Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Bogus Books 

Demure Ellen Carter works at a relative's bookstore. When a book is found missing, he fires Ellen who is concerned she might be arrested. During a visit with him, Perry notices a first edition. When the owner is murdered, Ellen is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Della Street
Hamilton Burger
Lt. Tragg
Lt. Andy Anderson
Phyllis Love ...
Ellen Carter
Professor Carlos Muntz
Gene Torg
Kenneth Carter
Pearl Chute
George Pickson
Maurice Manson ...
Mr. Gilfain


Ellen Carter is fired by her employer, Joseph Kraft, when a rare book in the second hand book shop where she works goes missing. Although she is sure the book was marked at $8, Kraft blurts out that is was valued at $8000. Adding to her woes, her brother's gambling habit got him fired earlier plus he borrowed money from Ellen. Kraft is involved with Pearl Chute and others in a ring to steal expensive first editions. Pearl decides to bring her friend, Gene Torg, in to work with her. Along with her friend, Pete Norland, Ellen asks Perry Mason to look into the case for her as she is afraid Kraft may press charges. Perry visits the shop and recognizes the small-time con man Gene Torg in Kraft's office with the expensive first edition book that was missing. When Kraft is later found dead in an apparently locked room, Ellen is charged with his murder but Perry uncovers the theft of various precious first edition books from local libraries and believes Kraft may have been killed by someone ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

27 September 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joby Baker, seen here as Kenneth, was essentially a "male ingenue," who had a busy career throughout the 1960s playing secondary male leads and supporting parts. His big screen roles included "Stinky" opposite Sandra Dee in 1959's Gidget, a member of Elvis Presley's posse in Girl Happy, and playing opposite Connie Francis in both When the Boys Meet the Girls and Looking for Love. His "big break" on TV came when he was cast as a radio DJ in the critically acclaimed 1967 sitcom Good Morning World, but the series only lasted a single season. See more »


Paul knocks on Mr. Kraft's door, and there is no answer. Paul breaks down the door, but without first checking to see if it is locked. See more »


[first lines]
Joseph Kraft: [to bookstore clerk] Miss Carter, these I'm taking. Three twenty-fives, one fifty, and two one dollar ones. Even Einstein would have to admit that's three dollars and a quarter.
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Tristram Shandy
31 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

This Perry Mason episode concerns the murder of a rare book dealer, a guy who owns one of those musty old used bookstores, the kind I'm likely to frequent. Maurice Manson is the owner, one crabby old dude who is real upset when a first edition Tristram Shandy turns up missing. Of course when you just put it out on a shelf with an $8.00 price tag on it, that's an open invitation. Nevertheless he fires poor Phyllis Love and she seeks out Perry Mason as she's afraid he'll prefer charges.

It's Manson who winds up dead, asphyxiated by gas from a heater in a locked room. The proverbial locked door mystery, but Ray Collins does make an arrest of Raymond Burr's client. Naturally she didn't do it.

What's uncovered is a neat little racket where rare books are being stolen and sold on a black market. How the murder was done, that's the key here and I have to say it was well planned.

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