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"Perry Mason" The Case of the Capering Camera (1964)

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Original Air Date:
16 January 1964 (Season 7, Episode 15)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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An ethical dilemma? A sideline in blackmail. See more (5 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason

Barbara Hale ... Della Street

William Hopper ... Paul Drake

William Talman ... Hamilton Burger

Ray Collins ... Lt. Tragg

Wesley Lau ... Lt. Andy Anderson

Elaine Stewart ... Irene Grey

Margo Moore ... Judith Blair

Paula Raymond ... Katherine Ames

Karyn Kupcinet ... Penny Ames

Byron Palmer ... Harper Green
Mark Dempsey ... Norman Ames

Kurt Kreuger ... Karl Kadar
Edmon Ryan ... Lewis Ames

Eric Feldary ... Jacob Kadar

John Harmon ... Fingerprint Expert

John Zaremba ... Coroner's Physician
Grandon Rhodes ... Judge
Len Hendry ... Police Photographer
Margaret Mason ... Receptionist
Lee Miller ... Sgt. Brice
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Barton ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Clerk (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Dog Handler (uncredited)

Jack Tornek ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Jesse Hibbs 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Erle Stanley Gardner  characters created by
Jonathan Latimer  written by

Produced by
Jackson Gillis .... associate producer
Arthur Marks .... producer
Gail Patrick .... executive producer (as Gail Patrick Jackson)
Art Seid .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Shores 
Cinematography by
Howard Schwartz (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Al Clark 
Casting by
Harvey Clermont 
Art Direction by
Lewis H. Creber  (as Lewis Creber)
Set Decoration by
Carl Biddiscombe 
Makeup Department
Annabell Levy .... hair stylist (as Annabell)
Irving Pringle .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gordon A. Webb .... assistant director
Art Department
Ray Thompson .... properties
Sound Department
Herman Lewis .... production sound mixer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Evelyn Carruth .... wardrobe supervisor
Edward McDermott .... wardrobe supervisor (as Ed McDermott)
Music Department
Richard Shores .... conductor
Fred Steiner .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Samuel Newman .... story consultant
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Erle Stanley Gardner  creator

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Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

This was Ray Collins' (Lt. Tragg) final on-screen appearance in this series.See more »
Factual errors: 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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Movie Connections:
Spoofs The Maltese Falcon (1941)See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
An ethical dilemma? A sideline in blackmail., 28 February 2014
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Only Perry Mason being the straight shooter he is would have an ethical dilemma when Margo Moore reports a murder of fashion photographer Eric Feldary which occurs right at the beginning of the show. But Moore never fires the pistol. Moore says the shot came from outside the studio room they were in. But the cops led by Ray Collins and Wesley Lau say it was suicide.

Both Raymond Burr and Wesley Lau have uneasiness about this death. Burr is an officer of the court, though I would have just shut up and kept my client's confidence. Anderson is encouraged by Collins to keep investigating. Sure enough Moore needs a lawyer and fortunately she already saw the best.

As an episode itself not one of the best, too many rabbit type gimmicks get pulled out of a hat for me. But as a milestone, it's rather freaky that several people ended their careers with this show. Elaine Stewart and Byron Palmer simply retired. Ray Collins although he kept with the show credits never did another piece of work and died the following year.

The worst was Karyn Kupcinet, daughter of syndicated columnist Irv Kupcinet who was murdered in November of 1963, this show being a posthumous appearance. Fifty years later, still an unsolved Hollywood tragedy.

Not the best Perry Mason story, but what history.

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