Perry Mason: Season 2, Episode 23

The Case of the Howling Dog (11 Apr. 1959)

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A divorced woman escapes a sanitarium to retrieve money stolen by her ex-husband now married to her ex-sister-in-law. Her brother handles the problem but decides he wants his ex-wife back but when the ex-husband is murdered she is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Evelyn Forbes
Fintan Meyler ...
Thelma Brent
Arthur Cartright
Elaine Edwards ...
Polly Forbes
Bill Johnson
John Holland ...
Clinton Forbes
Tom Greenway ...
Rod Andrews
Grace Raynor ...
Marilyn Storm
Ed Prentiss ...
Dr. Bayliss
S. John Launer ...


After running away from the Bayliss Sanitarium, Evelyn Forbes makes her way to Los Angeles to confront her ex-husband Clinton Forbes. She wants to get her fortune back but there seems to be little chance of that.Evelyn's brother Arthur Cartwright hires Paul Drake to find her and then follows her to Los Angeles to bring her back to his home. It also gives him a chance to see his ex-wife Polly, who left him for Forbes. Cartwright consults Perry about estate law, particularly if a will is affected should a man be executed for a criminal act. He tells Perry that Forbes is a crook who marries rich women to get his hands on their money. He assures Perry that he's not about to commit a capital crime but when Clinton Forbes is found dead, it's his sister Evelyn who is charged with murder. It's the dead man's dog, also killed, that provides the clue Perry needs to identify the true murderer. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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11 April 1959 (USA)  »

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An excellent who-done-it mystery that will have you guessing
13 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode contain one of the most cold-blooded killers in the history of the series as the person has to kill to make their life happy then has to kill to keep their life from spiraling out of control. It is really a sad tale as a person believes in something that is never going to happen.

It begins at the Bayliss Sanitarium where Evelyn Forbes escapes and goes to see her former husband Clinton Forbes. Clinton is now married to a younger woman named Polly but it seems that their marriage was just a way for Clinton is bleed more money from the women he knows. Clinton is also having an affair with another younger secretary named Thelma Brent - so you can see that Clinton is an all around bad dude and is in prime location to be knocked off.

When Clinton is murdered there is much evidence to point to many people but in the end Hamilton Burger's office arrest Evelyn Forbes for killing her ex-husband for the money that she felt was cheated from her by Clinton. Perry will do his best to defend this case and even uses some shenanigans to try to confuse a witness. But when all is said and done it will be an howling dog that will lead Perry to find out what transpired at the Forbes house of horrors.

This is one of those great who-done-it shows that will have you guessing the entire time. How Perry knew about the circumstances of the murder is what is called TV magic- but it did not take away from the entertaining and interesting story. Good watch.

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