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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Early Episode with David Gideon Character (Young Lawyer) accused of Murder
24 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

*** SPOILER ***

Episode is the story of a family with a grandfather, J. J. Gideon (Otto Kruger) who has some sort of a family business, and a grandson, David Gideon (Karl Held) whose Uncle Lucius has committed suicide three months before.

The grandson has been seeing an ex secretary Dorine Hopkins ( Patricia Barry ) and is concerned that she is now rejecting his attention after almost being caught by grandpa. She also was carrying on with an Uncle Lucius, who is also dead, and is suspected of causing a lot of trouble for the Gideon family by the grandfather.

Unknown to David, she is married to a useless guy, Tony Montgomery, who owes a lot of money to gambling interests, and who has blackmailed Grandfather Gideon with a collections of photos of Dorine, and the dead son. all of this unknown to David.

Grandfather is having the company audited by Lawrence Comminger (Gavin MacLeod) to see how much damage has been done to the Gideon company

Tony is murdered, and David is suspected of the killing due to having gone to Tony's house to confront him over $10,000 given by Dorene. He is hit by an enforcer, Si Farrell (Phil Arthur) who was trying to collect the 10,000.

Case is prosecuted by Hamilton Burger (William Talman). Also appearing are Barbara Hale, William Hopper, Lee Miller (Sgt. Brice). Ray Collins did not appear, and may have been ailing at the time. Another actor had some credited lines (John Close). This may have been before Wesley Lau was appearing regularly to fill in for Ray Collins, who eventually passed away, but was still credited.

Actual culprits turns out to be Comminger and Hopkins , who have found and is trying to abscond with the $100,000 that was embezzled and thought by Grandfather to be have been lost by Lucius Gideon. Apparently she took the money, and with help from Comminger was trying to get away with the crime, and ended up having to murder her husband, to keep things quiet.

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