Perry is hired to help foster the career of singer Sandy Chester. The man hiring Perry wants his name kept secret. Perry contacts Clete Hawley to do the job but Clete's actions cause him to regret it. Sandy is charged when Clete is killed.

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Henny McLeod
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Perry Mason has been asked by his wealthy client, Cameron Burgess, to act as a go-between in making arrangements for a young man, Sandy Chester, to become a pop star. Sandy sings at a small club run by Henny McLeod, an old time entertainer, who has taken Sandy under her wing. Cameron gives Perry $5000 to hire an agent, Clete Hawley, but has instructed Perry that he wishes to remain anonymous. Hawley is a wheeler-dealer in the music industry claiming he can turn anyone into a star. He also takes advantage of his clients and has a reputation of ruining the careers of anyone who crosses him. He's also used blackmail and forced a talented song writer, Riff Lawler, to work for him for nearly nothing. When Riff's daughter pulls a stunt to have Sandy sing Riff's new song which becomes a hit, Clete forces Riff to turn all rights to the song over to him. Perry becomes disenchanted with Clete so he tries to persuade Cameron to drop Clete but Cameron is unwilling and unable. It's no surprise ... Written by garykmcd

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13 March 1966 (USA)  »

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Lame and Dated
15 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love Perry Mason. However this episode was almost unwatchable.

I am sure that they were trying to attract a younger audience with the faux British invasion singer angle. But this was even cheesier than The Monkeys or The Partridge Family. At least those shows knew that they were corny, and did not really aspire to any more than some laughs. Not so this episode, which wants to be taken seriously. I don't believe many, if any, viewers could have taken it seriously when it first aired, and no one could take it seriously now, half a century later.

I actually felt embarrassed for all involved when I watched this episode. And none more so than the actor who played the clone of the lead singer of Herman's Hermits (the spell checker annoyingly keeps changing his name to Peter No one!). This poor fellow could not carry a tune in a paper bag.

This is an hour I want back. Do yourself a favor if you are tempted to watch this episode and go do something more fulfilling, like watching paint dry.


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