Perry Mason: Season 7, Episode 10

The Case of the Devious Delinquent (5 Dec. 1963)

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Young Tim Balfour has returned to live with his grandfather after his parents were killed in Italy. Tim Sr. has high hopes for grandson Tim but Tim seems to have fallen in with a hoodlum who blackmails him. In a fight Tim's gun goes off.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ...
Johnny Washbrook ...
Tim Balfour (as John Washbrook)
Chick Montana
Virginia Christine ...
Edith Summers
Timothy Balfour Sr.
Harold Minter
Frances Rafferty ...
Miss Adler
Luke Balfour
Kenneth MacDonald ...
Hal Baylor ...


Tim Balfour has returned from Italy after his parents were killed in a car accident. His artistic father left the family years before due to his bad boy actions. Tim Balfour finds himself in trouble after he gets involved with Chick Montana and another boy who rob a store. Chick tells Tim they hit the owner too hard and it'll cost $200 to make it all go away. When Tim goes to pay Chick he thinks he may have hit a man but can't find him. Chick now tells him he wants $2000 to make things go away. Tim knows it's a shakedown but he has few options open to him. He's only recently started living with his wealthy grandfather, Timothy Sr., but his father had abandoned the family years ago. As a result, the old man is still a bit frosty towards him while his father's brother, his uncle Luke, is downright hostile. About the only person who is nice to him is the family housekeeper Edith Summers. When Chick is killed, Tim is charged with murder and Perry Mason defends him. Written by garykmcd

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Carefully arranged jackpot
21 February 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Good thing for Johnny Washbrook that grandfather Otto Kruger has Perry Mason on retainer at his business. Other wise the jackpot that was carefully arranged for Washbrook to get himself into would have wound him up in jail for a murder he didn't commit.

Washbrook lives with his grandfather, his parents having been killed in Italy. His father had been long alienated from Kruger and Washbrook is also not on good terms with uncle and presumed heir David Lewis. The only one who shows him any kindness is housekeeper Virginia Christine.

Washbrook is something of a delinquent hanging around with a pair of cheap young hoodlums in David Winters and David Clegg. Some incidents have mushroomed into a possible hit and run, but later it's Lewis found shot in the back with a weapon from Kruger's gun collection that was left at the scene. Of course with Washbrook's fingerprints all over the weapon.

This Mason story had an interesting plot. I will say that the murderer did not have just framing Washbrook. Indeed this is a plot that started years ago and has as long range goals as Richard III had.

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