Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Hesitant Hostess 

Fred Archer is blackmailed by Kim Lane, who winds up dead. Albert Sanders, Perry's derelict client, is charged with the murder. Perry depends on Kim's friend, Inez Kaylor, to assist in the defense, but she double-crosses him at every turn.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Inez Kaylor
Fred Sherman ...
Albert Sanders
Martha Rayburn
Frederic Archer III
Ned Wever ...
Joe Gibbs
Betty Utey ...
Kim Lane
Marge - Secretary
Gil Frye ...
Det. Ralph Faulkner
Jacqueline Holt ...
Mike Mason ...
Larry Coles (as Michael Mason)


Frederic Archer III exits a dance club to meet with dancer Kim Lane outside in a car to confirm a payoff. That night a drunk Kim tells her roommate how she will enjoy her new life based on her new found knowledge. The next day Inez asks their boss Martha Rayburn at work if she has seen Archer as Kim is missing. As she leaves Archer enters in a panic asking for help. Later, the police arrest Albert Sanders for robbing Archer. Perry decides to pick up the derelict's case pro bono knowing his history. However, when Kim Lane is found dead, the charge is upgraded to murder. Rayburn says she was with Archer during the robbery but Paul finds the hostess Inez who says she was fired by Rayburn at the club at the same she was with Archer. Inez agrees to return from Las Vegas to testify but disappears outside the courtroom. Paul tracks her down but she escapes so Perry and Della trail her to her apartment in Las Vegas. There Joe Gibbs takes a postcard to Kim from Universal Models at gunpoint. ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

5 April 1958 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lee Miller, Raymond Burr's body double and the future Sgt. Brice, has uncredited roles here as both a police detective and a courtroom spectator. See more »


Sanders supposedly lives in a trailer, but the one interior shot was of a spacious room with dark walls, no windows and a high, level ceiling; it looked much more like an old, concrete-lined basement than like the inside of a trailer. See more »


[first lines]
Larry Coles: I'm warning you, Sanders. I catch you hanging around here again, I'll call the cops.
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Another line of work
23 July 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This is not the first or the last freebie Perry Mason gave out because of his passion for justice. But his client basically is a down and out drifter who is being blamed for first a robbery and then a murder when one of the two robbery victims is found dead.

The late victim was a model who both worked for June Vincent's dance hall and did modeling for Ned Wever's agency. The girls also had another line of work and it's what got the victim killed.

She was also the mistress of millionaire Les Tremayne whom she was blackmailing. He didn't like being squeezed.

The drifter is Fred Sherman who just was a man who drifted into the wrong place and time.

Wait till you see what happens in court as Raymond Burr exposes a racket and finds a murderer.

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