Sam Burris awakens his wife Betsy, saying he heard a shot at a neighbor's house. Through binoculars they spy Belle Adrian prowling about the house. Fortunately, Perry Mason on vacation comes to Belle's aid when she is charged with murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hamilton Burger (credit only)
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Belle Adrian
Sheriff Elmore
Marion Keats
Betsy Burris
Sam Burris
Carla Adrian
Peter Nelson ...
Harvey Delano
Eve McVeagh ...
Nora Fleming
George Lansing


Carla Adrian is watching home movies with neighbor Mark Cushing who is in a wheelchair after an accident. After the movie, Cushing makes a pass at Carla ripping her blouse causing her to leave. Later that evening Cushing's neighbor Sam Burris awakens his wife Betsy telling her he heard a shot. They then hear a scream causing Betsy to get up and look at the Cushing house with binoculars. She sees broken glass followed by Belle Adrian, Carla's mother, walking inside the house. Sam calls the sheriff who finds Cushing murdered and Carla's car parked nearby. Due to rain that night, footsteps are found connecting the Cushing house with the car, the Adrian house, and the Burris house. Perry on vacation in a nearby cabin receives an early visit from Belle asking for help in keeping her daughter's name out of the commotion surrounding the case. However, Perry soon finds himself having to defend Belle from the charge of murdering Cushing based on evidence the Sheriff found at the Adrian house ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

2 November 1957 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
[Mark, in a wheelchair with a cast on his leg]
Mark Cushing: Well, that's what I get for showing off, Carla.
Carla Adrian: Hm, you looked good while it lasted, Mark. All the girls were watching.
Mark Cushing: Hm, never mind that. All I know is, I goofed. And I'm not sure they picked up all the pieces.
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Footprints and Fingerprints
23 June 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In the first episode outside of LA County and District Attorney Hamilton Burger, Perry Mason heads off to the sea shore when Sylvia Field comes knocking on his door. She's worried about her daughter Barbara Eden who has just escaped the clutches of a lecherous neighbor. But that neighbor winds up shot to death and Raymond Burr doesn't get Eden, he gets Field as a client.

The key lies with a pair of nosy neighbors played by Malcom Atterbury and Dorothy Adams. Fingerprints and footprints dug up by the Sheriff's department headed by James Westerfield and by none other than Paul Drake of the Drake Detective Agency. William Hopper may find the evidence, but it's a matter of interpretation.

There's an interesting secondary plot as witness Joan Weldon brings in her own attorney Addison Richards to court. Richards starts by threatening Raymond Burr with abuse of due process. Does he ever get his ears pinned back.

Nice episode and the interesting part is the sheriff had a right guess as to the perpetrator, but got sidetracked.

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