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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[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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Classic episode that is the root of the entire series.
26 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A classic Perry Mason episode where you have a person that looks so innocent until Perry gets the person on the witness stand and produces evidence that will prove guilt.

It begins with a oil investment company has a CEO named Daniel Conway that is in the middle of a stockholders meeting where another person, Warner Griffith, wants to take over the daily operations and push Conway out the door. But there is more to this little takeover than meets the eye.

Warner Griffith has planted a secretary spy in Conway's office. The spy, Rose Calvert, is giving valuable information for the possible takeover to Griffith. When Conway gets a suspicious call about meeting someone in a hotel room for the company's sake, Conway finds Rose Calvert dead from a gunshot wound. And then he does something that even a novice person would know better- Conway picks up the gun and leaves the room. Ouch!

Anyway it is not long before Hamilton Burger has issued a murder warrant on Daniel Conway and Perry will be the attorney for the accused. Perry has a good idea of who the real murderer is but he will turn out to be incorrect. When it looks nearly hopeless, Perry will be able to get a person to confess to the crime with some keen cross-examination.

Again classic Mason a large pool of likely suspects that could have been the murderer. A good watch for viewers as Perry provides nice insight into how and why the murder unfolded. Good Watch

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