Perry Mason: Season 6, Episode 16

The Case of Constant Doyle (31 Jan. 1963)

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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.

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Lt. Tragg (credit only)
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Constant Doyle
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Cal Leonard
Peggy Ann Garner ...
Letty Arthur
Frances Reid ...
Miss Liza Givney
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Lawrence Otis
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Fred McCormick
George Mitchell ...
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Steven Arthur
John Dennis ...
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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 solving ... Written by garykmcd

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Jerry Oddo's next to last appearance (which was also a Perry Mason episode The Case of the Floating Stones televised November 21, 1963, the day before the Kennedy assassination). See more »

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Cal Leonard: No, no go back to your fancy party, your fancy squares, I don't need you, get outta here. Go on get out.
Constant Doyle: It's alright Sergeant. I think I just lost a client, that's all. Goodnight Toughie.
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Other than the incredible Betty Davis, nothing to see here
9 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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