Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Flighty Father 

After funeral services for Louise Holbrook, her daughter, ten million dollar heiress Trudy, meets a man who claims to be her father, long gone Jay Holbrook. The family head, old Cousin Lawrence King, is blind and cannot identify Holbrook.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
D.A. Hamilton Burger
Anne Benton ...
Trudy Holbrook
Jay Holbrook #1
Lawrence King
William Allyn ...
Wally Harper
Donald J. Evanson
Francis De Sales ...
Holbrook #2
Dan Riss ...
Peter Sample
Grandon Rhodes ...
Tom Fadden ...
Gus Nickels


When her mother dies, Trudy Holbrook who is turning eighteen will inherit a $10,000,000 fortune. After noticing a stranger first at the funeral and then outside her estate, she confronts him and he says he is Jay Holbrook, her father. She takes an immediate liking to him but there is no one around anymore who can recognize him. Trudy's elderly cousin Lawrence King is now quite elderly and has gone blind and he is only person who could identify him. Lawrence King however detested him and hires a detective to look into Jay's story. He comes across another man who also claims to be Jay Holbrook. After the second Jay Holbrook arrival is announced in the paper, Lawrence is found murdered. One of the cousins admits seeing Trudy running out of her Uncle's home and racing away in her car. The poker used to kill him is found hidden in her car with her fingerprints on it. Trudy is charged with murder and it's left to Perry Mason to first sort out who of the two men is her father and who might ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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11 June 1960 (USA)  »

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This show was filmed before the firing of William Talman and shown as the last program of the season. William Talman was still fired at the time of airing. See more »


Trudy learns there are two men claiming to be her long-lost father after a murder is committed. Later she tells Perry Mason she learned that fact earlier. See more »


[first lines]
David: Oh, Miss Trudy? the car's ready.
Trudy Holbrook: Here I am, David. Let's go.
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Last show of season three is a hit!
11 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The final episode of season three ends with a bang as we get one of the series most interesting case. It's a plot that is seldom used but fits well during the course of the show.

The episode begins as we see Trudy Holbrook at the funeral of her mother. Trudy was the only child of the well-to-do Holbrook family and is set to inherit millions of dollars. Her father ran off when she was young and she only has her blind uncle, Lawrence King, to take care of her affairs.

However after the funeral a man approaches Trudy advising that he is her father, Jay Holbrook. And with nothing but his word Trudy accepts him as the lost father that she never had during her childhood.

The only person that can identify Jay Holbrook is the blind Uncle King. However he has reservations and hires a detective to make sure of the claim.

The detective finds another person claiming to be Jay Holbrook, the lost father of Trudy. This sets off a story in the local papers as we see headlines with both pictures which all directs right back at Trudy.

Trudy goes to see her Uncle King and an argument occurs. Moments later Uncle King is found dead and the main suspect is Trudy Holbrook. Both men claiming to be Jay Holbrook pay a visit to Perry's office wanting him to represent her in court. Perry must not only find the true murderer but also which man is the real Jay Holbrook.

Interesting story with some good courtroom scenes. Perry is at the top of his game as he examines witness after witness in order to get to the truth. - You know it is a good show when the hour passes in a flash.

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