Perry Mason

Season 3 Episode 6

The Case of Paul Drake's Dilemma

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Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Nov 14, 1959 on CBS
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The Case of Paul Drake's Dilemma
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Donna Kress, a singer, is preparing a demo for a recording contract. She has been carrying on a long term affair with a married man, Frank Thatcher. That night Frank Thatcher is involved in a hit-and-run accident but does not report the incident. He is the son-in-law of Henry W. Dameron, a very wealthy businessman. To avoid publicity, Henry Dameron instructs Frank Thatcher to pay off the dead man's family anonymously. Frank uses Paul Drake to take care of the details. After Paul Drake speaks to the widow he uncovers the fact of the hit-and-run accident which Frank did not reveal. Later he confronts Frank Thatcher, a fistfight ensues, and Paul Drake is knocked unconscious. Later Frank Thatcher is found dead in the same apartment with Paul Drake after he wakes up. Paul Drake is accused of the murder when his gun is found to be the murder weapon.moreless

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Vanessa Brown

Vanessa Brown

Donna Kress

Guest Star

Basil Ruysdael

Basil Ruysdael

Henry W. Dameron

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Bruce Gordon

Bruce Gordon

Frank Thatcher

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George E. Stone

George E. Stone

Court Clerk

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Kenneth R. MacDonald

Kenneth R. MacDonald

Judge

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Outside the apartment building the paper boy is selling papers with the two-line headline "Wife Indicted for Husband's Murder." The copy he sells Anders has a one-line headline reading "Brewster... Bail." After Anders returns to the inside of the building, the one-line headline now reads "...Murdered."

    • We see the inside of Paul Drake's office when Frank Thatcher arrives to meet him, as well as his receptionist, Margo.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Perry: You know, when I leave here I'm meeting Paul Drake at a restaurant. He'll pick up the check for dinner. That'll be the fee for my services. He's just a friend but I never once doubted his innocence.
      Charles Dameron: What do you mean by that?
      Perry: Mr. Dameron, I never before met a person so far removed from humanity that he believed every one of his own children capable of committing a murder.

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