Perry Mason: Season 3, Episode 15

The Case of the Gallant Grafter (6 Feb. 1960)

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The CEO of a company is in a proxy fight with another officer with a bad reputation. The CEO is forced to grant his wife a divorce to get her proxies. His opponent has the books checked which turns up a huge theft and a murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Siddons
Fintan Meyler ...
Patricia Martin
Herbert Rudley ...
Edward Nelson
Virginia Chapman ...
Sylvia Nelson (as Virginia Arness)
John Stephenson ...
Frank Avery
Phillip Terry ...
Robert Doniger
Charlotte Austin ...
Norma Williams
Henry Hunter ...
Eve McVeagh ...


"George Livingston" opens a bank account, makes periodic deposits, and withdraws all $112,000 a month later. Sylvia Nelson forces her husband Edward, company president, to give her a divorce in exchange for her proxies in a hotly contested corporate fight with vice-president Frank Avery. Womanizer Robert Doniger, corporate accountant, reports the $112K embezzlement to Nelson, who consults Perry Mason. Doniger turns out to be "Livingston," and secretary Norma Williams tries to extort half the money from him. Doniger promises his latest girlfriend, Patricia Martin, that he will return the money to the company. Perry and Della Street discover Doniger dead, with Nelson looking suspicious as he is there as well, and Avery acting triumphant. The money is found in Nelson's car. Nelson is arrested and Perry has his work cut out for him. Written by richardann

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Two seldom-mentioned attributes
5 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two seldom-mentioned attributes of Perry Mason episodes, that contribute to their excellence, are the masterful use of music and the spacious length of episodes. The music, which is contributed by Russ Garcia and many other masters of the genre, is an almost operatic background. In fact, the music sometimes makes the episode. Too, as originally aired, the episodes were as long as 53 minutes, which allowed much more plot unfolding that today's TV episodes of about 40 min. Then there are the excellent screenwriters like Seelig Lester, whose characterizations are unforgettable. Wish I could have met some of the contributors to the show.

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