Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Loquacious Liar 

Judson Bailey is out to take control of the boat building company once owned by his new wife Emma's late husband. He has Emma's proxy and can vote her shares. Bailey is found murdered and Lester Emma's son is charged with the crime.

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At the offices of a boat building company, Sam Crane calls Lester Martin to be sure the latter will be at the stockholders' meeting by 10:00 am. Lester's step-father, Judson Bailey, wants to take over the company and has the proxy of his wife, Lester's mother Emma and the votes held by company employee and his mistress, Lois Rogers. A gunman invades Lester's apartment and kidnaps him. In a remote area, Lester wrests the gunman's weapon away, and the kidnapper escapes. With Lester absent Judson agrees to delay the vote until 8:00 pm that evening. After Lester tells Sam what happened, Sam calls Marge Fuller, Lester's girlfriend, a professional photographer, to have her take a picture of Judson and the "The Man" at a bar where they might meet. She gets the picture but it is later stolen from her darkroom. At his mother's home, Lester accuses Bailey of setting up the kidnapping, but Emma does not believe her son, thinking he is a talkative tattletale. Lester consults Perry Mason, who ... Written by richardann

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3 December 1960 (USA)  »

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Perry wears a cast on his arm, telling Lt. Tragg in the courtroom that an old war injury of his had flared up. Raymond Burr broke his arm in real life, and would wear the cast for several episodes. See more »

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[first lines]
Lester Martin: [answering phone] Mm-hm?
Sam Crane: Lester, this is Sam Crane. Did I wake you?
Lester Martin: Mm-hm.
Sam Crane: Well, I'm glad I did. You promised to be at the office at 10:00.
Lester Martin: For crying out loud, Sam, it's only 9.
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Murderer Against Type
11 October 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Perry Mason's client in this episode of the series is young Wynn Pearce who is the son of Lurene Tuttle and stepson of Bruce Gordon, the latter whom he cordially hates. In fact you would hate him to if in fact a guy with a gun kidnapped you on the day of a company board meeting when a corporate power play was being engineered and your vote could decide the outcome.

Later on Bruce Gordon is found dead and Pearce is the suspect only William Hopper can't locate the alleged kidnapper and he could be crucial to the case.

There is a wonderful scene here where Raymond Burr turns a prosecution witness, a nosy neighbor played by Dorothy Adams to his witness. Can't give more away than that. Adams is best known on the big screen for playing Gene Tierney's lesbian maid in Laura. She's great here.

There was a big surprise for me in the ending because a certain premise on which we were led to believe triggered all the subsequent events did not happen. And the perpetrator is one that we would never have suspected because of that and because the roles that player usually is cast in. Good writing.


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