Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Crying Comedian 

Comedian Charlie Hatch has made it big and now wants to protect his girlfriend who married a man who confined her to a sanitarium to take control of her money. After threatening to kill the man, he is found murdered and Charlie is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Della Street (credit only)
Charlie Hatch
Elwood P. 'Gunner' Grimes
Anne Gilrain
Rowena Leach
Sgt. McVey
Ed Brigham
Thomas H. (Tom) Gilrain
Asst. Bank Manager


Nightclub comedian Charlie Hatch is in love with the married Anne Gilrain, a severe alcoholic whose marriage to Tom Gilrain is on the rocks. Charlie hires Perry Mason after he hears Anne'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. After Anne escapes from the sanitarium, she goes to her husband's apartment where she tries to contact Charlie's bodyguard, Grimes. Her husband walks in on her finding her on the phone waiting to talk to Grimes. She escapes his apartment so he visits Hatch's dressing room to warn Hatch to stay away. Hatch finds Anne later in a restaurant where he threatens Gilrain when he shows up to take his wife away. 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 Anne would be later charged with the crime. It begins to look bad for Charlie when Rowena Leach, Grimes' ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

14 October 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actor Sue Ane Langdon was a recurring guest on Perry Mason, appearing in three different episodes (as three different characters). See more »


The first time we see him, he is introduced as Lt. McVey and is referred to as Lieutenant in the show but he is listed as Sgt. McVey in the credits. See more »


Perry Mason: Almost anyone is capable of a crime under certain circumstances.
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Few laughs for this funny man
14 November 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of the better Perry Mason episodes has Raymond Burr representing as a client Tommy Noonan who plays a nightclub comedian who would like nothing more than to get back with his old girlfriend Gloria Talbott. But she's slightly married to Liam Sullivan and he's got her in a sanitarium for alcohol abuse from which she's busted out of.

So when Sullivan is stabbed to death the police in the person of Ray Collins think Noonan is looking real good for the homicide. Noonan's alibi is that he was passed out on Sue Ane Langdon's coach from a real bender. By the way Langdon playing a cut rate version of Marilyn Monroe has some really good lines in this episode.

You will also enjoy Jackie Coogan playing Noonan's GoFer and Coogan does have a few other sidelines that are very relevant to discovering who the killer is.

Noonan is just great with a fabulous 'laugh clown laugh' performance. Don't miss this one.

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