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

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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Perry defends a rookie cop against a mound of evidence

Author: kfo9494 from United States
6 September 2012

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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Author: zsenorsock from Argentina
11 April 2008

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Lt. Anderson gets to be featured as his cousin James (Richard Davalos) has just joined the force. He's partnered up with Andy's friend, Otto (William Boyett, who was the officer in charge on "Adam-12" and seemed to play a million cop parts). On their very first patrol together, a factory is robbed, Otto is dead and Tragg suspects James is the murderer. Andy asks Perry to help defend his cousin.

Really well written episode that has a key cheat: they save for the end that the security guard at the factory was Otto's old partner. Kinda key information that would really help the viewer solve this on their own, but no matter. Jeannette Nolan guests as Otto's mom Erna, who is out to protect his image even if the truth gets in the way.

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Would she really cooperate?

Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
8 January 2014

The great character actress Jeanette Nolan replete with German accent highlights the Perry Mason episode. Raymond Burr's client here is Dick Davalos playing rookie patrolman James Anderson cousin of series regular Weslay Lau.

A rather wild and unrealistic plot drags Davalos into a jackpot whereby he stands accused of the murder of a night watchman and former LAPD officer. He's further accused of being part of a robbery of the same factory in which Nolan's son who is Wesley Lau's best friend on the force and training officer for Davalos is killed.

The most unrealistic thing about this story is Raymond Burr asking for and getting Nolan's cooperation in apprehending the real perpetrator. Again Perry Mason defends no guilty clients, but Nolan thinks Davalos culpable in her son's murder. A bit much to ask and get in this episode one of the lesser ones in this long series.

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I stand accused!

Author: kapelusznik18 from United States
14 January 2014

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***SPOILERS**** Brainless and utterly ridicules Perry Mason, Raymond Burr, episode involving what looks like out of it, was he on drugs, rookie cop James Anderson, Dick Davalos, who after being suspected of stealing some $60,000.00 out of the safe of a plastic company that he's supposed to be protecting later gets himself into much hotter waters by being on the scene of the murder of the company's night watchman former LAPD police officer a Mister Pierce, no name or character given in the credits, who was found strangled. It was before Pierce was found dead that Anderson's partner Otto Norden, William Boyett, was shot to death in the plastic plant with the what seems like gutless Officer Anderson fleeing from the scene!

It's obviously a job for Perry Mason who takes on the case in Anderson's defense but feels that his client is guilty as hell in the crimes, murder & robbery, that he stands accused of. We get a number of confusing incidents about just what happened and who's responsible but their so off the wall that even Perry is a bit hesitant to follow them up. Perry goes so far as to get the late officer Otto Norden's mother Erna, Jeanette Nolkan, to stick her neck out and risk her life in trying to convince both her son and Mr. Pierce's killer to reveal himself. That in her letting out the news she knows who he is and what, a strip of micro film, he's after.

The ending couldn't have come any sooner when the killer finally comes on the scene only to get himself caught and arrested by the awaiting police who set up a trap for him. He in fact didn't have anything to do with the reasons that both Otto Norden & the night watchman Mr. Pierce were murdered but murdered them anyway just to throw off suspicion to who he is. If you can believe that! The main reason for all this confusion had in fact to do with Mr. Pierce getting canned from the LAPD and Officer Otto Norden having had something to do with it!

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