Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Lonely Heiress 

A lonely heiress, Marylin Clark, looks for a con man who swindled her sister through a lonely hearts magazine, leading to the sister's death. Marylin finds Charles Barnaby, but he winds up dead, and she is charged with murder.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Edmund Arthur Lacey
Anna Navarro ...
Delores Coterro
Charles Barnaby
Marylin Cartwright
George Moore
Betty Lou Gerson ...
Agnes Sims
Margo - Drake's Secretary
Robert Williams ...
Lt. Kramer
Robert McQueeney ...
Dr. Lpuis J. Palmer


Edmund Lacey runs a lonely hearts magazine where people respond to ads in it. One particular ad has been placed by a woman who says she inherited a considerable fortune and is quite good looking. She receives volumes of replies but has not responded to any of them. Lacey contacts Paul Drake to help determine who she is saying the postal service is concerned he may be abetting fraud. Paul is able to compose a letter that does get a response that Lacey intercepts. His real desire is to have the con man Charles Barnaby make contact with her to swindle her. On the other end she is looking for the man who she blames for the death of her sister. Barnaby makes contact saying he is land poor with money needed to finish drilling for oil on his property. He falls for the heiress Marylin Clark who is indeed quite beautiful. He decides to cut Lacey out of most of the profits while at the same time his female partner Delores Coterro becomes jealous of the beautiful Marylin. When Barnaby dies from ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

1 February 1958 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Paul Drake has a secretary named Margo in this episode. See more »


[first lines]
Agnes Sims: He's here, lover.
Edmund Arthur Lacey: Who?
Agnes Sims: Who do you think? Box 96.
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2 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those episodes where you feel like this storyline is not believable but by the end of the show all the loose ends have been tied. When the story felt like it was getting away you were glad that you watched till the end.

The story begins as we watch the editor Edmund Lacey (Robert Harris) of a 1958 dating magazine called the 'Lonely Hearts Calling'. In the mag there is an ad claiming to be from a heiress, who we find out later to be Marylin Clark-Cartwright (Kathleen Crowley), wanting to meet a young country boy.

Charles Barnaby (LQ Jones) is the country boy chosen and the two seem to be hitting it off with great lust. Problem is that Charles Barnaby is a con-artist and appears to be only after the women's money. He even has a accomplice, a high-powered Mexican women named Delores Coterro (Ama Navarro). She is a women that likes to throw things like ash-trays and breaking them against the wall.

But the con-man ends up dead with the heiress being the main suspect. This leads to Perry defending the heiress on a charge of murder.

During our course from beginning to end we have some good acting by the guest-stars. Robert Harris, that plays the mag editor,is always nervous and sweating. LQ Jones, who plays the con-man (and when you see him you will recognize him from many shows) does good playing the country boy. And Ama Navarro does good with the witchy-women type and may even over-do it a little at times. But it comes across to the viewer as a believable character.

Stay with the entire episode and you will not be disappointed. Oh yes, there is even a small cat-fight. meow!

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