“Perry Mason” is a very serious show, but that doesn’t mean it can’t drop the occasional pop culture reference. That’s part of the theoretical charm of period movies and shows — references to other things that were going on in whatever time the story is set. And in this weeks episode we got an offhand reference to a movie that was about to be released in theaters.
There’s a scene early in the episode in which E.B. Jonathan (John Lithgow) is meeting with the judge on Emily Dodson’s trial about her bail, which was set much higher than he would like. Jonathan makes a snide comment to the judge about how he shouldn’t stand for the district attorney’s grandstanding.
“Young man’s game, E.B. Even the great Mr.