Janice Norland turns to her law professor when she thinks she killed a man. When there is no body, they assume all is okay but she is soon the target of blackmail. When the man turns up dead, she is charged so the professor defends her.
Professor Edward Lindley is a highly respected law school professor who believes that jurists and academics deserve credit for the maturing of the law, not trial lawyers. That belief is soon tested when one of his students, Janice Norland, gets into trouble. She believes she's killed a dance instructor, Raul Perez, she was involved with. They'd had a fight and she hit him with a poker but, when they check out his apartment, there is no body and no sign of the struggle Janice had described. Lindley turns to Paul Drake to investigate and Paul thinks he sees an all too common blackmail racket. The next day, Janice receives a photo showing her standing over the body holding the fireplace poker and a phone call asking for $10,000. But when the dance instructor is found dead the next night in the same manner after Janice was seen there, she is charged with murder. With Perry Mason in the hospital, Lindley decides to defend her himself and learns a few lessons about being a trial lawyer. Written by
This was Paul Maxey's last appearance (He played the plump man and previously often played Santa). He passed away June 3rd four months later. See more »
Prof. Edward Lindley:
[lecturing to class]
Unlike the ancient legal code of Hammurabi, our laws are not forever chiseled out on 2-ton stone tablets, as some lawyers seem to think. Law is like language... changing, growing, maturing. When you become lawyers, remember this.
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Michael Rennie is the special guest star as he plays Professor Edward Lindley who is a law teacher in a prestigious school. One of his students, Janice Norland, comes to him for help after she believes she killed Raul Perez with a fire-place poker after a struggle. When Professor Lindley and Janice go to the apartment where the murder was to have happened- everything was in place and Perez body was no where to be found.
Later Janice receives a photo in the mail standing over the body of Perez with the poker in her hand. She is going to be blackmailed for $10,000 or the photo will be exposed to the police.
When Janice agrees to pay the blackmail, she returns to the apartment. She finds Perez's body in the same position as when she did when she hit him over the head. Now Janice will need an attorney for the charge of murder that Hamilton Burger's office files. But with Perry in the hospital it will be Professor Lindley, with the help of Paul and Della, that defends Janice in court on the charges.
During testimony in court we learn that most the information given was incorrect. We will have to reevaluate the entire mystery as it makes many twist along the way.
With the story getting amusing - we then get one of those cheap confessions that make you want to pull on your hair. Without any suspicion someone from the gallery confesses without the slightest bit of evidence. The viewer feels cheated for the way this mystery comes crashing down.
Other than William Hopper, the rest of the cast seemed almost robotic in their performance. Michael Rennie, a fine actor, make his guest appearance seem stuffy and boring. I do not think he changed facial expressions the entire time.- The defendant Janice, played by Patricia Manning, seemed more suited to play character #8 - 'woman on sidewalk'- than to be given a lead part on this show. Her performance was lacking in emotion and interest that tend to make the show almost unwatchable.
Here is to Perry making a quick recovery.
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