The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  5 October 1935 (USA)
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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Ellis ...
Dr. Bob Doray
Police Chief Bisonette (as Barton Mac Lane)
Thelma Bell
Porter Hall ...
Col. Bradbury
Anita Kerry ...
Eva Lamont
Craig Reynolds ...
Frank Patton
Henry O'Neill ...
District Attorney Manchester
Charles C. Wilson ...
Police Officer Ricker (as Charles Wilson)
Joseph Crehan ...
Detective Johnson
Olin Howland ...
Dr. Croker
Mary Treen ...
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 <>

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery


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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?


Mary Treen, who plays Spudsy's wife, had played a telegram office clerk in the series' previous entry, "The Case of the Curious Bride." See more »


When Mason enters Patton's apartment, he locks the entry door from the inside so his search won't be disturbed. After finding the body, Mason exits the apartment into the hall, and the entry door is once again unlocked. See more »


Detective Johnson: Who was that on the phone?
Della Street: Well, it was the garbage man. I told him to bring up enough for four.
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Perry as clever & comedic shyster
1 May 2003 | by (Oshkosh, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

A wonderful version of Perry Mason. Warren William is the perfect shyster, affiable, witty, lovable, funny and willing to bend the law a little for his client while skewering his adversaries. The dialog is great and pace never lags. A very good mystery with a great 30s setting. I wish WW had played Perry in a dozen of these Gardner stories.

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