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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
Edward Lewis's increasingly bitter arguments with his father-in-law make him the suspect when the old man is murdered.
Gwynn Elston's best friend, Nell Grimes, asks her to move in with her due to the fact that Nell's husband, Felton, is often out of town on business. Gwynn, who has a door-to-door sales job, is then astonished to see Felton's picture in someone else's house where he's known as Frank Gillette. Felton, who's really a nasty mother, tries to poison Gwynn, when she confronts him but she survives and runs to Perry for help. Then Felton is found shot to death and things go from bad to worse for poor Gwynn--she gets arrested for the crime.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.
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
Womanizing playboy Loring Lamont has his sights set on Arlene Ferris, his father's shapely secretary. He lures her to his beachfront bachelor pad with seduction on his mind. Arlene slaps the rotter and flees taking Loring's car back into town. Things then go from bad to worse for poor Arlene. After her departure someone stabs Loring to death and she's suspect number one.moreless
In what first looks like suicide, washed-up pianist David Carpenter's car goes off a steep cliff. When it is determined that he was murdered, his beautiful protege, Donna Ross, comes under suspicion by the police.
Perry goes on a fishing trip in a small Nevada town with his old friend, Sheriff Gene Norris, but as usual manages to get sidetracked into another murder case when Phil Beecher returns from jail. It seems as though Phil did time for negligent homicide for the car accident which killed the daughter of Sheriff Norris. Charlotte Norris, sister of the decedent, wants revenge and frames Phil for a robbery but is herself killed. Can Perry prevent things from getting out of hand in the village?moreless
Land tycoon Adam Thompson seeks out Mason when he suspects one of his nephews of rifling the house safe. However, the land tycoon's next-in-command is found dead after they find out that he was the one stealing the secrets.
Lester Martin's life takes a horrible turn for the worse when a man breaks into his apartment, forces him at gun-point to drink half a bottle of Scotch, and then drives him into the country. Lester's circumstances then go from bad to worse when he's charged with the murder of his step-father who was trying to takeover the family boat company.moreless
Matilda Benson is a tough old woman who rules her children with an iron hand and the promises in her will. Her family then gets involved in a gambling scandal involving sinister nightclub owner Danny Barker. When Barker is found dead the scandal expands to include murder.
No-talent Allen Sheridan has more enemies than you can shake a stick at. even though he's due to inherit the healthy sum of $162,000.00. When Allen turns up dead, his killer could be anyone but his aunt Sarette becomes the prime suspect.
Carla Adrian is having trouble fending off amorous neighbor Mark Cushing. When another neighbor hears a shot and a woman's scream in Mark Cushing's cabin, it's not long before the police discover Cushing's dead body and arrest Mrs Belle Adrian, Carla's mother. Perry Mason comes to the rescue.
Hard-luck Claude Demay was sent up for six years in prison for starting a fire in a warehouse containing the valuable Nathan Claver art collection. After his release, Demay devises a plan to expose the real criminal, Leonard Voss, and prove his innocence. He tediously weaves a perfect imitation of a valuable tapestry supposedly lost in the fire and barters this tapestry to Voss in exchange for an original Buddah statue. Demay knows that the statue will prove that the collection was not destroyed in the fire and will expose Voss as the real criminal. Unfortunately, Voss is murdered before the trade takes place and Demay is arrested for another crime he didn't commit.moreless
Fay Allison is getting married in a few days to Dane Grover. Her roommate, Anita Bonsal, is having a clandestine affair with a married man, Carver Clement. When Aunt Louise arrives early the next morning to be with Fay, she discovers that Fay and Anita both appear to have been drugged. Louise calls her friend Perry Mason to help decide what to do. Perry and Della discover the key to another apartment in Fay's purse and go upstairs to investigate. They arrive to find Carver Clement dead in the apartment. Fay Allison is accused of the murder when the police find her fingerprints on a glass in the apartment.moreless
After one of the biggest names in fashion is poisoned after embarrassing her husband on TV, the husband is considered the prime suspect.
This, the first episode of Perry Mason, is a real cliffhanger. Perry drives to the scene of a shooting and finds the police recovering the body of Harry Merrill from a car that went over the side of a mountain. MerriIl has a bullet in his body and a pillowcase over his head. This is a coincidence, because Perry's client Evelyn Bagby, claims she was chased by a hooded man in a car near the same cliff that day. She fired two shots at the man's car to scare him off, and now the police want her for murder.moreless
Julie Eng needs Perry's help when some precious stones her grandfather left her turn up missing, and the thief who swiped them, Ralph Iverson, ends up dead.
Mike Preston is a bitter man who despises Hugh Jamison, the man he believes is responsible for the accident that crippled him and subsequently stole $100,000 from him. When Preston tries to bring Jamison to justice, Jamison is murdered by the real thief and Preston is left to take the blame.moreless
Hollywood producer John Addison picks up an attractive young woman hitchhiker. Far from being innocent, she turns out to be a blackmailer and a witness to a murder that Addison is charged with. Perry, as usual, is hired to get to the bottom of things.
An insurance investigator informs a wife that her husband was wrongfully convicted of the crime that he was convicted of. However, then he turns up dead.
A tabloid reporter accuses a retired chief of burning his own warehouse down. Perry gets involved when the chief is charged with the reporter's murder.
While Martha Bradford is waiting for her appointment at a beauty parlor, she meets Rita Bradford who apparently is also married to Joe Bradford and lives at the same address. Joe Bradford is preparing for a business meeting in San Diego. He makes plans to meet his wife Martha but fails to show up. Joe Bradford is found dead on his boat the next morning and Martha Bradford is accused of his murder when her fingerprints are found on a candle located on the boat.moreless
Robert Dawson confronts Albert Tydings, his partner, about $80K missing from Carol Stanley's trust account. Albert Tydings admits he embezzled the money and blackmails Robert Dawson to keep quiet or he will reveal some scandalous facts about Carol. Later, Carol calls and makes an appointment to meet Albert Tydings at his office to discuss the trust account. She arrives to find Albert Tydings dead. The next morning Perry goes to Albert Tydings' home and finds him there dead. Eventually the police determine Tydings' body was moved from his office. The police accuse Carol Stanley when her car is reported seen at the office at the time he was murdered.moreless
When a notorious bank robber's son returns to his hometown, it seems as though everyone is interested in missing loot supposedly hidden by the man's father. This leads to murder and Perry comes to the rescue once again.
Chemist Randolph James has started a successful company to develop a new antibiotic but his former boss, Hudson Bradshaw, files suit claiming that James developed the formula while in his employ. James' wife, Natalie, then begins selling her stock to Bradshaw which would give him control of the new company. James vows to stop his wife at any cost and she turns up dead. James claims that he was fishing at the time the murder occurred but things turn bad when he can't find the fellow fisherman who can substantiate his story.moreless
Gossip columnist Danny Shine is a real scumbag. So it's no surprise when he turns up shot to death in his car one night after a party at Alex Tanner's house. Danny's assistant, Greg Stanley, is arrested for the murder. Tanner can provide Stanley with an alibi except for one thing--his baby has been kidnapped and if he testifies the child will die.moreless
Ted Chase discovers that his second wife, Irene, might have killed his first wife and contemplates revenge. However, someone else gets to Irene first. While defending Ted, Perry discovers that Irene's past was even more sordid and corrupt than previously believed.
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.
A valuable Matisse painting is stolen from a museum. When the thief is found murdered, museum employee June Sinclair and her boyfriend David Lambert are charged with the crime.
An heiress to her uncle's fortune is charged with the murder of a female private investigator during a search for her missing uncle.
A district attorney is charged with the murder of a chairman of the bids committee to a defectively built hospital whom he is investigating for a series of bribes being passed around.
Later that night someone breaks into the Gordon mansion - it's a man wearing a dress. He kills Gordon and the maid sees him as he leaves. The police then investigate and discover that someone who knew the gate entry code was the killer or gave it to the killer. And when they discover that Della Street knew the code, they go to her house, and they find a dress similar to the one the maid saw torn up and dirty. They also found an earring which Della says is hers that she probably misplaced. They then arrest her, and she then asks her old friend, Perry Mason, who is now an appellate court judge, to recommend someone who can defend her. Mason says that the best person who can defend her is him. So he resigns.from the bench to defend his erstwhile secretary. Needing a private investigator, the son of old friend Paul Drake, Paul Jr. is also called into the case. It's takes some hard plowing but Perry and Company eventually get to the bottom of things.moreless
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
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.
Perry defends Richard Hammond, who is charged with killing his lawyer's former girlfriend by running over her with the lawyer's car.
The deceased father of Alice Trilling left behind a strange will. His successful toy company would be left to her ONLY if Alice is married or engaged within a year's time. Until then, her wheelchair bound Uncle Harry and a board of directors will run the company. In searching for a husband, Alice has one major problem: she's unattractive and she's the first one to admit it. An artist begins a flirtation and after seeing a portrait he's painted of her, Alice begins to think she could find happiness with him. There's one problem though: nasty old Uncle Harry has been playing matchmaker behind the scenes for reasons of his own. Alice discovers her uncle's perfidy and pushes over his wheelchair. Quickly fleeing the scene, Alice is later arrested when Uncle Harry is found dead. Perry is retained as defense counsel but even he has a tough time in this one because Alice herself thinks she's guilty.moreless
A visit from an attractive blonde sporting a black eye leads to a case concerning a wealthy man's long-lost grandson and murder.
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.
Donald Briggs is an unscrupulous private investigator hired by Clyde Waters to uncover information about Marv Adams, his daughter's fiance. Briggs learned that Marv Adams' father was Ben Devereaux who was convicted of murder 18 years ago. Donald Briggs is trying to blackmail Clyde Waters and Martha Norris in return for keeping silent about certain facts regarding the Devereaux case. The next evening Donald Briggs is found dead in his motel room and Marv Adams is accused of the murder because he had a fight with Donald Briggs the previous morning.moreless
Racketeer George Castle kills Las Vegas hotel owner Glenn Faulkner over a gambling debt and sets his sights on land inherited by Faulkner's daughter, Stephanie. When Castle turns up murdered as well, Stephanie finds herself the number one suspect.
Lorna Thomas is a has-been actress who once gave up her baby for adoption and lived to regret it. George Clark discovers that his wife might be Lorna's long-lost daughter and begins to see dollar signs. The Clarks go to Perry for advice but learn that since Lorna gave up her daughter for adoption she cannot inherit any of her mother's estate. George is devastated over the loss of potential income but he's also under arrest when Lorna is found murdered.moreless
Martin Selkirk is a major league cad who wants Claire Allison in the worst way even though she's dating Dirk Benedict. Selkirk has Dirk's jaw broken and begins sending Claire threatening mail. Then Selkirk is murdered in his beach house and Claire is arrested for the crime. Perry takes the case and finds that the evidence points in the direction of Selkirk's five-year-old son. Or does it?moreless
Things keep going from bad to worse for poor Ethel Andrews. First she's left at the altar by her fiancee, Bruce Strickland, who also let's her take the blame for a $50,000 securities theft since her signature was on the transfer authorization. Ethel decides to leave town but nearly has an accident with a car driven by Peggy Sutton. Peggy, it seems, is on the run from a hired killer. Ethel foolishly agrees to swap identities with Peggy but then Peggy perishes in a car accident. Ethel then finds $50,000 in the trunk of Peggy's car and makes the mistake of informing Bruce Strickland who turns up murdered. Perry sends Paul Drake up to Lake Tahoe to find out about Peggy Sutton, but it might be too late because the noose is getting pretty tight around poor Ethel's neck.moreless
Perry has all sorts of troubles in this one including a client who takes a shot at him. It starts when prizefighter Duke Maronek gets into a fight with Ed Grover over pretty model, Sharon Carmody. Duke believes he killed Grover with his bare hands. Perry discovers that a vagrant, who stole a wallet from the corpse, has been charged with the crime. He quickly gets the vagrant off the hook only to discover that Duke has disappeared. It is Sharon Carmody, the model who is up for a big assignment, who holds the keys to Duke's whereabouts and what really happened on the night Ed Grover died.moreless
Cmdr. James Page is the Project Officer for the testing of some electronics equipment for the Navy submarine Moray. Cmdr. Jerome Burke is assisting the police in the investigation of the murder of a cafe singer. The police believe an unknown sailor on the Moray may be responsible. Cmdr. Page has found out that his father-in-law, Anthony Beldon, owns Alpha Electronics, the manufacturer of the electronics equipment he is testing. Cmdr. Page feels there could be a conflict of interest. On the day of the testing, Cmdr. Page is found dead in the captain's quarters. Robert Chapman, a sailor, is accused of the murder when he is found to be the husband of the dead cafe singer and his shoes contain pieces of broken glass found at the scene of her murder.moreless
Axel Norstaad sells his much respected furniture trademark to Martin Somers. However, Somers guts the company assets and churnns out inferior products. When Axel protests, Somers is found murdered and Axel he gets arrested. To complicate things, Axel is in love with Edie Morrow whom he suspects might be the actual killer.moreless
20-year-old Deborah Dearborn has just written a best-selling novel about a cold and calculating woman who bears a strong resemblance to her boyfriend's stepmother. Now Deborah is living at a beach house in Malibu and in the process of selling the rights to her book to a movie producer. Then the stepmother, Stephanie Carew, appears on the scene threatening to sue for libel. Stephanie turns up dead and it initially appears to be an accidental drowning, but the coroner soon confirms that it's murder and Deborah is arrested.moreless
William Sherwood catches glimpses of his wife, who has been dead for five years, and starts drinking again. When she turns up dead a second time, the police arrest him for her murder.
A circus clown is charged with the murder of its owner when a real gun is slipped to him during am act.
Small town junk dealer/mayoral candidate Mort Lynch gives college dropout Barry Davis a job because he was once close friends with Barry's uncle. Barry and Mort's relationship is uneasy and he's soon the number one suspect when someone bashes Mort's skull with a monkey wrench and it's found in Barry's car. Perry enters the case to defend Barry and discovers that the case hinges on a 20-year-old counterfeiting scheme involving Barry's late uncle and a few "prominent" citizens in the town.moreless
Perry and Paul are all set to go deep sea fishing on a boat owned by their friend, Scott Cahill, but when Cahill's regular customer wants the boat for the weekend they have to charter another. Later, Perry gets word that the Coast Guard has boarded Cahill's vessel looking for stolen gold. They found some of the bullion and the corpse of a shady character, Karl McGovern. An autopsy reveals that McGovern was killed with a fatal dose of digitalis. Scott Cahill is charged with murder when the police theorize that he and the dead man were partners in stealing the gold.moreless
Wealthy Peter Baxter decides to test the loyalty of his heirs. He pretends to change his will cutting them all out and leaving his entire estate to groundskeeper James Hing. Hing is then supposed to burn down Baxter's house and Baxter would substitute a medical cadaver for his own body. If any of the heirs contested the will, they would be disinherited. Hing does as he is instructed and burns down the house, but the body discovered inside is really that of Peter Baxter. Perry tries to sort through this muddled mess and arrive at the truth.moreless
A woman asks Perry to cash winning racing tickets for her. When her ex-employer comes forward and insists that the tickets belong to him, he soon turns up dead and Perry's client is arrested for the murder.
Barney Austin is the king of late-night talk radio in Los Angeles. One night during his on-air rants, Barney gets a note to call his boss, Kevin Steele. While talking to Steele on the air, the audience hears Steele begin arguing with someone and then two shots ring out.
Former swimming champion Victoria Dawn is now overweight, out of shape, and the owner of a chain of failing health spas. Desperate to regain some of her former glory she hires young actress Regina "Reggie" Lambert to impersonate her in a swim across the Catalina Channel to Los Angeles. Reggie runs into trouble along the way in her swim but is rescued by boat captain Charlie Shaw. Later that night, Victoria is discovered murdered, having been planning to abscond with her company's finances, and Reggie gets charged with the murder.moreless
A nasty actor with a lot of enemies is murdered. Perry gets his accused killer off the hook but then he turns up dead and an aging, eccentric actress is blamed for that one. Are there two murderers on the loose or are both the work of one person?
Larry Benton is a hard luck guy. He gets in an argument in a poker game and Mike Granger is shot with his own gun. Then his "friends" inform him that Granger is dead. Unknown to Larry, the entire scenario is a scam to shake him down for money. Larry forges his brother's check for $5,000.00 but ring leader Johnny Clay tries to bleed him for an additional twenty grand. Johnny's greed proves to be his undoing as he ends up dead himself. Steve Benton tries to cover up Larry's involvement and ends up being charged with Clay's murder. Perry then tries to track down Mike Granger, the man Larry supposedly killed, in order to get to the bottom ot things.moreless
Chick Farley is a low-rent, semi-talented golf pro at an exclusive country club. He now mooches off his wife's money and occasionally blackmails members of the country club in order to keep his position. One night, ole Chick discovers that someone has been stealing from the pro shop. He calls club member Hamilton Burger at his home to inform him of the theft. While on the phone, somebody takes a sand wedge and bashes in Chick's skull. Chick is no great loss to humanity but, as usual, the wrong man is charged with the crime.moreless
An old Army buddy of restauranteur Terrence Clay, Lucas Tolliver, arrives in California from Oklahoma to meet the woman he was matched up with by a computer dating service. The woman, Miliicent Barton, is supposedly a rich widow. Lucas has money too having inherited it from his previous wife who died under mysterious circumstances. This doesn't prevent Millie from marrying Lucas but she dies at a party after drinking poisoned lemonade supposedly provided to her by Lucas.moreless
Charles Houston cleverly get away with killing his wife by making it look like she died in a car accident. Then a wildlife photographer shows up with the murder on film and Charles discovers that his sister-in-law has squandered all the profits from his oil well. The situation then goes from bad to worse when the sister-in-law is found locked in a room with Houston's corpse.moreless
Nasty oilman Jerome Klee is shot to death and there's no shortage of suspects. Perry's client is Klee's foreman, who tried to change his boss's mind about backing out on a drilling contract on a low-income family's land.
Dr. Stacey Fielding takes off for Salt Lake City on business. When his plane crashes, Veronal poisoning is found in the body. Miriam Fielding is arrested since the last thing the good doctor drank was whiskey from a flash she had given him. Upon further investigation, Miriam is cleared when it's discovered that the man who really perished in the crash was Al Dolby, the plane mechanic. But where is Dr. Fielding and who did the poisoning?moreless
In this change-of-pace episode, Perry and Della travel behind the Iron Curtain and get involved in a murder case which ends up being tried in an East German court.
Perry must defend a goofy, untalented British kid whom someone thinks has the talent to be a pop singer but clearly doesn't. Then someone bumps off a shady promoter and the would-be pop idol gets blamed.
A Frenchman, Philippe Bertain, is giving money to an old lady love from his hometown, unaware that she's sharing the cash with her husband. When her husband turns up murdered, Philippe is charged with the crime.
An art dealer and his girlfriend are arrested for a two murders related to a series of hijacks. Paul goes undercover to ferret out the hijacking ring and Perry finds himself staring down the barrel of a gun pointed by a killer even he never considered.
Burt Payne is a notalent hack who coaches and owns 10% of a professional football team. His rich wife, Ellen, owns the remainder. Knowing that he's washed up and needing some quick cash, Burt tries to sell his share of the team to a group of investors and even gets a down payment from them. Ellen, however, is opposed to the deal. Then, after she meets with one of the potential buyers aboard a train, Burt is apparently killed in an explosion.moreless