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. Goff 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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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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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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6 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is worth seeing simply because it's off-beat (no joke intended).

There's Bobby Troup (Dr Early in "Emergency!) as a bearded beatnik who plays cool piano and smokes pot. (Yes, really.) Then there's Frankie Laine as comic Danny Ross -- who looks remarkably like Danny Thomas. He doesn't sing "Mule Train" or crack a whip, though. And we learn that Della isn't familiar with Yiddish slang -- amazing for someone who lives in Los Angeles.

Perhaps the best moment in the entire series occurs in the courtroom when Mason argues with Burger over a point of testimony. Mason says something like "Mr Burger's taste for the obvious leads him to confuse my desire to protect my client's interests with arguing over technicalities." (That isn't exact, but it expresses the thought.) Burger is not happy, and murmurs sotto voce.

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