Sandra Keller has given permission to a development firm to use their land but her grandfather, Amos Kenesaw Mountain Keller, changes his mind at the last minute and refuses to give them ... See full summary »
Ben Matlock is a very expensive criminal defense attorney who charges $100,000 to take a case. Fortunately, he's worth every penny as he and his associates defend his clients by finding the real killer.
San Francisco attorney Stuart McMillan is named Commissioner of the San Francisco Police Department. With his pretty, but somewhat kooky, wife Sally, her hard-drinking housekeeper Mildred, ... See full summary »
Susan Saint James
Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson runs the Priority Homicide Division of the LAPD with an unorthodox style. Her innate ability to read people and obtain confessions helps her and her team solve the city's toughest, most sensitive cases.
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Dick Van Dyke,
Barry Van Dyke,
Sandra Keller has given permission to a development firm to use their land but her grandfather, Amos Kenesaw Mountain Keller, changes his mind at the last minute and refuses to give them access. Several people have considerable sums invested in the project and they stand to lose everything if it doesn't go forward. It all ends up in court with Sandra hiring Perry Mason to represent her and her grandfather. It all takes on a far more serious tone when one of the investors, Gerald Thornton, is found dead from a shotgun blast. When the police find the shotgun on her property and with her fingerprints, she is charged with Thornton's murder and Perry defends her. Written by
Arthur Hunnicutt who made a career in playing rustic characters plays yet another one in this Perry Mason episode. Ostensibly he's a Spanish American war veteran and that would in 1963 put him in his eighties. Although his hair is grayed up a bit and he does a good job, I couldn't quite believe he was in his eighties.
Arch Johnson is a developer who originally thought that Hunnicutt was going to sell him his orange grove for part of Johnson's project. But Hunnicutt under the influence of granddaughter Natalie Trundy balks at the sale and Johnson's development is in the toilet unless he changes his mind. And Johnson is pretty ruthless in his methods of persuasion.
Which also gives us a host of red herrings in this show. But it's Trundy charged with the crime of murder of Johnson. I will say that I didn't pick out the perpetrator in this episode, always the rule for me whether a Mason episode is good.
In fact the presence of one member of the cast who made a career of playing a lot of nasty villains might lead one to conclude this is the murderer. I'm here to say, it ain't so.
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