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Grover Johnson and his wife Eula have a rural ranch with a big mortgage. Eula wants to leave but no one wants to pay enough to make it worthwhile to sell until a rich Texan says it is what he wants. When Eula is killed, Grover is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Rod Cameron ...
Grover Johnson
Eula Johnson
Walter Jefferies
Willard Hupp
Berkeley Harris ...
Les Gilpin
Wright King ...
Sidney Weplo
Nelson Barclift (as Alan Hale)
Nelson Olmsted ...
Doctor Lewis
Frederic Downs ...


Eula Johnson wants her husband Grover to sell the 1000 acres they've bought. Their lawyer, Willard Hupp, hasn't had much luck in finding them a buyer but Grover is less than keen to dispose of the property for too low a price. They suddenly seem to have struck gold when an affable and apparently wealthy Texan, Nelson Barclift, offers them a ridiculously high amount for the property. His untimely death in a car accident in which the body is burned and recognized only by a dental bridge causes Grover to see Perry about the future of the property as Barclift still owes them $190,000. Since Perry has a buyer for the property, he agrees to help clear up the estate. It's all a scam of course, cooked up by Eula, to get an insurance policy paid off after an untimely death. She becomes upset, however, when Sidney Weplo shows up saying he is related to Barclift and possibly a heir. Insurance investigator Walter Jeffries has been looking into the highly suspicious claim. When Eula is found ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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12 December 1963 (USA)  »

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Is this client ever naive
11 February 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Old time western star Rod Cameron is Perry Mason's client in this episode which makes him out to be one naive fool. This is a man who should keep Raymond Burr on permanent retainer as he's liable to do something stupid again.

He's got himself a young wife in Diana Millay and she's a frisky thing, running off to San Francisco and poor Cameron can't figure it out. What she's cooking up besides some monkey business is an insurance scam and also possibly to have Cameron sell some land of their's.

When the future skipper of the Minow Alan Hale shows up with a Texas twang and oodles of money he says he has and willing to pay way over what the land is worth, it all sounds too good to be true. But then Hale is killed in a car and then Millay is strangled and Cameron is found over the body.

It's not only Cameron's naiveté that's a problem with this episode, but it is fairly obvious who is the best one to be involved in an insurance scam if it isn't Cameron.

One of the lamer Perry Mason's.

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