Perry Mason: Season 2, Episode 27

The Case of the Deadly Toy (16 May 1959)

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Claire Alison contacts Perry for help after Martin Selkirk sends her threatening letters and assaults her boyfriend Dick Benedict. Selkirk is romantically interested in her. When Martin is found shot, it's Claire who is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Allison
Max Adrian ...
Ralph Jennings
Robert Rockwell ...
Dick Benedict
Martin Selkirk
Jennifer Howard ...
Lorraine Jennings
Paul Cavanagh ...
Horace Selkirk
Kathryn Card ...
Hannah Barton
Katherine Collins
Morris Ankrum ...
Darrel Reed (as Norm Alden)


In San Francisco, Claire Alison and Dick Benedict try to avoid Martin Selkirk, who wants to break up their romance. Claire is upset because she is receiving letters from Selkirk containing articles about women who jilted their fiancés. The envelopes appear to have been addressed on a printing press. Selkirk finds them and breaks Benedict's jaw in a fight with brass knuckles. In Los Angeles Lorraine Jennings, Selkirk's former wife, contacts Claire offering help if Claire will testify on Lorraine's behalf in a custody battle over young David Selkirk. Claire visits them while Dick recuperates in the hospital. Claire spends the night at the Jennings home and hears a mysterious shot fired in the night. When she gets up to get a blank, she finds a printing press in the linen closet. Claire leaves the house contacting Perry the next morning. The next day Ralph Jennings walks with a pronounced limp saying it is arthritis and Selkirk is found murdered at his beach house. When Claire is charged... Written by richardann

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Correcting Some Misformation
12 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is another review posted here with a lot of erroneous information, and I want to correct it.

First, Perry's client, Claire Alison, was NOT the estranged wife of the victim. She was his former girlfriend, who had dumped him earlier.

Second, the little boy David is NOT Claire's son. She is the son of the victim and his former wife, Loraine Jenkins.

I do not believe that this was one of the stronger episodes. The plot was too convoluted, left a lot of things unexplained, and did not contain anything memorable. And the solution seems to come out of thin air and does not provide any real reason for the murder happening when and how it did.

Still, it is Perry Mason, and Perry Mason on an off night is still better than about 90% of everything else that has aired on TV on a good night.

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