Perry Mason: Season 8, Episode 11

The Case of the Latent Lover (3 Dec. 1964)

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Roy Galen is the head of the probation department so when his friend's husband is arrested he agrees to help by asking to have him examined. The husband says Roy is having an affair with his wife so when she is killed he is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ...
Lloyd Bochner ...
Eric Pollard
Jason Evers ...
Roy Galen
John Lasell ...
Gilbert Green ...
Harlan Talbot
Sibyll Pollard (as Marion Moses)
Charlotte Fletcher ...
Aimee Wynne
Judge Robert Adler
Alexander Lockwood ...
Dr. Stevenson
Armand Harrison ...
Nat Rudick


Eric Pollard is a successful businessman who has been behaving quite strangely lately. His marriage has started to break down after discovering that his wife is having an affair plus she is begging him for a divorce. He's prone to seizures where he loses consciousness and he begins to forget things that he only recently did or said. In one bizarre incident, he jumps into a taxi and orders the driver to take him to a bank, also announcing that he intends on robbing it. He's eventually convicted but accuses the probation supervisor Roy Galen, who is actually quite sympathetic to his case, of being the man having the affair with his wife. During his probation period his wife is forced to take over the approval of his business affairs at the investment firm where he is a junior partner. With an irate Pollard waiting to see him, Galen gets a call from Sybill Pollard while she is being assaulted. He rushes to the house only to find her dead and then he is knocked out from behind. He is then... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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3 December 1964 (USA)  »

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Marion McCargo who plays the victim is the mother of William R. Moses who played Ken Malansky in the later Perry Mason movies. See more »


To make good his alibi, the killer must be able to call probation officer Roy Galen in his office at 8:30 pm. It's hardly likely for a probation officer to be on duty at that late hour. See more »

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25 March 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode of Perry Mason was a dud as far as I'm concerned. One important plot element was unexplained and I could see the killer a mile away. Remember it can never be Raymond Burr's client.

And in this case the client is Jason Evers who is a probation officer and who Lloyd Bochner thinks is having an affair with his wife Marian McCargo. She's actually got a nice little racket going herself. After Bochner is convicted of trying to rob a bank and hijacking Richard Reeves cab to do it, he's adjudged incompetent and she given power of attorney. Which she then proceeds to use to loot her husband's brokerage company in which he is in partnership with Gilbert Green.

McCargo winds up dead and its Evers that winds up the Mason client. But of course Burr finds the right perpetrator. It's all a matter of impeaching the medical examiner's testimony and breaking an alibi for the real killer.

What happened to Bochner in how he was framed into that alleged robbery and enabling his wife to do what she did was never adequately explained. It is a big big flaw in this Mason episode.

Marian McCargo had several sons in real life and over 20 years later one of them William R. Moses wound up as Ken Malansky in the Perry Mason movies. Most of which were better than this episode.

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