Betty Kaster is offered the chance to live with her professor and his wife who is recovering from an accident. She becomes suspicious that he may try to harm his wife who is inherit considerable money. When he is murdered, she is charged.

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Lt. Tragg (credit only)
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Elizabeth Perry ...
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After a car crash results in the death of a truck driver and severe injuries to his wife Frances, art critic Philip Stark moves into a new home in Los Angeles. His wife is bedridden and he is pleased when art student Betty Kaster drops by and he quickly offers her a job as a caregiver for Frances. She is convinced that he is out to kill his wife and goes to see Perry Mason but talks to Della and when introduced to Perry she changes her mind and leaves the office. On the street when she sees Philip kissing an attractive blond on the street, she becomes seriously concerned and rushes home. There she receives a call from Perry who based on some calls he made is concerned. It all takes an interesting twist when Betty finds Philip dead in Frances' bed with the recovering woman nowhere to be found. Paul Drake is soon on the case and he keeps running into one roadblock after another. Betty is charged with his murder and its left to Perry to untie a devilishly twisted knot that has to do with... Written by garykmcd

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18 February 1965 (USA)  »

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Hold on to your seat for the surprise ending
2 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With a wild twist near the end of this episode you will find that all that you thought you knew about the story was false. It has one of those strange endings that makes you go back to the beginning of the show and say "Now I see.".

It begins with Phillip Stark (Donald Murphy) and his wife Frances Stark (June Dayton) having a wreck with a truck during a heavy downpour. Through the magic of miniatures- we see the truck fall off a cliff and burst into flames. When we return to the car, we do not see Ms Stark, but we see Mr Stark yelling for his wife.

Six months later, we learn that Ms Stark has been injured the accident and is now an invalid. Mr Stark hires an young art student Betty Kaster (Margaret Blye) to look after Ms Stark in return for room and board.

It is within that period that Betty learns that Ms Stark has inherited millions of dollars from a relative's death. Like all families, after Ms Stark gets the money all of the sudden her relatives that she has not seen for many years start coming to visit hoping to cash in on the inheritance. Problem is that Ms Stark is just to badly injured to carry on much conversation with any visitor.

That is when Betty spots Mr Stark in town one day kissing a blond female named Jill Fenwick (Joan Obrien). Betty becomes suspicious about Mr Stark's intentions after he wants his wife to move to Mexico. Betty goes see Della, who she know from a school lecture, for advise.

When Betty returns back to the house she finds Mr Stark murdered in Ms Stark's bed. Ms Stark has vanished. Perry comes in to defend Betty when the cook happens to see her running from the house with blood on her dress.

After this an odd series of events happens. One I am sure, like me, the viewer will find absolutely surprising. I am not giving any information about this event because it is something the viewer needs to watch in order to make the most of the show.

The first 40 minutes is kind of hum-drum regular Perry. But hold on to your seat as the facts come to light inside Hamilton Burger's office. A different good show.

Note- The beautiful Joan Obrien who played in many shows and films in the 50's and early 60's ends her movie/TV career with this episode. She quits acting to concentrate on her family and then becomes an executive in the Hilton Hotel Chain.


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