Perry Mason: Season 1, Episode 37

The Case of the Black-Eyed Blonde (14 Jun. 1958)

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Diana Reynolds arrives at Mason's office wearing a black eye concerned about her boss' grandson Bobby Carter. Marian Shaw, Diana's former roommate, also concerned with the grandson, is murdered at the Carter residence and Diana is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Whitney Blake ...
Diana Reynolds
Irene Hervey ...
Helen Bartlett
Matthew Bartlett
Ludwig Stössel ...
Otto Kessler (as Ludwig Stossel)
Jan Merlin ...
Tony Davis
Phyllis Coates ...
Norma Carter
Rachel Ames ...
Marian Shaw (as Judith Ames)
Grandon Rhodes ...
Francis De Sales ...
Dr. Rose
Jack Lomas ...
Sgt. Brewster


When Marian Shaw returns to her apartment she tells her roommate Diana Reynolds to move out. When Diana refuses, Marian pulls a gun which goes off during their fight. Later, Diana Reynolds hires Perry Mason after being accused of theft and losing her job. She's also sporting a black eye. Diana was working for the wealthy Bartlett family and was involved with patriarch Matthew Bartlett's stepson, Tony Davis. Tony's mother Helen Bartlett claims to have found some of her jewelry in Diana's things and fired her on the spot. Diana had recently become aware that her roommate Marian Shaw was carrying on with Tony as well, but it was Tony who gave her the black eye. To complicate matters further, the elder Bartlett has only recently become aware that he has a grandson and will seemingly do anything to get custody. Tony discovered and stole a letter about the grandson from Diana's desk. When Marian Shaw is murdered however, it's Diana who is charged and Perry defends her. Written by garykmcd

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courtroom spectator


Crime | Drama | Mystery





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14 June 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The image of Don Anderson, an actor who has appeared in many other episodes, both with and without credit, is used as a photograph of the late Robert Bartlett. It appears in the home of Norma. See more »


The same character Tony Davis, is called Anthony Davis in court by Hamilton Burger, and when Hamilton tells Lt. Arthur Tragg to pick him up for perjury he calls him Tony Davidson. See more »

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I found this episode rather complex
11 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I guess it may be me- but when a kid is involved in a mystery it kind of gets me down. And in this episode we have a seven year old being used like a tissue in a men's restroom.

We have three women- Mariam Shaw (Rachel Ames), Diana Reynolds( Whitney Blake) and Norma Carter (Phyllis Coats) all caught up in this tale of lies and mystery.

When one of the three ends up dead all the finger point to one that is the obvious person that had the motive and means to commit murder. The only problem is that two of the three end up dead at the end of the show.

Along the way we have some good acting by Lt Tragg and Hamilton Burger. Plus we see a nice exchange between Della and Paul that could have people talking for weeks. So this episode has many interesting scenes that must be seen by and Mason fan.

This episode has so many blonds that it is difficult to keep up with who-is-who. I lost track a few times cause all the women looked similar and delivered lines in the same manner. If felt like I need a guide to keep up with who was talking during a certain scene of the show.

With that said the story ends in a loving way not often seen on "Perry Mason". This makes it a good watch for the viewer. The only difficult part was trying to keep up with who actually said the next line. Thus, making it more complex than should have been.

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