Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Gambling Lady 

Peter Warren owns a novelty company and is divorcing his wife, who has developed a gambling habit. She becomes involved in a scheme to pass chips at Nevada casinos with evidence Peter made them. When she is murdered, Peter is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Perry Mason
Paul Drake
Hamilton Burger
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Lt. Anderson
Peter Warren
Jerome Bentley
Jacob Leonard
John Rayner ...
Ned Beaumont


Perry Mason is meeting with Peter Warren, going over the final documents for Peter's divorce from his wife, Myrna. After Perry leaves, Peter receives a panic phone call from her. She's a chronic gambler and, after an incident at a Lake Tahoe casino, is afraid that casino enforcers are now after her. Her neighbor, Irene Prentice, had run into her at the casino and asked her to go to a show. While waiting to cash in her chips, a man in glasses asks to see Myrna, taking some chips from her and telling her she is in trouble. She runs out and runs over a casino employee who pulls a gun on her. Peter rushes to her house only to find her calm and collected and telling him it was all a mistake. Soon after, however, he returns to the house and finds her dead in her bedroom. Rather than call the police or tell Perry, he heads off to the casino she had been at the night before. It's clear that her death has to do with counterfeit casino chips that have been circulating in Nevada casinos. Chips ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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8 April 1965 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Coincidentally or not, the lead male and female characters in this episode have the same first names as the guest stars playing them: Peter Breck plays Peter Warren, and Myrna Fahey plays Myrna Warren. See more »


When Peter Warren enters his wife's bedroom the second time, he fails to notice a dead body lying on the floor until he is well inside. The location of the body is such that he would have seen it as soon as he opened the door. See more »


[first lines]
Irene Prentice: How are you doing?
Myrna Warren: Oh! Irene?
Irene Prentice: Well, who were you expecting, honey, the FBI?
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Counterfeit Gambling Chips
30 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

The premise behind this Perry Mason episode, the use of fake plastic gambling chips to rob a casino seems so simple I got to wondering just how do clubs protect themselves from a very simple fraud. It's like memorabilia dealers using fake vintage baseball cards to reap a fortune and that has happened.

In any event Raymond Burr gets into this because he is representing Peter Breck in a divorce against Myrna Fahey. Fahey is part of said scheme, but she winds up very dead and her husband a suspect.

William Hopper as Paul Drake gets a little more of the action in this episode. He has to go to Reno and investigate the casino scene there, especially Jesse White who owns one of the newer clubs. Aiding and abetting Hopper is Benny Baker, professional gambler so good that the Nevada Gaming Commission employs Baker now.

I spotted the perpetrator early on and my rule of thumb in Perry Mason TV episodes is if I spot them early, the writers weren't doing their job.

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