Perry Mason

Season 2 Episode 3

The Case of the Pint-Sized Client

Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Oct 04, 1958 on CBS
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Robbers lift a bundle from the Hargrove Finance Company and Frank Anderson is murdered in the aftermath. Anthony "Pop" Renzi is identified as one of the robbers and charged with both the robbery and the murder. Perry sets out to clear him of both charges.

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  • A teenage boy comes to Perry looking for legal advice. Soon he's tied to a robbery and a murder and Perry has to defend the boy's lovable grandfather.

    This begings with the dumbest robbery ever. The crooks storm in and demand the boss open the safe. When he refuses, they whack the ONE GUY who could OPEN the SAFE for them on the head and knock him out. Why they don't beat up somebody else until he agrees to open the safe is unexplained. Then they bring in their safe guy. Failing to keep an eye on the remaining hostages, they allow a clerk to step on the unsilent alarm. Do they do anything to the clerk? No. This is usually the kind of action that winds up with bodies. Anyway, the crooks stash the money which is found by Nicky Renzi (Bobby Clark, who played the Gorn years later on "Star Trek") who goes to Perry for advice about the "finders keepers" law. The crooks discover their money is missing. One is killed and suspected is the kid's grandfather (Eduardo Ciannelli) who had a long forgotten criminal past. Elisha Cook Jr. is good as the alcoholic criminal and Ciannelli plays the lovable old guy well. The story has a nice resolution involving a fan and the noise it makes during the robbery.moreless

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    • While Mason is cross-examining Lt. Tragg, we see Paul Drake's unoccupied chair next to Mason's. However, as Perry returns to his seat, Paul's chair has moved and is now blocking the swinging gate leading to the witness stand. The chair then moves back next to Mason until Perry gets up to cross-examine Lois Gilbert when it again is blocking the gate.  Then the chair again returns to its normal position where eventually Paul enters and sits in it.

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