Perry Mason: Season 6, Episode 10

The Case of the Lurid Letter (6 Dec. 1962)

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On vacation Perry takes the case of Jane Wardman who befriends him. She is a high school teacher and widow accused of inappropriate behavior with some of her senior male students. After a murder of a local bar owner, the focus is on her.

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Della Street (credit only)
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Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Mona Freeman ...
Jane Wardman
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Judge Edward Daley
Robert Rockwell ...
Everett Rixby
Kaye Elhardt ...
Doris Wilson
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Mrs. Cornelia Slater
John Durren ...
Pat Mangan
Tom Lowell ...
Bobby Slater (as Thomas Lowell)
Noah Keen ...
Dr. Stephen Grant
Mark Murray ...
Terry Wardman
Kelly Thordsen ...
Sheriff Watson
Chris Alcaide ...
Gus Wiler
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While on a fishing vacation Perry Mason takes on the case of high school teacher Jane Wardman, an attractive widow with a young son who has been accused of improper conduct with at least two of her senior students. Biker and bully Pat Mangen is her primary accuser but the head of the local school board, Judge Edward Daley, also received a poison pen letter about Jane's conduct. Mangen and his biker friends harass Jane including surrounding her car on the rode causing her to crash her car. The Judge wants to ensure that there is a fair hearing on the accusations but the mood in the town is ugly with a group of parents visiting Jane's home and threatening her if she doesn't leave town. The Judge tries to keep the issue quiet by having Jane resign but she decides to fight. It's clear to Perry that something else is going on and that it relates to the death of another student some months before in another county. when the owner of a local bar, is found murdered, the case takes on an ... Written by garykmcd

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Perry defends a teacher for improper conduct with student
13 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A touchy subject is the plot on this episode when a widowed school teacher, Jane Wardman, is accused of improper conduct with one of her students. The student, Pat Mangan, is the town bully that is part of a motorcycle group from the school. A letter to the school also states that a student, Kenneth Sterling that had died in a motorcycle accident last year, was also involved with Ms Wardman. Ms Wardham admits to helping Kenneth but there was no relationship other than teacher and student. The school board that consist of most of the town's professional citizens, ask Ms Wardham to resign rather than fight the dismissal in court.

Perry just happens to be vacationing in the small town and comes to the aid of widow. However the mood in the town is not very good. In fact the ladies in the town pay Ms Wardham a visit to force her out of town. But with the help of Perry and Paul, Ms Wardham will get a hearing in front of the school board. During the hearing, that is presided over by Judge Edward Daley (Edgar Buchanan), it becomes clear to Perry that this town has secrets it wants hidden.

When a local bar owner is murdered, it begins the fall of a dated secret that someone in power never wanted to see the light of day. In the informal hearing, Perry will produce evidence that fingers someone that had reason to get rid of Ms Wardham.

Good script and good mystery.


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