A lawyer, with blackmail in mind, meets with a famed prosecutor to prove he convicted an innocent man.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Charles Courtney
John Gregory
Ernest West
Marianne Stewart ...
Alice West
Mark Dana ...
Charles Webster ...
Reporter #1
Nick Nicholson ...
Reporter #2
Therese Lyon ...
West's Housekeeper


An arrogant detective, Charles Courtney, prides himself on never having committed a single mistake in his long and distinguished career. He keeps a shelf of labeled mementos from each of his cases. On the shelf there is an open space and a blank tag for what Courtney calls "The Perfect Crime". One day a defense lawyer stuns Courtney when he confronts him with evidence that the detective helped convict an innocent man who has since been executed. Courtney kills the lawyer, bakes him in a pottery kiln, and places the vase in the open space on his shelf as a memento to his perfect crime. Written by Anonymous

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20 October 1957 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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The title is based on the "perfect crime", one that is never detected or no evidence is ever found so that the perpetrator is never even sought. See more »


According to the card Courtney places next to the pistol, the events of this story take place in 1912; however while Courtney is talking to Gregory, he uses the expression "Drop a bombshell." That expression came out of World War I which took place from 1914 to 1918. See more »

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Smug as Smug Can Be
21 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

How can you lose with Vincent Price? He was a national treasure with his self assured nasal voice and wolfish expressions. In this he plays his favorite role, a know-it-all detective who draws attention wherever he goes, inscrutable and infallible. He basks in the sunlight of his admirers, always the winner, never the loser. That is until James Gregory comes along to spoil his fun. He begins to show that the great detective may have feet of clay. The story of the murder, for which a man has paid with his life in the electric chair, unfolds through Gregory's narration. Of course, Price isn't going to let this happen and there hangs the rest of the story. Price's mugging performance and the crime's resolution are great fun. The conclusion is just a bit too simplistic, but it is well worth the setup.

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