An American tanker is sunk by a German U-boat and the survivors spend eleven days at sea on a raft. They're next assigned to the liberty ship "Sea Witch" bound for Murmansk through the sub-stalked North Atlantic.
Frank Patton is the promoter of the Lucky Legs Contest. The problem is that he always skips town before paying the $1000 to the winner. Mr. Bradbury, suitor of Cloverdale winner Margie, hires intoxicated Perry Mason to find Frank. Perry knows the scheme that Patton is using and has Spudsy find him, but Frank is dead when Perry arrives. The how is a surgeons scalpel, but the who is not yet known. Written by
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Superbly acted, marvelously entertaining, this is possibly the best of the series.
The third of Warners' six Perry Mason movies is as much an hilarious comedy as a suspenseful mystery. Warren William's impersonation is light years removed from the familiar Raymond Burr TV interpretation, but his aggressively flippant and mockingly casual style is actually much closer to Erle Stanley Gardner's original conception.
All the players have wonderful bits of business. When Warren William is not cadging refreshments or giving deliciously heavy-handed impersonations, his offsider Allen Jenkins is dodging coffee cups or borrowing fins from suspects, while his secretary Genevieve Tobin spends most her time archly arguing with various flatfoots. In addition to the "normal" characters, the support personnel is further rounded out by an uproarious collection of half-wits and idiots. The laughing scene at the honeymoon suite is a gem.
Director Archie Mayo handles all the action with panache and style, using brisk tracking shots and silhouettes to keep both humor and mystery cracking along merrily.
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