Perry Mason: Season 8, Episode 7

The Case of the Bullied Bowler (5 Nov. 1964)

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Paul's friend Bill Jaris and his brother are fighting the matron of their town to keep their bowling alley open. She uses a health outbreak as an excuse to close it but the country health inspector is murdered. Bill is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Perry Mason (credit only)
Joe Kelly (as Michael Connors)
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Bonnie Mae Wilmet
Jeff Donnell ...
Rose Carol
Milton Selzer ...
Dr. Max Taylor
Alan Jaris
Robert Harland ...
Bill Jaris
Maurice Manson ...
Mayor Orson Stillman
Patricia Morrow ...
Marla Carol
Elizabeth Harrower ...
Sadie Noymann
Lonnie Blackman ...
Mrs. Marge Kelly


Alan and Bill Jaris own the struggling County Corners bowling alley in the town of Tesoro that Bonnie Mae Wilmot is determined to close down. Wilmot, referred to locally as the Duchess, is from the once dominant family in the town and as far as she is concerned she's still in charge. She tries to get the mayor, Orson Stillman to shut it down and then the local medical officer, Dr. Max Taylor, after some people come down with amoebic dysentery. She also uses one of her workers to apply a little muscle to the owners. The alley is ordered closed for health reasons and a friend of Perry Mason and Paul Drake, visiting lawyer Joe Kelly, represents the Jaris brothers and manages to get a court order allowing them to remain open. During their investigation of the issues, they learn Bill married Wilmet's daughter but she died during childbirth in which Dr. Taylor was involved. Kelly soon suspects the same issue as Dr. Taylor is causing the sickness. When Taylor is found murdered in his office ... Written by garykmcd

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5 November 1964 (USA)  »

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Up to this episode, Perry Mason's office phone number was Madison 5-1190. However Paul Drake calls Perry Mason's office from his Thunderbird car phone and states that the number is 272-2199. See more »

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Not a thinking man's episode
14 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode had some far reaching beliefs to make the story hold together. So one has to take the writer at his word even though the wisest person would shutter to believe the circumstance.

It begins with two brothers that own a bowling alley in a neighboring city of LA called Tesoro. Bill and Alan Jaris own the bowling alley and the person with the most influence Bonnie Mae Wilmet, also known as the Dutchess, wants the bowling alley shut down. It seems she believes that bowling alley lead to gambling and drinking.

Well it just so happens that dysentery breaks out in the small town and the city health doctor, Max Taylor, shuts the bowling alley down because it seems everyone sick had the alley in common.

Since Perry is in Europe, Paul's lawyer friend, Joe Kelly (Mike Conners) takes the case of re-opening the bowling alley with a court order. But before that can happen Dr Max Taylor ends up dead with Bill Jarvis finger prints on the murder weapon. So Joe now has to take the murder case.

Spoiler AHEAD---- In court we learn that the Duchess's business, oil refinery, is on the same water line as the bowling alley. With this information they would shut the oil refinery down for months, so this adds suspicion to a number of more people.

Along the way we learn some strange circumstance can be only be made by writers. 1-Bill Jarvis use to be married to the Duchess's daughter. 2-They had a baby together. 3-The mother, duchess's daughter, dies during child birth. 4-the doctor that delivered the baby was Max Taylor, the city health doctor. 5-The Bowling alley water is supplied by pipes that run near the oil refinery and the alley is the only customer on that pipe line. 6-Even though the water line runs in the city toward the bowling alley, the oil refinery is in another county.

So as you can see thinking is not part of this episode. the viewer must sit and watch and take all these things as a writer's privilege of plot management.

Even without Perry plus seeming the storyline was far-fetched, it was nice to see Mike Conner doing his best as the visiting lawyer. Raymond Burr fans please do not take this wrong- but in the eighth season Mr Burr seemed, at times, stale and bored with the character. Mr Conners, as Joe Kelly, was like Raymond Burr in the first two seasons. His presents on screen leaped out and one could tell that he was going places. But nothing can take the place of Raymond Burr on the series.

Here is hoping for a speedy return of Perry from his vacation. Well that is what the producers lead us to believe.

Not the best plot but a nice view for most 'Perry Mason' fans.

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