Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Lover's Gamble 

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 set to inherit $2,000,000. When he is murdered, she is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Elizabeth Perry ...
Estelle Mabury
Freddy Fell (as Hal Peary)
Betty Kaster (as Margaret Bly)
Donald Murphy ...
Dr. Philip Stark
Jill Fenwick
Henry Thomas
June Dayton ...
Frances Stark
Sarah Thomas
Grandon Rhodes ...


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 Della, who she had met when Della gave a seminar at her school, to ask about reciprocal wills. When introduced to Perry, she changes her mind and leaves the office. On the street, when she sees Philip kissing an attractive blond, 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 ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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18 February 1965 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The painting of Perry Mason shown at the end of the episode was actually sketched by Barbara Hale-an artist who actually studied art. See more »


[first lines]
[two men walking to a truck at night, in a heavy rain storm]
First Truck Driver: Your going west? You're crazy!
Second Truck Driver: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
First Truck Driver: You wanna bet you hit snow? Wanna bet you hit wind?
Second Truck Driver: You wanna bet I hit a cow?
First Truck Driver: Buffalo, man. Buffalo.
Second Truck Driver: hen gangway, Injuns, we're coming through the pass.
First Truck Driver: Icicles is what you'll get. Injuns with icicles running off their nose. Icicles running off your windshield.
Second Truck Driver: Buddy, all there is to hit on a night like this is a darn fool holiday tourist.
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A complicated scheme of inheritance
5 April 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Young Margaret Blye becomes Raymond Burr's client and of all things goes to him after consulting Barbara Hale. She heard Hale give a lecture at her college on being a legal secretary. Can you imagine Della Street on the lecture circuit? And Blye was not a law student.

She was an art student and teaching assistant for Donald Murphy a professor of art and she's been hired to assist him and nurse his wife who has been laid up in a car accident. When she sees Stark kissing Joan O'Brien however she suspect something nasty is up which is the reason she consults Della who in turn brings in her boss.

When Murphy is the one found murdered however and Blye is arrested, once again someone is grateful for consulting Perry Mason. As it turns out this involves a really complicated scheme to bogusly inherit a few million dollars by the deceased.

As for who murdered him, besides O'Brien there are a few hungry relatives who may have felt cut out of the process.

This was one well written and acted Perry Mason episode.

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