Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Feather Cloak 

While in Hawaii to check on property for a hotel development, Perry is asked to help Anona Gilbert, who owns a critical piece of property. Her fiancé, who is involved in a scheme involving the land, breaks their engagement and is murdered.

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Della Street (credit only)
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Paul Drake
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Lt. Tragg (credit only)
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Lt. Kia
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Gustave Heller
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Jarvis Logan (as John van Dreelen)
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Jon Kakai (as Tony Scott)
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In Hawaii, doing work for a hotel chain that is thinking of acquiring prime beach front property, Perry Mason and Paul Drake find themselves involved in a murder. Jarvis Logan owns the beach front property on each side of a small point out in the bay that is owned by a trust for Anona Gilbert, which he oversees. Douglas Kelland is a beachcomber and avid surfer who is engaged to the beautiful Anona Gilbert. He suddenly breaks off his engagement when it is revealed he is still married to Dolly Jameson. He's found something important on the property Perry has been looking into, important enough for someone to kill him with a spearfishing gun. Paul Drake saw Anona running away from the murder scene after she had been asked to come there by Douglas, and Perry defends her at the preliminary hearing. A simple feather provides the clue needed to identify the murderer. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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11 February 1965 (USA)  »

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As if using non-Polynesian actors wasn't bad enough, some of the locations used to simulate Hawaiian scenes were so Hollywood. The house where Perry and Paul meet Mr. Logan appears to be The Magic Castle in North Hollywood, with the Hollywood Hills in the background. See more »

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[after giving Paul and Perry each a lei and a kiss]
Anona Gilbert: That's the Hawaiian way of showing gratitude and affection. And I set one aside for Doug, too, as thanks for what he was intending to do for me before he was killed.
Perry Mason: I suggest you find one more, Anona, for someone who also did all he could for you.
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Obvious murderer with not so obvious motive
17 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

This episode of Perry Mason has both Raymond Burr and William Hopper in the Hawaiian Islands doing some investigating for a hotel chain that is seeking to purchase property for development. The project has been slow and the hotel chain is needing both Perry Mason's lawyering and Paul Drake's gumshoeing to get things on track.

But when beachcomber Michael Dante is killed by spear gun it is Wende Wagner who is charged with his murder. Dante has his shack right where the hotel people want to develop and if he's not out the whole thing falls apart. Kind of like Lionel Barrymore's property in You Can't Take It With You.

Knowing that the murderer is rather obvious, but Wagner looks good for it because she was involved with the victim and he treated her like dirt.

The clue that leads to the solution is a feather left by Wagner at the scene and found by William Hopper. What it is and where it comes from points the finger at the proper party.

James Frawley plays a highly ambitious District Attorney who Raymond Burr cuts down to size. I didn't see another like him until Scott Baio played one in one of the Perry Mason films years later.

Jon Hall whose ancestry was Polynesian played the Hawaiian homicide detective. It was the second of two Mason TV shows he did before retiring. He should have gone out with this, he made a dreadful science fiction afterward and then quit.

The murderer is obvious, but the reasons are hidden.


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