Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Illicit Illusion 

Rosanne Ambrose visits her friend, Dr. Jesse Young, to see why she feels like she is losing her sanity. She can't remember things, which is affecting her work. When an associate of her husband is killed, she is charged with it.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Perry Mason
Della Street
Paul Drake
Hamilton Burger
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Lt. Andy Anderson
Hubert Ambrose
Winifred Wileen
Rebecca Welles ...
Leslie Eden
Vera Janel
Oliver McGowan ...
Fillmore Garrett
Kirk Cameron
Judge Two


Perry Mason finds himself defending Rosanne Ambrose who is accused of murdering her husband Hubert's business associate, Kirk Cameron. Perry was actually representing her in her divorce from Hubert who, along with Cameron, may have swindled Rosanne and actually murdered a New York client. Rosanne is afraid that she may be unbalanced and seeks advice from her friend, Dr. Jesse Young. She's had memory lapses and has no recollection of having completed her most recent book or supposedly canceling all of the travel arrangements for her upcoming book tour. She comes home to find her husband's desk messed up but she is knocked out. When she recovers, everything is straightened. Dr. Young sends her a couple of prescriptions to help her sleep. Later, she visits the apartment of Kirk Cameron. She leaves after being hit on the head and in a daze. She uses the stairs where she passes out spilling her purse but awakes to find her purse neatly by her and the police at Cameron's apartment saying he... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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9 April 1964 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Rosanne Ambrose: Jesse, I'm frightened! Please, please help me!
Dr. Jesse Young: These "things" that have happened... your whole life, and everything in it, going wrong... just like that?
Rosanne Ambrose: Not overnight, no. For months. One thing here, one thing there. Jess...
Dr. Jesse Young: Step by step, Rosanne.
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Too many characters to account for
27 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

This episode begins with Rosanne Ambrose (Mona Freeman) having blackouts where she cannot remember what if anything happened. She goes to see Dr Jesse Young (Keith Andres) for possible medication explanation for the lost of memory. Dr Young is an old boyfriend of Rosanne. And Dr Young prescribes some pills to help her get some rest from the horror of ordeal.

This is good to know since Roasanne is seeking a divorce from her husband, Hubert Ambrose (Ron Randall), and this is a big part of the plot.

Hubbert is accused of a murder in New York. The police say that Hubbert is using a false name for flights and hotel reservation and at the time of the murder, was in New York. But it appears that Hubert will not be going to new York when a friend of his, Kirk Cameron (Berry Kroeger) commits suicide and leaves a note claiming that he was the one that killed the women in New York. All seems right.

However the police state that this was not suicide and have evidence that Rosanne was at Cameron's apartment moments before his death. And we are left with Perry defending the women for the murder.

This episode has a difficult plot to follow with too many characters. When a name was called I was confused since I could not remember the names due to large number of people that had some part in the show. But it does deliver some good courtroom scenes.

From Hamilton Burger basically being call as a witness to a husband being called as a witness in the wife's case- it has some good moments. But by the end of the show I am exhausted from trying to keep up with all the testimony that string from two crimes in two states.

There is also some writing that was just plain poor. I mean- When Rosanne feels one of her blackouts coming on, instead of taking the elevator or sitting down- she take a dark and lonely stairway only to pass out a few steps down the stairs. Plus the fact that the stairs must not be a high traffic area since she did not awake till many hours after the blackout in the same position. This was just really unbelievable.

For me this was a middle of the pack show. Nothing great here but then again not a complete car wreck.

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