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
Dr. Michael Harris
Ellen Crandall
Frank Lane
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





Release Date:

18 October 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Approx 25 min when Perry enters his office as Della and Paul are reading the newspaper, you can see that the newspaper is a prop, the front page has writing, the inside newspaper pages are blank. See more »


[first lines]
Rhoda Reynolds: What is it, Carl?
Carl Reynolds: Come here.
Rhoda Reynolds: What's the matter? Did you forget something?
Carl Reynolds: [kisses her] That's just in case I don't get back for lunch.
Rhoda Reynolds: [giggles] Silly.
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Version of The Case of the Curious Bride (1935) See more »

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I guessed wrong
1 August 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Be it the fictional Perry Mason or be it real life attorneys I'm sure they all get clients who initially come up asking questions in the abstract about a situation they're themselves in. In this episode Raymond Burr inherits Christine White as a client that way.

White is now married to Casey Adams who is the son of wealthy John Hoyt who doesn't like his daughter-in-law a bit. And she's being blackmailed by Michael Emmett her former husband that she thought dead. So when Emmett winds up dead there are other suspects including those already mentioned and a girlfriend for Emmett, the voluptuous Peggy Maley.

A little legal legerdemain happens in court as Burr makes a monkey out of Hamilton Burger involving a doorbell and a clock with a witness's recall. Poor William Talman was left with an omelet on his face.

I have to say I guessed wrong here as to the real murderer. That for me is a good Perry Mason episode.

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