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"Perry Mason" The Case of the Daring Decoy (1958)

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Erle Stanley Gardner (novel)
Seeleg Lester (teleplay)
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Original Air Date:
29 March 1958 (Season 1, Episode 28)
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Mason elicits a confession ... as usual ... but with a surprise twist See more (5 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason

Barbara Hale ... Della Street

William Hopper ... Paul Drake

William Talman ... Hamilton Burger

Ray Collins ... Lt. Tragg

H.M. Wynant ... Daniel P. Conway

Marie Windsor ... Linda Griffith

Jack Weston ... Fred Calvert

Jacqueline Scott ... Amelia Armitage

Johnny Mack Brown ... 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
Jack Gargan ... Court Clerk (credit only)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Don Anderson ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Brandon Beach ... Juror (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Juror (uncredited)

John Roy ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Carl Sklover ... Bartender (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Jack Stoney ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Anton Leader  (as Anton M. Leader)
Writing credits
Erle Stanley Gardner (novel)

Seeleg Lester (teleplay)

Produced by
Ben Brady .... producer
Gail Patrick .... executive producer (as Gail Patrick Jackson)
Sam White .... associate producer
Original Music by
Russell Garcia 
Cinematography by
Frank Redman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard Cahoon 
Art Direction by
Lewis H. Creber  (as Lewis Creber)
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Set Decoration by
Walter M. Scott 
Charles Vassar  (as Charles Q. Vassar)
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist
Annabell Levy .... hair stylist (as Annabell)
Production Management
J. Paul Popkin .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Marks .... assistant director (as Art Marks)
Art Department
Ray Thompson .... property master
Sound Department
Robert O'Brien .... production sound mixer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dick James .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Art Seid .... editorial supervisor
Other crew
Cosmo Genovese .... script supervisor
Gene Wang .... story editor

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Erle Stanley Gardner  creator

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

52 min (without commercials)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

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A rare view of the jury was included in the courtroom scene. Usually the camera is pointed toward the judge when the attorneys are questioning the witnesses. This time the camera is pointed toward the jury during the questioning.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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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Mason elicits a confession ... as usual ... but with a surprise twist, 6 October 2006
Author: Lee McIntyre from California

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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