Perry Mason

Season 2 Episode 16

The Case of the Fraudulent Foto

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Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Feb 07, 1959 on CBS
8.4
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The Case of the Fraudulent Foto
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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.

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  • Brander Harris is trying to solve the Northport Hospital Gaft.He's charged with murder in the process and turns to Perry Mason for help.Perry not only exposes those involved,but exposes the real muderer in the process.moreless

    8.0
    This is an excellent episode about corruption in

    government---in this case county government.

    There is an attempt to frame the Waring County

    District Attorney.The one quote that stands out

    is Perry's comment to Brander Harris "Smear tactics can be very effective at times,especially

    against young,career-minded district attorneys."

    The way Perry exposes the corrution in the Graft

    is downright superb.For instance,Perry getting

    the inspector to admit after asking about six and

    one-half tons of steel cable "Only one truckload

    of steel cable was delivered to the site,Mr.Mason." Obviously the prospectus on the

    Northport Hospital was a false one that enabled

    raking off money from false demands of money

    that is not neeeded.In fact,Perry got the

    County Auditor through this same steel cable

    report to admit through not denying it(he bowed

    his head in shame)of his involvement.Then Perry

    exposed the contractor,George Fairbanks,who

    admitted being the mastermind of the graft.

    Later Perry exposes the real murderer in

    true Perry Mason for.The key was when Eva Scott

    broke down and admitted lying about a flat tire.

    She was covering up a minor auto accident,but in

    doing so,Perry is able to prove who was the

    real murderer.

    This is an episode for the brainy,so I

    understand why less intelligent reviewers don't

    rate it with an 8 like me.But I think the

    episode is excellent.moreless
Hugh Marlowe

Hugh Marlowe

Brander Harris

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Carole Mathews

Carole Mathews

Leora Mathews

Guest Star

Wilton Graff

Wilton Graff

Cleveland Blake

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Kenneth R. MacDonald

Kenneth R. MacDonald

Judge

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