After the death of her husband and partner, Joe Doyle, Constant Doyle takes on a case involving a young man who knew her husband. Constant asks for Perry's help and he suggests she hire the Paul Drake Detective agency to aid in the case.
When Cal Leonard gets into trouble, he tries to get in touch with a lawyer he once met, Joseph Doyle, but learns that the man has died. His wife and law partner, Constant Doyle, pays him a visit in jail but he's not keen on having her represent him. Constant, on a whim, does provide bail money for Cal. Cal was caught jumping the fence at the Otis Instrument Co, owned by Lawrence Otis, who once used Doyle and Doyle as a law firm. However, with the death of Joe, several clients have left the firm. It turns out that Cal's father once worked for Otis as an engineer but was an unreliable alcoholic. His cousin, Steve Arthur, still works there but is somehow making large deposits to his bank account. Cal is convinced that Otis has stolen some of his father's ideas on equipment miniaturization but when Steve Arthur is found dead, Cal is charged with murder. With Perry Mason in the hospital, Constant decides to represent him herself. Constant Doyle learns Cal has a special talent she uses in ... Written by
Raymond Burr was unable to appear in this episode and for the next 3 episodes (4 in all) due to a minor surgical procedure. A few scenes, like phone conversations, were filmed in advance. For a few months, from approximately November 1962 through January 1963, he was notably absent. According to the studio spokesperson, Burr was in a Los Angeles area hospital in December and then recovering at home from "minor corrective surgery." See more »
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Other than the incredible Betty Davis, nothing to see here
I am sure that many people are going to love this episode just because the incredible Betty Davis plays the lead character in this show. And yes, she does an outstanding job playing the widow lawyer that defends a young man on murder charges. But the show was actually lackluster. The best part of the show was the last ten minutes when Ms Davis (Constant Doyle) breaks the case in open court but how we get to the real killer is what is called 'writers TV magic'.
The story is more complicated than needed as Constant Doyle (Ms Davis) defends a young, Carl Leonard, of murder when he is found stumbling over the dead man by none other than Paul Drake. But it is not a regular boy inside Carl Leonard, he is nearly a savant as he can remember numbers like he is some kind of 'Rain Man'.
This will be of most importance as Constant gets close to the end of the trial with things looking bleak. It will be Carl's magic with numbers and a use of a raincoat that will bring the case to a close.
Betty Davis was terrific as the woman lawyer who also had a small stake in the case. But it was everything in-between that was slow and complicated. Enjoyed watching Ms Davis take on the big boys at the court house but one time may be enough. Yet, we have three more weeks before Raymond Burr will return to take his rightful place as the lead defendant's lawyer on the series.
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