Perry Mason: Season 5, Episode 6

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

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery
7.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 46 users  
Reviews: 2 user

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.

Director:

Writers:

(characters created by),
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

What to Watch: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1

Keith Simanton talks with the cast of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1.


Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Case of the Meddling Medium (21 Oct 1961)

The Case of the Meddling Medium (21 Oct 1961) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Perry Mason.
« Previous Episode | 129 of 271 Episodes | Next Episode »
Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
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 ...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 October 1961 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
I did it before and I did it again! I Fixed the Elevator!
28 July 2012 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** By the elevator being "fixed" is what caused the death of supposedly in house psychic Philip Paisley, James Forresst. It was Philip who was shown up by his cousin Bonnie Craig, Sonya Wilde, in a psychic automatic writing demonstration at the home of her Aunt Sylvia Walker, Virginia Fields. Philip who's been using his "psychc powers" to talk to and communicate with the dead has convinced Aunt Sylvia that he can contact her recently deceased son Thomas who incidentally died the same way the Philip did in an elevator accident: or was it an accident! Perry Mason, Raymond Burr, a friend of the family who just happened to be at the scene of the accident and saw Bonnie give her automatic writing demonstration takes up her case in that she's the one suspected by the police in driving a hopelessly drunk, with Bonnie providing him with the booze,Philip to get himself killed by rigging his private elevator to free fall with him inside it!

In trying to prove that Bonnie's supernatural powers of ESP, extrasensory perception, is the real deal to show that she didn't plan to get Philip to kill himself in the first place Perry gets real life ESP expert Dr. Ardrija Puhrich to have her tested for it which she fails with flying colors. Thus making things look bad for both her and her defense lawyer Perry Mason in being accused by the police in freaking Philip out to the point where he fell into the trap, the fixed elevator, that she set for him. As it soon turns out it's really not Bonnie's psychic ability that's in question in the death of Philip Paisley but her knowledge of electronics that she needed to rig the elevator to crash with Philip getting crushed under it. And it was that ability that someone at the scene of the crime had beside Bonnie, who studied electronics in collage, who was the person who not only murdered Philip but his cousin Thomas as well!

***MAJOR SPOILERS*** Shocking electoral demonstration put on by Perry Mason which smoked out the real killer who it was discovered not only had it in for Philip but his cousin Thomas or was the killers original target. In Philip finding out what Thomas did by framing the person in the crimes that he himself committed as well as Philip finding out about it and using that information to blackmail him or her for money and a high position, vice president, in family business!

P.S Doctor Puharich playing himself was really convincing in the scenes that he was in making you for a moment think he was being played by an actor not himself until you saw his name in the closing credits. As for the acting honors in this Perry Mason episode they have to go to James Forrest who played Philip Paisley who's over the top and tooth grinding performance, that lead up to his ultimate death by elevator, rivaled even that of the killer shark in the movie "Jaws".


1 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How well did Perry and Paul do financially? charleshjamesiii
Surprising guest star slackersmom
People You Know Are Trouble dreamcurse
Trivia Question dreamcurse
Perry gets ribald slackersmom
The butler never did it pc-privconfounder
Discuss The Case of the Meddling Medium (1961) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?