Perry Mason: Season 7, Episode 28

The Case of the Drifting Dropout (7 May 1964)

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In Southern California, Perry Mason defends Barry Davis against charges that he killed his former boss, Mort Lynch. Barry is a mixed-up young man and he and Lynch had recently argued with ... See full summary »

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Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Cynthia Pepper ...
Annalee Fisher
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Dell Harper
Carl Reindel ...
Barry Davis
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Sanford Harper
Natalie Norwick ...
Miss Standish
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Mort Lynch
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Grove Dillingham
Blair Davies ...
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Harry Holcombe ...
House Peters Jr. ...
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Don Haggerty ...
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In Southern California, Perry Mason defends Barry Davis against charges that he killed his former boss, Mort Lynch. Barry is a mixed-up young man and he and Lynch had recently argued with young Barry quitting his job. Barry's uncle had been an associate of Lynch long ago and as Barry learned from having hired Paul Drake to look into his uncle's background, was quite a crook. Lynch was also running for Mayor and trying to shake up the local power structure in the town, controlled by Dell Harper. Barry had only recently been hired by Dell to dig up dirt on Mort Lynch and specifically how he got the money to start in business in the first place. An old counterfeit $10 bill found on Lynch is the clue that points to blackmail and a motive for murder. Written by garykmcd

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Early in the show, Barry pushes Mort to the ground. This happens at night in a dark junkyard. The next day there is a photo of the push and it appears to have been taken during the day under the best light condition. See more »

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No great sympathy
20 March 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Innocent though he is of murder, I couldn't really work up too much sympathy for Carl Reindel as a Perry Mason client. What this young man is doing is spying on his uncle's former partner, trying to get dirt on him because Ted DeCorsia is planning to run for mayor and it's the current mayor and newspaper publisher Malcolm Atterbury who wants the dirt.

DeCorsia became rich after World War II in the junk business and he had a partner who was Reindel's uncle who died years ago. Reindel is predisposed to think that there must have been some kind of shady business. There was as Paul Drake discovers the uncle was a crook and did time.

Through William Hopper, Raymond Burr inherits this client and naturally gets him off. Turns out the uncle had more than one partner.

One of the more run of the mill stories from Perry Mason.


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