Danny Harrison, a schoolteacher, holds a second job at Luke Hickey's diner to make ends meet. Frank Curran comes to the diner flashing a wad of cash, which is tempting to Danny. When Curran is robbed and killed, Danny is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Harrison
Luke Hickey
Anne Sargent ...
Eileen Harrison
Frank Curran
Frances Helm ...
Linda Kennedy
Douglas Evans ...
Phil McCabe
Tom Palmer ...
George Palmer
Richard Gaines ...
Judge Carwell
Court Clerk
Fern Barry ...
Mrs. Cunningham


Danny Harrison arrives home as his wife Eileen is upset about their washer being repossessed. Danny is a schoolteacher who works two jobs and has a young daughter which requires an expensive leg brace. Danny won't go to Eileen's father for help or take a better paying job so Eileen tells him she wants a divorce for their daughter's sake. Eileen visits Perry to see if he will help her obtain the divorce as the two were childhood friends. Perry refuses but offers other help as she leaves his office. Danny's second job is at Luke Hickey's small diner which is hurting financially. Danny's friend Frank Curran comes into the dinner drunk ordering chili and coffee. The drunk Curran tosses the chili in the floor complaining about it. Hickey wants to call the police but Danny offers to take Frank home. First Luke takes a dollar from Frank who has a wad of cash including $500 bills. Danny takes Frank home leaving him in his apartment after getting the attention of neighbor Phil McCabe. The next... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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8 November 1958 (USA)  »

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Eileen Harrison: But there must be some mistake. I know my husband took care of the payment last week. Look, cou... Couldn't you at least wait until my husband gets home, and maybe he... Oh, darling, I'm so glad you're home. These men are from Walsh's.
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Almost quaint
5 August 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Watching this episode of Perry Mason with Arthur Franz holding down two jobs, teaching and working in an all night diner, showed just how old fashioned and dated this episode was. Today in a large municipality like Los Angeles teachers are doing a whole lot better and the money troubles that are breaking up the marriage of Franz and Anne Sargent seems almost quaint.

Sargent in fact is the one to see Raymond Burr about a divorce as she feels her husband is just not supporting them as well as he could, that there are legitimate opportunities out there. But it's Franz who needs a lawyer when he's arrested for the murder of Stacy Harris who was drunk, disorderly, and known to be carrying a large roll of cash from poker winnings.

Of course there are a large number of red herring suspects because Harris was not a likable guy. But the perpetrator turns out to be someone who seizes an opportunity.

More I will not say, but with that clue you just might figure out who did it before I did.

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