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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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


[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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Perry makes the scene, digs it, gets cooking and solves the case!
20 June 2016 | by (Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this episode very much. The jazz that winds in and out of the story is fabulous! The last 30 seconds, alone, make this episode worth watching. Ray Collins delivers the final line flawlessly and Raymund Burr does appear to actually crack up. Especially notable is the last scene at the coffee house: Perry displays full command of beat lingo (language if you like) and the whole confession sounds like one long performance, punctuated by Perry's syncopated inquires. Who knew such a square could be so cool, so hip? After that immersion in the beat scene, Tragg's final word, "Daddio," is the perfect coda. As the credits ran I found myself snapping my fingers in response and saying "cool man."

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