Perry Mason: Season 9, Episode 29

The Case of the Crafty Kidnapper (15 May 1966)

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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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Alex Tanner
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Gloria Shine
Douglas Henderson ...
Greg Stanley
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Patricia Tanner
Mary Foskett ...
Lola Stanley
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William Bramley ...
Leon Vandenberg
Walter Burke ...
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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 sear 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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Clear and exculpatory evidence
11 June 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Raymond Burr's client in this next to last Perry Mason episode is Douglas Henderson who is accused of shooting and killing a nasty gossip columnist John Lasell. All the possible subjects were at a party where Lasell insulted everyone in the room including Perry Mason. But Henderson drove him home when he found him seated in the passenger front seat of his car. Henderson thinks him passed out drunk. But when they reach Lasell's home, he's good and dead and Henderson also handles the gun that killed him.

The son-in-law of Lasell's publisher can offer clear and exculpatory evidence concerning Henderson's guilt. But Gary Collins and his wife Anne Whitfield receive threatening phone calls about their infant son being kidnapped and killed if they take the stand. So Raymond Burr with the good offices of the Drake Detective Agency starts his own investigation to aid in his case in court.

The ending is quite a twist in the Perry Mason parameter. I will say this though. Lasell was truly a despicable man.


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