Phil Schuyler likes to have a good time but he's a songwriter and always seems to be in debt. His sister's husband pays him a visit after Phil forged his signature on a check and wants his $3000 back by the end of the day or he will go to the police. That shouldn't be a problem for Phil since he's also a blackmailer, planning to get the money from Damion White. Damion's wife Mona is approached by Jerry Janda who wants to use a new song - Pearls and Jade - he says was written by Alex Chase. However, Mona recognizes it as a song she thinks was written by Damion so she confronts Alex. Phil contacts Damion ultimately wanting $50,000 but Damion refuses to pay. When Phil is found dead and White is charged with the crime, Perry Mason defends him. He finds that several people had motives including a spurned girlfriend and another songwriter whose most recent hit may not have been his own. The fact that Phil was killed on Halloween is the vital clue that leads to a solution. Written by
Did You Know?
Ellen Burstyn, seen here as actress/singer Mona Winthrop White, went on from numerous guest starring gigs Iike this to become one of Hollywood's most respected actresses, with six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress statuette on her resume. Burstyn's break-through role was playing Linda Blair's terrified mother in The Exorcist. She won her Oscar for Alice Doesn't Live Here Any More. Recent roles include Barbara Bush in Oliver Stone's Bush biopic W. and the acid-tongued mother in the cable drama Political Animals. See more
Mona accuses Alex of plagiarizing and stealing the melody of her husband's song and incorporating it into Alex's new tune, "Pearls and Jade." Mona throws her drink at Alex hitting him in the face and left shoulder. When the camera angle cuts to a closeup shot, both shoulders are now wet. A switch back to the wide angle shot shows Alex back to one wet shoulder. Then the next closeup shows two wet shoulders again. See more
Yeah, some trick.
Considering the results, wouldn't you say it was more of a treat?