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The Case of the Accosted Accountant 

Ed Lewis, a vice president, is in a fight with his father-in-law B.K. over the future of Vero-Plastics. Ed thinks B.K. is embezzling and under the control of Leslie Ross. When B.K. is murdered, Ed is seen throwing away the weapon.

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Lt. Tragg (credit only)
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Edward Lewis
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Leslie Ross
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B. K. Doran
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Gertrude Lewis
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Since the death of his wife, wealthy industrialist B.K. Doran has been living the high life. Expensive clothes, fine meals, exotic travel are all part of the package. It also includes a very attractive lawyer and companion in the form of Leslie Ross. Doran's son-in-law Edward Lewis is concerned about bad business decisions which include buying an obsolete plant in South America. He's also convinced Doran has misappropriated company funds as well and threatens to expose him at the next stockholders meeting. Doran tells Lewis that he plans to resign at the meeting but in reality on the advice of Ross he is setting up Lewis to take the fall but Lewis does not believe or trust Doran. Lewis consults Perry Mason on the matter who warns him to make sure his evidence of wrongdoing is solid. When Doran is killed however, Lewis is charged with murder after being seen throwing the weapon in a pond. Perry defends him. Written by garykmcd

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9 January 1964 (USA)  »

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Richard Anderson appeared twice as different characters before taking on the role of Lt. Steve Drumm in the final season including this show. See more »

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Leslie Ross: I graduated, passed the bar
Leslie Ross: And got my license.
Paul Drake: If it's a hunting or fishing license,
Paul Drake: I'm in season!
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Beautiful, shrewd, flunked ethics, and still graduated law school
15 February 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Richard Anderson who later became a Perry Mason regular becomes a client when he is concerned about his father-in-law Murray Matheson mismanaging the company that he heads. Anderson is also concerned with Matheson's relationship with Dee Hartford a young attorney who is retained by the company. She's also quite the fox and has Matheson spinning out of control as the widower would dearly love to make her a trophy wife.

Raymond Burr and William Hopper arrange to go on a fishing retreat at the same lodge that the company will be retreating at. On that trip Matheson confronts an embezzler and is murdered for it.

Other than Anderson and his wife and Matheson's daughter Gail Kobe, this company is some rogue's gallery. But it's Anderson who is charged with the crime.

This episode was unusual for two reasons. First before he's ever in court, William Talman becomes convinced that he has the wrong guy, but he joins with Raymond Burr and they use the preliminary hearing to unmask the real killer. Unusual step for Hamilton Burger.

Secondly the one you will remember from this story is Dee Hartford. This woman is beautiful and shrewd and flunked ethics and still graduated law school. She in fact puts down Perry Mason to Paul Drake on the subject of legal ethics and wow does she get a comeuppance.


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