Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Betrayed Bride 

Marie Claudel trails her husband to the USA from France, as he left her and illegally married a wealthy heiress. When he is killed, she is charged as everyone begs Perry to help her. He must contend with very daffy and devious people.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Della Street
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Lt. Andy Anderson
Annie Fargue ...
Marie Claudel (as Anne Farge)
Elaine Meacham
Pierre Dubois
John Larkin ...
Todd Meacham
Roger Brody
Victor Billings
Paul Dubov ...
Monsieur Arnaux


Todd and Jimmy Meacham anxiously await the return of their recently widowed Aunt Nellie to the United States. Their Uncle Herbert died and they wish to pursue the planned conversion of the family estate, Hacienda Grande, into a residential subdivision that could generate $10 million in just a few years. Imagine their shock when she arrives with a new French husband, the much younger Pierre Dubois. Nellie is eccentric and flighty and refuses to talk business and they're sure Dubois is a gigolo, so they try to tempt him to stray by hiring a pretty French maid, Marie Claudel. They know they have a rival for the development in Roger Brody, who has offered $2 million in cash for the land as is. Jimmy Meacham hires his good friend, Paul Drake, to go to Paris to see what he can learn about Nellie's new husband but, when Pierre Dubois is found dead floating in the pool, it's Marie Claudel who is charged with murder. Perry Mason agrees to defend her in court and find the true killer. Written by garykmcd / edited by statmanjeff

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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22 October 1964 (USA)  »

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John Larkin, the voice of Perry Mason on the radio, appeared in four episodes of this series. See more »


Early in the story-line, the butler offers three people drinks from a tray he is carrying. Each person takes one leaving two drinks on the tray. At that point, everyone, including the butler sit down. The butler is seen with two drinks on his tray. There is a cut to a different camera angle and then back to the butler. At that point, the butler now has three drinks on his tray without having moved from the chair. See more »


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Woman P.A. Announcer: [at airport] Flight 411 now arriving at gate two.
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Good Story-Good Ending-Good Episode!
10 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

This episode begins with the Meachum clan waiting for their eccentric Aunt Nellie (Jeanette Nolan) to arrive back from Europe. While in Europe her husband, Harry, had died and the family has been waiting for sometime for Nellie to return in order to sell some property for development which will mean millions of dollar for the entire family.

However at the airport Aunt Nellie arrives with a new young french husband named Pierre Dubois (Michael Forest). All this to the disgust of the Meachum Family.

Everyone wants Pierre out of the way so they hire a young french maid named Marie Claudet (Annie Forque). By putting the young maid in a nice uniform this will be a way to lure Pierre from the older aunt's vows. But no one knew that the maid and Pierre had a history which did not end well. So Marie, the maid, is out to get some things straightened out before return to Paris. And Pierre wants her gone at any cost.

Anyway Pierre ends up dead in a swimming pool. And Marie is seen running from the house at the time of the murder. She even steals Perry's car during her flight but is soon caught by the clever Paul Drake. Now Perry will defend her for the charges that was brought by Hamilton Burger's office.

In this show you have suspects galore. The three Meachum family members all wanted Pierre gone. Roger Brody (Jacques Aubuchon) who wanted to buy the land from Nellie at a discount would have done anything to get that land.- And Victor Billings (Neil Hamilton of Batman fame) who was the butler but also had some interest in the estate of Harry and Nellie land. (I really did not understand his role in the entire property)

During the finals of the court scene we get a exciting twist to a Perry Mason plot. Without giving it away we have what I refer to as a surprise ending. This really helped the show since it seemed to be lagging with all the talk of the property. You will be glad you watch the episode to the end.

There are some notable things about this episode. This was the seventh and last time that Neil Hamilton played a part in a 'Perry Mason' episode. I do not know if that was a record but he was good every time and soon moved on to the Batman series.- Since this episode contained some french accents it is believe that Jacques Aubuchon was casted as Roger Brody. When he is on the witness stand he starts off with an french accent. Then later talks without an accent.- I will not say who, but at the end of the show we get a person that says "Noooooooooo". I will say it was the longest drag for the word 'no' in any Perry episode.- I am sure that CBS had better special effects than the back drop that was used for Paris street scene. Twice during the show we see the scene set in Paris, along the same street, with one of the worse unreal filmed back-drops I have ever witnessed.

Even with all that the show was good. Make sure you stay till the end.

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