Perry Mason: Season 3, Episode 3

The Case of the Garrulous Gambler (17 Oct. 1959)

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Larry Benton plays poker with Ben Wallace, Johnny Clay and Mike Granger at Clay's beach house. When he caught Granger cheating, a scuffle ensues and a gun goes off leaving Mike dead. Ben blackmails Larry. Not all is as it seems, however.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Foran ...
Steve Benton
Paula Raymond ...
Doris Shackley
Steve Brodie ...
Ben Wallace
Wynn Pearce ...
Larry Benton
Tony Travis ...
Johnny Clay
Victor Sen Yung ...
Mickey Fong
Anne Barton ...
Nora Bradley
Gordon Wynn ...
Mike Granger
Morris Ankrum ...
Lawrence Green ...
Dr. Victor (as Law Green)


At a beach-house poker game, Larry Benton accuses Mike Granger of cheating. They fight and Granger is killed with his own gun. Johnny Clay offers to dispose of the body. One of the poker players, Ben Wallace, tries to blackmail Larry, knowing that his brother is wealthy oilman Steve Benton. But the whole thing is a set-up because Granger is alive and in on the plot. Steve Benton confronts his brother with $20,000 of forged checks to Clay, then consults Perry Mason about the issue. Perry has Paul investigate the situation and learns that Clay has another name along with a wife and child he deserted. Perry decides to inform Clay's girlfriend Doris Shackley about the situation to stir things up. Larry steals $20,000 from Clay to cover the forged checks, but Steve goes to return the money. He finds Clay dead and wipes off fingerprints. Discovered in the act by Wallace, Steve is charged with murder. Perry proves there is no honor among thieves in solving the case. Written by richardann

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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17 October 1959 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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I always like surprises
28 August 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Dick Foran is Perry Mason's client in this episode, an oilman who is forever bailing his brother Wynn Pearce out of trouble. In this case Pearce is rather nicely set up as the culprit of a murder that didn't ever happen. This all arose out of a dispute over cheating at a poker game. When one of the plotters against Pearce winds up really dead than Foran is arrested for his murder.

A few attempts at red herrings really don't work here since the culprit is all, but advertising it on the six o'clock news that he did it. No suspense in this particular episode.

With Perry Mason I always like surprises.

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