Ken Malansky is a law student attending a class being taught by Perry Mason. When a friend tells him that his girlfriend was assaulted by a fellow student, Ken rushes to the university's ... See full summary »
Ken Malansky is a law student attending a class being taught by Perry Mason. When a friend tells him that his girlfriend was assaulted by a fellow student, Ken rushes to the university's mock courtroom to confront him and finds him dead. The murder weapon was Ken's own knife. Perry is reluctant to take on his case, especially since the victim was the son of a close friend. Written by
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Raymond Burr returns as Perry Mason, this time defending young law student Ken Malansky of the murder of a fellow student.
This episode introduces William R. Moses as Malansky, who in future stories would take over the job of Mason's law associate and investigative legman.
Alexandra Paul also debuts, for a much shorter stay as Ken's "fiance", Amy Hastings.
The story follows the same tried and true formula as all Mason stories tend to do with the guilty party exposed in court at the end. In this case the histrionics were exceedingly effective when the guilty party was revealed.
I have always had the feeling the producers had planned to make Amy and Ken a sort of younger version of Mason and Della Street, but upping the romance angle. Sadly, Alexandra Paul made the decision to leave before the plan could come to fruition.
All in all an above average entry in the series and well worth your time.
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