Perry Mason: Season 4, Episode 25

The Case of the Misguided Missile (6 May 1961)

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Major Jerry Reynolds who supervises missile development is looking to leave the Air Force. Due to launch failures, the Air Force sends in someone to investigate that has a grudge against Reynolds. When he is murdered, Jerry is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Della Street (credit only)
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Capt. Mike Caldwell
Robert Rockwell ...
Maj. Jerry Reynolds
Dr. Harrison
Dr. Bradbury
Med Flory ...
Capt. McVey
George N. Neise ...
George Huxley (as George Neise)
Stephen Roberts ...
Maj. Cooke
Richard Shannon ...
Col. Sloan
Ronnie Knox ...
Sgt. Lewis


Major Jerry Reynolds is in charge of a rocket project at the Vandenberg Air Force base and they are having major problems. Their most recent launch failed and another attempt is scheduled. It will be the last try for Dan Morgan whose company will lose it's contract to George Huxley's firm if they fail again. The main scientist on the project for Morgan has a severe drinking problem while the Morgan public relations representative is having an affair with Huxley. Reynolds also has to put up with Captain Mike Caldwell from the Inspector General's office who is there to look into the project. Caldwell blames Reynolds for not being promoted so there is a chill in the air. Reynolds plans to resign his commission to take a job with Huxley due to his father's financial problems. He asks Perry to look over the job contract before he signs to make sure there is no conflict of interest. A scientist finds evidence of what caused the last launch failure which is ultimately found hidden in ... Written by garykmcd

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The stock footage used for this episode is from the Atlas/Agina launch and explosion. The rocket toppled off course because someone had left out the dash ("-") from the control calculations. See more »

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Court Martial for Robert Rockwell
1 November 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Air Force Major Robert Rockwell happens to bring Perry Mason on an Air Force base where he's in charge of a missile test. For Rockwell it's a matter of Raymond Burr looking over a contract of employment as he's planning to leave the Air Force. But soon he needs him as a defense attorney as he is accused in the murder of Simon Oakland who is from the Inspector General's office there to investigate the continual failure of the missile being tested by the Air Force and the one that Rockwell is in charge of. There is also some personal history between Rockwell and Oakland dating from Korea.

The usual group of red herrings are in this episode including a drunken scientist William Schallert, a two timing dame in Jeanne Bal, the scientist in charge Richard Arlen, the owner of the company that is manufacturing the missile Bruce Bennett and more.

Oakland did in fact uncover some sabotage, but I'll leave it at that.

Raymond Burr with investigative help from William Hopper does uncover the truth and shows he's as good at dazzling a military court martial as he is in a civilian venue.

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