Rhoda Reynolds is blackmailed by Artie Kane for a past indiscretion, which she would like to keep from her weakling husband Carl and his overbearing father Philip. Artie turns up dead, and Rhoda is charged with his murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christine White ...
Rhoda Reynolds
Carl Reynolds (as Casey Adams)
C. Philip Reynolds
Michael Emmet ...
Arthur Kane
James Seay ...
Dr. Michael Harris
Dorothy Neumann ...
Ellen Crandall
Tommy Cook ...
Frank Lane
Peggy Maley ...
Edna Freeman
Lewis Charles ...
Sidney Otis
S. John Launer ...


A nurse Rhoda Reynolds has a secret from her past that she wants to keep from her husband Carl. So much so that she's prepared to pay several thousand dollars to Artie Kane to keep it all secret. Her husband Carl is something of a milquetoast but very much in love with her. He married her against his domineering father Philip's wishes and the elder Reynolds never lets his distaste of his choice be known. Rhoda upon the recommendation of a friend Dr. Michael Harris visits Perry Mason to ask questions about a "friend's" marital status but Perry realizes she really talking about herself and may not not in fact be legally married to Carl. Rhoda keeps a 2 a.m. rendezvous with Artie to tell him she can't pay his latest ransom demand but Artie takes her expensive wedding ring she doesn't want to give up. A neighbor hears the noise made during the fight so she calls the police. But when he is found dead with the ring in his hand, Rhoda is charged with his murder and Perry defends her with ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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18 October 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Perry uses some sly techniques in this episode
18 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The story involves a woman that was married for a short time to a man that left her. Later she gets a wire saying that he had died and she moves on with her life. After she remarries, she finds out that her first husband is still alive. Now she is paying blackmail money to a rough to keep the whole affair away from her second husband. -- Maybe it is me but why did she not tell her second husband about her previous life's path or why did she just not tell him that she was being blackmailed? But then again we would not have a case for Perry to defend it everything was that easy.

The woman, Rhoda Reynolds, is now married to Carl Reynolds and one evening she sneaks out of the house to meet her blackmail agent, Arthur (Artie) Kane. During the meeting a scuffle breaks out but Rhoda is saved by a ring from the door-bell. The next thing we know is that Artie is dead and Rhoda is the suspect. Tragg will spend little time before issuing a murder warrant on Rhoda and Perry will have a client to defend.

Even though the episode is full with likely candidates who might have wanted Artie dead, there was not that much guessing to the real murderer. The best thing about the episode is the way Perry , ever so slyly, uses the rules of evidence to place doubt in the juror's head. It's a situation that will have Hamilton Burger wanting Perry to testify to the Grand Jury concerning tampering with evidence. But Perry will have one more ace card to play that obviously will have Burger steaming.

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