Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Crafty Kidnapper 

After an incident at a party, Greg Stanley goes outside to drive a drunken Danny Shine home. When they arrive at Shine's home, Stanley is arrested for shooting Shine, who is dead. The case is difficult to solve due to a baby's kidnapping.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Tanner
Gloria Shine
Douglas Henderson ...
Greg Stanley
Anne Whitfield ...
Patricia Tanner
Mary Foskett ...
Lola Stanley
John Lasell ...
Danny Shine
Pat Priest ...
Norma Fenn
John Holland ...
Bruno Grant
William Bramley ...
Leon Vandenberg


Alex Tanner and his wife, Patricia, return to the United States from Japan after Patricia's father dies, leaving her with a major stake in his global media empire. Alex is to take over while she stays home to raise their 18 month old son, Billy. At a party given for him by the staff, a drunk newspaper columnist, Danny Shine, continuously badgers Alex, saying he visited their home that afternoon and will have an interesting article in a few days time. Most people at the party think he's just being obnoxious so his assistant, Greg Stanley, angrily drives him home only to get there and find that Shine was dead in the seat beside him all the time. Stanley is charged with murder and Perry Mason agrees to defend him. Soon after, however, the Tanners son is kidnapped, presumably to keep them from testifying about something at the trial. They refuse to bring in the police, making Perry's job even more difficult to find the truth and defend Stanley. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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15 May 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Patricia Tanner: Alex.
Alex Tanner: Yes, darling?
Patricia Tanner: You didn't say goodnight to Bobby.
Alex Tanner: Pat, I'm awfully late. You know, they're throwing this party for us and, since you can't go, the least I can do is...
Patricia Tanner: It'll only take a minute, Alex. Please, he's calling for his daddy.
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Down will come baby, cradle and all.
13 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If at anytime you do not think this episode is as interesting as it should, just hold on till the ending. This episode has an ending that is shocking as any 'Perry Mason' episode in the entire run of the series. A great show.

Alex Tanner (Gary Collins) and his wife Patricia and baby, have just returned from Japan in order to take control of Pat's fathers business. He had just died and she is the one to inherit the family's good fortune. At the return party for the couple there is the cad of a reporter, Danny Shine, that in a drunken state, starts throwing out insults at everyone in the room.

Danny is taken out to his car by a woman he is having an affair with named Norma Fenn (Pat Priest). All this is seen by Danny's wife, Gloria (Cloris Leachman), as she has pulled up to spy on her husband. With Danny passed out, Greg Stanley reluctantly decides to drive him home. When Greg gets to Danny's house, he finds out that he has driven a dead man home. The guy has been shot and Greg's fingerprints are on the gun.

With Alex Tanner having an alibi for Greg, some of the prosecutions charges will be rebuffed. But when someone kidnaps the Tanner's baby, in order for them not to testify in the court hearing, it will prove rough for Perry as he defends Greg for the murder charge. But with the skill from Perry, he will try to find the reason that someone would kidnap a baby and justify a innocent person being found guilty. Plus we will find out why someone wanted to shut-up the noisy reporter.

But folks, don't take this episode too lightly. A surprise ending is in store for the viewer. Be ready to be floored when Perry finally pieces all the evidence together and the finger is pointed only to one person. One person that wanted it all. Very good show.

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