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The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (1937)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 8 June 1937 (USA)
An improbable stuttering bishop from Australia asks for Perry's help in proving the identity of the legitimate heir to a millionaire.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Janice Alma Brownley
Janice Seaton
Gordon Bixler
Philip Brownley
Stella Kenwood (as Helen McKellar)
Edward McWade ...
Bishop Mallory
Ida Gilbert
Charlie Downs
Douglas Wood ...
Renald C. Brownley
Peter Sacks


A Bishop from Australia comes to Perry to ask him to take a case of a woman wrongly accused of manslaughter 22 years before. The case would involve the wealthy Mr. Brownley and the fact that his alleged granddaughter may be an imposter. With that, the Bishop leaves and is clubbed in his hotel room. Soon after, he leaves on a boat and Perry meets the woman - Ida Gilbert. Perry goes to see Mr. Brownley, but gets nowhere. Later that night, Brownley is to meet Ida, but he is shot by a woman who drops Ida's gun. Ida is arrested for the murder of Mr. Brownley and Perry gets involved. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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8 June 1937 (USA)  »

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Clue Club #10: The Case of the Stuttering Bishop  »

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Perry Mason: Uh, remind me to give me a raise in the morning.
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Followed by Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo (1992) See more »


When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
(1912) (uncredited)
Music by Ernest Ball
Lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff
Sung a cappella with a phony Irish brogue by Donald Woods
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Case of the Stuttering Bishop, The (1937)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Sixth and final film in Warner's Perry Mason series features a new guy in the lead role but the film turns out to be a rather entertaining entry. This time out, Perry Mason (Donald Woods) is visited by a bishop who asks him to investigate a manslaughter that happened twenty-two years earlier but the guilty party is still free. Perry starts to investigate, which leads him to a billionaire who eventually winds up dead and it seems the same person is behind the two cases. This is a pretty strong film that manages to be quite entertaining, although it would have benefited by a stronger supporting cast. Woods is actually very good in the role of Mason and brings his own charm and brains to the role. Ann Dvorak is entertaining as his secretary but the rest of the cast is so-so at best. The case is actually very well written and manages to be quite complicated, which ruins the ending when we get the typical easy way out and that's the guilty person getting away with it until they break down and admit everything.

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