Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Capering Camera 

Model Judith Blair confronts photographer Jacob Kadar about returning negatives used for blackmail. She pulls his own gun to threaten him when he is shot by someone outside. Her photo is taken showing her holding the gun on him.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Irene Grey
Judith Blair
Katherine Ames
Penny Ames
Harper Green
Mark Dempsey ...
Norman Ames
Karl Kadar
Edmon Ryan ...
Lewis Ames
Jacob Kadar


Judith Blair is a photographer's model who agrees to a late-night photo session with Jacob Kadar who specializes in calendar photos. Jacob gets to use his cousin Karl's posh photo studios in the evenings but Judith is there for a very specific reason: to get the racy photos that Jacob has been using to blackmail her sister Penny. She pulls a gun on him but he insists that everything was stolen a month before and he has no idea who might be blackmailing her now. While arguing, someone behind a door shoots Jacob and Judith runs out of the studio after dropping the gun. She tells Perry Mason everything that happened but he learns from Lts. Tragg and Anderson that the death has been ruled a suicide. Perry is caught between between solicitor-client privilege and his duties as an officer of the court but his dilemma is resolved when Judith is arrested after a photo of her shows her holding the gun is developed by the police. Perry defends her in court. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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16 January 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This was Elaine Stewart's final acting role. See more »


While testifying on the stand, Karl Kadar refers to the murder weapon, an American Smith and Wesson revolver, as a "standard European make". See more »


[first lines]
Jacob Kadar: [to a model] Wonderful, darling, wonderful. Exactly the effect I desire. A sea nymph, a maid just risen from the sea. And now one without the jacket, Judith, but with the same lovely expression of joyful abandon.
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Spoofs The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

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Farewell Lt Arthur Tragg
14 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode should have 'last' somewhere in its title. This is the last acting performance for many of the people on this episode.

Ray Collins (Lt Tragg) makes his last appearance as the hard nose detective. Even though his name continues as a regular he never appears in anymore of the "Perry Mason" shows.

Also the always beautiful Elaine Stewart (plays Irene Grey) soon marries and quits acting. She does do two game shows in the 70's but never acts for a TV or film again.

Byron Palmer (plays Harper Green) was a singer in the 50's and was a guest actor on a few shows. However after this acting job he never works in front of the camera again. Not much more is know about Mr Palmer after this show- but we can only hope he had a great life and will always be remembered for his voice.

And then you have the sad case of Karyn Kupcinet (plays Penny Ames). she was a young beauty that made any man believe she was talking right to him. Her looks was taking her far until she was found dead in her apartment. In fact she was dead before this episode aired in January of 1964.

Anyway this episode is one of the good ones from the seventh season. Anytime blackmail and photos of young women are used it always is going to be watched. But throw in more than one blackmail and a murder/suicide then you got yourself a situation screaming for Perry.

Only negatives about the show is the confrontational demeanor that the director lets Hamilton Burger project. Mr Burger, even though we all know he is going to lose, can at least be a lovable loser. But this episode does not bring him across in that light. And when the last person on the witness stand speaks it seems to be tightly put together. As we are racing toward the finish line. Not a spoiler but it just happens so fast.

With all that said it was an enjoyable watch. The eye-candy alone gives it a few stars and the plot and acting are very good. So I consider this episode a very good show to watch.

Also during the first few minutes of the show, when one of the characters is riding around in a sports car, we have some of the weirdest background music ever heard on a "Perry Mason" show. Watch and you will see what I mean!

Three cheers to Ray Collins- as we see him in his last working gig. lt Tragg will be missed!

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