Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Grumbling Grandfather 

A grandfather tries to warn his grandson, David, to stay away from a woman who was the secretary to the boy's dead uncle. David persists in helping her pay off her husband, who is blackmailing her. When he is found dead, David is charged.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Dorine Hopkins
J. J. Gideon
Karl Held ...
Sue Franks
Lawrence Comminger (as Gavin Mac Leod)
Phil Arthur ...
Si Farrell
Superior Court Judge Thomas J. Hood
Trial Judge


J.J. Gideon is worried that his grandson, David, has taken up with the same woman that led his son, David's uncle, to possibly have embezzled $100,000 from their bank and eventually commit suicide. Gideon finds David in his office supposedly studying a law book but in reality he is there with her. David is quite in love with the older Dorine Hopkins, who had worked at the bank until fired and now called back recently to assist forensic accountant Lawrence Comminger with a audit requested by J.J. Gideon. David has an altercation with Dorine's husband, Tony, when both catch Dorine who was trying to move for the third time in three days. Dorine tells David that she needs $10,000 to pay Tony to get what he is holding over her but she won't reveal the details. Dorine informs David she raised the money on her own but Tony still refused to give her the manila folder with the documents. David decides to retrieve the documents himself but is knocked out after finding them. Later, when Tony is ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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27 May 1961 (USA)  »

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This is Karl Held's first appearance as David Gideon. See more »


The elderly watchman in J. J. Gideon's office building is wearing a Colt Peacemaker on his belt. Either the properties department got sloppy or we are asked to believe that the old man has been an armed security officer for a *very* long time. See more »


[first lines]
Watchman: Here, here, here, here, just a minute out there. Just a minute. Just a... Oh. Oh, it's you, sir. Evening, Mr. Gideon.
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The Case Of The Cunning Cougar
5 November 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Karl Held made the first of several appearances as David Gideon, the young law student who later appears in The Perry Mason Series as a bid to attract a younger demographic. Now though he's a client in desperate need of Perry Mason's services. And he's protecting someone and not telling the truth which is true for about half of Raymond Burr's clients.

In today's language Patricia Barry would be called a cougar. She's set her cap for young Mr. Held and that worries his grandfather Otto Kruger. Seems as though she was also involved with his late uncle who committed suicide. And she's pulling the old badger game on Held with her estranged husband Fred Coby who is a degenerate gambler and owes half the casinos in Las Vegas.

That's not the least of this woman's involvements either. No wonder Otto is so concerned. Especially after Coby is found dead and an unconscious Held is found at the scene.

I may have given away the murderer this time. But in this episode the one you want the murderer to be is in fact the guilty party. No surprises in this episode, just a question of breaking an alibi.

But that doesn't mean this is not a real good Perry Mason story.

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