Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Difficult Detour 

Mallory Construction company is set to finish a road project on time and at a profit when the owner learns he has trespassed, forcing a shutdown and bankruptcy. After learning he was swindled, he goes after the swindler who is murdered.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Jeff York ...
Pete Mallory
Sheila Benton
Stuart Benton
Lee Farr ...
Chet Stark
Joe Di Reda ...
Phil Edwards (as Joe di Rida)
Jim Ames
Joan Camden ...
Miriam Ames
Edward Parker
Reviewing Judge Penner


Pete Mallory has invested most of his savings in a new road construction firm and is well on his way to making a profit on his first big contract. He's building a new access road connecting a lake to a new luxury holiday development. All is going well until the owner of the land on which the road is being built, Mr. Ames, gets a court order stopping them on the grounds they are trespassing. A quick review from a judge confirms that Mallory does not have a right of way and it soon becomes apparent that he has been had. Edward Parker, who leased the construction equipment, reclaims his equipment which will force Mallory into bankruptcy. After checking the maps and surveys, he realizes someone switched surveys on him so he tracks down the people involved, leading to Stuart Benton. He has an altercation with the resort developer, Stuart Benton, who is found dead sometime later by his wife and a deputy. Mallory is charged with murder and Perry Mason agrees to defend him after being ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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25 March 1961 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The first appearance of Mort Mills as Sgt. Ben Landro of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. Mills would appear as Sgt. Landro six more times over the next four years. See more »


Credits to the show has Bert Freed playing Edward Parker. However during the entire show he is called Harry Parker. See more »


[last lines]
Jim Ames: Into Bentonville Park, huh? Hmm. Why not? I've never turned away from a good business proposition. Suppose we, uh... Suppose we talk about it, eh?
Perry Mason: Suppose we do.
Jim Ames: Tell me now...
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By reason of character
26 October 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A hot tempered Jeff York is in need of Perry Mason's services. In fact if he had sought Mason earlier in a civil matter earlier, York might not have needed his help defending him from a charge of killing Jason Evers.

Truth be told Evers was a guy who any number of people would like to have killed. He was a 'developer' who had a nice scheme for making quick profits and then pulling out without developing anything. York who ran a construction firm invested as well as worked for this guy an he's about to be ruined.

Evers also was conning a lot of people in different ways. He was cheating on his wife Suzanne Lloyd with Joan Camden the daughter of Neil Hamilton. Lloyd has Lee Farr just waiting to marry her if she can shed herself of this two timing cad.

What was interesting about the episode is that during the course of the trial it was brought out for reasons of character that the real murderer couldn't be considered a suspect. But in point of fact that person does do the killing.

Still York should have come to Raymond Burr earlier, might have saved him a lot of grief.

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