Perry Mason: Season 1, Episode 34

The Case of the Gilded Lily (24 May 1958)

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Enid Griffin overdoses on sleeping pills when her boss, Stewart Brent, unexpectedly got married. Arthur Binney blackmails Brent and his wife Anne to suppress the fact that she has a prison record. Brent is framed for the murder of Binney.

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Peggy Knudsen ...
Sheila Bowers
Barbara Baxley ...
Enid Griffin
Mari Aldon ...
Anne Brent
Grant Withers ...
Stewart Brent
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Arthur Binney
Wally Brown ...
Harry Mitchell
Fay Roope ...
Judge Kyle
Alan Dexter ...
Dr. Cortley
Carleton Young ...
Dr. Parsons
Jack Gargan ...
Court Clerk
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Shelia Bowers returns home to find her roommate Enid Griffin passed out due to an overdose of sleeping pills. She calls for the police and a doctor who help Enid recover. Enid had seen the news that Stewart Brent who she and Shelia work for had suddenly married Anne Brent while in Las Vegas. Enid is in love with Brent herself as she is his private secretary. When Stewart returns to work, he receives a visit from Arthur Binney who wants $30,000 in a week to not reveal Anne Brent was in prison for a year. Stewart hires Paul Drake to verify Binney's charges which Paul does. Binney has Stewart check into a motel room where Binney knocks Stewart out as he enters the door. A little later Stewart awakens to find the money gone and Binney shot with his gun in the connected room. As he sees the body the motel night manager Harry Mitchell enters and calls the police. Stewart had found a single earring that he hides in a towel with lipstick in the back seat of Lt. Tragg's car. The only clue is a... Written by Anonymous

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A Blond extravaganza
13 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When Stewart Brent (Grant Withers) does a quickie wedding to blond Anne Rowan(Mari Aldon) it sets off a storm in Mr Brent's business office. Upset at this marriage is his personal secretary Enid Griffin (Barbara Baxley) and the office secretary Peggy Knudsen (Shelia Bower) who both just also happen to be blond.

Then to make matters worse someone shows up demanding money or they will release the transgressions of the new Ms Baxter. Which in most "Perry Mason" episodes leads to blackmail and then murder. And anytime we have three blonds in the same episode, we already have three suspects.

Seeing Grant Withers playing a business man is like a fish out of water. He was one of John Wayne's pick in about nine of his movies. He also played in "My Darling Clementine" and was considered a western movie regular. His health was about to take a nose dive and he ended up committing suicide two years later.

During the courtroom scene we also see one of the worse confessions of the entire series. It reminded me of a high school play where the students try to get a point across by seeing who can yell the loudest.

But do not let the confession fool you. There is more to this episode than what we see in the courtroom. Make sure you watch the entire show or you could convict the incorrect person.

Even with some poor acting this episode is fun. A guessing game where most people will be wrong.


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