Perry Mason: Season 2, Episode 7

The Case of the Married Moonlighter (8 Nov. 1958)

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

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Arthur Franz ...
Danny Harrison
Jesse White ...
Luke Hickey
Anne Sargent ...
Eileen Harrison
Stacy Harris ...
Frank Curran
Frances Helm ...
Linda Kennedy
Douglas Evans ...
Phil McCabe
Tom Palmer ...
George Palmer
Richard Gaines ...
Judge Carwell
Olan Soule ...
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Fern Barry ...
Mrs. Cunningham
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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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A line of dialogue strongly suggests Parry grew up in Oregon. See more »

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Witness Luke Hickey's testimony is interrupted so Lt. Tragg can take the stand because he is wanted at headquarters and has to leave. When Tragg is done he does not leave the courtroom and is seen sitting there through the rest of the scene. See more »

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Luke Hickey: [Confessing in open court to the murder of Frank Curran] It's funny how things work out. You saw my place; it's really a dump... but you don't know what it means. People on the street would say, "There goes Luke Hickey, he owns a restaurant." It was... very important to me, kinda... you know what I mean? Then when I couldn't meet my bills I guess... I just flipped. Then when I saw this crumb who... probably never did an honest day's work in his whole life, I - I don't know, it just didn't seem ...
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Perry defends a man accused of killing for money
19 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode follows the life of a family man Danny Harrison that is trying to hold down two jobs to support his family. It appears that his daughter has large medical bills since she has to wear a brace on her leg. His wife, Eileen, is about at wits-end and ready to file for divorce.

One evening at Danny's second job at Luke Hickey's café, he runs into an old friend named Frank Curren. Frank has been drinking and is causing a problem at the café. When Luke wants to call the police, Danny intervenes and says that he will take the drunk back to Frank's apartment. Frank has a small bill at the café and Luke goes into the drunk's pockets to get his one dollar and pulls out a wad of cash. He takes his dollar, putting the rest back in his pocket, then Danny drives him home.

The next day Frank is found dead and the evidence points to Danny killing Frank for the money. Even with some suspicious evidence, Danny will need Perry to defend him on the murder charge filed by Hamilton Burger's office.

The episode was full of twist and turns that keep the viewer off their feet. From a woman that wanted to marry Frank to a man that had outstanding IOU's held by Frank, there was many red-herring situations to following in this show. But when the true murderer confesses on the witness stand, it will be one that will tie all loose ends together and make for a nice mystery.


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