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
Did You Know?
The title refers to a character from Frank Baum's 'The Wizard of Oz'. See more
Twice by Perry and once by the Judge the DA (Paul Langton) is called Mr. Telford. But in the credits Paul Langton name is Prosecutor Green. See more
References The Wizard of Oz