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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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Louise calls Perry to inform him of what happened to the two girls, he is eating at a place called Clay's Bar and Grille. During the final season, Clay's would become a regular hangout for Perry, Della and Paul as well as Burger and its owner, played by Dan Tobin, would become a regular character as well. See more »


The murderer kisses her victim, leaving a clear lipstick print on his forehead. The print was left by someone with thick lips; the person who eventually confesses to the murder has rather thin lips that would have left no such print. 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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Unorthodox means
24 June 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Sue England is the Perry Mason client in this episode and this is definitely one of the wilder episodes that the Mason writers cooked up for the first season. The first half drags a bit, but when you get to the second half in court, well Erle Stanley Gardner's famed defense was known for courtroom theatrics.

Both England and her roommate Jean Willes get themselves knocked out on barbiturates and England might never have seen another day but for the early arrival of her aunt Frances Bavier. She's the one who calls her old friend attorney Perry Mason.

After that Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale during their investigation go to the apartment of John Holland. a married man that Willes had been involved with. Him they find very dead with a big lipstick stained smooch on his forehead. Holland had been poisoned and the cops zero in on Sue England.

Because she was there when Burr called the cops and then discreetly left the scene, Della Street has to get on the witness stand when William Talman calls. Barbara Hale is pretty cagey, she gives monosyllabic answers that Talman can't work with.

But later on, one of the witnesses threaten to jump from the courthouse window. Last but not least Raymond Burr obtains crucial evidence right in the courtroom by unorthodox means.

This was Perry Mason at his most theatrical.

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