Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Midnight Howler 

Perry is Burger's primary witness against his client, Holly Andrews, as he ran into her as she left the scene of the crime. Her ex-husband is out to destroy her friends and take their child from her plus the murder was heard on the radio.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Della Street
Paul Drake
Hamilton Burger
Lt. Steve Drumm
Terrance Clay
Dan Thorne
Holly Andrews
Barney Austin (as Dan Travanty)
Gorden Sellers
Cathleen Cordell ...
Clara Michaels
Abel Jackson
Medical Examiner
Lee Miller ...
Sgt. Brice


Perry Mason takes on the case of Holly Andrews who is accused of killing her ex-husband, the wealthy Kevin Steele, who owns a local radio station. Late night radio shock jock Barney Austin calls him during his show and incredibly the man is heard to be shot during the live broadcast. Holly doesn't deny being there. In fact she almost ran Perry off the road driving away from Steele's house. But there were many who might have wanted him dead. Holly was concerned because Steele was preparing legal documents to try to take their son away from her, saying she was an unfit mother due to her relationship with Dan Thorne. Steele was killed with a gun given to Holly by Thorne. An unpaid art dealer, a rival radio station station owner who was about to lose his latest star personality, Holly's friend Clara Michaels, whose husband is disabled due to Steele, and Holly's boyfriend all had their reasons to see him dead. It's left to Perry to find the real killer. Written by garykmcd

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16 January 1966 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Perry is asked by Lt. Drumm to give eyewitness testimony against a woman accused of murder. Later, Perry offers to serve as the woman's defense counsel. No trial judge would allow that, given the obvious conflict of interest. See more »


Perry Mason: [on phone with Lt. Drumm] Steve, what are you doing there? They finally get smart and transfer you from Homicide to Traffic?
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Will see this one for a mile
27 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

My rule of thumb for Perry Mason episodes holds true once again in this show. If I can figure out who the murderer is, the writers didn't do a good job.

We never see the deceased who was a rich guy who apparently enjoyed his reputation as a hard case. Among other things he owns a radio station where Daniel J. Travanti, the future Captain Furillo of Hill Street Blues is an early shock jock. He takes a call from the victim and the murder is played out over the air.

By sheer luck however, the victim's former wife Myrna Fahey ran into Perry Mason as she was leaving the deceased's house. Raymond Burr gets called as a prosecution witness to establish time and place, but he also agrees to be her defense lawyer.

And of course there are a host of alternative suspects, but I think anyone who watches both this show and mysteries in general will see this one coming for a mile.

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