Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Lavender Lipstick 

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.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Perry Mason
Della Street
Paul Drake
Lt. Tragg
Joe Maross ...
A.D.A. Ernest Helming
Karen Lewis (as Pat Breslin)
Rita Lynn ...
Charles Knudsen
Max Pompey
Silas Vance
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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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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15 October 1960 (USA)  »

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The car registration for Karen Lewis gives her address as 1040 N. Las Palmas, which was the address of Hollywood General Studios, where the show was then filmed. See more »


[first lines]
Peter Nichols: Formula 331. It's about time we had a little luck.
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19 October 2013 | by 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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