Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Frightened Fisherman 

Randolph James and his partner have developed a new antibiotic that could make them wealthy but a competitor wants to buy the company. Randolph discovers his wife is helping the competitor. When she is run down, Randolph is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Della Street (credit only)
Hamilton Burger
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Lt. Andy Anderson
Helen Bradshaw
Mrs. Pennyworth
Lee Farr ...
Natalie James
Ilse Taurins ...
Gretchen Lang (as Ilze Taurins)
Marion Devlin
Hudson Bradshaw
Hans Lang (as Emile Genest)
Andy Witcoe (as Bill Smith)


Randolph James and Dr. Hans Lang have finally succeeded in developing a new antibiotic. Randolph's former employer, Hudson Bradshaw, head of a major drug company, wants to buy the rights to the antibiotic, but Randolph refuses to sell. Bradshaw threatens a suit against Lang-James Laboratories for pirating the idea for the drug from his company. Randolph learns that his unfaithful wife Natalie plans to sell her stock in Lang-James to Bradshaw. When she finds out that the stock may be worth three times as much after a loan was approved and production is about to start, she demands three times as much from Bradshaw as he had previously agreed to. After talking with Bradshaw's wife, Natalie is run down by a car resembling Randolph's station wagon. Randolph is charged with her murder and Perry defends him. To save his client Perry may have to locate two witnesses - a mysterious fisherman and his dog. Written by rbecker28

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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27 February 1964 (USA)  »

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A rare occurrence. Barbara Hale does not appear as Della Street in this episode. See more »


Natalie throws a drink into surfer Andy's face and wets a small area of his sweatshirt on his upper right shoulder in a closeup shot. In the next wide shot of the two, when he stands up, his sweatshirt is soaked on both shoulders and the front of his chest around his neck. See more »


[first lines]
Hans Lang: The tongs, if you don't mind, Mr. James?
Randolph James: Tongs coming right up.
Hans Lang: Thank you.
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Perry does some fishing of his own in the courtroom
7 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

This episode did not have the flash and suspense other shows offered but it did do a good job of getting the viewer involved and interested in the outcome of the mystery. And when Perry does some fishing of his on in the courtroom, the viewer knows that he is hot on the trail of the true murderer.

The plot centers around this small chemist company, ran by Randolph James and Hans Lang, developing a new antibiotic drug that will be worth millions upon distribution and a drug company, led by Hudson Bradshaw, wanting to buy the vaccine and and put the chemist company out of business.

Bradshaw comes up with this plan to buy shares of the chemist company from Randolph James's wife. Seems Ms Natalie James is sick of being married to Randolph and she wants to sell her stock and move to Hawaii or any place away from Randolph. But when she learns that her shares could be worth twice what she is asking, she raises the stakes and tells Bradshaw they she wants much more money.

While Randolph is out doing some night beach fishing someone takes his vehicle. The vehicle is involved in a hit-and-run killing Natalie James. Upon finishing his fishing, Randolph returns to his vehicle (which has been returned) and is stopped by police. The evidence points to Randolph James killing his wife for the shares of the company and murder warrants are issued. Perry will defend Randolph in court.

Even though there is nothing flashy in this script, the show has moments of enlightenment. Perry ask a simple question to a witness on the stand about fishing and you can tell that the walls of deception begin to fall. Nice story and good watch.

Note- No Della in this episode. She will also be missing the next three shows as well. In this show there is no explanation as to her absents but the next episode Perry advises that she is visiting her aunt.

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