Perry Mason

Season 8 Episode 13

The Case of the Blonde Bonanza

Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Dec 17, 1964 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The Case of the Blonde Bonanza
Della's country cousin, seeking a career in Hollywood as a model, fails to read the fine print when she signs a contract that calls for her to gain weight. She also ends up charged with murder.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Perry Mason v. Frank Nitti (sort of)

    Bruce Gordon made his third and final appearance on Perry Mason in this episode playing a shady nightclub owner with some secrets to hide regarding defendant Mary Ann Mobley. Gordon had previously appeared in TCO Paul Drake's Dilemma and TCOT Loquacious Liar. In both episodes he portrayed the murder victim so this is the only one in which he got to interact with show star Raymond Burr. Interestingly enough, Gordon made his film debut in 1949's Love Happy playing the brother of Raymond Burr. Love Happy is also famous for being the film debut of one Marilyn Monroe.

    TCOT Blonde Bonanza is one of the final Mason episodes to be based on an Erle Stanley Gardner novel. As was the case with most episodes based on a Gardner novel, it happens to be one of the better ones despite what a previous "reviewer" might think. Normally brunette Mary Ann Mobley plays the blonde of the title and future All My Children and past Citizen Kane star Ruth Warrick puts in an appearance as the wife of Bruce Gordon's character.

    Raymond Burr himself was critical of many of the scripts for Season Eight in which this show aired and threatened not to sign on for another season. I don't think TCOT Blonde Bonanza was one of the scripts he was critical about as this one stands as one of the best of the season.moreless
Mary Ann Mobley

Mary Ann Mobley

Dianne Adler

Guest Star

Michael Constantine

Michael Constantine


Guest Star

Bruce Gordon

Bruce Gordon

George C. Winlock

Guest Star

John Gallaudet

John Gallaudet


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Della: (after Horing leaves the office) Portrait of a promoter in panic. Perry, you're beautiful. Dianne may have trouble losing those pounds but she'll certainly never have trouble with that stupid man.
      Perry: Della, that contract never had anything to do with fashions and it never did. I should have spotted it the other night. Every single word about Dianne losing weight as a model is a just a red herring, just camouflage. Call Paul and tell him to meet me at the office of Montrose Foster.

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