Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Bountiful Beauty 

Deborah Dearborn unwittingly wrote a very successful book that is based on true stories her boyfriend told her about his step-mother, Stephanie Carew. Stephanie tires to force a big payment from Deborah and turns up murdered.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Sandra Warner ...
Stephanie Carew
John Carew
Zeme North ...
Deborah Dearborn
Rubin Cason
Gideon Long (as John van Dreelen)
Maxwell Reed ...
Chet Worth
Mrs. Mitchell
Medical Examiner


Young Deborah Dearborn has written a very successful novel which, she has only now learned, is based on the misdeeds of Stephanie Carew, stepmother of Deborah's boyfriend, John. Now that she knows, Deborah tells her agent, Ruben Cason, that she cannot sign the contract she had promised him to make a movie based on the book. When told of this, Gideon Long, the producer who planned to make the movie, decides to sue Cason and make his own deal with Deborah. But Stephanie comes to Deborah and threatens to sue her and ruin John unless she signs the contract with Long and pays her all of the proceeds from it. Mason advises Deborah not to sign. When he and Paul come to see Stephanie at her married lover's house, they find her drowned in the swimming pool. When the autopsy shows Stephanie was actually drowned in the ocean, Deborah is charged with her murder and Perry defends her. Written by rbecker28

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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6 February 1964 (USA)  »

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Perry Mason's office address and phone number appear in this episode: Brent Building, Suite 904; phone number MA 5-1190. See more »


[first lines]
Perry Mason: [reading from the cover of a book] "Sensational novel by 20-year-old Deborah Dearborn."
Stephanie Carew: I'm surprised you haven't read it yet. Everyone else has.
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Conflict of Interest
19 February 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Sandra Warner who plays a cut rate version of Joan Collins as Alexis Carrington in this Perry Mason show is looking for the best attorney she can get. She wants to sue Zeme North a young author of a Peyton Place type novel who got her information from Ryan O'Neal who is Warner's stepson. Barbara Hale has to remind Raymond Burr that North had previously called on the same case, but he wasn't in.

Later on when Warner is found dead in a swimming pool and it's proved homicide, North is arrested and Mason is free of a potential conflict of interest.

As always a whole lot of people are affected by this woman including movie producer John Van Dreelen, agent Douglas Fowley, as well as O'Neal and North. Like Alexis, Warner is the type you love to hate. Almost a pity she had to be killed off.

The case itself gets tricky as Burr has to impeach a whole lot of eye witness testimony identifying North. This may have been one of the strongest cases William Talman ever put on in the series. Never mind Burr demolishes it in style.

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