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:
Joe Maross ...
A.D.A. Ernest Helming
Karen Lewis (as Pat Breslin)
Peter Nichols
Rita Lynn ...
Myra Heston
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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1.33 : 1
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William Hopper has a bare-chest scene in this episode. See more »


[first lines]
Peter Nichols: Formula 331. It's about time we had a little luck.
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Paul Drake Gets Steamed
26 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a solid outing with a very good supporting cast. Richard Basehart from Voyage To The Bottom of The Sea is in this one & on the witness stand for a good while. The plot involves industrial espionage in the Pharmaceutical & Make Up Industry.

Drake runs a lot in the episode as he becomes a material witness & the cops are after him while Mason sends him in pursuit of information abut someone who has supposedly been dead for 23 years. Mason gets his client off and Drake serves a witness for Mason in a steam room.

The solution to who did it involves a clue scrawled in lip stick on a desk drawer by the victim. A very good episode.

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