A new actress takes over the part of Juliet in a theater company's L.A. show upsetting the members. Steve Brock is especially upset when his girl friend loses the part. He is charged when the owner is killed after a fight scene with him.
Franz Lachman's traveling Shakespearean theater company arrives in Los Angeles but they are now so broke he doesn't even has enough money to pay the shipper to clear their costumes through customs. He gets something of a windfall when he's offered a substantial amount of cash - a thousand in cash and a $10,000 check - to take on an aspiring actress, Claire Adams. His decision to cast her as Juliet - with himself as Romeo - requires others in the company to take on lesser roles. Hostilities grow between Lachman and Brock as financial problems still pop up with the new cash infusion. Perry Mason and Della Street are there on opening night as one of the actors, Steve Brock, is the brother of a good friend. The play goes badly and with the curtain down and the lights out, Lachman is killed with a sword and Brock is arrested. Perry agrees to defend him and learns that far more than professional jealously led to Lachman's murder. Written by
Jeff Morrow is the imperious impresario of a traveling stock company which seems to be forever in debt. But Morrow has found a way out of debt, for a big contribution he's put no talent Patricia Huston as his Juliet in their Los Angeles production of Romeo And Juliet which Perry Mason and Della Street attend.
The one is truly upset about it is another actor Rex Reason in the company. He had been working for months with another company member to get her ready for Juliet and he's mad enough to kill.
Of course he doesn't kill Morrow, but Morrow gets dead, stabbed by one of the swords used in the play. Good thing Reason has Raymond Burr at the ready.
A recreation at the theater, the proverbial scene of the crime solves the mystery. And by the way the reason Morrow was killed had absolutely nothing to do with some budding Charles Foster Kane wanting to finance the career of his Susan Alexander.
But as is said in the theater, the show must go on.
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