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"Perry Mason" The Case of the Cowardly Lion (1961)

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Sometime too much information does not help a show

5/10
Author: kfo9494 from United States
29 July 2013

There is so many things going on in this episode that some of the better ideas was crowded out by information that was useless to the story. And when the show ended in a rather abrupt manner, we are left with a show that had high expectations but in reality was just average for a Perry mystery.

The mystery is quite simple as it involves the death of Dr Braun at the San Diego Zoo. He was found in the lion's cage and believed to have been mauled. However when the police learn that the doc died from a blow to the head- they are looking for someone to charge with murder. And trust me there are many people that fit that bill.

We learn that Ole Doc Braum was married to two women. His estranged wife, Trudie, and a young German woman Hilde. We learn that the doc was being blackmailed plus runs another business outside of his duties at the zoo. And with a secretary that seems suspicious the writers have painted a picture that includes many people as suspects.

But when the evidence is gathered the police will charge Tony Osgood, someone that wanted to run away and marry Hilda, with the crime. Perry will defend Tony for the crime and sift through the testimony until he knows the true murderer.

This is one of those episode that only Perry could have came up with the murderer. The viewer will have no idea until a quick confession brings the show to an end. Nothing remarkable about this episode other than a story that Perry tells about a bag of sand and a bicycle. It is sad when that story was the highlight of the show.

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

The lion snores tonight

6/10
Author: sol1218 from brooklyn NY
28 December 2012

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

***SPOILERS*** Perry Mason, Raymond Burr, moves from his home turf in L.A to San Diego to defend San Diego Zoo employee Tony Osgood, Tony Beir, in the clawing murder of zoo dentist Dr.Walter Braun, Leslie Bady. It was Dr. Braun who was found with his neck broken and mauled in the lion compound at the zoo where he was treating a sick lion. The almost toothless and inoffensive lion whom Dr. Braun and his keeper zoo worker Boris Zelbowski, Warren Kimmerling, were treating for a gum infection was tranquilized when he suddenly or supposedly attacked Dr.Braun killing him! This was soon changed in that it was discovered that Dr.Braun actually died from a severe blow with a steel object across his neck and Osgood was seen lurking around in the lion compound at the time of his murder!

This murder case is soon complicated by the kidnapping of a cute baby gorilla named ToTo as well as a the discovery that Osgood's girl friend German born zoo veterinarian Hide Fursten,Carol Eve Rossen, is secretly married to Dr. Barun! It's Dr. Braun's old lady from Seattle Trudie, Betty Lou Gerson, whom he hasn't had any contact with in eight years who's been putting the squeeze on him all that time. That's by her blackmailing the good doctor in threatening to expose his life, in being married to two woman at the same time, of sin to the public! What this has to do with Dr.Braun's murder will soon come to the surface, thanks to Perry Mason, in what the real reason behind ToTo the baby gorilla being kid or better yet gorilla-napped was really all about!

***MAJOR SPOILERS*** It was Dr. Braun secret drug smuggling operation from Hanover Germany to the San Diago Zoo that in fact ended up doing him in. It's when one of the people working at the zoo found out about it he tried to get a piece of the action only to have Dr. Braun rebuff him. It was then that Dr.Braun ended up getting his neck broken and killed by him. And to make things even worse it was the conniving and heartless, in framing the poor old lion, Frieda Crawson played by Phillis Coates, remember her as Lois Lane in "The Adventures of Superman" TV series, who was behind all this except for Dr. Braun's murder.

Fridea was in fact fooling around with the lion keeper Boris Zelbowski who refused to get his loin involved in what Frida was planning for him, frame him for the murder of Dr. Braun, and thus did it on her own! As for Dr. Brauns actual murderer that was a piece of cake for Perry Mason to solve in fact Perry was on to him right from the start! That In his unusual interest in the cages, being sent in and out of the country, at the San Diago zoo that was the real reason behind Dr. Braun's murder!

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Biting The Lion Is Only The Tip of This One

8/10
Author: getyourdander from United States
19 January 2010

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This story is set mostly at the San Diego Zoo. It starts with the kidnapping of a small ape. This kidnapping leads into a lot of other happenings. The trick is figuring out why the kidnapping has happened.

There is a conflict among several people which results in a zoo vet showing up dead in the Lions cage. The only thing is, even though he has animal scratches, he has not been killed by the lion. Instead, a blunt blow to the neck with a crow bar is the cause of death.

Mason is in San Diego on another case when he gets interested in this case before the murder happens. He picks his way though a few things, has Paul Drake give a lion a manicure, and then solves the case.

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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

A Three timing dog done in

6/10
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
29 October 2012

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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