Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Corresponding Corpse 

A man that faked his death has been exposed and is blackmailed. With help from Perry, he plans on returning to his wife. But, before that can happen, he is found dead and a woman he had a relationship with is charged and needs Perry's help.

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Joan Camden ...
Ruth Whittaker
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Harry Folsom
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Laura Beaumont
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Glenn McKay
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George Hartley Beaumont
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Jonah Whittaker
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Leon Corby (as Herbert C. Lytton)
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Mrs. Lyle
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Roberta Walker
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George Beaumont is being blackmailed by an insurance investigator, Harry Folsom. Beaumont throws him out but his girlfriend Ruth Whittaker gives him $7000 to just go away. In Los Angeles, Perry Mason is shocked when Della mentions that George Beaumont called him while he was out as Beaumont was supposed to have been killed in a plane crash four years before. Beaumont had in fact missed the flight that crashed but as he and his wife had not been getting along, he decided to start a new life. He's now returned to Los Angeles intent on making contact with his wife Laura, now a successful businesswoman. When Beaumont is found dead, however, it's Ruth Whittaker who is charged with murder and Perry agrees to defend her. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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20 September 1958 (USA)  »

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This is the second consecutive episode in which Joan Camden appears, both times portraying the girlfriend of the murder victim. Closing out Season One in TCOT Rolling Bones she plays Donna Knox, enamored of Maury Lewis/Monty Sewel. Here, in the debut episode of Season Two, she plays Ruth Whittaker who's fallen for George Beaumont. See more »

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When Folsom goes to Ruth Whittaker's home to pick up the blackmail money, he makes a point of noticing the missing cuff link from his right shirt cuff and the sleeve remains noticeably without a cuff link during the scene, but there is no further reference to this. See more »

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George Hartley Beaumont: Well, now, this is all very interesting. It shows a lot of work and a lot of imagination. I never realized you folks were so efficient. All right, Folsom, who put you onto me?
Harry Folsom: I'm so happy you're taking this attitude. I was afraid there'd be nothing but denials.
George Hartley Beaumont: Now, where would that get me?
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Husband returns from the grave
26 July 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Joan Camden is the Perry Mason client in this episode. Ms. Camden is involved with a man who faked his own death, but a sharp and blackmailing investigator played by Vaughn Taylor has found him out and wants a payoff. Though Camden pays him her boyfriend Ross Elliott decides to make a clean breast of it and later is found dead for real. It's Camden that Ray Collins arrests for the crime.

Though Taylor who steals the episode with his portrayal of a slimebag is the most likely alternative, there are a few others. Highlight of the episode is a scene where Taylor goes toe to toe with William Hopper saying that Raymond Burr could find himself in a jackpot if Paul Drake pushes too hard.

See this one for Vaughn Taylor.


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