Perry Mason: Season 1, Episode 20

The Case of the Lonely Heiress (1 Feb. 1958)

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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 cast overview:
Robert H. Harris ...
Edmund Arthur Lacey
Anna Navarro ...
Delores Coterro
Charles Barnaby
Kathleen Crowley ...
Marylin Clark
Richard Crane ...
George Moore
Betty Lou Gerson ...
Agnes Sims
Gail Kobe ...
Robert Williams ...
Lt. Kramer
Robert McQueeney ...
Dr. L. 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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1 February 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Early in this episode, there is a scene in Paul Drake's office and there is a framed drawing of Dick Tracy on his desk. See more »

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The Old Badger Game
14 March 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Robert H. Harris starts out as Paul Drake's client, but it's Kathleen Crowley who ends up as Perry Mason's client accused of poisoning a confidence man.

Not that Crowley hasn't reason enough. LQ Jones and his partner Anna Navarro have a variation on the old badger game which he works on rich, but lonely people. He's got a country boy stumblebum act down pretty good, he makes Gomer Pyle look like Noel Coward. Crowley's late sister was taken in by Jones who was working a version of the old badger game with his Mexican spitfire partner Anna Navarro. Crowley is working a con on Jones with her stepbrother Richard Crane.

As the story unfolds and we know Crowley is innocent there's only one other person it could have been. Not hard to figure out. As for Harris the original client, his part in the show is badly written. I could not really figure out role in the proceedings.

Not the best of Mason shows.

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