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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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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21 February 1959 (USA)  »

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Frankie Laine, who plays washed up comic Danny Ross here, was a well known pop singer who had chart-topping hits with the theme songs from High Noon and Rawhide. He later parodied himself, vocalizing Mel Brooks' Oscar nominated title tune for Blazing Saddles. See more »

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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
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"I thought I smelled tea...."
5 August 2014 | by (Bigtown, Montana USA) – See all my reviews

Yes, that is the exact line spoken by Lt. Tragg (Ray Collins) to beatnik "Buzzie" (Bobby Troup) while he pokes at the piano. Tragg lifts up one of Buzzie's discarded cigarettes butts, sniffs it, and drops it back into the tray. Buzzie then offers Tragg a drag on the butt in his mouth. "No!" Tragg says. Buzzie sends a cloud of smoke into Tragg's face, enough to determine that while there is smoke, there is no tea. "Shocked?" Buzzie mumbles, mocking Tragg's disappointment.

One wonders how many of the "squares" watching Perry Mason in 1959 knew that "tea" was a reference to marijuana? That scene alone makes this episode worth watching, but wait, there's more! Ubiquitous TV character actor Walter Burke plays sidekick to the equally ubiquitous 1950s star Frankie Laine, playing not a singer but a comic. But Troup steals the show, at least until the last minute when septuagenarian Collins steals it back, showing that he's no square, Daddy-O. The hidden joke is that Troup, far from being a down-but-unhip-Beatnik, was a talented (and wealthy) light jazz songwriter, penning "Route 66" 12 years before. He and his wife Julie London, also a singer, had a lifelong relationship with her ex, Jack Webb. Perry delivers one of his most sesquipedalian courtroom scenes, quoting verbatim from a forensics textbook, his intellectual gymnastics leaping over poor Prosecutor Burger and leaving him flat on the mat. Good fun all around!


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