Three years ago, in Piñon 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 Piñon City, so she goes there to confront him. There, she sees various people in an unsuccessful attempt to find Fred. 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 Perry 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 Iris, ... Written by
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Most of this episode involves an out-of-town investigation conducted by Paul Drake, whereas the hearing involving Perry Mason is quite short. Thus, William Hopper has more screen time than Raymond Burr (but Burr still has more lines). Burr delivers some of his lines as though he has a respiratory infection; it may be that he was ill, and some of his scenes were reassigned to Hopper. See more
Quite a few of the male extras peopling the streets of Pinon City do not have beards; it's a little hard to believe that so many Pinon City residents are indifferent to the prospect of being fined and mugged. See more
W. L. Picard
So long, Swan.