Perry Mason: Season 4, Episode 28

The Case of the Guilty Clients (10 Jun. 1961)

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Jeff Bronson's aircraft company is betting on the success of a new plane but after it crashes in a test flight, attention becomes focused on the test pilot's actions who is seeing Jeff's ex-wife. When he is murdered, Jeff is charged.

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Lisa Gaye ...
Lola Bronson
Charles Bateman ...
Jeff Bronson
Guy Mitchell ...
Bill Ryder
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Conception O'Higgins
Barbara Stuart ...
Violet Ryder
Alan Bunce ...
Courtney Patton
William Mims ...
Leander Walker
Ben Wright ...
Clarence Keller
Grandon Rhodes ...
Divorce Judge
Sydney Smith ...
Judge Abernathy
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Jeff and Lola Bronson go through a bitter divorce, with Jeff giving her an equity position in his aviation firm which he has an option to buy from her. They are about to test a new aircraft design with test pilot Bill Ryder having only one more series of tests left to undertake. It doesn't go well and Bill has to parachute to safety while the plane crashes. On the side Leander Walker wants to buy into the company but Jeff wants nothing to do with him due to his reputation for taking over companies. Violet Ryder thinks her husband may have been having an affair with Lola. Her and Lola both believe Bill caused the test failure for money and confront him about it. It's no surprise therefore when the test pilot is found dead and Jeff is charged with murder. Perry defends him but when the case starts to look bed for him, Lola stands up in court and says she did it to which Jeff replies that he's the one who did it. Perry thinks they're both innocent. Written by garykmcd

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High flying
22 November 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Given the strict Perry Mason parameters when you see Lisa Gaye shooting Guy Mitchell that's too easy. And when he defends her estranged husband Charles Bateman of the charge of murder you know he's not the guilty party. So among the list of red herrings who did Mitchell in?

Raymond Burr is representing Bateman in the divorce proceedings and it's a legal tangle as well as a marital one. Bateman assigns over some stock to his wife as part of the settlement. He's far more interested in the moment of a new aircraft his firm has designed and Mitchell is the test pilot to try it out.

So when the test fails all kinds of issues are raised, but in the end its Bateman charged with the murder.

Also hanging around is Barbara Stuart as Mitchell's wife who resents her husbands philandering, William Mims as a corporate vulture looking to take over Bateman's company and Gaye's cousin the voluptuous Faith Domergue who seems to be involved one way or another with all the males in the cast except the regulars.

Another thing different is that Burr does not unmask his perpetrator in the courtroom, but at the airport where the perpetrator is getting ready to flee.

Not a bad story with a little twist on the Perry Mason parameter.


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