|Index||3 reviews in total|
This episode returns the series to its roots as we get a nice mystery
with some fine acting that combines to make a good show.
The episode begins with Roy Comstock, the owner of a development company, and his wife, Valerie, going through a nasty divorce. Valerie Comstock is set to take nearly all the property and money except for the company that will still be owned by Roy.
Roy appears to be heart-broken over the divorce and the company suffers to the point of closing its doors. This will default on ocean front property that was was placed as collateral by Peter Brent for a bank loan. So when Roy goes missing, Peter hires Perry to find Roy and try to stop the default on the loan.
Roy writes a suicide note and boards his ex-wife's boat. Peter Brent tries to intervene but gets knocked out 'cold' from a punch thrown by Roy. Later Roy's body is found in the ocean but the medical examiner determines that he was killed by a blow to the head instead of drowning. Peter Brent is the suspect and Perry will defend him in court. Perry believes there is more to the suicide than meets the eye. And could have been a ploy by the Comstock's that somehow went wrong.
Julie Adams that plays Valerie Comstock does an excellent job of bring the character to life. Ms Adams does well in playing a wide range of emotions that was needed in this story. A good mystery that the viewer will enjoy. Lots of excitement throughout the entire show.
Carleton Carpenter is the Perry Mason client in this episode. He's in
need of Perry's services very badly both to save his life and
financially. He's invested heavily in John Conte's construction company
and is about to lose his shirt because Conte is in a nasty divorce with
wife Julia Adams and the company is the prize.
But it gets worse than that, Conte fakes a suicide and Carpenter catches him at it. Then when Conte really does die it's Carpenter who's looking very good for the homicide.
This episode though I kind of, sort of figured out who was the real guilty party boasts the unusual teaming both Raymond Burr and William Talman in what the people and defense attorneys should do more often, actually search for the truth together.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
***SPOILERS*** Defence attorney Perry Mason,Raymond Burr,gets the job
of representing aeronautical engineer Peter Brent, Carleton Carpenter,
in the murder of the man who bankrupted him construction CEO Roy
Comstck, John Conte, in this very strange Perry Mason episode. Strange
in that Comstock tried to faked his own death in order to escape the
law but ended up getting murdered by one of the many people that he
stiffed, like Peter Brent, out of their life savings who were involved
with his construction company.
We soon find out that it was Comstock's not so in public grieving wife Valerie, Julie London, who had divorced him who was also in on the scam. That in getting all of her husbands worldly assets in order to keep his creditors and consumers, whom he screwed, from legally getting them. With an outraged Brent being the last person to see Comstock alive and having every reason to do him in he became the prime suspect in Comstock's murder.
The usually mild mannered Perry Mason really took the gloves off in this one by relentlessly laying into or cross-examining the beautiful Valerie Comstock on the stand to the point where she suffered a nervous breakdown. Not as much as letting Valerie breath for a monent Perry got her to tell the truth about her and her husbands scam, in her getting all his money & assets, and then planning to check out of the country to Mexico City while leaving all the people, including Peter Brent, that he screwed high & dry.
***SPOILERS*** As it turned out it wasn't the money that Comstock stole that lead to his murder but one of Valerie's lovers for afar who really had the hots for her and saw his opportunity to do Comstcok in, when he turned up alive, after his fake suicide attempt. Watch for Marvin Miller of the TV show "The millionaire" as Comstock ultra sleazy & oily shyster F.P Weatherby whom in fact Comstock also screwed in getting him involved with his fake suicide and escape from justice scam. And last but not least there's the forever youthful and boyish looking Richard Jaeckel in, at age 37, an adult role as Willie the skin diver.
|Plot summary||Ratings||Plot keywords|
|Main details||Your user reviews||Your vote history|