Perry is awakened in the middle of the night by the phone. A strange man says someone has been murdered and he has two $1,000 bills as a retainer, as well as half of a $10,000 bill that will serve to introduce Perry's mysterious client.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hamilton Burger (credit only)
Geraldine Wall ...
Abigail E. Leeds
Robert Dawson
Judith Braun ...
Carol Stanley
Al Hopson ...
Richard Ellis (as Alfred Hopson)
Enid Shaw
Albert Tydings (as George Neise)
Connie Cezon ...
Peg Whitman ...
Lyle Latell ...
Officer Bill Duggan

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Albert Tydings has been stealing money from the a trust account belonging to Carol Stanley. His partner, Robert Dawson, demands it be repaid but Tydings has something on him that prevents Dawson from going to the police. Tydings took $60,000 out of the account and knows that the company clerk, Richard Ellis, has taken $20,000. He gives Ellis a day to return it. Tydings is found dead by Carol Stanley who had arranged a meeting with him to ensure her investments were safe but she and Dawson foolishly move the body. Late that night Dawson calls Perry and stops by with Stanley hid under a dark veil. He gives Perry two $1000 bills as a retainer. In addition he gives Perry half of a $10,000. Perry will receive the other half if his help is needed later. Abigail Leeds, who has known Carol since she was a baby, is a forthright woman who hires Perry Mason to sort this all out and make sure that Carol isn't convicted of a crime she did not commit. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

21 December 1957 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Robert Dawson: Tydings in?
Enid Shaw: Yes, Mr. Dawson. He's tied up with Ellis.
Robert Dawson: He was.
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Good story- Good acting = Good show
1 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode Perry gets his client released from murder charges without going into the courtroom. Plus is unique since we also get to see inside Perry's apartment.

The story is somewhat simple, a young girl named Carol Stanley (Judith Braun) has a trust fund that is being controlled by the investment company of Tidings & Dawson. It seems that Albert Tydings (George Neise) is using the fund as his personal checking account.

When Mr Dawson (Willard Sage) finds out about this he calls the police. But before the police get on the phone Mr Tidings produces a folder that makes Dawson stop the call.

Carol is living with larger-than-life Abigail E. Leeds (Geraldine Wall) that lets everyone she will not be pushed around. She believes that Tydings is stealing from the trust fund and wants Perry to look into the matter. (Ms Leeds says she took Carol to America from Europe to wait for her parents but the parent never showed up and she put Carol in a foster home- but now the foster parents died and she all that Carol has.)

Before Perry can look into the matter, Mr Tydings is found dead. And it just so happened that Carol had an late appointment with Tydings and found the body. This sets off a series of strange events which instead of helping Carol looks like she was covering up the murder.

Lt Tragg puts a tail on Perry which leads right to where Carol was hiding. And now Perry says he will defend her for the murder.

Before the case goes to court, we have some interesting facts about Carol's birth. Those facts will lead to the true murderer and also leads us to a sad ending to a good show.

This episode is supported by strong acting abilities of the guest-stars. Ms Wall performance makes the entire episode a treat for all the viewers. The rest of the cast also seemed will casted for the parts played.

Good story with lots going on-

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