Mitch Heller is the test astronaut in the human factors division for the Moonstone project. He's recently suffered from disorientation and the head of the division, Matthew Owen, has ... See full summary »
Ben Matlock is a very expensive criminal defense attorney who charges a $100,000 to take a case. Fortunately, he's worth every penny as he and his associates defend his clients by finding the real killer.
San Francisco attorney Stuart McMillan is named Commissioner of the San Francisco Police Department. With his pretty, but somewhat kooky, wife Sally, her hard-drinking housekeeper Mildred, ... See full summary »
Susan Saint James
Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson runs the Priority Homicide Division of the LAPD with an unorthodox style. Her innate ability to read people and obtain confessions helps her and her team solve the city's toughest, most sensitive cases.
Dr. Mark Sloan is a doctor at Community General Hospital, and he is a consultant for the police department. His son Steve Sloan is a detective for the department. He and his father, along ... See full summary »
Dick Van Dyke,
Barry Van Dyke
Mitch Heller is the test astronaut in the human factors division for the Moonstone project. He's recently suffered from disorientation and the head of the division, Matthew Owen, has requested a delay in finalizing their test results. In fact the entire Moonstone project is now several months behind schedule, something that displeases the new program head, retired General Addison Brand. In fact, Brand and Heller have a history together and it's no surprise when Brand fires him. Mitch is subsequently asked to meet Brand at his home and when the police find the general dead, Mitch is charged with murder and Perry Mason defends him. Written by
Robert Bray is both Perry Mason's client and cast in the title role in this episode. Bray works for an aeronautical firm as a test subject and the head of the aerospace division is James Coburn. Bray and Coburn have some nasty history together going all the way back to the Korean War. So Coburn is later shot to death and Bray arrested.
On this episode the key here is that Bray is a fall guy for someone who also had it in for Coburn. In fact a rather elaborate deception is used to frame Bray. You don't have much sympathy with the perpetrator because of that.
But what gets me is that Raymond Burr points out in some crime scene photographs that it has to be a ruse of some kind. That that fact escaped Ray Collins, Wesley Lau, and William Talman was a bit much to swallow. From there we unmask the real killer.
The writers were slipping with this one.
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