Perry Mason

Season 1 Episode 39

The Case of the Rolling Bones

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Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Jun 28, 1958 on CBS
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The Case of the Rolling Bones
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When Daniel Reed finds himself being blackmailed by an old business partner from his time in Alaska, Perry must first save him from the insane asylum and then the gas chamber. Convinced that Reed has lost his mind when he begins writing $20,000.00 checks to strangers, his heartless niece and nephew have the old man forcibly placed in an insane asylum. Perry is enlisted by Reed’s girlfriend Millie Foster to get him out of the asylum and he is no sooner granted his freedom than his blackmailer turns up dead and Reed stands accused of his murder.moreless

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  • When Daniel Reed escapes from an asylum he's been put in by his devious nephew, he finds himself charged with murdering a man who was blackmailing him. Fortunately Perry comes to the rescue.moreless

    7.5
    Based on an original mystery by Erle Stanley Gardner, this was well adapted and makes a good mystery with a number of twists and turns. Edger Stehi is good as Daniel Reed, the old man who is accused of being senile so his unscrupulous nephew Willard Scott (NOT the weatherman, but Arthur Space) and his wife Arlene (Mary Anderson) can get ahold of his wealth. Kitty Kelly is also good as his girlfriend/wife Millie. Judges on this show are usually limited to allowing or overruling objections, but Richard Caines as Judge Tredwell gets to play a major part in this one and puts in a memorable performance. Interesting note: apparantly Burger has bugged Mason's office, but there doesn't seem to be anything illegal about it!moreless
Joan Camden

Joan Camden

Donna Knox

Guest Star

Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson

Arlene Scott

Guest Star

Edgar Stehli

Edgar Stehli

Daniel Reed

Guest Star

Richard Gaines

Richard Gaines

Judge Treadwell

Recurring Role

Morris Ankrum

Morris Ankrum

Judge Morrisey

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Tragg: And when you told Della that you wanted to call Scott as your own witness, you were just playing that scene for Berger.
      Perry: Well, uh, how did he like the performance?
      Tragg: Loved it. But just make sure that you don't invite him the next time you're doing a benefit.

  • NOTES (1)

    • In the original novel there was a subplot concerning a company which sold crooked dice, hence the "rolling bones" of the title.  The TV version eliminated this subplot which makes the title of the episode meaningless.  Although there is a brief scene set in Reno in the TV version, there is no gambling with dice shown.

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