Perry Mason: Season 1, Episode 27

The Case of the Desperate Daughter (22 Mar. 1958)

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Teenager Doris Bannister is having a fling with Stefan Riker, a shady East German who is a longtime acquaintance of Doris' step-mother, Lisa Bannister. Riker has been murdered, and Doris has global amnesia, or is she faking it?



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Doris Bannister
Robert F. Simon ...
Edward Bannister
Lisa Bannister
Stefan Riker
Gary Marshall
Pierre Watkin ...
Wendell Holmes ...
Dr. Forbes
Robert Williams ...
Det. Quincey (as Robert B. Williams)
Gere Craft ...
Ivan Bonar ...
Det. Marlowe


Stefan Riker stops at a local bar to ask Gary Marshall if he recognizes a lady in a picture he has. Gary denies knowing her but has to go to pick up his boss' wife - Lisa Bannister - the woman in the picture. After picking her up, he stops before returning home to tell Lisa about the incident but that he did not identify her. She thanks him but he then proceeds to kiss her but she slaps him. Later, Stefan arrives at the Bannister home asking to see Lisa saying he is her cousin. Doris Bannister quickly calls her step-mother to meet Stefan but Lisa does not show great happiness at seeing Stefan. Lisa's crippled husband who uses two canes to walk, is very quiet. When Doris asks why, he states he understood Lisa had no relatives. Later, Doris catches Lisa about to commit suicide. Lisa explains her father is the head of the Communist Party in East Germany and she is in the US illegally. Doris decides to distract Stefan by visiting him in her finest and making a pass at him. Later, she ... Written by Anonymous

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22 March 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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From behind the Iron Curtain
21 July 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Gigi Peareau is the Perry Mason client in this episode and a most uncooperative client she is. She's arrested for the murder of Werner Klemperer who was a distant cousin of her stepmother Osa Massen. Klemperer recently arrived from Germany starts insinuating himself in the family of Robert F. Simon who is Perreau's father and Massen's husband.

Perreau fakes an amnesia act that fools no one. Later she becomes more candid about her role in the events but now insist on her guilt. Very obvious someone is being protected.

I wasn't crazy about this story for precisely that reason. Seems that the perpetrator would not have wanted Perreau to be guilty of any kind of homicide charge. But she nearly was convicted more by her own stupidity than anything else.

Not one of the better stories.

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