Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Lazy Lover 

While repositioning his car in the driveway, Bertrand Allred finds the unconscious Robert Fleetwood. It appears that Bertrand's step-daughter struck Fleetwood as she was driving toward the house but the cover-up results in murder.



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Episode credited cast:
Della Street
Paul Drake
Hamilton Burger
Robert Fleetwood
Frances Helm ...
Bernice Archer
P. E. Overbrook
Bertrand Allred
Ann Lee ...
Judge (as Kenneth R. MacDonald)
Len Hendry ...
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Backwoods Housekeeper


After her stepfather Bertrand Allred finds a body in the driveway, Patricia Faxon fears she's the one who may have struck him while backing out. The injured man, Robert Fleetwood, is alive but has seemingly lost his memory and has no idea who he is. Concerned that her daughter could be charged with a criminal offense, Patricia's mother retains Perry Mason as her attorney by sending him a check in the mail but no other information. When Perry contacts Patricia she readily admits what happened. Her mother and step-father took Fleetwood to a motel where they were tending to him. Perry and Paul go there but find the motel room open and empty. Perry returns to see Patricia and Lucille for further details. During their conversation, Lt. Tragg appears to pick up Lucille for the murder of Fleetwood but while there he learns it was Lucille's husband who was killed instead in her car at the bottom of a cliff. Fleetwood is found by Paul staying at nearby farm. In the end Perry matches wits with ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

31 May 1958 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Guest star Yvonne Craig made her debut as Batgirl on 14 September 1967, the same night Perry Mason star Raymond Burr made his debut in the title role of Ironside. See more »


[first lines]
Patricia Faxon: Why did Bertie have to park his car there?
Lucille Faxon Allred: Because he is inconsiderate and selfish.
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No lemonade here
14 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode had everything to make it one of the best. Great guest stars, good acting, nice plot and a crime that has one interesting in outcome of the characters of the show. Then like a spectator at a 1937 airship landing- when it moves to the courtroom- it comes crashing down right in front of our eyes.

The show begins when a man is found near death in front of a wealthy family's house. It could have been the young step-daughter Patricia Faxon (played by Yvonne Craig soon to be Batgirl) or it could have been the not-so-nice step-father Bertrand Allred (Neil Hamilton soon to be Commission Gordon also from Batman).

The man makes a nice recovery but we get another crime also involving the family. At this point the viewer is caught up in the mystery and on the edge of the seat waiting to see more.

Then we have the courtroom scenes. By the time the show ends, we are thinking about anything other than who committed the crime.

The problem was a map that included footprints. Not just a few footprints but prints by the entire cast. It is so confusing we do not give a darn who was walking or who was running along the map scene. To make the map more confusing we have dog prints, boards and plants all within the map that may, or may not, have something to do with the crime. Even Hamilton Burger is confused at the end of the show.

This episode was a good book- but does not come across in film.

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