Perry Mason

Season 3 Episode 11

The Case of the Violent Village

Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Jan 02, 1960 on CBS
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The Case of the Violent Village

Perry goes on a fishing trip in a small Nevada town with his old friend, Sheriff Gene Norris, but as usual manages to get sidetracked into another murder case when Phil Beecher returns from jail. It seems as though Phil did time for negligent homicide for the car accident which killed the daughter of Sheriff Norris. Charlotte Norris, sister of the decedent, wants revenge and frames Phil for a robbery but is herself killed. Can Perry prevent things from getting out of hand in the village?


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    Barton MacLane

    Barton MacLane

    Sheriff Eugene Norris

    Guest Star

    Ann Rutherford

    Ann Rutherford

    Judith Thurston

    Guest Star

    Jacqueline Scott

    Jacqueline Scott

    Kathy Beecher

    Guest Star

    Willis Bouchey

    Willis Bouchey


    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Although the episode is set in November 1959--snow on the ground, Mrs. Thurston with a cold, the murder on Friday, November 13--the calendar in the timber company office shows July/August 1959. 

      • Ritz and Hi-Ho Cracker boxes can be seen on Tepper's store shelves.  For some reason, possibly to avoid product-placement issues, the boxes are all upside-down.  

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Sheriff Norris: This is Perry Mason. He's representing the defendant.
        Perry: How do you do.
        Ransome: Ah yes, I recognize Mr. Mason.
        Sheriff Norris: Everett Ransome, Perry. He's a Special Prosecutor set up by the Attorney General.
        Ransome: This will be neutral ground, Mr. Mason.
        Perry: What do you mean, Mr. Ransome?
        Ransome: Oh, for you and for me.
        Perry: That's true. I've always considered a courtroom to be neutral ground.
        Ransome: Oh, well I also mean that Fawnskin isn't exactly my stomping grounds and neither is it yours. And since this is relatively a small community, tricks, gags, courtroom dramatics which work miracles in the big city simply won't work here.
        Perry: What are you implying?
        Ransome: Oh, I'm warning you, Mr. Mason. You see, I've studied this case pretty thoroughly. The man Beecher is guilty.
        Perry: And what is your warning?
        Ransome: He's going to pay. He's not going to get away with it, even though he has a high-powered and high-priced big city attorney with a hundred tricks up his sleeve.
        Perry: I'm looking forward to some of that courtroom neutrality, Mr. Ransome.

      • Everett Ransome: I object, your Honor. This is just the type of shenanigans Perry Mason is noted for.
        Judge: Well now, just what is your definition of the word shenanigan, Mr. Prosecutor? I think Mr. Mason's request is both reasonable and logical. Objection overruled.

      • Mrs. Thurston: You're going to defend Philip Beecher, aren't you?
        Perry: That's right, Mrs. Thurston.
        Mrs. Thurston: It's always a mystery to me how a reputable attorney can defend a man everybody knows is guilty.
        Perry: A guilty man is still entitled to representation.
        Mrs. Thurston: Well, you won't get Phil Beecher off.

    • NOTES (1)

      • The story takes place in Fawnskin, CA in the Sierra Nevada mountains, which according to a sign is the "Angler's Capitol of the Sierras" with a population of 2106. The outdoor shots in this episode were actually shot in Fawnskin, an unincorporated community of San Bernardino County located approximately 65 miles (2 hour drive) east of Los Angeles on the north shore of Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino National Forest. Several of the buildings shown still exist as of 2000.

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