Perry Mason: Season 4, Episode 5

The Case of the Lavender Lipstick (15 Oct. 1960)

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At Caress Cosmetics, Max Pompey fires Karen Lewis for allegedly selling new formulas to competitor Gabe Rawson. Karen goes missing and her boyfriend, Peter Nichols, consults Perry Mason. She may be hiding something from her



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Maross ...
A.D.A. Ernest Helming
Patricia Breslin ...
Karen Lewis (as Pat Breslin)
John Lupton ...
Peter Nichols
Rita Lynn ...
Myra Heston
Charles Knudsen
Max Pompey
James Bell ...
Silas Vance
Walter Coy ...
Gabe Rawson
Judge John Davis
Betty Farrington ...
Court Clerk


Karen Lewis is fired by her boss Max Pompey at Caress Cosmetics for selling company secrets to a rival cosmetics firm headed by Gabe Rawson. Pompey found copies of several of the company's formulas in her desk along with a bank book showing two recent and very large deposits to her bank account. After Karen rejects his advances, she leaves and disappears. Her boyfriend who also works at Caress, contacts Perry Mason to help find her letting Mason know that she seems to be hiding something from her childhood. When Caress president Silas Vance hears of the firing, he overrules Pompey and tells Karen to return to her position in the lab. When she does, she finds the night watchman, Charles Knudsen, unconscious and Vance shot dead in his office. More ominously, they also find a partial note written by Vance that seems to point to Karen as the killer. Many of those involved have secrets they would prefer not to reveal and Perry Mason agrees to defend Karen against a charge of murder. Written by garykmcd

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Myra Heston: Karen Lewis could no more steal from this company or sell its formulas than she could fall for an old goat like you.
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A good episode and a good example
12 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One other reviewer has criticized this episode, implying that it's mediocre or unexceptional. I respectfully disagree with his assessment, and I likewise respectfully suggest that he does not recognize or understand the formula for the Perry Mason series. This episode follows that formula, and it does so quite well. It even includes several atypical twists, such as the history starting 25 years earlier, the use of a steam room, the trick to keep a witness in town and to serve him with a subpoena, and the tagging of Paul Drake as a witness for the prosecution and his absence from the courtroom when the assistant district attorney was about to call Paul to the stand. The story and its branches are interesting, and the solution by Perry is well done and well presented.

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