Trevor Harris has returned home after 10 years as his wife is dying and he wants to ensure his children have a good home with Jill Garson instead of family patriarch Edgar Thorne. However, when Thorne is shot, Harris is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ...
Trevor Harris
Nora Kasner
Jill Garson
Clarence Henry
Philip Bourneuf ...
Edgar Thorne
Abigail Shelton ...
Michaela Martin (as Abbagail Shelton)
Clara Thorne
Kay Stewart ...
Barbara Billings


Trevor Harris returns to Los Angeles after a lengthy absence and decides to visit his wife only to find that she is seriously ill in the hospital. He also finds that two years before, she had him declared legally dead. He had left 10 years ago and had never been in contact, not even to send birthday messages to his two young children. After his wife dies, he asks Perry Mason to intervene in the custody of his children. He doesn't want custody for himself but feels Jill Garson would be the best candidate. The children are set to inherit $150 million and Harris' interference does't sit well with Edgar Thorne who manages their huge business empire. During a family meeting Harris explains his wishes but Thorne tells him that he has convincing proof that Harris embezzled $50,000 from the company in a white envelope in his safe. Later, after being told how to steal the envelope, Harris is seen leaving the house. When Thorne is murdered at that time, Harris is charged and Perry defends him. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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14 March 1963 (USA)  »

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When talking to the police, Clarence Henry (played by Max Showalter) quotes William Shakespeare's Henry V: "There is some soul of goodness in things evil." The rest of the quote, from Act IV, is ... "Would men observingly distill it out." See more »

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I was hoping Perry lost this murder case
28 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was not an impressive script. In fact, one begins pulling for Perry's client to have been given the gas chamber when we learn that this dead-beat dad abandoned his wife and kids some ten years ago without even a note and then suddenly reappears wanting some control of the two kids life. This was not a character that the viewer can feel sorry for in any shape or form. Thus from the beginning this story was painful to watch.

Trevor Harris is the person that left his wife and two children ten years ago. When the wife is dying he suddenly returns wanting a say in how the children will be cared for after the death of their mother. Yet he does not want to care for the children himself- but wants a say on the future of the kids even though he left them without a word years ago.

Anyway when Trevor's wife dies, the children will be in the care of an uncle named Edgar Thorn. Trevor does not want the kids in his care and believes that the uncle is after the $150 million in the children's fund.

The uncle says that the reason Trevor left was that he embezzled $50,000 from the company and he has proof, in his safe, of the actual record on the theft. When Trevor tries to gets the records the Uncle is found dead and all the evidence points to Trevor killing the uncle because of the kids. Perry will defend him in court of the charges.

Not only was the background of Trevor Harris uncomfortable but the person playing him, David McLean, seemed uncomfortable portraying the character. This was a character that needed to show some forgiveness but instead we get a even more bad feeling about the guy by the way the actor seemed uncaring about the topic. Better actors may have helped but really it was just a poor script and one that Perry should have refused to defend.

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