Merle Telford is a childlike young woman who is about to turn 21 and receive her inheritance. She plans to elope with Danny Pierce as soon as she receives her money. Danny is a greedy schemer and Merle's supposed friend, Gina Gilbert, is his accomplice. Merle's guardians know of her plans and hire Paul Drake to keep Merle from fleeing on the night of her 21st birthday party. When a murder is committed during the party, Merle becomes the prime suspect.moreless
The police find a woman, Eleanor Corbin, running and screaming in the woods near her apartment. They end up taking her in for murder even though she claims that she doesn't remember what happened.moreless
Wealthy Walter Frazer has always blamed his daughter-in-law Sue Ellen for his son Gregson's failures... and his death when his boy turns up dead and Sue Ellen is the likely suspect.
Health club instructor Ward Nichols wants to marry the niece of his employer, Bernard Daniels, but Ward's estranged wife, Veronica, is pressuring him for money and claiming to be pregnant. Things blow up in everyone's face when Bernard is found crunched with a dumbbell at the club. Perry, as usual, arrives on the scene to get at the truth.moreless
Investor Walter Eastman needs Perry to get him out of a deal with a race car driver who claims he's paralyzed after crashing their test car. The driver soon ends up murdered and Eastman needs a defense lawyer.moreless
Paul travels to a small California town where because of a festival all men must wear beards. The detective tries to locate missing money which a former bank president embezzled and finds it... along with a dead body. Perry arrives on the scene in order to straighten things out.moreless
Perry's fishing trip to Scotland is interrupted by seven-year-old Peggy Smith. Peggy is living at a boarding school and searching for her identity since she has no idea who her real parents are. After searching into the matter, Perry comes to believe that Peggy is the daughter of Clark Lawson and Margaret Jeffers Lawson. Margaret was the daughter of wealthy Courtney Jeffers who disowned her after she eloped with Clark. Both parents died shortly after Peggy was born. Jeffers, a mean and miserable old man, has his heart warmed after meeting Peggy and changes his will to leave everything to her. The next day, he is found dead, killed by a blow from a poker.moreless
A circus clown is charged with the murder of its owner when a real gun is slipped to him during am act.