Victor Montalvo picks up a young lady hitchhiking which results in being blackmailed by her. He is part owner of a storied men's club but a new co-owner is changing the format. When he is killed, Victor is charged and she is a key witness.

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Victor Montalvo
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Beverly Garnett
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Debbie Conrad (as Angela Dorian)
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Irving Florian
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Stacey Garnett driving near the beach picks up young Debbie Conrad. He gives her his card offering her a job as a Golden Bear at his club before stopping at a company property for a meeting taking a small gun with him. After hearing shots she runs away and finds a second ride with Victor Montalvo at a phone booth. She notices and quietly picks up the same gun in the floorboard. When the majority owner of the Golden Bear Club Stacey Garnett is found shot to death, his partner Victor Montalvo is charged with murder and he turns to Perry Mason to defend him. There is no doubt that Montalvo disliked Garnett who took over the club and it's magazine, which focused on outdoor activities, and turned into a men's club and girlie magazine. Montalvo was known to have detested what Garnett did but the forensic evidence also shows that he was killed with a odd-caliber gun, which Montalvo happens to own. Perry is certain of his client's innocence but there are several others who would like to have ... Written by garykmcd

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19 December 1965 (USA)  »

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The music heard at The Golden Bear Club shortly before the owner is arrested is the same music played by The Mosquitoes in the Gilligan's Island episode "Don't Bug the Mosquitoes," including the song "You Need Me," sung by Ginger, Mary Ann, and Mrs. Howell! See more »

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A near exact remake of a 1957 episode
6 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While watching this episode I thought that perhaps I had seen this show earlier in the Perry Mason series. While investigating I found that except for their obvious rip-off of Hugh Hefner's Playboy Club this was the same plot, storyline and action from a 1957 episode called 'The Case of the Vagabond Vixen'. So basically this is a similar remake of another earlier Perry Mason TV show.

The story surrounds the control of the Golden Bear Club, which is the rip of the Playboy Club. Instead of the girls walking around in bunny suits, they have the women in bear suits with the brown skin and the bear ears.

Just like in the 1957 episode, one of the owners, Victor Montalio, is driving along the highway when he picks up this young women in distress. Little does Mr Montalio know that she is not the innocent women that she seems to be but is working with a third party that blackmails rich men.

To shorten this plot- Mr Montalio is trying to take over the day-to-day operations of the club and magazine from another owner Stacey Garnett. But before the board of directors meet, Mr Garnett is shot to death and the young women has evidence that Mr Montalio's gun was used and can place him at near the scene of the crime. And Perry comes in to defend him from the charge of murder.

Other than the eye candy of the young beautiful girls in bear outfits this episode has nothing new. It is like someone had the 1957 script and just said-'But some girls in sexy outfits and no one will know that it is the same show'. Please have better faith in people than to re-hash the very same show.

I realize that the writers, after eight and one-half seasons are grasping for anything that is a different mystery for the show but at least you can change up some of the action in a episode. Maybe use one of two features from a earlier show- but please not the very same plot and action.

Perhaps it was good that season 9 was the last for the series. More robbing old episodes is not the way to bring new viewers, or return old viewers, to a series. Very disappointing.


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