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Nightclub comedian Charlie Hatch is in love with the married Ann Gilrain, a severe alcoholic whose marriage to Tom Gilrain is on the rocks. Noonan hires Perry Mason after he hears Ann's husband had her committed to a sanitarium but not satisfied with the advice Perry gives him, he leaves saying he will settle the matter his way. When Gilrain is killed, Hatch is more than happy to be charged with murder thinking that he will be found innocent thereby making it unlikely that Ann would be later charged with the crime. It begins to look bad for Charlie when his manager Elwood 'Gunner Grimes' girlfriend Rowena Leach, fails to provide him with the ironclad alibi he was expecting. Written by
Perfectly casted episode that is entertaining to watch.
This is a nice mystery than tends to avoid the normal suspense and takes the viewer into a world of long lost loves. When a stand-up comedian, Charley Hatch (Tommy Noonan) hears that his lost love Ann Gilrain (Gloria Talbott) has been placed in a sanatorium, he immediately makes plan to see the women and to help anyway that he is able.
The problem is that his lost-love, Ms Gilrain, is now married and his actions may be less than admirable. However, we the viewer know, that the husband is a cad with more dollar signs than love in the relationship.
When the husband, Mr Gilrain, hears that comedian Charley Hatch had a meeting with his wife he confronts Mr Hatch where an argument breaks out and words of 'I'll kill you' are heard coming from Mr Hatch's mouth. And that evening Mr Gilrain is murdered and Mr Hatch becomes the main suspect. With little evidence the DA's office goes ahead with murder warrants on Mr Hatch and Perry agrees to defend him in court even though he is not the most true talking client. Seems Mr Hatch believes that the wife, Ann Gilrain, killed her husband and he will do or say anything to protect her.
Not only do we get an interesting adventure with the dead husband, but during the trial we get introduce to a new nugget of information that includes the dead man, Mr Gilrain and the body-guard of Mr Hatch. Seems that both parties are under investigation for money theft some years ago.
Perry will tie the murder and the theft together and finally get to the bottom of the mystery. But not until the viewer is rewarded with a surprising twist and enjoyable entertainment. A very different show, with pleasant results.
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