Peter Baxter's family are shocked to learn that he prepared a new will shortly before his death in a tragic fire leaving everything to his caretaker, James Hing. Kenneth Baxter and his cousin Stuart Baxter are particularly distressed and have every intention of challenging the validity of the will in court. James Hing approaches Perry Mason to help him defend the will and his inheritance but he isn't' being entirely truthful with him. In fact, James is arrested for Baxter's murder and the convoluted truth finally emerges. Wanting to test the loyalty of his heirs, Baxter wanted to test their loyalty and respect and planned to fake his death. James Ling admits to setting fire but Baxter was not supposed to die. Perry takes on the case knowing that someone other than his client made it impossible for Baxter to leave the burning house. Written by
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Playing murder suspect James Hing in this episode is Benson Fong, who got his big break playing Tommy Chan, son of the famous detective, in six Charlie Chan movies. See more
James Hing implausibly wears rather shabby work clothes to the bank while cashing a check for Mr. Baxter. He wears the same work clothes while setting fire to the Baxter mansion in the next scene; presumably both scenes were shot on the same day, and the production was too rushed to allow actor Benson Fong a change of costume. See more
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