Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Bullied Bowler 

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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Perry Mason (credit only)
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Joe Kelly (as Michael Connors)
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Lt. Tragg (credit only)
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Bonnie Mae Wilmet
Robert Harland ...
Bill Jaris
Milton Selzer ...
Dr. Max Taylor
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Alan Jaris
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Rose Carol
Charles H. Gray ...
Jack Baker (as Charles Gray)
Patricia Morrow ...
Marla Carol
Maurice Manson ...
Mayor Orson Stillman
Patricia George ...
Linda Terry
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Alan and Bill Jaris own the County Corners bowling alley in the town of Tesoro that Bonnie Mae Wilmet is determined to close down. Wilmet, 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. Also, one of her top employees tries 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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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5 November 1964 (USA)  »

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Mike Connors (Joe Kelly) filled in for Raymond Burr (Perry Mason). The producers considered him as a replacement for Burr if he ever chose to leave the series. See more »

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Fourth Boy: [at a bowling alley] I got a pair of shoes for you, Marla. How about it?
Marla Carol: Please... I told you no.
Fourth Boy: What's the matter? Afraid the Duchess will find out and can your mother?
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Maurice Manson's character is credited as "Orson Stillman Mayor". See more »

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Perry Mason takes a vacation
29 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

****SPOILERS**** Perry Mason, Raymond Burr, couldn't have taken a vacation-in far off Europe-at a better time when this case of contaminated drinking water at the Tesoro bowling alley came up that had his good friend Joe Kelly, Mike Connors, get stuck handling the case. It turned that the town medical examiner Dr. Max Taylor,Milton Selzer, shifted the blame on the bowling alley and its owners the Jaris brothers Bill & Alan, Robert Harland & Paul Lukather, from the real culprit the oil refinery owned by the person who's known as the Duchess of Tesoro Bonnie Mae Wilmet, Anne Seymour.

Just as things started to get a bit boring, with nobody getting murdered in the first 20 minutes of the episode, Dr. Taylor is found stabbed to death in his office with Bill Jaris standing over him. Arrested for the murder of Dr. Taylor it soon comes out that Dr. Taylor delivered Jaris baby boy two years ago that resulted in his wife's, the daughter of Bonnie Mae Wilmet, untimely death! Could revenge on Jaris' part have been the reason for doing Dr. Taylor in or better yet was Jaris in some way framed for his murder?

***SPOILERS****The trail had Kelly substituting for Perry Mason bring out the truth to who killed Dr. Taylor and why. It all had to do with Dr. Taylor covering up the reason for the people in Tesoro coming down with severer cases of dysentery which he was about to go public with. And the person who did him in also did in or stood up the two women whom he promised to marry and flipped the bird on them making them both in the courtroom come clean in his manipulating them to cover up his crime.


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