Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Golden Fraud 

Sylvia Welles asks Rip Conners to bug her apartment to make a bogus tape as a joke. She asks Richard Vanaman over to explain an investment prospectus. He discovers the bug and makes threatening remarks, but Welles blames it on her husband.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Della Street
Paul Drake
Hamilton Burger
Lt. Tragg
Richard Vanaman
Fred Petrie
June Dayton ...
Henry Noble
Elliott Hale
Patricia Huston ...
Doris Petrie
Joyce Meadows ...
Bunny Lee


Sylvia Welles hires Rip Conners to wire her apartment to tape conversations and use the result to make a spliced version as a joke to embarrass a friend. Richard Vanaman has been working on a financial plan for Sylvia to invest $250,000. After receiving a call from Sylvia, he delays going out with his wife to go to her apartment. While there he finds that she was bugging their conversation. He leaves in a huff but when he gets home, he realizes that a valuable gold coin he always carried with him was missing. Assuming it dropped out of his pocket, he returned to Wells' apartment only to find her dead. He was seen by the apartment building manager and now it's being reported in the newspapers that someone used the gold coin in a parking meter. Fearing that he may be arrested for murder, Richard Vanaman seeks help from Perry Mason. Richard is arrested and charged with murder but Perry soon realizes there are several people who may have had reason to commit murder. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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21 November 1959 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The midpoint scene with Della Street and Rip Conners uses Alexander Borodin's String Quartet No. 2 in D Major. See more »


[first lines]
Rip Conners: Hello. Are you Miss Welles?
Sylvia Welles: Come in, Mr. Conners.
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All the elements that make a great mystery
1 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

In this episode we get all the things that make 'Perry Mason' a great show to watch. We have suspense, interest and a good mystery that is brought to life my a great set of actors. And even with the anticlimactic ending, the show produces enough interest to keep the viewer glued to the screen till the final credits.

The episode begins when Richard Vanaman, a financial adviser, visits a prospective client named Sylvia Welles. Ms Welles calls Vanaman after hours and ask if he can come to her apartment to talk out her financial goals. During the visit Mr Vanaman finds out that the apartment has been bugged and it appears that he is being set-up for blackmail. Vanaman storms out of the apartment but not before making threats.

When arriving home, Mr Vanaman realizes that his valuable gold coin is missing. It must have dropped out of his pocket when he took out his knife to cut the microphone that he found in Ms Welles apartment. Mr Vanaman returns back to the apartment but finds Ms Welles dead. Instead of calling the police, he tries to find the coin and then runs out of the apartment when the hotel manager enters the room.

Mr Vanaman then contact Perry about the gold coin when a newspaper article advises that a gold coin has been found in a parking meter. He wants Perry to retrieve the coin for him. But what has happen is that Lt Tragg has placed the article in the paper to find the person that dropped the coin. A few minutes later, Vanaman is arrest and Perry will defend him in court on charges of murder.

As usual there are many suspects to choose from in this mystery. And even when the recorded tapes are played in court we end up with two versions of the conversation. But when the true murderer is revealed the viewer will get that ' Oh-yes' feeling in their head and the show will end in an acceptable result. Good Watch!

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