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Stephanie Carew (Sandra Werner) comes to Perry to get him to sue best
selling young author Deborah Dearborn (Zeme North) for libel. She
claims her book is based on stories from her life that her brother John
(Ryan O'Neal) has been feeding to Deborah. But Perry doesn't like the
cut of Stephanie's jib and tries to tell her he's not interested in the
case. You also get the feeling he wants to tell her he's not interested
in this nasty woman's problems. Perry is also contacted by Deborah
Dearborn, who's a much more sympathetic client. When Stephanie Care
turns up dead in a swimming pool, but with salt water in her lungs, the
police call it murder and make Deborah the main suspect.
Zeme North is kind of forgettable as the innocent victim in this one. She doesn't bring a lot to the table, while Sandra Werner is pretty good as the bad girl with attitude. You don't blame Perry for not taking her case. Jean Carson, with her very distinctive voice, played one of the "party girls" on "The Andy Griffith Show" but is more restrained here. Unfortunately that cannot be said for Douglas Fowley in his comical, scene chewing caricature of Reuban, Deborah's agent. He's pretty annoying to the point you hope the murderer takes a second victim.
Ryan O'Neal, at the very start of his career here, is very good and believable and draws no undue attention to himself. It's a solid performance, one of many he'd give over a long career.
"Time Tunnel" fans might note the appearance of John Zaremba, who played Dr. Swain testifying here as the medical examiner. He and Wesley Lau (Lt. Anderson) would soon both be regulars on the new sci-fi series.
Oh one final note--you might be amazed at the fine photo Paul is able to take of John Carew at the airport from a sitting position a room away. It almost looks like a studio photographer...oh never mind!
This mystery centers around a written book by a young female writer,
Deborah Dearborn. Ms Dearborn wrote a book from stories that a young
man, John Carew, told her about an evil person named Stephanie. John
did not reveal that the evil woman was a family member. The book
becomes a best-seller when all of the sudden the woman that the book is
about, Stephanie Carew, comes looking for Dearborn wanting to sue her.
But because Stephanie is just as evil as the book claims, she wants the
young Dearborn to sign a movie contract and give her the money. But
during the evening the evil Stephanie Carew is found drowned in a
Now with a slew of circumstantial evidence, the young Ms Dearborn is arrested for murder. Hamilton Burger will have a nice case as he puts witness after witness on the stand that will convince a normal person that Dearborn is guilty. But leave it to Perry to to finally crack the case in open court.
A rather routine mystery that was made better by some nice actors in roles. Douglas Fowley, John Van Dreelen, Jean Carson and Ryan O'Neal lead the cast that makes the routine become exceptional. Good watch.
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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