Howard Walters and his mistress, Janice Atkins, plan to rob Wade Taylor's company, blame Taylor's son, and fake Walters' death. Janice schemes with Roger Porter to double-cross Howard. Plans go amiss and Taylor's wife is charged with murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Janice Atkins
Howard Walters
Rebecca Welles ...
Carol Taylor
James Bell ...
Zack Davis
Ruth Walters
Ed Kemmer ...
Roger Porter
Wilton Graff ...
Wade Taylor
Richard Gaines ...
Jon Lormer ...
Autopsy Surgeon
Joey Faye ...
Motel Manager


Howard Walters has what he thinks is the perfect plan to steal from his employer Wade Taylor and run off with his mistress, Janice Atkins. While flying his small private airplane on a business trip he will parachute to safety allowing the airplane to crash. After he has left, Janice takes $130,000 from the company safe and the plan is to meet at a remote cabin before setting off on their new life. Things start to go wrong when Walters breaks his leg on landing and finds himself stranded with a hermit of sorts, Zack Davis, and snowed in for nearly two months. By the time he gets back to Los Angeles, everyone had pretty much given up hope of him ever being found. That's okay with Janice who has been carrying on with Roger Porter, who works at the same company as Walters. The police eventually find the crash site and recover a body, that of the missing Andrew Taylor, Wade Taylor's ne'er-do-well son who everyone had assumed had taken the missing money. Andrew's wife Carol seeks Perry ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

9 January 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Lt. Tragg testifies that Howard Walters spent the winter at the cabin of Zack Davis. How could Tragg know? The only people who knew were Davis, whom Tragg admits he cannot find, Walters, who is deceased, and Janice Atkins, who was not then volunteering any information. See more »


Zack Davis: That's... real tricky. Real complicated and tricky. I - I guess murder's like that.
Perry Mason: No, sir. Murder is usually very simple. It's the getting away with it that's real complicated and tricky.
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When a good plan goes bad
22 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this packed episode, two people have a brilliant scheme to steal $130,000 from the place they work and then live happily with each other till the money runs out. They also have a patsy that will cause everyone to think they are clear of any theft and all the suspicion will end up on someone else. But things, as we know from watching Perry, do not always go as planned.

Howard Walters and Janice Atkins are set to rob the business. Howard knows the combination to the company safe and he gives it to Janice. Howard will fake his death in an airplane crash and all suspicion will be gone from him. But when he parachutes from the plane, he ends up breaking his legs and is found high in the mountains by a lonely prospector. He will miss the appointment he has with Janice to collect the money. But missing the appointment may not be the worse thing. For Janice already has another accomplice that will lead to deeper problems for Walter.

There is much going on in this story that will cause the events to twist near every turn. It is an interesting case of people doing nearly anything, including lie and murder, in order to collect a small amount of tokens of reward. An entertaining plot that has more turns and twist than a Rocky Mountain highway. Good watch.

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