Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Jilted Jockey 

Jockey Tic Barton's wife tries to persuade him to throw a race to please gambler Johnny Starr, with whom she is having an affair. Tic refuses, but he loses the race anyhow. When Starr is killed, Tic is charged with murder.



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Episode cast overview:
Perry Mason
Della Street
Hamilton Burger
Lt. Tragg
Billy Pearson ...
Victoria Bannion
Joe Di Reda ...
Eddie Davis (as Joe di Reda)
Hugh Sanders ...
Dion Bannion
Bob Allen
Judge Carter (as Kenneth R. MacDonald)
Mr. Horty
Joseph Forte ...
Coroner (as Joe Forte)


Johnny Woodruff Starr who is having an affair with Gloria Barton, wife of jockey Francis 'Tic' Barton. Starr involved in bookmaking wants Gloria to ask Tic to throw a race for $10,000. Gloria approaches Tic that evening to throw the race but Tic who is on a comeback refuses to throw it even though Gloria threatens divorce. Tic then visits Perry for advice. That evening Tic receives a message from Gloria via the assistant trainer to call her at Starr's apartment. During the race Tic and the horse make a move toward first but according to Tic the horse didn't have it in him. After losing the race, the owner Dion Bannion fires everyone involved feeling he was robbed of the victory. Tic believing Starr fixed the horse visits Starr at his apartment with his gun. However, the strong Starr easily overpowers the diminutive Tic and throws him out of the apartment. Recovering in the hallway Tic hears first one gunshot and then a second from the apartment. As he tries to leave, a neighbor sees ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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15 November 1958 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Real life Jockey Billy Pearson plays a jockey in this episode. He was also in an unsold pilot for Mason creator Erle Stanley Gardner's Cool & Lam series, playing pint-size detective Donald Lam. Lam was also played by Sinatra on radio and Art Carney in a lost TV episode of Climax. See more »


[first lines]
Johnny Woodruff Starr: Bright Magic worked the mile in 1:36... handily.
Gloria Barton: That's a good workout.
Johnny Woodruff Starr: Mm-mm, baby. That's a great workout.
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A jockey named Tic is asked to throw a race to save his marriage
22 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode we get into the world of horse racing when a jockey, Tic Barton, is asked to lose a race with the expectation of being paid $10,000 for the trouble. A cad named Johnny Starr is behind the scheme to lose the race plus is also secretly seeing Tic's wife behind his back. Already we would not be sadden if Johnny is the victim of some unfortunate accident.

During the race the horse, Bright Magic, seems sluggish and Tic advises that he thinks the horse was drugged. Believing Johnny Starr is behind situation, Tic goes to see Starr. And here Tic does something that is always a bad thing in a 'Perry Mason' show- Tic takes his gun along with him. When Johnny throws Tic out of his apartment, Tic hears a gunshot. It so happened that Johnny Starr is killed with Tic's gun and now Lt Tragg is wanting to serve a murder warrant.

Perry will defend Tic in court on the charges where we hear about the scheme to lose the race. It is not long before someone in the witness box is confused by Perry's examination. The confusion will start a series of events that will led Perry to discover the true murderer.

Even though the episode seemed to be dragging, when we get to the courtroom things pick up quite nicely. The show was well written and the actors portrayal was excellent. A nice mystery that was a good watch.

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