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

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

Mason elicits a confession ... as usual ... but with a surprise twist

8/10
Author: Lee McIntyre from California
6 October 2006

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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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Classic episode that is the root of the entire series.

8/10
Author: kfo9494 from United States
26 March 2013

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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The true star of the episode

10/10
Author: info-16951 from United States
21 November 2014

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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

The thrill of victory to agony of the feet

6/10
Author: sol1218 from brooklyn NY
31 March 2013

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

***Spoilers*** In the middle of a bitter proxy war to gain control of the Cal-Tex company, by the way the Cal-Tex building in Dallas Texas was prominent in conspiracy theories in the JFK assassinating, Rose Calvert, Pamela Duncan, who was supposedly planted in the company's CEO Warner Griffith, Johnny Mack Brown, office was found murdered in room #709 and the Redfern Hotel.

The person who was fighting with Griffith for the control of Cal-Tex Daniel P. Conway, H.M Wynant, was arrested for her murder in that Rose was not only working for him but was suspected in her going to expose Conway's dirty dealing behind the scenes in the Cal-Tex takeover. There's was also found at the murder scene the .38 revolver that killed Rose with Conway's fingerprints on it.

At first it seemed like an open and shut case for prosecuting D.A Hamilton "Ham" Burger, William Talman, but hold your horses Perry Mason, Raymond Burr, soon came on the scene to defend Conway and started to dig up evidence that not only was going to prove his client innocent but that Rose's murder had nothing at all to do with the proxy battle between Conway & Grifith! It had to do with something very close to home in Rose's case that had her killer freak out and end up doing her in.

****SPOILERS**** It was a breath of fresh air in that we didn't have to go through all the complications of a violent takeover of Cal-Tex to find out who Rose's murderer really was. In fact he didn't murder her for money or power but for what she did to him after all the love and security he gave her over the years. Something that the members of the jury will greatly consider in his upcoming trial and hand down a much lighter sentence. Not the death penalty that his crime would have demeaned of them!

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