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Perry Mason

Season 2 Episode 21

The Case of the Lost Last Act

Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Mar 21, 1959 on CBS
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The Case of the Lost Last Act
Playwright Ernest Royce is found shot to death in the same manner as a character in one of his unproduced plays. The play dealt with characters very close to real people and the real life murder of a New York underworld figure years before. Perry's client, Frank Brooks, is charged with Royce's murder and Perry must find the missing final act of the play in order to clear Brooks.moreless

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  • Ernest Royce is a successful theatrical writer. Frank Brooks is an ex-gangster whose girlfriend is in a play of Royce's.Royce bases his play on the murder of a gangster.When Royce is murdered, Brooks is charged.Perry Mason hasmoreless

    The story is pretty good.It is about a play

    based on the murder of a gangster that a man

    writes---and he is murdered exactly the way his

    play goes.An ex-gangster who now runs a chain of

    hamburger restaurants is charged with the murder,

    but when Perry shows that the murder went exactly

    the way his play was written,the real murderer

    is exposed.

    An above average episode.
Joanne Gilbert

Joanne Gilbert

Faith Foster

Guest Star

Katharine Bard

Katharine Bard

Helen Dwight

Guest Star

Jerome Cowan

Jerome Cowan


Guest Star

Richard Gaines

Richard Gaines


Recurring Role

George E. Stone

George E. Stone

Court Clerk

Recurring Role

Connie Cezon

Connie Cezon


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Mason: Why didn't you like Royce, Mr West?
      West: The theater is something very special to me, Mr. Mason. It's been my family, my home, everything I've ever wanted. When I'm inside a theater, I'm in a church. When I see a great play, I hear angels singing. When I see great performances, I'm walking the streets of heaven. Those streets are very clean and beautiful, Mr. Mason. They should stay that way.
      Mason: I repeat, why didn't you like Ernest Royce?
      West: He was a litterbug.

    • Burger: If the court please--in any event the question is incompetent and immaterial and irrelevant. The content of the play has nothing to do with our murder case.
      Perry: Has Mr. Burger read the play?
      Burger: Yes, Mr. Burger has. And if he may quote Shakespeare: "It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing."
      Perry: Shakespeare also said: "Nature's above art in that respect."

    • Gifford: This is my gun. Registered in my name. I killed Rick Valpone. Ernest Royce said he would dispose of it for me, but he didn't. He held it to my head for twelve years. Forced me to give him money, produce his plays. Time and again he tortured me with this gun. Put it in my hand. Defied me to use it. Be he knew I couldn't kill. that night, I came back to plead with him about the play. He taunted me again. And this time, the gun spoke out for me.
      Tragg: You'd better give it to me, Mr. Gifford.
      Gifford: This gun has a limited vocabulary. It speaks one short word. And everything that is, is suddenly revised. What is becomes what was... and what might have been... can never be.
      Tragg: Please, Mr. Gifford, the gun.
      Gifford: It has one more word to speak.
      Perry: It would be the wrong word, Mr. Gifford.

  • NOTES (0)


    • "It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing."
      From Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5 by William Shakespeare.

      "Nature's above art in that respect."
      From King Lear Act 4, Scene 6