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.
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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 »
This episode involves a paint company that has two owners. Amory Fallon is the main owner and has been down in Mexico City for over a month on business. Ned Thompson is the other owner that has been running the company's day-to-day operation.
When Amory returns from Mexico he goes to check on some papers he needs for a project the company was involved. He finds out that the files, that were suppose to be located in his office, had been moved and a fire had destroyed them. Amory believes something is afoot and that his partner is behind the entire situation.
When Amory thinks his wife is having an affair with Thompson, he goes out drinking. While drunk he goes to confront Thompson. Later Ned Thompson is found dead and the evidence points to Amory as the murderer. Perry will defend Amory in court against charges brought by Burger and Tragg.
This was an entertaining episode that kept the viewer guessing till the very end. There is also a nice exchange of legal matters between Perry and Hamilton Burger that is always enjoyable to watch. But once Perry reveals the true murderer in court we get a confession from the court gallery that appears someone was pushing for a TV Emmy. Anyway it was still a nice mystery.
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