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 childhood.it.

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Joe Maross ...
A.D.A. Ernest Helming
Patricia Breslin ...
Karen Lewis (as Pat Breslin)
John Lupton ...
Peter Nichols
Rita Lynn ...
Myra Heston
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Charles Knudsen
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Max Pompey
James Bell ...
Silas Vance
Walter Coy ...
Gabe Rawson
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Judge John Davis
Betty Farrington ...
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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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19 October 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The old dying message cliché is used in this Perry Mason. As Hercule Poirot was wont to remark that whole business is rather melodramtic.

Nevertheless its effective as young Patricia Breslin is Raymond Burr's client. She's found at the scene of a homicide of her boss and mentor where he's been shot and night watchman Dabbs Greer has been knocked out. Turns out she inherits the estate from the victim which is a cosmetics empire.

The victim's body was partially underneath a desk and Raymond Burr discovers the written message on the under side of the middle drawer written in lavender lipstick. Two letters make Ray Collins think the perpetrator is Breslin.

But as Perry never defends guilty clients, if you can't figure out this one you are deficient in your mystery watching.


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