Perry Mason: Season 1, Episode 31

The Case of the Fiery Fingers (3 May 1958)

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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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3 May 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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


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Mason in one of his best
5 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A great early episode of classic "Perry Mason". Contains some of the best court room scenes of the entire series. Plus we get to see that Perry is really a soft lovable Teddy Bear at heart. And anytime Connie Cezon, as Gertie, gets face time it is going to be a good show.

A sweet grand-ma like nurse, played by Lenore Shanewise, gets caught up in a family situation that is seen more in tabloids than on TV. Between affairs, money and stolen love letters you already know someone is not going to make it till the end of the show.

When Norman Mae Quincy, the sweet nurse, is accused of murder - not only do we as watchers feel sad for her but also Perry is caught up with this women's grandmother appearance. She called Lt Tragg a mean man and also gets friendly with the matrons in her cell block.

Rest of the episode is classic Mason. Excellent court room scenes with Lt Tragg being questioned by Perry and DA Burger. Even some scenes on how items get introduced as evidence into court proceeding.

At the end of the show it has one of the best scanning of the court room in any program or film. Begins at the witness-stand and the camera then scans to jurors- then to court room spectators- showing Burger, Tragg, Paul, Della and Perry and finally stops on our sweet ma-ma feeling sorry for the person in the witness-stand.

The final sweet scene is when Nora, our grand-ma, asked for the fee that Perry will be charging. When Perry asked her what is fair, she advises about $25. As the show fades out the elderly lady is counting out one dollar bills from her change purse into Perry's hand. Afterall he did save her from prison or as she said "much worse".

Worth watching!

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