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.


(as Anton M. Leader)


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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)
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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Did You Know?


Perry asks the elevator operator the title of the book she was reading when she encountered his client. She replies, "'You Can Die Laughing'." Erle Stanley Gardner wrote this book under the pen name A. A. Fair. See more »


[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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Mason elicits a confession ... as usual ... but with a surprise twist
6 October 2006 | by (California) – See all my reviews

In this whodunit, Mason is confronted with a challenge. His client's fingerprints are found at the murder scene, his client is in possession of the gun used to kill the victim, and his client was observed by the elevator operator taking a devious route from the murder scene to avoid detection.

As usual, Mason, pitted against Burger and Trask, is aided by the always-demure Della Street, private secretary, and the always-smoking Paul Drake, private detective.

Mason is pretty sure he knows who the killer really is, and when his suspect takes the stand, Mason attacks with a vengeance. But Mason is wrong!! The person he suspected of killing the victim didn't do it, even though there's a gaping hole in the suspect's alibi.

But the unflappable defense attorney doesn't miss a beat. He recalls an earlier witness and using psychology, strategy, and a pair of shoes, elicits a confession.

In the closing moments, Della speaks coyly to Perry about "a merger" of two "interests" -- meaning a marriage. But, of course, she's not talking about her and Perry, but about the now-absolved defendant and a key witness.

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