Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of a Place Called Midnight 

While in Europe, Perry makes a side trip to meet the girlfriend of a family friend who is in the Army. He meets an interesting group of characters. When an officer is murdered, his friend is a suspect and Perry helps unravel the mystery.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Della Street (credit only)
Paul Drake (credit only)
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Col. Owens
Phil Morton
Fred Vincent ...
Joe Farrell
Dr. Kleinman
Éva Szörényi ...
Madame Jurgen (as Eva Soreny)


In Mitternacht, Switzerland to say hello to Lt. Frederic Ralston, the son of a client, Perry Mason also gets to meet the young woman that Fred has fallen in love with, Greta Koning. When they go to Fred's room to see him, they find the dead body of Capt. Joe Farrell and Fred standing there with a gun in his hand. Farrell and Fred did not get along and, while Farrell had been killed with Fred's gun, he says had just picked it up from the floor. Working with local police, Inspector Hurt, Perry learns from the military that Joe Ferrell was onto a scam having to do with a Nazi treasure at the bottom of the nearby lake. They believe that the eminent Dr. Kleinman is behind it all, but when they find him at the bottom of the lake, it's apparent they have two murders to solve. The victims of scam include an American, Frank Appleton, as well as an Argentinian, Juan Carlos Ramirez. Perry has an idea who is responsible. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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12 November 1964 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
[after surprising Greta from behind with a kiss]
Frederic Ralston: What did they say your name is?
Greta Koning: [whispers] Frederic.
Frederic Ralston: Oh, no, you don't seem like any boy to me.
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Different type of Perry Episode
15 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

This is a different sort of Perry episode than we are use to seeing in the series. It happens in Mitternacht Switzerland, Paul and Della are not featured in this episode, there is no courtroom hearing and Perry is not lead counsel for the person accused of the crime. So this episode is more of an detective type show that we are accustom to seeing on TV today.

It begins with an army officer named Fred Ralston (Fred Vincent). He works on an army team that finds stolen treasures from the Nazi era. His family is also good friends with Perry Mason. And since Perry is in Europe (we also know this from the last episode), the family ask him to check on Fred and a girl named Greta Koning that Fred is going to marry.

There is a lake in Mitternacht that is believed to be a place where the Nazi's hid gold. And this is the investigation that Fred is working. However there are some other treasure hunters, lead by Dr Kleinman, that also wants to find the gold before the army. So they are working to raise the money to get the gold out of the lake.

Anyway Fred's supervisor ends up dead in his hotel room and Fred is holding the gun when Perry and Swits Inspector Hurt (Werner Klemperer from Hogan Heros fame) comes into the room.

Fred is never charged with the crime but could have been taking back to the army base in Germany but Perry intervenes to help find the murderer.

Near the end of the show another person is dead but due to quick thinking by Inspector Hurt, the person involved with the crime is caught.

The show is packed with dialog and characters. Really too many characters for this 52 minute fast pace show.. The treasure hunters along involve; a former movie star, an American businessman, a boat guy, a hotel owner, and Argentina business man, Dr Kleinman and his hitch-man. Everyone has dialog and at times it is difficult to keep track with all the people in the story. But the story holds together and comes across as a nice watch for the viewer.

At the end we also get a nice touching moment between Fred and Greta that makes the episode even nicer for the sentimental lovers in the world. Different from regular show but still better than most things on TV today.

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