Amory Fallon returns after a long business trip to Mexico to find one of his plants burned and with a very suspicious mind. He doesn't go home and seems to trust no one. When his partner is found murdered, he is charged with the murder.
Amory Fallon is investigating a fire the previous week at his company Fallon Paints. He's using the services of the Paul Drake Detective Agency to try and find an old woman who may have seen someone entering the plant on the night of the fire. The person the old woman identifies, however, is Fallon himself. He clearly doesn't get along with his business partner Ned Thompson who he thinks is having an affair with his wife. Fallon had just returned from an extended business trip to Mexico where he appears to have gotten a $250,000 contract. However, his mood has changed to the point where he trusts no one including his wife. He also thinks that Thompson is somehow behind the fire as he had ordered important company documents moved to the part of the factory where the fire started. When Thompson is found dead after Fallon visited Thompson's apartment, he is charged with murder and Perry Mason takes on the case. Written by
This was Wesley Lau's first appearance on the show. He played the character Amory Fallon in this episode. Interestingly, a few weeks later he would be cast in his more familiar role of Lt. Andy Anderson, which he would play from the 1961 season all the way to the 1965 season. See more »
The future Police Lieutenant Andy Anderson Wesley Lau made his debut on the Perry Mason series as a client. Good thing he hired Paul Drake to investigate a suspicious fire in his paint plant where some confidential documents may have gone up in smoke. I say maybe because it sure looks suspicious and later on Lau's partner winds up dead Lau's looking real good for it. Good thing that William Hopper proved to be a conduit to Raymond Burr.
Lau who is under a great deal of pressure got good and tipsy and passed out from demon rum. The murderer took advantage of that played with the time element to give himself a not quite ironclad alibi which Burr demolishes. I will say that when the culprit does confess in open court it's one of the more dramatic breakdowns in the series history.
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