Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Envious Editor 

A new CEO has taken over control of a declining magazine with the intent to change it over the objections of the founder's son. The CEO, ruthlessly using blackmail to get what he wants, is murdered. The wife of the founder's son is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Edmond Aitken
Donald Fletcher (as James H. Coburn)
Ben Nicholson
Lori Stoner
Jennifer Howard ...
Milly Nash
Vinton Hayworth ...
Wendell Harding
Alyce Aitken
S. John Launer ...
Sid Tomack ...
Rudi Tripp
Jay Robinson aka Philip Robinson


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 richardann

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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7 January 1961 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


[first lines]
Donald Fletcher: 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.
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How the turntable turns
1 November 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Philip Abbott visits the offices of Perry Mason to decide how he can get back control of his publishing business from James Coburn. But it's Sara Shane who is Mrs. Abbott who needs Raymond Burr as a criminal defense attorney after Coburn is murdered.

Once again Coburn as a victim was not the most beloved of characters to leave the land of the living abruptly. Besides Abbott and Shane about four other possible perpetrators are offered up by the series writers.

Among Coburn's nastier habits was that he liked his music real loud during a party and didn't care how that disturbed the neighborhood and the neighbors. People like that annoy me no end. But his love of loud music and how his manual turntable worked on his phonograph provide the key for Burr to get his client freed.

An interesting Perry Mason tale, especially with the telltale turntable.

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