Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Frustrated Folksinger 

Backwoods Amy Jo Jennings arrives in LA to start a singing career. She is spotted by an agent who signs the naive girl to a contract. In reality she is a wealthy target the agent takes advantage of. When he is killed, she is charged.

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Lt. Tragg (credit only)
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Jazbo Williams
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Lester Crawford
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Perry Mason defends Amy Jo Jennings who is charged with murder after her agent, Harry Bronson, is found dead. Amy Jo had only recently arrived from Tennessee with aspirations to be a singer. She got work at a folk club with musician Jazbo Williams. She is followed by a disc jockey, Lester Crawford, from back home who has hounded her to marry him. He interrupts her act at Williams' club and at Bronson's office. Bronson had seen her singing at Williams' club and signed her to a contract but not before getting Amy Jo - in fact a young heiress to her family firm - to give him $50,000 as an investment in a summer musical she will star in. Bronson and his partner, Al Siebring, are deep in debt plus Bronson's wife is urged by her lover to divorce Bronson. Mary Jo had visited Bronson on the evening he was killed to get her money back after she learned that the lead role had also been promised to a well-known singer, Audrey Stemple. Several people had reason to want to see Bronson dead and ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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7 January 1965 (USA)  »

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Perry Mason: Find it Paul, use a fine tooth comb
Paul Drake: Mind if I use a vacuum
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Not one of the better episodes
24 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After so many episodes and so many mysteries, at times we get a show that is not up to the Mason standards. I thought this episode was one of them. The plot really was not that bad- it was the way the story was presented that sealed this episode's short-comings.

The main character was Amy Jo Jennings (Bonnie James). She was from Tennessee and was trying to make her life as a folk singer in the big city. They gave her a beyond-the-pale southern accent made her carry a guitar and advised that she was from a hillbilly group back home. Yet the only time we saw any talent was her singing 'Greensleeves'.

Anyway the episode begins and this talent scout hires Amy Jo (nice southern name) to be in his southern talent show. But she had to put up $50,000 in order to star in the performance. Oh yes, she owns a company back in Tennessee.

When she finds out that another singer has already been promised the lead she goes to get her check back. Here the catcher- she goes to his house only to finds him asleep so she searches room and his person. When a car drives up she runs out of the house and is seen by the car's occupants. When the morning paper comes out the talent agent is dead and all fingers point to Amy Jo. And Perry defends her against charges that Hamilton Burger has made in a warrant.

Even with the mentioned problems the show could still be salvaged by a good ending to the mystery. With so many good suspects we expected a climax to the story but instead leave with a feeling of water thrown in our face. The ending made the entire episode even more confusing when we get more than one person admitting to the same crime. And when the episode ends I really did not feel like we got a good reason for the crimes against the talent scout.

When watching remember that the last few episode have been some of the best. So every now and then we can expect some shows that do not meet the high mark of the 'Perry Mason' series. This is one of them.


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