Perry Mason: Season 4, Episode 22

The Case of the Cowardly Lion (8 Apr. 1961)

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Tony Osgood is accused of killing a dentist helping treat a lion after the dentist is found dead at the zoo. His girlfriend working at the zoo had been sponsored to enter the US from Germany by the dentist who has a mysterious background.

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Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Carol Eve Rossen ...
Hilde Fursten (as Carol Rossen)
Fred Beir ...
Tony Osgood
Phyllis Coates ...
Frieda Crawson
Leslie Bradley ...
Dr. Walther Braun
Warren J. Kemmerling ...
Boris Zelbowski (as Warren Kemmerling)
O.Z. Whitehead ...
Harry Beacom
Betty Lou Gerson ...
Trudie Braun
Paul Birch ...
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Eddie Quillan ...
Bookkeeper Keller
Mack Williams ...
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In San Diego on a case, Perry Mason is intrigued when he's contacted by Tony Osgood when a newly arrived baby gorilla Toto is kidnapped and his girlfriend Hilde Fursten threatens to return to Germany. He had just been examined in the zoo hospital nursery by Hilde and was in perfect health. Dr. Walter Braun, a dentist who cares for some of the animals, arrives to check Toto and is outraged at what has happened threatening Hilde. Zoo official Tony Osgood intervenes and he and another zoo employee Boris Zelbowski catch the thief: grounds keeper Harry Beacom, who claims someone in Mexico offered him $7000 for the animal. Perry visits Braun at his dentist office arriving just after Braun has a dispute with a woman over money and he threatens his dental assistant who dates the lion keeper after Perry leaves. When Braun is found lying dead in the lion enclosure however, it's Tony Osgood who is charged with murder and Perry agrees to defend him. There's far more going on that simply the theft... Written by garykmcd

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A Three timing dog done in
29 October 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

While in San Diego on a case that got a postponement Perry Mason picks up another client in Fred Beir. At first Beir is seeking assistance for Carol Rossen who is married to Leslie Bradley. Both are over from Germany and work at the San Diego Zoo, Bradley as a veterinarian and Rossen as his assistant. He's got something over her Beir surmises and needs legal assistance.

It's Beir that needs the assistance as he's charged with Bradley's murder after he's found in a lion's den quite dead with claw marks which later prove to be a red herring. It was the old fashioned blunt instrument whack that did the trick.

Bradley was quite a dog he married Rossen to get her into America to become a citizen. But he was already slightly married to Betty Lou Gerson so that second marriage was bigamous. And he was having Phyllis Coates on the side. Once again the Mason show gives the viewer a host of alternatives.

One hint for future viewers. It wasn't Bradley's love life that got him killed. It was a lucrative side venture supplementing his income as a vet.

All those animals as witnesses though and none was a horse named Mister Ed.


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