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Louise Gordon believes husband George is having an affair and will not allow him into her room. Only cousin Vicky Braxton and nurse Nora Mae Quincey may see Louise. When Louise dies of arsenic poisoning, Nora Mae is charged with murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mary LaRoche ...
Vicky Braxton (as Mary La Roche)
Edward Norris ...
George Gordon
Lenore Shanewise ...
Nora Mae Quincey
Susan Dorn ...
Louise Gordon
Charlotte Lynch
Robert Burton ...
Dr. H.W. Fremont
Dr. Williams
Sydney Smith ...
Connie Cezon ...
Charles Davis ...
Dr. James Meecham


George Gordon receives a phone call from his girlfriend Charlotte Lynch which is overhead by his wife Louise on the extension in her bedroom. George is upset at the call saying Louise may overhear it and that letters from Charlotte are missing which he believes his wife has confiscated. After the call Louise confronts George who accidentally knocks her down the stairs when she slaps him. She fully recovers from the fall but refuses to leave her room only allowing her elderly nurse's aide Nora Mae Quincey and her cousin Vicky Braxton in her room. She won't divorce George but decides to leave her money to a medical center plus a $350 monthly stipend to Vicky. George asks Nora Mae to give Louise some pills to sedate her but Nora Mae thinking they are poison consults Perry who tells her not to use the pills. None the less the next morning Louise dies of arsenic poisoning with Nora Mae accused because of jewelry she "borrowed" from Louise. Perry starts out thinking that George is the real ... Written by Anonymous

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arsenic | cousin | nurse | autopsy | doctor | See All (10) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

3 May 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The fourth episode in a row with a female murder victim. See more »


Version of Perry Mason: The Case of the Woeful Widower (1964) See more »

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Another Mason Charity Case
29 June 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although Raymond Burr first suggests that Lenore Shanewise go to legal aid first apparently he couldn't resist the guilelessness of this little old lady who pays him a $5.00 retainer. He takes her on as a client.

She came to Burr with the suspicion that Edward Norris who is married to the woman who hired her as a nurse is about to poison his wife. He's got a girlfriend on the side in Fay Spain, not only on the side but who faked her way into the household as a maid, the better to keep an eye on him. In any event when the wife dies of arsenic poisoning, the sweet little old lady really does need the services of Perry Mason.

I have to say even with evidence pointing in her direction how could Hamilton Burger possibly believe this woman capable of anything? It turns out to be a case of a frame getting fitted on the wrong victim. You might be interested in seeing who's doing the framing.

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