Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Drowsy Mosquito 

Called in by Banning Grant, Perry learns that con artists have been selling phony gold mines. To find out who's responsible, Paul disguises himself as a prospector. When a local is murdered, Perry solves the case during a coroner's inquest.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Perry Mason
Della Street
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Sandy Bowen
Banning Grant
Deputy Coroner Chute
Deputy Sheriff Connors
Jason Sparks
Gerald Sommers
James Bradisson
Nell Wyatt
George Moffgat


When Banning Grant is injured in what may not be an accident at an abandoned gold mine, he has Sandy Bowen ask Perry to come to his aid in the town of Gold Gulch. Perry is told by Grant that a mining company in which he was once a major owner is making shady deals for mining properties including deals with Bowen who is known to salt mines. Most of the town residents have shares in the company and depend on dividends from it to help live. He asks Perry to undo a deal between the company and Bowen but Perry is turned down. Grant tells Perry he wanted the property since he found the lost Bolder mine on the property. After someone shoots at Grant, Perry calls Paul to act as a weekend prospector who has found the mine to take the heat off Grant. Paul succeeds but when he returns to his camp, he hears shots and finds the head of the company, James Bradisson, shot nearby. Perry has to help try to solve the case during a very informal coroner's inquest where the dirty laundry of Gold Gulch is... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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10 October 1963 (USA)  »

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This episode is unique in that there's no trial (only a coroner's inqest), and therefore no "accused" (defendant). See more »


When Grant falls into the mine, dirt bounces away to reveal the stunt pad underneath. See more »


[first lines]
Hayward Small: [watching a injured man being driven into town] Hadn't you better go help, Lillian? After all, he's sort of a relative.
Lillian Bradisson: In a minute.
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A colorful cast in support
12 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

I'm in complete agreement with the previous reviewers on both issues he covered. This particular Perry Mason episode has one of the most recognizable group of character players ever assembled for one of the show's episodes. With them alone in it, you can't go wrong watching this episode.

And I agree with the fact that Perry Mason would have to be practicing law in different venues other than Los Angeles County Court. And he would have to be facing other adversaries as he is here with Garry Walberg as the local prosecutor in the Mojave Desert town of Gold Gulch.

An old prospector played for the gazillionth time by Arthur Hunnicutt comes to Los Angeles to bring Raymond Burr who takes Barbara Hale along to Gold Gulch on behalf of an old client Russell Collins. It seems as though Collins has both discovered something real valuable at an old mine site and people are trying to kill him.

But it's Collins's son-in-law who makes a nice living salting old played out mines and selling them to suckers who gets killed. Collins looks good for it though no one is charged. The venue for Burr's legal skills is a coroner's inquest presided over by Clinton Sundberg.

Besides those mentioned you will also find Ann Doran, Robert J. Wilke, Strother Martin, and former light heavyweight champion Archie Moore in the cast. You can't go wrong with this bunch.

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