Perry Mason: Season 9, Episode 30

The Case of the Final Fade-Out (22 May 1966)

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Barry Conrad has become a major star with an oversized ego. At the last moment, he tells his show's producer Jackson Sidemark that he won't be signing a new contract. Conrad, then Sidemark are killed giving Perry two clients back to back.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Stacy ...
Barry Conrad
Winifred Glover
Pete Desmond
Jackson Sidemark
Leif Early
Andy Rubin
Erna Landry
Kenneth MacDonald ...
William Tannen ...
Frank - Studio Guard
Margaret Shinn ...
Starlet #1


Producer Jackson Sidemark has a hit TV series. Unfortunately, his star Barry Conrad tells him he won't be doing another season, after Sidemark is already on the hook for numerous contractual obligations. Conrad stabs others in the back too, like the former star Winifred Glover who gave him his start, and the writer of Sidemark's show. There's little surprise when Conrad's murder occurs, but nothing goes as expected after that. Conrad was killed in the midst of a scene with a last minute plot change in which guns are substituted for knives. There's perjury, dismissal of charges against Sidemark, and accusations from Burger of Perry's misconduct. After a second murder with Sidemark as the victim, Perry has a new client - the actress Winifred Glover, and must solve both cases to get at the truth. He's helped and hindered by a cast of both familiar TV faces and members of the "Perry Mason" crew in bit parts, plus Perry's creator Erle Stanley Gardner as the final Judge. Written by Arthur Bullock

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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22 May 1966 (USA)  »

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The final episode is the only episode to feature Erle Stanley Gardner, creator of the original series. See more »


Perry Mason: Now it seems to me the place to start is at the beginning.
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References Witness for the Prosecution (1957) See more »

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For the last episode of the series- Perry gives a two for one conviction
14 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this full episode there are two murders and two courtroom hearings that are as fascinating as nearly any in the series. With a cast full of stars, this last episode is an honor to the many years of enjoyment that the series gave us viewers.

In begins as a episode of a TV show is being filmed. The show is approaching the end of the season and new contracts are being signed by all the actors. But at the signing, the star of the show named Barry Conrad decides not to sign. This leaves the producer, Jackson Sidemark (Denver Pyle) is a terrible position. The prima-donna will cause the entire show to collapse and contracts go unpaid.

But during the next filmed scene that involves a fight scene with prop-guns, something goes wrong when Barry Conrad gets shot with actual bullets. And Jackson Sidemark is arrested for the murder for comments he made when Barry would not sign his contract.

During the trial, the prop-man Pete Desmond (Jackie Coogan) is caught in a out-and-out lie on the witness stand and the charges are dropped.

Later, Jackson Sidemark ends up dead. And for some reason the police believe that an elder actress, Winifred Glover (Estelle Winwood), that had been dropped from a guest-spot in the TV show, had killed Mr Sidemark (why anyone would believe that an elder lady weighing about 90 pounds could knock out and kill a large side man is somewhat unbelievable). Perry will again go to court a second time which may lead to the solving of both murderers.

Some nice actors in this show. With the ones already listed the episode contains Dick Clark and Gerald Mohr that only makes the show much better. We also get to see some heated comments by Hamilton Burger directed at Perry when he thinks they misrepresented justice. This episode will keep the viewer on the edge of the seat as this is a full episode with a lot going on. A nice show to finish the series.

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