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"Perry Mason" The Case of the Hateful Hero (1962)

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Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by)
Samuel Newman (written by)
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Original Air Date:
25 October 1962 (Season 6, Episode 5)
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. 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
Wesley Lau ... Lt. Anderson

Richard Davalos ... James Anderson (as Dick Davalos)

Jeanette Nolan ... Erna Norden

Mabel Albertson ... Carrie Wilson
Edmon Ryan ... Arthur Morrell

Leonard Stone ... Jerel Leland

Sue England ... Fleta York

William Phipps ... Dwight Wilson
William Boyett ... Otto Norden
Frank Gerstle ... Det. Steve Toland
Mike Steele ... Howard Duncan
Richard Tretter ... Intern
George Ives ... Police Board Chairman
S. John Launer ... Judge
Leonard Bremen ... Superintendent (as Lennie Bremen)
Jon Lormer ... Autopsy Surgeon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Baker ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Lee Miller ... Sgt. Brice (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Jesse Hibbs 
Writing credits
Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by)

Samuel Newman (written by)

Produced by
Jackson Gillis .... associate producer
Gail Patrick .... executive producer (as Gail Patrick Jackson)
Art Seid .... producer
Cinematography by
Robert G. Hager (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Faure (film editor) (as John D. Faure)
Art Direction by
Lewis H. Creber  (as Lewis Creber)
Set Decoration by
Charles Vassar  (as Charles Q. Vasser)
Makeup Department
Annabell .... hair stylist
Irving Pringle .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gordon A. Webb .... assistant director
Art Department
Ray Thompson .... properties
Sound Department
Herman Lewis .... production sound mixer
Casting Department
Harvey Clermont .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Evelyn Carruth .... wardrobe supervisor
Edward McDermott .... wardrobe supervisor (as Ed McDermott)
Other crew
Cosmo Genovese .... script supervisor
Samuel Newman .... story consultant

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

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

Miscellaneous: 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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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Perry defends a rookie cop against a mound of evidence, 6 September 2012
Author: kfo9494 from United States

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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