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The Case of the Velvet Claws (1936)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren William ...
Claire Dodd ...
Wini Shaw ...
Eva Belter (as Winifred Shaw)
Bill Elliott ...
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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This is Claire Dodd's second try at the character of Della Street. She also played Della in the series' second entry, "The Case of the Curious Bride." 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

Wilbur Strong: [Opening the door] Welcome, Mrs. Belter. Won't you come in?
Eva Belter: Why - I thought this was Mr. Mason's suite... Mr. Perry Mason. Who are you?
Wilbur Strong: I'm the coroner. We're expecting his death momentarily.
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Hear that sound? It's Erle Stanley Gardner turning in his grave
7 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Case of the Velvet Claws," made in 1936, is a Perry Mason mystery that has Della and Perry as newlyweds starting off on their honeymoon. In the TV series, and even more in the TV movies later on, there was always that unspoken love between Della and Perry - and no one knew what went on after office hours. In real life, Erle Stanley Gardner married his secretary Jeanne right before he died, I suppose so she could inherit. So in some sense, the Perry-Della thing was modeled on his real life.

The two don't get to start their honeymoon because a woman (Wini Shaw) kidnaps Perry at gunpoint. She pays him $5000 to make sure a story about to be published in a tabloid about a politician doesn't come out

  • because it's about him and a woman, and she's the woman. Perry later


finds out she's the wife of the owner of the paper! When the owner is found dead, Perry's own client blames him for the murder.

Warren William gives his usual lighthearted, devil my care performance. Even though his portrayal has nothing to do with Perry Mason, he's a riot. Instead of Paul Drake, he has some sort of an assistant named Spudsy Drake. The exotic-looking Winifred Shaw brings class and spark to her character. Who can forget her "Lullaby of Broadway" opening in "The Gold Diggers of 1935?" She had a very special quality. For some reason, her career died. Probably Warners failed to pick up her option in 1939. A shame.

I enjoy these films, but don't confuse them with Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason. He hated these movies.


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