Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Barefaced Witness 

When a man, jailed for embezzling from his bank is released, a girl he knows returns to their hometown to have him clear her name. She asks Paul to back her up so, when the man is found murdered, Perry is called in by Paul to defend her.

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Della Street
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Paul Drake
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Lt. Tragg (credit only)
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Prosecutor Jonathan Hale
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Alfred Needham
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Dan Southern
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Iris McKay (as Enid Janes)
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Marta Wiltern
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Three years ago, in Pinion City, Fred Swan was caught, having embezzled from his bank. The money wasn't found, and people figured that Iris McKay, whom Fred had dated a few times, knows where it is. The weight of this suspicion caused her to move to L.A.. But, now she has received an anonymous tip that Fred is back in Pinion City, so she goes there to confront him. There, she sees various people in an unsuccessful attempt to find Fred. But she finds clues that might lead to the stolen money, including a package Fred may have given her aunt. She calls Paul, who is out, so Parry takes her call to look for a package in her apartment her aunt sent her. Perry finds the apartment ransacked. Paul, called in to help, has trouble tracking down Iris and eventually finds local reporter Dan Southern standing over Fred's corpse and Iris's bicycle outside. Iris is found at a nearby home and eventually arrested for murder when her fingerprints are found on the tire iron used to kill Fred. To save ... Written by arthurblock

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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TV-PG
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18 March 1961 (USA)  »

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Ms. Sarah's old car is a 1940 Packard. See more »

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In the close-ups of Enid James talking with Dan Southern the tracks behind her are empty. Yet in the final long shot a train car suddenly appears where none was visible before. See more »

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Fred Swan: Thanks, W.L.
W. L. Picard: So long, Swan.
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We got troubles right here, right here in Pinion City
13 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

An old client looks up William Hopper who a couple of years ago was hired to find Russ Conway who stole money from the Pinion City Bank. Conway was dating Enid Jaynes from the bank and everyone thought she was on the inside of that job though nothing was proved. Now Conway is back in town and Jaynes is still looking for the money to clear herself.

When Conway turns up dead however Jaynes is needing Raymond Burr to defend her. While doing so Burr and Hopper uncover a nice little fraud scheme involving some insider knowledge.

As we're not in Los Angeles Burr has to face folksy old prosecutor Paul Fix who tries a couple of times to appeal to the local prejudices against the slick big city lawyer. Of course this is Perry Mason so you know how that goes. And there's also a nice performance from Josephine Hutchinson playing Jaynes's aunt who has a terrible family secret which is part of the whole mystery.

I think fans of the show will like this one.


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