Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Daring Decoy 

An attractive secretary, spying on an oil executive in order to help his rival, is found murdered by the executive who takes the gun. And Perry's star witness is an elevator operator who identifies suspects by their shoes.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel P. Conway
Linda Griffith
Fred Calvert
Amelia Armitage
Warner Griffith (as John Mack Brown)
Natalie Norwick ...
Mavis Jordan
Grandon Rhodes ...
Judge (as Grandon R. Rhodes)
Pamela Duncan ...
Rose Calvert
Louise Lorimer ...
Miss Eastman
Donald Foster ...
H. B. Varnell


Daniel P. Conway is fighting for control of Cal Texas Oil with Warner Griffith. Conway returns to his private office to find Rose Calvert in his office. He confronts her about her activity but she only admits to straightening his office. Amelia Armitage, unknown to Conway appears pleading with him to work harder to keep control of the company to preserve the stockholder's investment. Later, after Rose calls Griffith to tell him she has the papers he wants, Conway receives a call telling him to go to a phone booth to wait for a call for further help. There he receives a call to go to room 709 at another building. There he finds Rose dead and a gun from his company's accounting office which he removes. After contacting Perry, Perry goes to see Griffith's wife who admits contacting Conway but missed him at the phone booth. She gives Perry a picture of Rose her husband took who may be the murder victim. Tragg picks up Conway who is identified by the elevator operator who has a unique way ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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29 March 1958 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
[Conway enters his office to find a woman going through his desk]
Rose Calvert: Oh, Mr. Conway.
Daniel P. Conway: What are you doing in here?
Rose Calvert: Well, I...
Daniel P. Conway: Where's Miss Eastman?
Rose Calvert: She just stepped out for a minute.
Daniel P. Conway: So did I, but you stepped in. What are you after in here?
Rose Calvert: Nothing. Nothing, Mr. Conway, honestly.
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The true star of the episode
21 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The star of this superb episode is Seeleg Lester, the writer of the teleplay.

In this unforgettable episode, Seeleg exhibits perfect plotting, pacing, and particularly characterization.

Unforgettable characters are introduced throughout, from Jack Weston's unforgettable materialist, Fred Calvert, to the omnivorous reader, the inadvertently hilarious elevator operator, Mavis, to the gruff roughneck, Johnny Mack Brown.

In addition, the core cast remains young and vigorous.

Finally, superb background music is provided by Russ Garcia.

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