Perry Mason: Season 2, Episode 21

The Case of the Lost Last Act (21 Mar. 1959)

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An ex-gangster decides to pull out of a play the author is basing on a real life mob related killing. His threatening request is recorded so when the playwright is murdered, he is charged with the murder as Perry sorts out the actors.



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Episode cast overview:
Joanne Gilbert ...
Faith Foster
Katharine Bard ...
Helen Dwight
Jerome Cowan ...
Ernest Royce
Stacy Harris ...
Frank Brooks
Jim West
John Gifford
Robert McQueeney ...
Michael Dwight
Richard Gaines ...
Connie Cezon ...
Court Clerk


At a script read-through of a new play by Ernest Royce, the last act has been stolen. Royce has words with the producer, John Gifford, and the publicist, Jim West, who think the new play is dreadful. None of the Royce written plays produced by Gifford have had good revues or produced a profit. The new play may even be a roman a clef that could be hurtful to the real people characterized. Royce threatens Gifford with exposure if the play is not produced. Meanwhile, Royce is having an affair with Faith Foster, the ingenue of the play. Tough guy Frank Brooks who has a mob related background has $75K, and his girlfriend Faith, invested in the play, and he wants his assets back. Brooks rather rough request for his money back to Royce is recorded on Royce's Dictaphone. Royce is murdered, and Brooks consults with Perry Mason, who is concerned the New York City mob may be involved. Written by richardann

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A twelve-year-old murder is committed with a Smith and Wesson Chiefs Special, a revolver not yet invented at that time. See more »


Perry Mason: Why didn't you like Royce, Mr. West?
Jim West: The theater is something very special to me, Mr. Mason. It's been my family, my home; everything I've ever wanted. When I'm inside a theater, I'm in a church. When I see a great play, I hear angels singing. When I see great performances, I'm walking the streets of Heaven. Those streets are very clean and beautiful, Mr. Mason. They should be kept that way.
Perry Mason: I repeat - why didn't you like Ernest Royce?
Jim West: He was a litterbug.
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The Play's the Thing
10 August 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Jerome Cowan is a brilliant playwright, but one mean and cynical man. His latest work from which the third act has been stolen just before he presents to his producer David Lewis and his wife who is also the star Katharine Bard is full of hints and innuendo about a gangland murder a decade ago in which just about everyone he knew had some connection. That night someone puts a bullet to him as he's dictating another third act into a recorder.

Raymond Burr gets involved when one of the investors Stacy Harris has been known to threaten Cowan before and the same day of the murder over his girlfriend, the play's ingénue Faith Foster.

Defending Harris will also involve Perry Mason solving a cold case gangland murder. See how he does it.

As Hamlet said, "The Play's the thing".

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