Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Crimson Kiss 

Fay Allison and her roommate Anita are found unconscious by Fay's aunt, Louise Marlow, who calls her attorney Perry Mason in desperation. In the girls' apartment Perry and Della discover a key that leads them to the body of Carver Clement.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Drake
Hamilton Burger
Anita Bonsal
Fay Allison
Dane Grover
Gloria McGehee ...
Shirley Tanner (as Gloria McGhee)
John Holland ...
Connie Cezon ...
Gertie Lade (credit only)
Vera Payson
Douglas Evans ...
Don Ralston - Tax Accountant
Louise Marlow
George Harlan


Fay Allison sends her fiancé Dane Grover off to his bachelor party then relieves her roommate Anita Bonsal who wants to go out. Anita leaves the apartment but instead of going out goes to the next floor to see Carver Clement who is her boyfriend. Clement is supposedly getting a divorce so that he and Anita can marry although Anita had originally had her eyes on Dane Grover. Clements says he will be down to the car shortly so Anita goes there to wait but after nearly an hour she returns to the apartment she shares with Fay where they decide to make hot chocolate. Later that night Fay's aunt Louise Marlow arrives for the wedding using a key she was sent only to find both girls in bed knocked out. She calls her friend Perry who sends a doctor. He and Della arrive to find the girls have been drugged and a key to Clements apartment in Fay's purse. When they enter Clements apartment, they find him dead with a red lipstick kiss on the forehead. Perry is forced to save Fay's life twice when ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

9 November 1957 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the opening, Perry reveals Della Street's home number when he speaks with Louise Marlow on the phone. Perry tells her to call Della Street at Hollywood-21799. See more »


The judge addresses Hamilton Burger as "Counselor"; any judge would know that the correct address is "Prosecutor" or "Mister Prosecutor". See more »


[first lines]
[approaches a pretty woman sitting by herself]
Carver Clement: Waiting for someone?
[she ignores him by getting up and leaving]
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A kiss after dying
20 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

Louise Marlowe comes to visit her niece, Fay, prior to Fay's impending marriage. Upon arriving at Fay's apartment, she finds Fay and her room mate, Anita, unconscious. Unable to awaken them, she calls her friend Perry instead of doing the logical thing and calling the hospital or police. Perry calls his doctor to go to the apartment and then he and Della rush over as well. Fay and Anita had taken, or were given, an overdose of barbiturates. Della and Perry find a key in Fay's purse to another apartment in the building. They go to that apartment and find the body of Carver Clement, a married philanderer, with a lipstick kiss on his forehead. Perry says "Someone bid him a fond but unfriendly farewell." Since Fay's clothes and a glass with her fingerprints are found in the apartment, Fay is charged with the murder. The resolution relies during the trial on somewhat sloppy forensic work and on some court room dramatics by Perry. Seeing Della on the witness stand while Perry nonchalantly doodles on a notepad was a nice touch. An entertaining episode with acting kudos going to Jean Wiiles as Anita.

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