Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Green-Eyed Sister 

A dowdy woman comes to Perry Mason for help. Her wealthy but ailing father is being blackmailed by a disreputable private investigator for embezzling and she's afraid if her fiancé finds out, he'll break off their engagement.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Connie Cezon ...
Harriet Bain
Dan Riss ...
Arthur West
Addison Doyle
Tina Carver ...
Sylvia Bain
Carl Benton Reid ...
Ned Bain
James Bell ...
J. J. Stanley
Dennis King Jr. ...
Dr. Hanover
Alan Gifford ...
Dr. Fisher


Private investigator Arthur West tracks down the drunk J. J. Stanley on skid row. He convinces him to make a phone call he records to Ned Bain about the two of them embezzling money from a bank. The statue of limitations on the crime are up but Bain could be sued civilly for the funds. His daughter Harriet Bain handles most of her ailing father's duties so she is summoned by West to hear the tape. She decides to contact Perry for help but he has other plans which Della persuades him to delay. Harriet is the less attractive of two daughters who is engaged to Addison Doyle. She is afraid this news will cause him to break the engagement. Perry is able to degauss a copy of the tape delaying West and allowing Paul to investigate. Ned Bain visits Stanley followed by an invitation by West for Perry and Harriet to meet him at West's apartment. Perry and Della arrive to find a note on the door and hear Harriet scream as she finds the body of Stanley in West's kitchen. West has recorded the ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

8 February 1958 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Harriet Bain refers to her father's continuing heart condition as "acute"; the correct word is "chronic". See more »


[first lines]
[Stanley, using the name Johnson, returns to his hotel]
J. J. Stanley: My key, if you please.
Night Clerk: Here you are, Johnson.
J. J. Stanley: Thank you. Good night.
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A feel good show- except for that nasty death
27 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode starts out with an ugly step-sister Harriet Bain (Virginia Vincent) and a beautiful sister Sylvia Bain (Tina Carver) living in the same house as their sickly father. Just from the opening of the show we get the impression that it is going to be the battle of the step-sisters. But hold on to your Cinderella books.

Their father is being blackmailed from a bank embezzlement that happened many years ago. It is clear that Ned Bains, the father, (Carl Reid) and another man JJ Stanley (James Bell) were involved in the embezzlement. When a third man begins the blackmail- JJ Stanley ends up dead and all the evidence points to the meek and mild Harriet as the main suspect. The wild and beautiful Sylvia is in the clear.

And Perry is left to defend Harriet against a large amount of evidence present by Lt Tragg at the court hearing. Thus making Perry's situation seem hopeless. But after all we are talking about Perry Mason, so we should feel comfortable about the outcome.

There is also a sub-plot to this episode. There is a handsome young man named Addison Doyle (Robin Hughes) that said he will marry the lonely looking Harriet. But every time he is shown he in the presents of the step-sister Sylvia. It appears to the viewer that Addison is only after ugly Harriet for the money she is suppose to get from the death of the sickly father. This makes the entire show more interesting and we, as viewers, get a dislike for Addison and Sylvia since they seem to be plotting against all Harriet has in her life.

But feel better my friends, this episode has some twist that makes the outcome much more acceptable to the watcher. In fact the show makes you feel better at the end that you could have guessed during most of the show.

Other things that you need to watch for is- During the court scene we get a man on a stretcher haul in by medical staff to give testimony in the trial. At one point in the trial we leave the courtroom to hold court in a apartment. With help from Lt Tragg and Hamilton Burger, Perry catches the killer outside the confines of the courtroom. And we also get to see how Della controls Perry's day-to-day operations.

This episode was very interesting. It is a must see for Perry fans and one that leaves the viewer feeling better than before the show started.

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