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
Freddie Green
Cleve Niles
Mary LaRoche ...
Lisa Hiller
Sheila Hayes
Harry Jackson ...
Charles Goff


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





Release Date:

21 February 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Danny Ross: [angrily] No, no, no! I'm not a chuckle man. Don't these guys know they're writing for a real comic? Where are the boff laughs? I'll die on my feet with that jazz.
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Jaded Joker Theme
Written by Bobby Troup
Performed by Bobby Troup
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The best thing about this episode is the last one minute
6 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With a usual mystery this episode took a turn to the beatnik world where we get a confession worthy of finger-snap applause from any coffee house location in the world. It was just too bad that the show seemed to move like molasses in winter or we could have seen a nice program.

When a out-of-work comedian, Danny Ross, is promised a job by the slick talking agent named Charles Goff, that fails when Goff signs another person, the viewer knows that it will just be a matter of time before Goff gets knocked off by some form of violence. But it is not Ross that is accused of the murder but his side-kick Freddie Green.

Even with some sketchy evidence, Hamilton Burger's office issues a murder warrant prompting Perry Mason to come to the aide of the widely known comedian's friend. There will be plenty of people that are considered suspects as most of the cast would not be shedding tears for Goff's death but Perry will find the true murderer by means of translation some groovy talk produced by one person in the show.

Perhaps I was expecting too much from the title of the episode but this show just was not that interesting. When we do get the confession it was difficult to understand before Perry Della and Lt Tragg inform the viewers of just exactly was said. The best part of the show is the last one minute. Lt Tragg leaves us with a line that real heavy man or should I say Lt Daddy-O.

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