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The Case of the Festive Felon 

Before 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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Perry Mason
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Della Street
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Paul Drake
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Hamilton Burger
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Lt. Tragg (credit only)
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Lt. Andy Anderson
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Max Randall
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Madeline Randall
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Carla Eden
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Hetty Randall
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Gilbert Green ...
Chester Brent
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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 never received it. Hetty's daughter, Madeline, asks Perry Mason to look into it after learning about it when she overheard 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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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28 November 1963 (USA)  »

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"The Case of the Festive Felon" featured two future original-series Star Trek hotties - Sherry Jackson, as Andrea in Season One's "What Little Girls Are Made Of;" and Kathie Browne, the delightful Deela in Season Three's "Wink of an Eye." See more »

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Reed Brent: [while standing his dying aunt's bedside] Shouldn't we call the doctor again, Mr. Grover?
Justin Grover: He said he'd be here in half an hour. it's ten more minutes.
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Classic Mason
4 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

I found this episode to be typical Perry Mason. Not the greatest script but a show you wanted to watch till the end.

Had all the Mason story lines with a theft, arson, burglary and of course the murder. And you even get the witness stand confession to tie all the parts together.

The eye candy of Sherry Jackson made me long for the early 60's all over again. From the one piece swimwear to the unbrushed and soot filled hair, the camera was nice to Ms Jackson. It also must have rubbed off on Della. In this episode she is always wearing the finest outfits and the lighting on her makes her stand out in ways not seen on many "Perry Mason" shows.

In one of the most cheesy performances, Paul acts like a studio talent scout and sweet talks a secretary for a film role. Not one of William Hopper's finest moments. But it ties in somewhat at the end so it is easily forgiven.

Overall a good watch. If you like "Perry Mason" then this episode will give you your fill.


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