Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Hateful Hero 

Lt. Andy Anderson has a cousin who is moving from the beat to a patrol car partnered with Andy's old friend. The friend is killed when they respond to burglary. When the security guard is killed later, Andy's cousin is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Perry Mason
Della Street
Paul Drake
Hamilton Burger
Lt. Tragg
James Anderson (as Dick Davalos)
Carrie Wilson
Edmon Ryan ...
Arthur Morrell
Jerel Leland
Fleta York
Dwight Wilson
William Boyett ...
Frank Gerstle ...
Det. Steve Toland


Lt. Andy Anderson's cousin, James Anderson, is a rookie cop who has just been transferred to the patrol division and partnered with an exemplary and experienced officer, Otto Norden. Otto and Andy know each well and is a regular for dinner at Otto's house on Thursday where his mother treats them to a wonderful meal. On their first night out however, they investigate a robbery where Otto is killed, the security guard is found drugged and the safe blown with nitro, destroying the contents, except for $60,000. Eyewitnesses also say they saw James Anderson fleeing from the scene but he says he was somehow knocked out. James returns later to investigate but finds the security guard strangled. When James is charged with murder, Andy gets Perry Mason, who is also the corporate attorney for the company robbed, to defend him but the initial information is that the revered Otto Norden may have been involved, something his mother refuses to accept. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

25 October 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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When the plastics company safe is blown, Sgt. Norden and Ofc. Anderson immediately get out of their squad car and move in. They do not call for backup first, violating a standard police procedure that has been in place since police radios were invented. See more »


[first lines]
Lt. Anderson: Hi, Otto.
Otto Norden: Hey, Andy.
Lt. Anderson: Where's your new partner?
Otto Norden: Oh, he'll be right back.
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Perry defends a rookie cop against a mound of evidence
6 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jimmy Anderson is a rookie cop that just happens to be the cousin of Lt Andy Anderson. Jimmy will be the partner of veteran officer Otto Norden. During the first night on patrol Otto and Jimmy cannot see the night watchman at a plastic company. When they hear a strange noise the two officers enter the property. The next scene we have Lt Tragg telling Lt Anderson that the night watchman had been drugged and Otto has been killed. When Lt Anderson asks about his cousin, Tragg tells him that he was seen running from the scene.

Inside the business a safe had been blasted open with a large amount of nitro. Even though most of the company's books were destroyed about $60,000 was in a strong box and stolen. And it just so happens some of the money will be found in Officer Jimmy Anderson's apartment. Not only that, a few nights later the night watchman was killed and again Jimmy Anderson is involved.

Lt Anderson ask Perry to defend his cousin for murder of the night watchman. However this seemed like a difficult task. There is mounds of evidence against the rookie cop- so much that Perry is unable to produce a defense during the preliminary hearing. Thus having the judge bound Jimmy Anderson over for a jury trial.

With a little trickery, Perry is able to understand why the large amount of nitro was used on the safe. And with that information Jimmy Anderson will be saved from facing a trial by his peers.

A very good script that was interesting the entire 52 minutes. Good Watch!

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