Perry Mason - Season 5

CBS (ended 1966)




Episode Guide

  • 5/26/62

    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.

  • The Case of the Promoter's Pillbox
    Aspiring screenwriter Herbert Simms submits his first teleplay to scumbag producer Charlie Corby who tries to use the manuscript as his own. Corby's scheme comes a cropper when he gets fatally whacked over the head with a whiskey bottle after a party. Herbert happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and is seen running from the scene of the crime. Guess who gets arrested for murder?moreless
  • 5/5/62
    Perry and Della go out for a night at the theatre to see Perry's actor friend, Steve Brock, perform as Paris in Romeo and Juliet. The lights mysteriously go out during the dueling scene between Romeo and Paris. When the lights are restored the audience is shocked to see that leading man Franz Lachman, playing Romeo, has been stabbed to death. When Steve is accused of the murder, Perry decides to have the cast re-enact the final scene that was played before Lachman's death.moreless
  • 4/28/62
    A crazy man (or is he?), his dead nephew and a military base are tangled up in a confusing Perry Mason episode.
  • The Case of the Borrowed Baby
    A baby who mysteriously appears in Perry's office has a rare St. Christopher medal, which could help identify the baby's parents. If only the suspected father wasn't dead.
  • 4/7/62
    Astronaut Matthew Heller is suspected of killing his old service rival, General Addison Brand, after Brand is put in charge of the astronaut program.
  • The Case of the Melancholy Marksman

    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.

  • The Case of the Absent Artist
    Cartoonist Pete Manders is elated when the owner of the comic strip "Zingy" offers to sell him the strip for a song. Pete is less than elated when he learns that his girlfriend Leslie is running away to Europe with Gabe Phillips, the strip owner. When Phiilips is murdered, Pete is charged with the crime and retains Perry's services. Investigating the case, Perry soon discovers that the deceased Phillips was leading a double life.moreless
  • The Case of the Crippled Cougar

    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.

  • The Case of the Mystified Miner
    Mason tries to clear his young, beautiful client after a twisting and wheeling plot of murder, kidnapping, and embezzlement unfolds. There's something very wrong at the Corning Company. First, $200,000 mysteriously turns up in a shoebox and later disappears. Then an employee reports she's been forwarding a large payroll to the company's Mojave Monarch Mine, trouble is the mine is "dry" and all the staff except the foreman were dismissed a year ago. Things really get strange when a woman claiming to be Amelia Corning, the company owner who resides in South America shows up. No one at the company is familiar with the distant owner but no matter, she disappears with two satchels full of the companies records pertaining to the Mojave Monarch Mine and then a 2nd Amelia Corning arrives. When Paul gets involved to try to straighten out the mystery, he ends up charged with breaking and entering. Later the Mojave Monarch Mine’s foreman winds up dead, the 2nd Mrs. Corning disappears and Perry must defend one of the company's employees who is charged with the murder.moreless
  • 2/10/62
    A casual pen pal relationship leads to insider information in a corporate takeover battle and later murder.
  • 2/3/62

    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.

  • The Case of the Tarnished Trademark

    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.

  • 1/13/62
    Historian Phillip Andrews tries to make a case that his fiancee, Evelyn Faraday, is entitled to a share of a shipping company fortune. Phillip then finds himself accused of murdering the company's top man.
  • The Case of the Shapely Shadow
    Naive secretary Janice Wainwright carries out boss Morley Thielman's orders and places a briefcase containing more than $100,000.00 in a train station locker. Then she waits for the arrival of Thielman's ex-wife but Lt. Tragg arrives instead with an arrest warrant for Janice on the charge of murdering her boss. It seems as though witness Fred Carlyle saw a woman's shapely shadow through the shades of Thielman's office window shortly before the murder occurred.Carlyle believes the silhuette belonged to Janice. Perry manages to get to the bottom of things once the courtroom proceedings begin.moreless
  • 12/30/61
    Perry is hired to help settle a land dispute in the Manzana Valley but the key witness is blown up by a homemade bomb. As usual, Perry's client is accused of the crime.
  • 12/16/61

    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.

  • 12/9/61
    A journalist is murdered while tracking an ex-Nazi war criminal who may be posing as an executive at a company called Space Associates, Ltd.
  • 12/2/61

    Charles Cromwell, the president-elect of Euclid College, worries that some less than stellar moments from his past will be exposed when Maisie Freitag arrives on the scene to make an unusual bequest to the college. Needless to say, murder eventually finds its way to the campus.

  • 11/25/61

    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.

  • 11/18/61

    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.

  • 11/11/61
    Artist Jack Culross fakes his own suicide and sees the sales of his paintings go through the roof. His only problem was that he forgot to inform his wife Edna of the scheme. After Edna sees a completed painting of Jack's that she knows he didn't finish while he was "alive" she gets wise. Edna manages to track down her "deceased" husband but they fight and she knocks him down. Then he's found dead. Edna must stand trial for murder.moreless
  • 11/4/61

    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.

  • 10/28/61
    Perry finds himself defending Dr. Wayne Edley who has been accused of committing two murders.
  • 10/21/61
    Phony psychic Phillip Paisley meets a grisly death when an elevator that has been tampered with crashes. In the climactic scene Perry sets up another fantastic demonstration to prove his client innocent and expose the real culprit.
  • 10/14/61
    Comic Charlie Hatch learns that the woman he loved and lost, Anne Gilrain, has escaped from a sanitarium to which she was forced to commit herself by her husband, Tom. When Tom Gilrain is murdered, Charlie is afraid that Anne did the deed and sets himself up as a likely suspect to protect her. Perry arrives on the scene to try and free Charlie from his abysmal stupidity.moreless
  • 10/7/61
    During a terrible storm at sea, First Officer Jerry Griffin dumps a million dollars worth of goods into the sea in order to lessen the chances of his cargo freighter sinking. Once on shore, Jerry is hauled before a maritime court which holds him responsible for the loss of the cargo. Captain Bancroft's testimony can clear Jerry but he is murdered before he can give it. Now Jerry stands accused of that crime too. Perry and Paul try to set things right once again.moreless
  • The Case of the Missing Melody
    Perry and Della attend the wedding of Polly Courtland to Eddy King. The ceremony is halted at the altar when Polly begins screaming, "No! No!" and hurriedly exits the church. It seems as though Polly had spotted slimy George Sherwin holding an envelope containing photos of her younger sister checking into a Las Vegas hotel with a musician named Bongo White. Sherwin plans to ruin Polly and her family's reputation unless she gives up Eddy for him. Sherwin's plan comes a cropper when he's found shot to death. Eddy King is arrested for the crime.moreless
  • 9/16/61
    Paint manufacturer Amory Fallon suspects that his partner Ned Thompson is behind a mysterious fire and explosion. Fallon eventually finds himself charged with the murder of his partner.
  • 9/2/61
    The drowning death of a newspaper executive during a fishing trip sets off all kinds of repercussions at the newspaper itself. Including murder.