Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Deadly Debt 

Danny Talbert, a LA cop, resigns when a mobster he is investigating contacts his family after Danny's dad dies. Danny's brother Carl works in his club and has been in trouble before. Danny is seen by Perry leaving the dead man's cabin.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ...
Carl Talbert
Joe De Santis ...
Louie Parker
Gregory Morton ...
Steve Radom
Joan Huntington ...
Kitty Delany
Charles Judd
Danny Talbert
Stella Radom
Mrs. Talbert


When Ed Talbert arrives at Union Station in Los Angeles he's accompanied by Kitty Delany who he met on the train and who is helping the elderly man. Ed calls his son Carl, a nightclub piano player, but before the call is even finished, Ed Talbert dies from a heart attack. At the time Steve Radom was standing by Talbert. The police officer who investigates the death at the station is Danny Talbert, a LAPD Sergeant, who is the son of the dead man. Carl consults Perry Mason and says that he subsequently received a call from Steve Radom saying that his father owed him $10,000. Radom it turns out is a well-known gangster and Carl's brother Danny pays him a visit. Perry makes an appointment to see Radom about the debt. He is approaching Radom's cabin when he hears shots and sees Danny running away from it. When Radom is found dead, Danny is arrested and charged with murder. There are several people who may have wanted him dead including business partners in Los Angeles. A family secret is ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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1 April 1965 (USA)  »

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Both Perry Mason and an impartial eyewitness see the future defendant in a murder case fleeing the murder scene. It is later established that the defendant was pursuing the actual murderer, but that person was not seen by Perry and the eyewitness. See more »

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Talbert Family Values
29 March 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Emile Meyer arrives in Los Angeles on a train and when he stops to call one of his sons he suddenly collapses and dies of a heart attack. As it turns out it was a natural death, but it set in motion the whole plot of this case with the homicide of gangster Gregory Morton. Meyer had two sons LAPD sergeant Robert Quarry and jazz pianist Chris Robinson who works in one of Morton's clubs. Perry Mason gets into this because he'd help bail the piano player out a previous brush with the law. But it's the cop he winds up defending in court.

Of course Quarry didn't do it, but the writers did kind of pull a perpetrator way out of left field with a real long shot of a motive. I agree that this episode was not one of the best of the Perry Mason series.

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