Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Angry Dead Man 

A man who nearly drowns learns it is believed he is dead. Because he recently found he is dying, he decides to stay dead so his wife can collect his insurance. However, she is charged later when he is found shot dead after calling her.

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Lt. Tragg (credit only)
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Eve Nesbitt
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Lloyd Castle
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Willard Nesbitt
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Deputy Gillis
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Jenny Bartlett
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John Givney
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After Willard Nesbitt falls out of his fishing boat, he is presumed to have drowned. His wife Eve knows little about their financial situation or his business interests and so seeks Perry Mason's assistance. Her husband was in the process of liquidating his business partnership with Lloyd Castle who had offered a $10,000 settlement to Nesbitt but Nesbitt never signed the contract. Castle forges Nesbitt's signature and gives Mason the $10,000 for Eve. She also gets to cash in her husband's insurance which had a double indemnity clause in case of accidental death. When Castle's company announces a major mining find just after breaking up the partnership, Perry suggests that the signature on the contract may not be Nesbitt's. The case takes a sudden and bizarre twist however when, weeks after his disappearance, Willard Nesbitt is found dead in his home having been killed only a few hours earlier. He had seen the mining news and called Eve to meet him. Eve is charged with murder and Perry... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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25 February 1961 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Karl Held would play legal intern David Gideon in the fifth season. See more »

Goofs

When Mason was testing Fanny Werbler's memory, the judge should have said "Let the record show that defense counsel has turned his back to the witness" for the benefit of the court reporter. See more »

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[last lines]
Perry Mason: [handwriting expert] Well, it's all as clear as crystal to me.
Perry Mason: What is?
Prof. Laiken: [referring to Della's handwriting] In this girl's handwriting, I can see loyalty, perseverance, and hunger. Especially hunger. And your client doesn't look too well fed, either. And if you could read my writing, you'd see that I'm starved, also. And, from your handwriting, I can tell that you're a very rich man who can afford the finest restaurant in town.
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She doesn't know much about business
24 October 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In need of Perry Mason's representation in this episode is Gloria Talbott who is recently widowed and not seeing any money from her late husband's dissolving of the partnership he had with Edward Binns. They had a mining development partnership which had been going through some lean years.

But two things develop, first the company makes a rich strike and husband Les Tremayne suddenly shows up alive again. He had been reported drowned, but a body was never found. That also held up payment on a life insurance policy. But Tremayne doesn't stay alive long. When he's killed the police arrest Talbott.

Raymond Burr has to deal with a couple of issues here, one is perjured testimony by a witness that is putting Talbott in the jackpot she's in. Another is the jealousy of her stepson who is around her age. Talbott was a trophy wife for Tremayne and that's got his son from the first marriage bent out of shape.

The stepson is played by Karl Held who would join the cast soon playing another defendant who gets off and then interns at Mason law office for a season. Held being added to the cast was an attempt to get some younger viewers for Perry Mason.

You'll not figure this one out so readily.


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