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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1.33 : 1
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A one person homicide machine
8 September 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It isn't just the murder that Perry Mason client Ann Rutherford is charged with that the eventually unmasked perpetrator is charged with. No indeed, this culprit gets on record three murders of humans and another of the selfsame Howling Dog of the title of the story.

Robert Ellenstein pays Raymond Burr a hefty retainer to defend his sister of a murder she might yet commit. Not that he hasn't good reason to, the target that the siblings is John Holland, the former husband of Rutherford. Holland dumped Rutherford for her former sister-in-law Elaine Edwards, also Ellenstein's former wife. And as is broadly hinted ready to get things going with his secretary Fintan Meyler. This man's demise is definitely a public service to the female gender.

But the wrong person shouldn't pay for this murder. In the end the right person is discovered and a few more the cast perishes in one of the more bloody Perry Mason episodes.

The Drake Detective Agency figures prominently in this story as William Hopper's snoopers and their surveillance play a big part in uncovering the culprit.

Interesting if bloody story.

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