Perry Mason: Season 9, Episode 27

The Case of the Misguided Model (24 Apr. 1966)

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Ex-boxer Dennis 'Duke' Maronek tries to protect his girlfriend and thinks he accidentally killed a man. He tells Perry, his lawyer, but refuses to go to the police. When another man is arrested for the murder, Perry is caught in a bind.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hamilton Burger (credit only)
Sharon Carmody
Dennis 'Duke' Maronek
Anthony Eisley ...
Rudy Blair
Rita Lynn ...
Fern Bronwyn
Don Dubbins ...
Deputy D.A. Vincent
Jake Stearns
Harry Holcombe ...
Armand Harrison ...
Ira Dewitt
Sarah Selby ...
Isabel Randolph ...
Madam Rosa Bruening


Sharon Carmody asks her friend, ex-boxer Duke Maronek to walk her home as a man Art Grover has been harassing her. When they arrive at her apartment, they hear movement inside and Duke goes in alone only to be jumped by someone inside. Sharon calls the police from a pay phone in the hall. After the mêlée, Duke finds his attacker dead behind the sofa. Sharon, a model who is up for a major sponsorship job as the White Snow Princess, begs him to dispose of the body so as not to hurt her chances before the police arrive. He does so but consults Perry Mason who has helped Duke before late that night. He rejects Perry's advice that he go to the police because of Sharon and because he is afraid of confinement in small places. But when another man is charged with killing the man, Perry is forced to act. He tries to convince Sharon to come forward but she won't and is a near lock to win the job of her dreams. Duke is soon on the run and Perry begins to think that someone else might be ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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24 April 1966 (USA)  »

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In this episode, the defendant is someone other than Perry's client. Perry exonerates the defendant by entering an *amicus curiae* petition and providing exculpatory evidence in the judge's chambers. See more »


An establishing shot of Perry walking into the Los Angeles County Courthouse was obviously made at a much earlier date, and Perry's hair is styled differently. See more »

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New depth for Perry Mason (without Hamilton Burger at all!)
27 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

The 'regulars' of the Perry Mason cast are great as usual - nothing out of the ordinary. However, this episode exposes a different side of the noted lawyer than to what we are usually exposed - vulnerability.

An innocent-appearing young woman, trying for her breakthrough job into acting by being a spokesperson for a soap company, seemingly becomes the victim of a botched burglary at her apartment. Fortuitously she has been accompanied home by a friend - an ex-boxer. As he enters her apartment he's attacked by an unknown assailant as the door closes and locks behind him. Because of his quick wits and fighting abilities he quickly overpowers the attacker and opens the door to let in the young woman, only to find it seems the attacker has been killed by his blows.

The ex-boxer has had dealings with Perry Mason before (in a contract dispute with a previous employer), so, of course, he calls him and reveals all, admitting to killing the victim. Unfortunately he further assisted by removing the body from the apartment to prevent tarnishing the career goals of the young actress. To complicate matters further, a transient finds the body dumped in an alley and, thinking it was just a passed-out drunk, he begins to take a watch and wallet only to be discovered by the police and ultimately is charged with the murder.

Many more plot twists ensue, with the man who thinks he caused the death on-the-run from the police. Predictably, Perry Mason figures out the matter and brings the episode to a successful conclusion with the true murderer being identified immediately before the end...but only after several plot twists and a cliffhanging scene posing the threat of death to Mr. Mason.

Featured in this episode are noted and highly-respected actors Paul Lukather (, Mary Ann Mobley (, and veteran character actor James Griffith (

Only 4 more episodes of the Perry Mason series were aired after this - it was season 9 and CBS no longer felt it was financially feasible to continue the program...too bad. Raymond Burr and the rest of the cast had held down Earl Stanley Gardner's 'fort' admirably and could have continued had the network continued to have faith.

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