Perry Mason: Season 5, Episode 17

The Case of the Captain's Coins (13 Jan. 1962)

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For decades two branches of the Faraday family have quarreled about which branch of the family should control it. Philip Andrews engaged to one of the have nots is charged with murder after already being accused of fraud in the case.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Jeremy Slate ...
Philip Andrews
Arthur Franz ...
Joan Patrick ...
Evelyn Farraday
Jay Novello ...
Nickolas Trevelian
Herbert Rudley ...
Ben Farraday
Wesley Lau ...
Edward Farraday
Carter Farraday
Henry Beckman ...
Sidney L. Garth
Jane Weeks


The Faraday family is divided into two distinct parts. One part is headed by Ben Faraday who is quite rich while the other part, which includes Evelyn Faraday, has nothing other than the jobs the somewhat demanding Ben has given them in his shipping and cruise line business. One of the Faraday's direct ancestors had saved the son of the Malayan king and as a reward was given exclusive shipping rights to the Kingdom. Ben and his brother Edward contend it was their ancestor Jonathan and not his cousin Thomas but Philip contends it was Thomas who died on the return trip. Evelyn's fiancé Philip Andrews is convinced that she and the others on her side of the family were cheated and his inquiries led Ben Faraday to fire him but he hasn't given up his quest as there is still stock held in trust they could receive. He and Evelyn seeks Perry Mason's advice on the issue as he is the lawyer for the trust. When Ben is killed however, Philip is charged with murder. For Perry to successfully defend... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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13 January 1962 (USA)  »

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Family situation that turns deadly
13 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a rather complex family situation this episode relies on the viewer to make sure that they remember the two separate parts of the Faraday Family. This became awkward at times when nearly half the cast had the same last name. But even with trying to remember which side of the family each character was sided- the show ended nicely and the viewer was treated with a nice mystery.

On the show the Faraday family consisted of two divided members. One side headed by Ben Faraday had money, while the other side that included Evelyn and Carter Faraday were poorer people hired by Ben on his shipping company.

What had happened was that in the late 1800's, a Faraday, one of Ben's descendants, saved the son of a Malayan king while anchored near the coast. However there was some dispute about who saved the boy since both sides of the family was represented. If Carter and Evelyn could prove that their descendant was the true savior of the boy then they would have equal shares in the shipping company.

It seemed that a medal from 1871, that was to be on display, had a picture of the true person that saved the boys life. And both sides of the family was doing everything they could to either present the medal or hid the medal from public viewing. And when Ben finally gets the medal in his possession, he ends up murdered and the medal stolen.

And to make the matter more complex the boyfriend of Evelyn Faraday, Phillip Andrews, that had been fired after publishing a story on the Faraday family, was accused of the murder and will be defend by Perry in court. The hot-headed Phillip was a good suspect and was always presented in a matter that seemed suspicious. As the moments before Ben's body is discovered- Phillip comes running out of the room, in front of many a witness, where the body is located- but had no idea anyone had been murdered.

Even with the complex set up, the mystery plays out well. Perry resorts to a little trickery in the courtroom that will have someone confessing before the credit roll. Fine show but wish they had renamed some of the characters.

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