Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Antic Angel 

William Sherwood, a recovering alcoholic, thinks he sees his dead wife, Ruth, leaving a bar. The experience causes him to start drinking. Perry is contacted about the issue as she died in a plane crash but then she turns up dead - again.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Della Street
Paul Drake
Hamilton Burger
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Lt. Andy Anderson
Vince Kabat
Sidney Falconer
Harry Niles
Cathleen Cordell ...
Maggie Malecki
Logan Field ...
Alexander Lockwood ...
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William Sherwood, a recovering alcoholic, is flabbergasted when he sees his wife, Ruth, who supposedly died in a plane crash one year before, exiting a hotel. He doesn't have the chance to speak to her before she hops into a cab but her date, Vince Kabat, arranges for her to phone him. William enters the hotel where he goes to the bar and starts drinking again until his AA sponsor, Harry Niles, arrives. When she calls, she claims she is Lynne Bowman but her call simply reinforces Sherwood's belief that it's his wife as he recognizes her voice. She calls again, asking William to meet her at a bar but, when she doesn't show, he starts drinking. When he leaves, he finds her dead in a car outside. When Lynne Bowman is found dead later, her sister, Maggie Malecki, identifies her as Ruth. The Medical Examiner determines that the woman was murdered and William Sherwood is arrested. Determining how and why Ruth Sherwood faked her death and lived a new life under an assumed identity is key to ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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16 April 1964 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


In a story that includes people who produce plays, it seems a rather odd coincidence that the victim is named "Ruth Sherwood". That's the name of the character representing the writer Ruth McKenney in "My Sister Eileen". See more »


[first lines]
Panhandler: Excuse me, mister, but could you lend a hand to a guy who's down on his luck? Just the price of a sandwich, sir. I haven't eaten since yesterday.
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Unseen puppetmasters
5 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

What a surprise Janet Dey must have gotten when a woman named Lynne Bowman agreed to swap identities with her after listening to her sad tale of woe about her alcoholic husband Peter Breck. Then the real Bowman is killed in a plane crash after taking off from Chicago. Dey continues the deception and lives her life as Bowman.

So imagine her surprise when she is spotted by Breck who is now in Los Angeles starting his life over again a member of Alcoholics Anonymous with sponsor Richard Erdman. But that's nothing compared to the shock Breck gets seeing Dey as Bowman getting into a car with date Michael Ansara. Breck falls to pieces and also falls off the wagon.

Breck's new business partner George Tobias is the one who is having Perry Mason check into his partner after Breck gets drunk so Raymond Burr is available afterward as Breck's attorney.

This was an interesting tale I will say. But all I will say further is that there is unseen puppetmaster guiding all these events who is really responsible for quite a lot. That's your murderer.

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