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"Perry Mason" The Case of the Grumbling Grandfather (1961)

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Original Air Date:
27 May 1961 (Season 4, Episode 27)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason

Barbara Hale ... Della Street

William Hopper ... Paul Drake

William Talman ... Hamilton Burger

Ray Collins ... Lt. Tragg (credit only)

Patricia Barry ... Dorine Hopkins

Otto Kruger ... J. J. Gideon
Karl Held ... David Gideon
Frances Rafferty ... Sue Franks

Gavin MacLeod ... Lawrence Comminger (as Gavin Mac Leod)
Phil Arthur ... Si Farrell
Fifi D'Orsay ... Woman Witness

Dub Taylor ... Stroller
John Gallaudet ... Superior Court Judge
Kenneth MacDonald ... Trial Judge
Henry Hunter ... Avery Bellison
John Close ... Police Sergeant
Maura McGiveney ... Waitress
Fred Coby ... Tony Montgomery
Hal K. Dawson ... Watchman (as Hal Dawson)
Lee Miller ... Sgt. Brice
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William H. O'Brien ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Bernard L. Kowalski 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Erle Stanley Gardner  characters created by
Jackson Gillis  written by

Produced by
Arthur Marks .... producer
Gail Patrick .... executive producer (as Gail Patrick Jackson)
Cinematography by
Robert G. Hager (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Faure  (as John D. Faure)
Roy V. Livingston 
Casting by
Harvey Clermont 
Art Direction by
Lewis H. Creber  (as Lewis Creber)
Set Decoration by
Charles Vassar  (as Charles Q. Vassar)
Makeup Department
Annabell .... hair stylist
Irving Pringle .... makeup artist
Production Management
Dewey Starkey .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Morris Harmell .... assistant director
Art Department
Ray Thompson .... properties
Sound Department
Gene Eliot .... sound effects editor
Herman Lewis .... sound mixer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Evelyn Carruth .... wardrobe supervisor
Edward McDermott .... wardrobe supervisor (as Ed McDermott)
Music Department
Gene Feldman .... music editor
Other crew
M.E.M. Gibsone .... script supervisor
Jackson Gillis .... story consultant

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Erle Stanley Gardner  creator

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Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
I didn't ask you if you met him I asked you if you killed him!, 11 August 2013
Author: sol1218 from brooklyn NY

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

***SPOILERS*** Wild and unpredictable, aren't they all, Perry Mason, Raymond Burr, episode with Perry defending young law student David Gideon, Karl Held. David is accused of murdering his secret lover Dorine Hopkins', Patricia Barry, estranged husband Tony Mongomery, Fred Coby, who was both abusing and blackmailing her.The hopelessly in love David just fell into the trap set for him by coming to Dorine's aid when she was smacked around by her husband after handing him the documents and $10,000.00 he demanded from her. The money was to pay off his gambling debts to the mob and the documents were about her connection to David's grandfather J.J Gedion, Otto Kruger, who was paying her off with blackmail money!

David went to Mongomery's home to retrieve the cash & documents that he swiped from Dorine and was bopped over the head from behind and when he finally awoke he found him dead with David now being the #1 suspect in Mongomery's murder. Perry knowing for sure that David was innocent was now involved in trying to find Mongomery's murderer despite all the evidence against his client. What Perry was to discover is that Mongomery's murder was connected to another murder three years ago that of David's Uncle Lucien that had been ruled a suicide! It was in fact David's lover Dorine that lead Perry to Mongomery's murderer by Perry checking out all the facts and her eye witness testimony of her being abused and smacked around by Mongomery just before he himself was murdered. Facts that didn't quite check out and were totally dispelled by Perry during his client's murder trial.

****SPOILERS*** Perry Mason was never better in how he not only slowly uncovered the reasons for Tony Mongomery's murder but in getting the person who murdered him as well as Lucien Gedion three years earlier to break down and confess without even being cross examined by him. It was when Uncle Lucien uncovered an embezzlement scheme at J.J Gedion's law firm that he was whacked or offed ended by the same killer who later murdered Tony Mongomery. The only reason Uncle Lucien's murderer got away with his or her crime was that in it being ruled a suicide that Perry Mason and his friend private investigator Paul Drake, William Hopper, weren't on the case. This time around he wasn't so lucky.

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