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The Case of the Velvet Claws (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 15 August 1936 (USA)
Perry marries Della but a beautiful woman interrupts their honeymoon night and demands Perry take her case at gunpoint.

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Claire Dodd ...
Wini Shaw ...
Eva Belter (as Winifred Shaw)
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Carl Griffin (as Gordon Elliott)
Joe King ...
George C. Belter (as Joseph King)
Addison Richards ...
Frank Locke
Eddie Acuff ...
Olin Howland ...
Dick Purcell ...
Crandal
Kenneth Harlan ...
Peter Milnor
Clara Blandick ...
Judge Mary F. O'Daugherty
Ruth Robinson ...
Mrs. Veite
Paula Stone ...
Norma Veite
Robert Middlemass ...
Police Sgt. Wilbur Hoffman
Stuart Holmes ...
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Perry and Della are finally married by his old friend, Judge Mary. They plan to go on a honeymoon, but before it can start, Perry is retained by a woman with a gun and $5000. She wants him to stop a story that is coming out in 'Spicy Bits' about Peter Milner. When Perry cannot talk the editor out of publishing the story, he finds the owner and also finds that the woman who hired him was Mrs. Belter. Soon afterwards, George Belter is dead, Eva shot him and blames Perry Mason for the murder. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Clue Club #8: The Case of the Velvet Claws  »

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Trivia

The Shakespearean quote recited by Warren William is from the "Tomorrow" speech in "Macbeth." See more »

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Bill Elliott's character name is spelled "Carl Griffin" in the credits, but a newspaper report spells it "Carl Griffen". See more »

Quotes

Perry Mason: [Hanging up the phone perplexed, Perry sees the houseboy by the door] Muh lad, I'll have that glass of Scotch you offered.
Filipino houseboy: [Initially puzzled, but he regains his wits] Scotch?... Oh, yes. Me too, sir.
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You Left Me Everything But You
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Perry and Della tie the knot in this early Mason mystery
21 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After a couple of seasons of the Perry Mason TV series (1950s-1960s), viewers were waiting and watching for the episode in which Mason would finally marry his secretary, Della Street. But the wait continued through more than two dozen TV movies in the 1980s and early 1990s. And Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale never did tie the knot. Actually, that was true to the Mason story as written by Erle Stanley Gardner in some 82 novels. Gardner wrote his novels up until his death in 1970, two of which were published after his death. And, while his readers knew that the criminal lawyer and his trusted right-hand woman would never marry, there was that hope among viewers that somehow the union would be made in one of the last films.

The reason for that hope sprang, no doubt to some extent, from the earliest Perry Mason movies. Way back in 1936, Perry and Della did marry, and it was in this, the fourth film which was made in 1936. Warren William and Claire Dodd had the roles in a script that was built around the couple's marriage. Gardner may not have liked the way his hero was portrayed in the early films, but William made an excellent Mason who was more sleuth and detective than lawyer. And the Warner Brothers team that wrote the marriage into this film made it work well.

The mystery of the book is still in "The Case of the Velvet Claws." But here it is cleverly developed around Perry and Della's marriage. And the marriage, honeymoon night with many interruptions, and periodic reunions of the newlyweds add wonderful humor to the story. This is a very enjoyable film, start to finish. I especially enjoyed how Perry handles a double-cross. Not just once, but twice. I think others will too. The only sad thing about this film was that it was to the be the last with Warren William in the lead role.


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