Perry Mason: Season 5, Episode 12

The Case of the Brazen Bequest (2 Dec. 1961)

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Dr. Charles Cromwell is preparing to accept a large gift for Euclid College when a woman from his past makes a drunken appearance. He learns the donor's aide is behind her appearance. When the aide is found dead, Cromwell is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Mary Cromwell
Alan Hewitt ...
Dr. Marcus Tate
Karl Weber ...
Dr. Charles Cromwell
Mort Mills ...
Dick Wilson
Barbara Stuart ...
Maizie Freitag
Pete Gibson
Joseph Julian ...
Deputy D.A. Horner
William Allyn ...
Robert Haskell
James Vardon
James Millhollin ...
Prof. Grove


The new president of Euclid College, Dr. Charles Cromwell, is doing his best to ensure that a major donor to the college isn't offended in any way. James Vardon is going to receive an honorary degree at the upcoming commencement exercises and has promised the college a donation of $1 million. As a result, Cromwell is walking on egg shells and pretty well letting Vardon's assistant Robert Haskell, walk all over him. Cromwell is shocked when a woman arrives at he college in a taxi looking for someone named Curly. She is literally falling down drunk and the taxi whisks her away. She's soon in the hospital and it's revealed that Cromwell is the old friend she is looking for. He had met her long ago and she has left him a small bequest in her will. He visits Perry Mason worried that the will may become public and the impact it would have if Vardon or his assistant should ever hear about it. When Haskell is found dead however, Cromwell is charged with murder. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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2 December 1961 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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What you won't do to impress a big bucks donor
23 November 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

For reasons that become clear later on in the episode William Allyn wants to stop a certain college from giving an honorary degree to his employer Will Wright who is a most puritanical sort. Allyn's method is go around digging up dirt on various and sundry folks from the president on down connected with the college.

But it's Karl Weber who becomes in need of Perry Mason's services in this episode. And just about anyone connected with the college seems to have a motive. Weber is the president of the college and he's got an interesting and colorful past.

Which comes to people's attention when a floozy, but sick old saloon singer Barbara Stuart shows up half in the bag looking for him. But she's sicker than Weber knew. She dies sadly within the first fifteen minutes of the show. You really miss her throughout the rest of the episode.

Badly cast is John Wilder who at the age of 27 and looking it cannot really convince you he's a lovesick college kid. He's got a thing for Weber's wife Phyllis Avery, but I don't believe it.

One of the more run of the mill Perry Masons.

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