Perry Mason: Season 5, Episode 6

The Case of the Meddling Medium (21 Oct. 1961)

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A cousin Philip Paisley moves into the family home when his ability to communicate in a trance with the dead son of the matriarch Sylvia Walker gets her interest. When he is murdered, Perry must contend with whether his client has ESP.

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William Talman ...
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Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Virginia Field ...
Sylvia Walker
Kent Smith ...
Dr. Arthur Younger
Mary LaRoche ...
Helen Garden (as Mary La Roche)
Sonya Wilde ...
Bonnie Craig
Karl Held ...
Paul Smith ...
Michael Craig
Anna Lee Carroll ...
Elaine Paisley (as Ann Carrol)
Lea Marmer ...
Princess Charlotte
James Forrest ...
Philip Paisley
S. John Launer ...
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Sylvia Walker is obsessed with mysticism and continually tries to establish contact with her late son Thomas Leslie Walker. When her nephew Philip Paisley apparently goes into a trance and auto-writes a poem Sylvia's son wrote the day before he died in an elevator crash, she is convinced contact has been made and Philip and his wife Elaine move into Thomas' room in the house. Sylvia's daughter Bonnie Craig is convinced that Philip is a fraud and seeks Perry Mason's advice. When Bonnie goes into a similar trance-like state where she auto-writes a threatening statement that can only be read when held up to a mirror and Paisley is killed when the same elevator drops five floors, Bonnie is charged with murder. The family doctor says he saw her enter Philip's room with pliers and a screwdriver. Bonnie tells Perry she doesn't know how she did the auto-writing forcing Perry to call in an ESP expert. when Paul Drake learns that Philip was also a blackmailer, it's up to Perry to figure out who... Written by garykmcd

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The writer gets an 'A' for effort in this different type show
14 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After five seasons the writers have to rely on repeating a plot in order to get the number of wanted shows filmed. But in this episode the writer used a different situation that will cause the viewer to find a new and interesting plot in the series.

The story centers around the family of Sylvia Walker. Sylvia, not long ago, had her son die and now uses paranormal activities to try to contact him. When her nephew, Philip Paisley, goes into a trance and writes a poem that only Sylvia knew about, she believes he has a direct line to her dead son. But there are others in the house that believe Philip is faking the trance in order to get into Sylvia's bank account.

When Philip gets into an elevator at Sylvia's house, the elevator breaks away killing Philip. When the police investigate, they find that death was no accident since the elevator was rigged to fall. This could have only been done by someone that knew something about machinery. And it just so happens that a cousin, that had reason to dislike Philip, knew much about how elevators work. The cousin, Bonnie Craig, not only knew about elevators but also knew about electric motors from when she worked for her Aunt's company. Bonnie is arrested for the murder and will be defended by Perry.

There is a lot going on in this episode. From trance writing, blackmail, ESP to even a Faraday Cage- this show is packed with loads of interesting material. But it will all come down to Perry putting on a demonstration that will reveal that someone else in the cast also knows much about machinery. And will end with confession that will bring the case to an acceptable closure for the viewer. Nice show.


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