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"Perry Mason" The Case of the Illicit Illusion (1964)

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Original Air Date:
9 April 1964 (Season 7, Episode 25)
Rosanne Ambrose visits her friend and doctor, 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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Meanders in search of red herrings. See more (4 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason

Barbara Hale ... Della Street

William Hopper ... Paul Drake

William Talman ... Hamilton Burger

Ray Collins ... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ... Lt. Andy Anderson

Mona Freeman ... Rosanne Ambrose

Keith Andes ... Dr. Jesse Young

Ron Randell ... Hubert Ambrose

Norma Varden ... Winifred Wileen
Rebecca Welles ... Leslie Eden
Jena Engstrom ... Vera Janel
Oliver McGowan ... Fillmore Garrett
Berry Kroeger ... Kirk Cameron

Willis Bouchey ... Judge Two

John Gallaudet ... Judge
Dick Garton ... Lt. Barlow
Mel Ruick ... Michael Rancer (as Melville Ruick)
Lee Miller ... Sgt. Brice
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Fred Aldrich ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Don Anderson ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Irving J. Moore 
Writing credits
Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by)

Samuel Newman (written by)

Produced by
Jackson Gillis .... associate producer
Arthur Marks .... producer
Gail Patrick .... executive producer (as Gail Patrick Jackson)
Art Seid .... producer
Other crew
Samuel Newman .... story consultant

Series Crew
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Erle Stanley Gardner  creator

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Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Rebecca Welles made her final media appearance 10 days later on ABC-TV.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Lt. Anderson incorrectly describes the slide of a semi-automatic pistol as the "barrel".See more »


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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Meanders in search of red herrings., 15 November 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Although a lot of people I hang out with would love the idea of Kirk Cameron meeting a bad end in fact Berry Kroeger plays a character named Kirk Cameron who gets very dead. Kroeger is usually playing some of the slimiest villains on record and he's involved in some con games here. But the real Kirk Cameron was not even born yet, not even an idea in his parents mind when this Perry Mason episode aired on CBS.

The client for Raymond Burr is Mona Freeman who is going through a divorce and her husband is in some shady business bilking clients of investment money. Kroeger is a forensic accountant who is presumably checking up on the husband when he's murdered.

This is not one of the better constructed Mason episodes, the plot really meanders all over the place in search of red herrings. I will say though that Evelyn Varden, noted British player really stands out in this episode. This woman is some piece of work, she's got a great racket going which I will not divulge, you have to see the episode to see the scam she's working.

For Varden's sake I wish I could rate this Perry Mason a bit higher. Her character deserved a better story.

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