Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Glittering Goldfish 

Rollins and Wyatt have discovered a cure for gill fever. As they plan to market the product, they find that Jack Huxley has bought the aquarium business and owns all patents and intellectual property. Huxley is murdered; Wyatt is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Darrell Metcalf
Donna Sherwood
John Hudson ...
Tom Wyatt
Sally Wilson
Nora Huxley
Dan Myers
Gage Clarke ...
Frederick Rollins
Jackson Huxley
S. John Launer ...
Judge Thomas J. Hood
Rusty Lane ...
Harry Tiller


Tom Wyatt has developed a treatment for gill fever, a disease in tropical fish. His friend and ex-boss Frederick Rollins has sold his tropical fish supply business to Jack Huxley who takes it from him and asks a chemist, Darrell Metcalf to analyze it and reproduce it for him. Wyatt and Rollins consult Perry Mason and are told that scientific discoveries done on behalf of the company become the intellectual property of the purchaser. Wyatt is angered by it all making off the cuff death threats and when Huxley is found dead, he is charged with murder. Wyatt is found with a cut hand that appears to have been cut when he broke a window into the Huxley offices plus Huxley's secretary Sally Wilson is engaged to Wyatt and forced to work late that night with Huxley who made a pass at her. Perry defends him and there are several others who would have liked to see him dead, including his wife Norah and his business partner who tries to steal the business with a story about a phony deal with ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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17 January 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Tom Wyatt: You're just in time, Mr. Rollins. I was just explaining things to Mr. Huxley.
Frederick Rollins: Don't let me interrupt.
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A Close-Up of Murder
14 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you are prone to motion sickness, take some Dramamine before watching The Case of the Glittering Goldfish, because you are in for some very abrupt and constant camera motion - in particular, some rather intense close-ups. But before the dramatic direction goes into full effect, we are shown a monumental innovation: the cure for gill fever! Tom Wyatt has spent the better part of his recent years perfecting the formula. What he doesn't know is that, in order to fund the experiments, his employer (Gage Clarke as Frederick Rollins) has sold the fish store to a man named Huxley.

Huxley's purchase made him sole owner of Wyatt's cure for gill fever, because it was done in Huxley's store with Huxley's lab equipment. As you can imagine, both Wyatt and Rollins are pretty cheesed with Huxley and they do the intelligent thing by consulting Perry Mason, who promises to look over the contract and find a loophole that will restore ownership of the fish medicine to Wyatt and Rollins. Unfortunately, Wyatt's blood is found all over the scene of the crime when Huxley's corpse is found- he's been poisoned with morphine. Wyatt is arrested and the search for the killer begins, a search complicated by the fact that everybody hated Huxley. Including Huxley's wife.

Cecil Kellaway plays Huxley's drunken scientist (Darrell Metcalf), assigned to break down the formula for the gill fever cure. Kellaway is hilarious as the drunken genius. One scene has Kellaway and Mason trading fish metaphors during a discussion of the murder, and even the stone-faced William Hopper can be seen trying to stop himself from laughing.

The aforementioned direction is a bit jarring and not to my taste, but it adds to the general feel of campy late-50s noir. All in all, this is not up there with the best of the Perry Mason episodes. It's corny, complicated, and predictable if you're an avid Mason fan. But Kellaway's performance is every bit as contagious as gill fever, and for that, it's a fun hour of television.

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