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A lot going on in this episode as we get a little taste of blackmail,
smuggling, falsehoods and murder all combined in 52 minutes. Then add a
terrific mystery and you have a show worthy of a great 'Perry Mason'
The story begins with a young women being found wandering around a park in a very strange state of mind. When the police arrive, the women passes out only to awake telling that she does not know her name.
Later her name is discovered to be Eleanor Corbin and was last heard when she called her family on her way for a quickie marriage in Las Vegas with a man named Douglas Hepner. Now she is in a hospital and the Corbin family wants Perry to investigate her whereabouts for the last few weeks.
It will not be long before Douglas Hepner's body will be found by police. He had been shot in the head with a gun that was owned by Eleanor. And to make matters worse, Perry finds out that his client, Eleanor Corbin, has been faking her memory lost and actually knew where the body of Douglas was located even before police. It will not be long before Lt Tragg and Lt Anderson come calling with warrants for murder.
With Paul Drake doing most of the investigating, Douglas Hepner will prove to be more than just a guy wanting marriage. Seems that he has done the Vegas marriage plan with more than just Perry's client as we are introduced to a women with the exact same marriage proposal as Eleanor's. This will lead Paul on a path of smuggled gems and blackmail.
By the time the show ends the viewer has been treated to a very nice mystery that is positively entertaining. Good watch for viewers.
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When I saw Glamorus Ghost I had to check this out & sure enough it is
an Erle Stanley Gardner script. It involves jewel smuggling, murder & a
Defendent who lies constantly to Mason to the point that he almost
loses confidence in his client. Then he gets a major break.
The break he gets is Paul Drake who does much more than his usual leg work in this case. Drake is involved from the beginning & provides Perry with his main witness to crack the case. Jeanne Cooper, Mrs. Chancellor to Young & Restless Soap Opera fans is the most well known of the guest cast to a very good episode.
At the finish of this one, Della & Paul Drake get rewarded for their efforts in helping crack the case. For the first time in the series, Della offers to buy dinner out.
Some of the most beautiful starlets of the day grace the cast of this
Perry Mason episode including Mary Murphy, Jeanne Cooper, Merry Anders,
and Ziva Rodann. It's Murphy who is Raymond Burr's client in this
episode which involves Murphy faking amnesia after supposedly running
off with a charming gigolo.
The charmer is never seen, in fact he's found shot to death in a park across from an apartment where several of these women live. The victim in fact had a nice charming racket where he had a nose for smuggling. Depending on the amount and what was being smuggled he and an accomplice would either turn the guilty party into customs for a reward or blackmail the perpetrator for a share of what the item might bring.
In this case it's smuggled diamonds and the deceased thought that Murphy could have been doing the smuggling. Of course it isn't, but apparently he got her involved in his scheme in any event. He must have been a charmer.
Sad to say the writers messed up with this one on two accounts. First the deceased was shot and dumped in the park and that was never an issue during the trial. Sloppy police work from Ray Collins and Wesley Lau. Secondly the murderer was really rather obvious in the behavior. Usually that means a red herring, but in this case definitely not.
William Hopper came in for more than his usual kudos for his detective work in locating the accomplice whose testimony broke William Talman's case apart.
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