Gus Dalgran has been acting strangely and his business is suffering from someone embezzling. As things spiral out of his control, his nephew decides to have him declared incompetent. When the nephew is murdered, Gus is charged.
August "Gus" Dalgran has been acting very odd lately. He seems to be losing lucidity and his business partners are particularly concerned when he refuses to liquidate a parcel of land they sorely need to sell to deal with the company's liquidity problem. When he throws a handful of cash out of his high-rise office window, he's charged with a misdemeanor and refuses to accept any advice from his long-time attorney Perry Mason. Perry at the request of a friend attends the court hearing anyway and sees his odd behavior first-hand. It leads Gus' nephew Kenneth Dalgran to petition for a competency hearing but Perry isn't buying any of it and can't quite figure what his friend and client is up to. When Perry tells Gus that his nephew is going against all of Gus' wishes, Gus threatens to kill Kenneth. It all takes a far more serious turn when Ken Dalgran is killed and Gus is charged with his murder. Gus had escaped from the sanitarium and is caught with Kenneth's body in the car he was ... Written by
Otto Kruger is one of three partners and head of a company and his company can't move without all three in agreement. When he shows signs of mental aberration nephew Don Dubbins moves in to have him committed and inherit his vote and control. Dubbins has a big deal cooking and he's using some forged documents to do it. Kruger escapes from an asylum he's locked up in and Dubbins winds up dead. He has to turn to his old family attorney and you know who that is.
Dubbins is pulling a few doublecrosses and one by his wife Connie Hines of Mister Ed is being pulled on him with one of the other partners. Hines is just another one of many suspects who could have done the deed.
I'm an agreement with another reviewer who said the insanity angle wasn't developed enough. But it probably would have taken a Perry Mason Mystery two hour format to have accomplished that.
Look for Burt Reynolds as the son of Kruger's secretary Jeanette Nolan. Forgery is the key to solving this mystery.
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