her better know as Oscar-winner Ellen Burstyn. This was one of her earliest major television roles. A decade later, she would become one of the most acclaimed actresses in Hollywood, earning Academy Award nods for The Last Picture Show (1971), Same Time, Next Year (1978) and… The Exorcist (1973)! (She would win a trophy for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore.)

Burstyn's portrayal of the mother of a possessed girl continues to haunt. The Exorcist arguably remains the scariest movie of all time.

David Hedison appears in the Perry Halloween mystery as Damion White, the husband to Mona. The Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea earned his big break in the eerie masterpiece The Fly. The original from 1958. Hedison's character, Andre Delambre, was the man who transformed into the fly after experimenting with teleportation!

That is not it! The episode also features Jeff Morrow, who appeared in several Fifties horror favorites such as The Giant Claw, KronosThe Creature Walks Among Us and This Island Earth.

Likewise, the killer in "The Case of the Dodging Domino" — six-decade-old spoiler alert — was played by Robert H. Harris, who had previously starred as the lead in How to Make a Monster (1958), perhaps his biggest role.

Of course, let's not forget that Perry Mason himself, Raymond Burr, was the only American lead in the 1956 English-language version of the original Godzilla, King of the Monsters!

It all adds up to one treat for fans of horror — and courtroom drama.

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Wiseguy 19 days ago
The Simpsons did it one better. The Halloween episode of 2019 was the actual 666th episode*. Also, like Perry Mason, 11 out of 31 Simpsons Halloween episodes have been broadcast in November (including this year's), mostly due to baseball broadcasts in the usual time slot.

*And it really was the 666th broadcast of the series. Some series incorrectly count hour broadcasts as one episode when it is really two episodes. For example, the episode promoted as the 350th of Family Guy was really the 356th episode broadcast. This also includes the made-for-TV but "banned" (so far) episode that has been released on DVD.
Filmnoirfan 27 days ago
Undoubtedly “Godzilla”, “The Fly” and “The Exorcist” are three of my favorites but the Japanese version of the original “Godzilla” with subtitles and sans Burr is much better than the doctored version that includes the Perry Mason star
LarryLeGros 27 days ago
In "The Case of the Dodging Domino," If you look carefully at the Trick or Treaters in the courtroom, one of them is Larry Mondello, Rusty Stevens from Leave It To Beaver.
TLK_1983 27 days ago
Paul Drake himself, William Hopper, played major protagonists in the 1957 films The Deadly Mantis and Ray Harryhausen's 20 Million Miles to Earth. Barbara Hale went on to play a role in the film The Giant Spider Invasion (1975), made famous in an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
teire 28 days ago
Scheduled for MeTV’s morning Perry Mason slot this Friday, Oct. 30. Set DVRs on stun!
Pacificsun teire 28 days ago
Thanks Teire for the heads-up!
cperrynaples 28 days ago
I mentioned Ellen in another post, glad to see you gave us her maiden name! For reasons unknown, Hedison was billed as Al and not David in The Fly [BTW, HE was the title character, not Vincent Price!], and he did a lot of work after Voyage! Finally, don't be so quick to dismiss Harris, as he did many roles over the years from the original Goldbergs to Consider Her Ways, perhaps the weirdest Hitchcock Hour!
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cperrynaples Mike 27 days ago
The story about Harris makes sense, Jack Benny & George Burns didn't use their real names for the same reason! As far as Truman goes, I suspect the Republicans called him S-for-brains, but who had the last laugh on election night 1948...LOL! And yes, Michael No J Fox was the PM coroner!
Blondie7 cperrynaples 25 days ago
The S didn't stand for anything just sounded better.
Blondie7 cperrynaples 25 days ago
Also played Saul on Bold and Beautiful.
cperrynaples Blondie7 25 days ago
Yes he did that was his last role!
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