Perry Mason

Season 9 Episode 16

The Case of the Midnight Howler

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Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Jan 16, 1966 on CBS
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The Case of the Midnight Howler
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Barney Austin is the king of late-night talk radio in Los Angeles. One night during his on-air rants, Barney gets a note to call his boss, Kevin Steele. While talking to Steele on the air, the audience hears Steele begin arguing with someone and then two shots ring out.

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    Lee Patterson

    Lee Patterson

    Dan Thorne

    Guest Star

    Myrna Fahey

    Myrna Fahey

    Holly Andrews

    Guest Star

    Daniel J. Travanti

    Daniel J. Travanti

    Barney Austin

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    Lee Miller

    Lee Miller

    Sgt. Brice

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    Pitt Herbert

    Pitt Herbert

    Coroner

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    Grandon Rhodes

    Grandon Rhodes

    Judge

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    • QUOTES (1)

      • Austin: Now let's get right down to business. Let's see, our first call tonight is to some nut who says I call him a chiseler because he's holding up freeway construction. This chiseler's name is Lewis Ogden. Clinton, seven, o, seven, nine, nine. (dialing the numbers on the phone from his radio broadcast room). And don't forget to turn down your radio volume, Mr. Ogden. Hello, Barney Austin, I got your card, what's your beef?
        Ogden: I just want you to know I'm suing you for libel and slander. People like you shouldn't be allowed on the air.
        Austin: I've never lost one yet, Mr. Chiseler. See ya in court.

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    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • The character of Barney Austin appears to be based on Joe Pyne, a popular and acerbic Los Angeles talk radio host in the 1960's, who pre-dated the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Howard Stern, and Don Imus.

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