Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Garrulous Go-Between 

Paul is concerned for Amy Scott, who hired him to find a man and visits a fortuneteller regularly. He finds the fortuneteller has been partners with Amy's landlord in a scams in the past. When the landlord turns up murdered, she is charged.

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Della Street (credit only)
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Hamilton Burger
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Lt. Tragg (credit only)
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Lt. Andy Anderson
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Amy Scott
Lori March ...
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Victor Bundy
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Howard Kern
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Joyce Carlton
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Dora
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Tommy Stiller
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Charles Stroud ...
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Amy Scott is a naive young woman who goes to her neighbor, Madame Zillia, a fortuneteller, for advice. So why is Amy secretly tape recording their sessions? She has also hired Paul to help her find a man. Paul finds the young man in a bad part of town where he drops Amy. She refuses his help but he stays outside the bar, where the two exit fighting. He has figured out enough to know that she's in over her head and consults Perry on what he has found. Madame Zillia tells Amy something close to her is going to die. After Amy tries to confide in her talkative landlord, Victor Bundy, she finds her pet parrot dead. Afterwards, Madame Zillia visits Amy to tell her their visits must stop. Amy then goes to visit Victor in his apartment where she finds the landlord, himself, dead. Even more secrets and lies than usual must be revealed before Perry and Paul can save their client from a murder conviction. And play Cupid while they're at it. Written by arthurblock

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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12 March 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The legal name of Madame Zillia is not disclosed on camera; indeed she is addressed as Madame Zillia by Perry Mason when she is on the witness stand and referred to in the courtroom by Hamilton Burger as "the woman known as Madame Zillia". While not strictly illegal, this is rather odd courtroom procedure by the two attorneys, it being customary in court proceedings to address or refer to people by their legal names. See more »

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When the body of Victor Bundy is found lying by the fireplace, the camera hangs on actor Jacques Aubuchon during the fade long enough to see his eyes move under their lids, unusual activity for a supposed corpse! See more »

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Madame Zillia: [voice over] Remember, now, do not be afraid. I saw nothing but success for this alliance. Go, and I will see you day after tomorrow.
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Good Episode
21 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode has all the things that make 'Perry Mason' still interesting today as it was in the early 60's. Good storyline, good acting and characters that are believable today as they were so many years ago.

Also in this episode we get to see Sue Randall (who played Beaver Cleaver's elementary school teacher) with those big beautiful eyes and girl-next-door presents. She plays Amy Scott that is going to a fortune-teller, named Madame Zillia (Lori March), and trying to find information about her life. But little does Madame Zillia know- she is being recorded during all the sessions with Amy.

We also see that Amy has hired Paul Drake to find out the whereabouts of a man named Tommy Stiller (John Napiers). At the beginning we are not sure why she wants to find him but by the end of the show it becomes clear.

Anyway a neighbor ends up dead and Amy becomes the suspect. And with Paul's ties she is defended by Perry.

I was captivated by the acting in the episode. Lori March, that played Madame Zillia, did a good job of becoming the fortune-teller and making the viewer accept her in the part. She is mysterious and rigid when she has to be- but also produces a soft side that has the watcher connecting with her feeling.

Sue Randall, with a face that stops traffic, is beautiful and outgoing in this episode. And from her looks, the viewer knows that she could have never done something as wrong as what has been accused in Hamilton Burger's complainant. (Sad that Ms Randall died of lung cancer at the age of 49)

This is a good watch because there is something for everyone in this episode. - Note, this is the third episode in a row that Della is not seen. She still must be visiting her aunt.


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