Perry Mason: Season 7, Episode 9

The Case of the Festive Felon (28 Nov. 1963)

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When a woman dies, she leaves a certified check for $1,000,000 to her nurse which the family and their lawyer try to hide and contest. Perry is hired to obtain the check and then defend her daughter who is charged with killing the lawyer.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ...
Jon Hall ...
Max Randall
Madeline Randall
Carla Eden
Hetty Randall
Jeff Morrow ...
Lawton Brent
Ray Stricklyn ...
Reed Brent
Gilbert Green ...
Chester Brent
Elisabeth Fraser ...
Eloise Brent
Justin Grover


Just prior to her death, family patriarch Bebe Brent leaves her nurse Hetty Randall a certified check for $1 million. She entrusted the check to her lawyer Justin Grover, but Hetty's never received it and her daughter Madeline asks Perry Mason to look into it after learning by accident about it hearing her mother and uncle discuss it. Madeline learns the truth from her fiancé Reed Brent, Bebe's nephew, and she quickly makes an appointment to see Grover and find out what he is up to when he offers to tell her what is going on. When Grover is killed in a house fire that same night and Madeline is caught by the police leaving the house with Grover briefcase containing the check, Madeline is charged with murder and Perry defends her. Perry wants to know why Bebe would have left such a large sum to a nurse, but Hetty refuses to tell him. Written by garykmcd

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Not the best script, but interesting cast!
21 February 2011 | by (Massachusetts, USA) – See all my reviews

Airing on Thanksgiving night 1963, the first episode in which Lyndon Johnson was president, this outing was not one of the better episodes. Maybe the series was starting to tire out, but it was and is not that well done.

That said, seeing Sherry Jackson in a major guest role here is a real treat. A child actress who had starred on "Make Room For Daddy," she had blossomed into a real beauty by the time she made her appearance here. She does not disappoint.

Kathie Browne, who would go on to marry Darren McGavin, also has a juicy role here. We also get to see William Talman here, though he seems a little subdued, compared to other episodes.

Sadly, though, she and the rest of the cast are let down by a substandard script. Normally, it would seem the show had its high-water mark by then, and it largely give that impression until the end of 1965. "Perry Mason" seemed to get a second wind at the beginning of 1966, when the scripts featured more action and even one colour episode.

But until then, it would be business as usual. Overall, worth a watch because of Ms. Jackson and Ms. Browne.

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