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

Sandra Keller has agreed to sell her grandfather's orange orchard to a developer for mall parking. When the grandfather changes his mind, the deal is off but a lot of people will be hurt. When the developer is shot, she is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Amos Kenesaw Mountain Keller
Sandra Keller
Janis Carr
James Wheeler
Gerald Thornton
Mary Munday ...
Grace Doyle
Hugh Sanders ...
John Grimsby
Henry Norell ...
Courtney Osgood
Edward Doyle

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Sandra Keller has given permission to a development firm to take possession of her grandfather's orange orchard but her grandfather, Amos Kenesaw Mountain Keller, changes his mind at the last minute and refuses to give them possession. Several people have considerable sums invested in the project and they stand to lose everything if it doesn't go forward. Keller's land is required for sufficient parking. It all ends up in court with Perry Mason suggested by architect James Wheeler to represent her and her grandfather. The first case involves Keller's dog Hardtack who Thorton claims attacked and bit him. Perry defends the dog and Keller against criminal charges successfully. It all takes on a far more serious tone when the developer, 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 garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

7 March 1963 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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This case had the usual climatic confession by the real killer but the resolution of this case would have presented a kind of a legal conundrum. The judge would have likely ruled the confession as inadmissible, as it could have been construed as given under duress because of the presence of the dog. Even if the charges against Perry's client were dropped, it would be hard to prosecute the real killer, since everything came from his confession, and with all of that excluded, it would have been difficult to later convict him. See more »


At about the half way point when Sandra Keller goes running after Hardtack, what she is wearing changes color, going from light to dark and back to light again. The actress Natalie Trundy apparently wore something warmer when she was outdoors on location than when she was on the sound stage (this scene likely was filmed sometime in the middle of winter). See more »


[first lines]
Gerald Thornton: What the devil's going on here, Bryce? Why aren't you ripping out these trees? What's the hold-up?
Earth Mover Operator: Hold-up's the right word for it, Mr. Thronton. Take a look over there. Old gaffer said he'd ventilate both me and the machine if I so much as touch one of those trees.
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Raymond Burr is back full speed on this mystery
27 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After being absent for the last few episodes, Raymond Burr is back full speed for this interesting mystery. We also get to see Perry in two different courtroom setting as he defends two different people on charges related to this story.

The episode begins as a land developing company needs a minor price of land owned by Spainish-American War veteran and Medal-of-Honor recipient Amos Kenesaw Mountain Keller. Amos's daughter, Sandra Keller, thought she had permission to sell the land to the company's manager Gerald Thornton but Amos changes his mind at the last minute and wants to keep his property where he grows oranges. But without the land Mr Thornton will fault on all his investments since the bank will not lend him any more money.

After Mr Thronton puts pressure on Amos to sell the land, he gets information about Amos's war record. With this information he puts pressure on his daughter, Sandra Keller, which ends in a dispute at the job site late at night.

When Mr Thornton is found dead it is believed that Amos was the murderer. But when Lt Andy Anderson find other evidence it is not long before Sandra Keller is picked up for murder and will be defended by Perry in court.

The writers do a good job of finishing up this story so that Amos is justified by his peer in the end. And with a supporting cast that includes a dog named 'Heart-attack' the mystery ends with utmost satisfaction.

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