Walter Eastman is putting money behind the development of a rotary engine and it has yet to prove itself on the racetrack. The young Italian test driver deliberately crashes the car and ends up dead and Perry has to defend Eastman.
Race car driver Vincent Danielli crashes a new race car on purpose and is now faking paralysis. His plan is to get rid of his lover Kate Eastman's husband Walter. The mechanics can find no reason for the car crash and Walter Eastman has financed much of the work on the new type of rotary engine developed by Dr. Moody they are testing based on advice from his brother-in-law Kirby Evans. Walter approaches Perry Mason to terminate his relationship with the project although it has the potential to be a major financial success and doesn't hold back his dislike of Danielli. When Kate realizes murder is part of Danielli's plan, she does her best to save her husband. When Danielli is found dead however, it's Walter Eastman who is charged with murder as he has no alibi and the evidence seems solid against him. It's left to Perry Mason to identify the real killer. Written by
When Mason is asking a few questions of Mooney, Mooney says he found something on the floor in Danielli's empty room and shows Mason a crumpled-up check (in one piece) written by Townley for $1000 to Danielli. Later, Mason and Drake are questioning Townley about the check and several times the check was referred to by all involved as having been torn up. See more »
This episode has all the quality and quantity that any mystery lover would find exciting. With a good script and good acting this show is one that holds the viewer's interest throughout the entire 52 minutes.
It begins as we see Vincent Danielli, an Italian driver, testing out a new engine in a race car for potential investor Walter Eastman. Seems that the new engine could rake in millions of dollars if all goes well during the testing.
However during the first test, Danielli wrecks and is supposedly paralyzed. But to the viewer it is clear that Mr Danielli is faking the injury to gain dollar signs and perhaps Ms Eastman. This will cause Mr Eastman to cancel the contract and forget about investing money in the new engine.
But before that takes place, Mr Danielli is found murdered and all the evidence points to Mr Eastman as the murderer. It will be up to Perry to defend Eastman in court against the mound of evidence presented by Hamilton Burger and Lt. Anderson.
With a refreshing script and some fine acting this episode is a rose. The plot is interesting and the show entertaining. Good watch for viewers.
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