Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Garrulous Gambler 

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:
Steve Benton
Doris Shackley
Ben Wallace
Wynn Pearce ...
Larry Benton
Tony Travis ...
Johnny Clay
Mickey Fong
Anne Barton ...
Nora Bradley
Gordon Wynn ...
Mike Granger
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





Release Date:

17 October 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the beachside scene where villainous Johnny Clay is pitching woo to the lovely Doris Shackley, a tight shot shows a boy playing in the surf behind them. When the camera pulls back for a medium shot so Johnny can answer the phone, the boy has disappeared.. See more »


[first lines]
Mike Granger: Well, the pot's right.
Ben Wallace: You call these cards, Granger?
Mike Granger: Can't win every hand.
Earnshaw: Can't do it with these cards.
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A card game goes terribly wrong
27 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Unlike the another reviewer I was actually caught off guard till near the end of who was the actual guilty party in this tale of mischief.

It begins at a card game when Larry Benton accuses Mike Granger of cheating. Well, Mike does not take to kind about being called a cheater and pulls a revolver on Larry. A shoving match breaks out and Larry believes that he has killed Mr Granger.

The next day Larry is confronted by another person at the card game named Ben Wallace that is set on blackmailing Larry about the murder. Larry has to steal money from his brother Steve Benton to pay the blackmail money.

It is not long before another person at the card game, Johnny Clay, is murdered. And it just so happens that Steve Benton is wiping off a fire poker when Ben Wallace enters the room. It is not long before Lt Tragg has a murder warrant on Ben and Perry agrees to defend him in court.

This is a unique mystery as you will find that a trick was being played but soon backfires when someone wants more than their cut of the prize. The writers do an great job of giving us many suspects but it will come down, not to a confession, but Perry making sense of the situation. Good watch!

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