Aitken magazines are not profitable and former Editor-in-Chief Edmond Aitken no longer controls the company. The new CEO, Donald Fletcher, changes the tone of each mag which appalls the executive committee. At a party in his home, Fletcher insults Milly Nash, Edmond's sister-in-law, then his wife, Alyce Aitken, and Edmond punches him in the face. Poet Ben Nicholson consults Perry Mason about his firm, Pleiades Press, closely followed by Edmond Aitken, who discusses his problems with Perry. Later, Ben and Edmond meet at the Writers Club. Ben quotes the cynical E. A. Robinson poem "Richard Cory," which resonates with Edmond. Wishing to protect her investment and unaware of Edmond's plan to fight Fletcher, Alyce gives her proxy to the new CEO. That evening, Alyce sets out to retrieve her proxy. Edmond and Milly are in and out of the house and Fletcher winds up killed with his own gun. Lt. Tragg arrests Alyce who asks Perry to defend her but is less than forthright with her attorney. Written by
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Miss Stoner has a small white patch in the front of her hair. When she is on the stand, the white patch is right above her right eye, but a few moments later, when there are shots of her listening to testimony, it is over her left eye. At the end of the courtroom scene, when she stands up, it has switched back to being over her right eye. In fact, the two scenes when she is in the courtroom audience are close-up shots of just her and the film has obviously been flipped. Everything has been reversed which includes the star broach on her lapel and even the direction her top is buttoned (to the right as a man's would instead of to the left as a women's would), in addition to the white strip in her hair. See more
Ladies and gentlemen, the covers of your current magazine issues. A missile, a house, and a dame. All cold as ice. Nothing to make a customer stop, look, and buy.