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The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 5 October 1935 (USA)
A con man who stages phony "lucky legs" beauty contests and leaves town with the money is found with a surgical knife in his heart by Mason.


(as Archie L. Mayo)


(screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Bob Doray
Police Chief Bisonette (as Barton Mac Lane)
Thelma Bell
Col. Bradbury
Anita Kerry ...
Eva Lamont
Frank Patton
District Attorney Manchester
Police Officer Ricker (as Charles Wilson)
Detective Johnson
Dr. Croker
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Spudsy's Wife


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 Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Release Date:

5 October 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Clue Club #5: The Case of the Lucky Legs  »

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Did You Know?


In the trailer Patricia Ellis is described as "She's the mystery girl in 'The Case of the Lucky Legs,' and all her brains are BELOW the knees. When she steps out, the fun begins." See more »


When Johnson takes the phone to talk to Mason, he puts his right hand inside his oat, but in the next action cut it in outside the coat by his side. See more »


District Attorney Manchester: Why your men always arrive just after Mason?
Bisonette: Well, I suppose because before they decide to commit a murder, they hire Perry Mason to defend them.
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Followed by Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss (1993) See more »


Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Hummed by Warren William
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Superbly acted, marvelously entertaining, this is possibly the best of the series.
16 June 2001 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

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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