Perry Mason: Season 3, Episode 10

The Case of the Lucky Legs (19 Dec. 1959)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery
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In Cloverdale, Utah Marjorie Cluny is chosen "Lucky Legs," but her boyfriend, Bob Doray, accuses the show's producer, Frank Patton, of running a bogus contest. Marjorie goes to Hollywood anyway and disappears followed by Patton's murder.

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John Archer ...
J. R. Bradbury
Lisabeth Hush ...
Marjorie Cluny
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Thelma Hill
Michael Miller ...
Bob Doray
Doreen Lang ...
Laura Fields
Douglas Evans ...
Frank Patton
S. John Launer ...
Judge (as John Launer)
Pitt Herbert ...
Dr. James Latham
Ray Kellogg ...
George Sanborne
Sid Tomack ...
Night Clerk
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J.R. Bradbury hires Perry Mason to represent his former secretary, Marjorie Cluny, who is somewhere in Los Angeles. As Bradbury leaves Bob Doray shows up with the same request to find Marjorie. Marjorie had won the Lucky Legs contest in Cloverdale, Utah along with an acting contract. At that time, more than one person thought that the contest organizer, Frank Patton, was a scam artist something that seems to be correct when Marjorie's contract was canceled two days after her arrival in LA. Perry and Della go to visit Patton but find him dead on the floor, stabbed to death with a wood carving knife. Worse, just as they arrived at Patton's building, a young woman went running out the front door, a woman Perry later realizes is Marjorie Cluny. They find Marjorie living with Thelma Hill who was another past "Lucky Legs" winner who has stayed in LA. Several people might have had it in for Patton but when Marjorie is charged, Perry defends her. Written by garykmcd

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Would have been a great episode had the ending been somewhat believable
18 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode was so promising during seven-eights of the show but then we get a courtroom confession, that was so far out in left field, that you could actually say it was behind the concession stand.

It all starts out with a man named Frank Patton. He goes from small town to small town putting on a "Lucky Legs" contest with the winner supposedly getting a Hollywood contract. However, it was more of a way for Mr Patton to fatten his wallet than for the ladies to get into show business.

Marjorie Cluny wins the legs contest in Utah and comes to California. When there she finds out that her contract was dropped and she is short on cash. She moves into an apartment with a former "Lucky Legs" winner, Thelma Bell. Seems that Mr Patton has done wrong to Ms Bell also.

Ms Cluny goes to see Mr Patton at his apartment at the Holliday Arms- and finds him stabbed to death with a wood carving knife. She goes running out of the apartment but is seen by a neighbor, Laura Fields and also Perry Mason himself.

Perry will defend Ms Cluny in court all due to the generosity of JR Bradbury. Mr Bradbury is in love with Ms Cluny but she does not have the same feelings.

The episode is action packed until we get to the last few minutes of the show. Then we get a very lame confession by a person that had very little to do with the story. It was a surprise ending alright- but the surprise was like playing peek-a-boo with a five month old child.

The story was good, the acting was good and for most of the episode the plot was good. The ending ruined the entire experience.


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