Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Half-Wakened Wife 

Perry Mason defends an old wartime buddy, Frank Lawton, who is framed for murder. He is a handy man accused of having an affair with the woman he works for and killing her husband. The evidence is piling up against him en masse.


(as Anton M. Leader)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Drake
Hamilton Burger (credit only)
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Stewart Bradley ...
Ellen Waring
Det. Sgt. Phillip Dix
Arthur Williams
Tom Palmer ...
Scott Shelby
Jason Johnson ...
Judge Ellsworth
Ben Parker
Howard Black
Richy - Telegram Delivery Man


Scott Shelby is jealous of the attention he believes handy man Frank Lawton is paying to his wife Marion. Scott sneaks his shotgun out of the house in a golf bag after loading it being careful to put no fingerprints on the shells. At a location away from his home he fires one barrel of the double barrel gun and then returns it to the rack in his house. That night from the boat house he calls Frank for help and to get his shotgun as he cuts the phone line there. Frank hears a shot, dresses, and retrieves the shotgun. He runs to the boat house but finds no one until Marion arrives. Meanwhile, Perry receives a telegram from Frank saying his unlucky army buddy is about to be arrested for murder. Perry and Della leave to meet Frank only to find the sheriff's department there looking for the missing Scott Shelby. The telegram and Frank's writings force Det. Sgt. Phillip Dix to arrest Frank. Perry believes Shelby skipped town due to being in debt but when his body turns up, the burden of ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






Release Date:

15 March 1958 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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By an odd coincidence, guest stars Barbara Lawrence and Phyllis Avery both retired from acting to become realtors. See more »


Paul took a photo of the picnic grounds at around 1 pm and yet the shadows, which were a main part of case, as shown in the photo are long, like they were cast at around 9 am. See more »


[first lines]
Frank Lawton: Pretty well-done on that side, Mrs. Shelby. How about a drink of water?
Marion Shelby: Oh, I'd love it.
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One of the best names ever for a detective
9 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

I agree with kfo9494 100% on his/her review but HAD to add this one comment - the name of the detective in this episode is epic - Philip "Dick." I cannot, however, determine if this was intentional or if it was a fluke in naming the character. Normally I would have put this in the comments section but cannot find comments for a series this old - and it's OLD --- there are THIRTY NINE episodes - try and find an actor today who will work a series that long OR a studio who will PAY an actor to work that long nowadays!!!! LOL and I could EASILY watch every single one (and intend to) in a marathon watch of all - I think it's nine or 10 seasons. One of the best series ever with just good plain old acting and cool plots.

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