Perry Mason: Season 3, Episode 20

The Case of the Crying Cherub (9 Apr. 1960)

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When a Matisse painting is stolen from a museum, the finger is pointed at an assistant in the museum whose boyfriend is an artist as well as his estranged wife. The wife tries to blackmail the museum owner but is murdered after a fight.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Maross ...
David Lambert
Tom Drake ...
Richard Harkens
Sylvester Robey
June Sinclair
Deputy D.A. Mark Hanson
Kathryn Givney ...
Amelia Harkens
Liza Carson Lambert
Tom McBride ...
Thomas Clark - Museum Guard (as Thomas McBride)
Richard Gaines ...
Isabel Randolph ...
Mrs. Vandercord
Mrs. Forbes


At the Harkins Gallery, Sylvester Robey wishes to see Richard Harkins about a Matisse hanging in the gallery. Amelia Harkins, Richard's mother who owns the gallery, is incensed to see that the painting is a forgery and blames Richard's assistant, June Sinclair, and master copyist David Lambert of collusion. June and David are in love and ask Perry Mason to intercede with Amelia. David quarrels with his wife Lisa, who paints cherubs, over their impending divorce and whether he should also paint commercially viable cherubs. Lisa tries to extort money from Amelia in return for the genuine Matisse. Later, June confronts Lisa and they struggle until Lisa pulls a gun and forces June to retreat. As she leaves, June hears Lisa scream and shots fired. She finds Lisa dead, calls Perry Mason and flees the scene. Perry discovers Lisa's body, the police arrive, and Perry clams up until he can talk to his client. June is arrested and Perry has to go to work. Written by richardann

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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9 April 1960 (USA)  »

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First show that aired after William Talman dismissal on moral charges. Also new opening scene with Perry holding a file and the camera freezes and the co-stars are listed. See more »

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1st Episode Aired After Talman Firing
12 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Actor William Talman, who played DA Hamilton Burger, was arrested in March 1960 at a party where everyone was found to be naked and marijuana was discovered. Shortly thereafter, CBS fired him from the show and Jim Aubrey said they would recast his part, which they did not end up doing.

Instead, they had a succession of Assistant DAs played by various actors- starting with this episode, which ran a few weeks after Talman's arrest.

Looking at the courtroom scenes carefully, I believe they did some re-shooting after Talman's firing with a different actor. Watching the courtroom scenes, you can see some changes in lighting.

Normally, the show worked about six to eight weeks ahead of air date. If so, this episode should have been filmed before the incident.

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