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

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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Clete Hawley
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Dotty Merrill
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Henny McLeod
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Riff Lawler
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Cameron Burgess
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Sandy Chester
Patricia Owens ...
June Burgess
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Sherry Lawler
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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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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13 March 1966 (USA)  »

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This was Sandy Descher's final role. See more »

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When the character Clete Hawley is thumbing through and reviewing a pad of supposed album cover artwork, he expresses that the first submission "looks nice", but as he flips to the second page, it can be clearly seen that the "cover" he was looking at was a blank page. See more »

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[first lines]
Henny McLeod: Glad to have you with us.
Della Street: Thank you.
Henny McLeod: No hard liquor, you understand. Mostly teenagers here.
Perry Mason: Of course.
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The British Invasion
4 February 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The British invasion that the Beatles led is responsible for this Perry Mason episode in which a young British lad played by Martin Horsey is is being backed under the table by millionaire Paul Stewart to a pop music career. Stewart is a millionaire and has his reasons for backing young Horsey.

Part of the deal is that Horsey take on Richard Carlson as a manager and Carlson is a real piece of work. That part of the episode made no sense and with Perry Mason drawing up the contract and with a report about Carlson from the ever reliable Drake Detective Agency showing what a rat Carlson is you'd think Stewart back off. No reason was ever given why it had to be Carlson in charge.

But being he's a rat there are any number of people who'd like him dead, but it's Horsey that's charged. And of course Raymond Burr nabs the real killer in court. I won't say who, but I'm willing to bet that Burr will take the case against the real murderer as well.

I think the writers were getting a little tired and this episode showed it.


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