Perry Mason: Season 2, Episode 18

The Case of the Jaded Joker (21 Feb. 1959)

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Fading funnyman Danny Ross has been promised a new television show, which he desperately needs for a comeback. Charles Goff, the executive who promised Danny the show, double-crosses the jaded joker and pitches the show for another talent.



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Episode cast overview:
Danny Ross
Walter Burke ...
Freddie Green
Tom Drake ...
Cleve Niles
Mary LaRoche ...
Lisa Hiller
Sheila Hayes
Harry Jackson ...
Charles Goff
S. John Launer ...
Jon Lormer ...


Comedian Danny Ross is certain his latest idea for a new television show will be a hit and return him to former glory. He's outraged, however, when he learns the man he trusted to sell the show to network executives, Charles Goff, has betrayed him and successfully sold the idea but it doesn't include a role for Danny. He visits Perry Mason with his diminutive sidekick Freddie Green but as there was nothing in writing, Perry tells him it will be complicated. When Goff is found dead, however, the murder weapon has Freddie's fingerprints on it. Danny is stuffed in the knee hole of his desk with a gunshot wound to the head and there is no sign of a struggle in the office. Danny refuses to accept that his pal would have anything to do with murder. Perry believes he's innocent and agrees to defend him but he is forced to interpret the jive talk used by those involved in the case and several people have reason to hate Danny. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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21 February 1959 (USA)  »

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Lt. Tragg: Well I'm glad this one's over. I'm beat.
Della Street: Dig the hipster.
Lt. Tragg: Don't bug me Granny. I'm one of the cool ones. I don't dig slick chicks trying to goose me up, Daddio!
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Jaded Joker Theme
Written by Bobby Troup
Performed by Bobby Troup
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Lt. Tragg ain't no square from Delaware
22 May 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Pop singer Frankie Laine who is playing a comedian is the Perry Mason client who retains Raymond Burr to sue ad man Harry Jackson. Laine pitched an idea for a TV show to Jackson who was to sell it to both network and sponsor. Well he sold it all right, just didn't sell Laine as part of it.

But when Jackson is found dead, body stuffed neatly under his desk in his office it's Laine's pal and all around GoFer Walter Burke who is charged with the murder. Burke is playing a variation of his Sugar Boy character from All The King's Men, a little man with a temper and his prints are on a gun found at the scene.

Mutual loyalty between Laine and Burke prevents both prosecution and defense from arriving at the truth, but of course it's Raymond Burr who sees that. And Jackson was a man who double dealt a lot of people in his professional and personal life. The answer lies in the world of the beatniks who were making the scene at that point.

I do so love that coda after the case is solved when Lieutenant Tragg shows himself in command of the hipster lingo of the era. Ray Collins is one cool dude, Daddy-O.

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