Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Meddling Medium 

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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Lt. Tragg (credit only)
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Sylvia Walker
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Dr. Arthur Younger
Mary LaRoche ...
Helen Garden (as Mary La Roche)
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Bonnie Craig
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Michael Craig
Anna Lee Carroll ...
Elaine Paisley (as Ann Carrol)
Lea Marmer ...
Princess Charlotte
James Forrest ...
Philip Paisley
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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 ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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21 October 1961 (USA)  »

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Princess Charlotte: Inanimate objects can reveal their history. They give us pictures of their surroundings, of persons with whom they have been connected, even when those persons are dead.
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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".


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