Perry Mason: Season 2, Episode 16

The Case of the Fraudulent Photo (7 Feb. 1959)

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DA Brander Harris is investigating graft in a hospital project. He meets with Leora Matthews to obtain proof. Leora disrobes and kisses Harris as a photographer takes a picture. It goes to political fixer Marshall Scott who is murdered.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brander Harris
Carole Mathews ...
Leora Mathews
Wilton Graff ...
Cleveland Blake
June Clayworth ...
Eva Scott
Mark Roberts ...
James Castleton
Bartlett Robinson ...
Marshall Scott
Carol Nugent ...
Helen Preston
Peter Brocco ...
Theophile Duclerc - Building Insp.
Kenneth MacDonald ...
Judge (as Kenneth R. MacDonald)
Herbert Anderson ...
Eugene Milton - County Auditor


The District Attorney in Wearing City, Brander Harris, hires Perry Mason to help him out after a crude attempt at blackmailing him begins to interfere with his investigation into corruption around a hospital construction. Harris was called to a meeting by Leora Matthews who offered him information. Once there however, she puts him in a comprising position and a photographer snaps a photo. Matthews was working for Marshall Scott and when he's found dead, Brander Harris is the prime suspect. Perry tells him he must surrender to the police and he soon finds himself the acting DA running the grand jury on his client's behalf. The grand jury room serves as the ideal setting for Perry to get information on those who took kickbacks on the hospital deal. Information that comes in handy at Brander Harris' preliminary hearing. At the Harris trial the people involved in the graft make it appear that Harris himself was involved by overseeing the graft. Written by garykmcd

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7 February 1959 (USA)  »

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Lt. Tragg: [at the murder scene] What brings you here?
Perry Mason: I wanted to have a little talk with Marshall Scott.
Perry Mason: Murder?
Lt. Tragg: That's right. What was the little talk about?
Perry Mason: That's confidential, Lieutenant. That bookend the murder weapon?
Lt. Tragg: That's confidential, Counselor.
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Case of political corruption at its best.....or worse
1 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even though this is a nice episode about political corruption and personal gain, the story did not play well on the screen. The viewer has to keep up with all the witnesses and characters as Perry makes his way through the case. By the time we get to the actual courtroom proceedings the story seemed confused by all the minor characters and testimony that has already been given.

The corruption involves the bribery of the building of Northport General Hospital. During the construction of the hospital shortcuts were taken on the materials which lead to bribes being given to overlook the problems. Now Brander Harris, a District Attorney from Waring County, is set to have a Grand Jury hearing into the bribes during the construction of the hospital. However someone is trying to discredit Harris by setting up a scandalous photo with the young DA and beautiful woman. Harris goes to Perry to help him uncover who was behind the picture.

But Perry will soon be defending Harris in court on murder when one of the main players of the hospital problem ends up dead and the evidence points to Harris as the murderer. Perry will have to navigate not only through the criminal court system but also conduct a Grand Jury investigation into the corruption of the hospital.

When we get to the end of the episode all of the interest of the show had withered. Perhaps if they had stuck with the murder instead of going on so long with the Grand Jury then the show may have been more entertaining. The story was not bad, it was the side show of all the characters and their actions that brought this show down.

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