Perry Mason: Season 2, Episode 2

The Case of the Lucky Loser (27 Sep. 1958)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery
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Ted Balfour is convicted of vehicular manslaughter and given a suspended sentence through a plea bargain. When the police discover the victim actually died of a gunshot wound to the head, Ted is charged with first degree murder.

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Lt Tragg (credit only)
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Harriet Balfour
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Lawrence Balfour
Heather Angel ...
Florence Ingle
Douglas Kennedy ...
Steven Boles
Tyler MacDuff ...
Ted Balfour
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Addison Balfour
Woody Chambliss ...
Fred Haley (as Woodrow Chambliss)
John Eldredge ...
Thurston - Butler (as John Eldrege)
Morris Ankrum ...
Judge Cadwell
Guy Rennie ...
Deputy D.A. Roger Faris
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When Lawrence Balfour thinks his wife is having an affair, he follows her to a remote cabin. When she leaves, he attempts to confront her lover but in the darkness, his gun goes off and the man falls to the ground. In a panic he returns homes and calls the family's fixer, Steven Boles, who collects the body and makes it look like a road accident. The next day, Lawrence Balfour's nephew Ted is arrested and eventually convicted of manslaughter. Ted has no recollection whatsoever of the night in question when a man was run over with his car and accepted a plea bargain. Perry Mason is hired by the patriarch of the Balfour family, the elderly Addison Balfour, to find a way to have that conviction overturned. After Perry makes it clear he will not cooperate with Boles after Boles tells Perry the true facts, Perry is discharged by the family. When the police realize that the victim wasn't run over but was in fact shot, Ted is charged with murder and decides he still wants Perry to represent ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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27 September 1958 (USA)  »

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Early in the drama, we see Steven Boles(Douglas Kennedy) viewing headlines in the "Los Angeles Star-News". This is a fictitious newspaper not in existence at any time during, before, or after this program. See more »

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One of the Best Mysteries in the Series
4 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this episode a lot. One of the most cohesive plots and endings, yet still, for me, a complete surprise.

This isn't a fun episode with lots of interplay with Street and Drake. It's all business and lots of it. And a bit on the dark side. Shades of Chinatown with lots of corruption and a very dysfunctional family. Lots of levels to uncover, but it didn't feel contrived (as many episodes do). Really first rate story.

Not that it doesn't have some small plots holes. But they are forgivable, if not undetectable. I didn't notice them until I read another review here. The red herrings are palatable, minimal, and suit the story.

And, for a change, no blackmail.


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