Eddy King is left at the altar by Polly Courtland but she refuses to say why. He asks Perry of a friend of her family to find out why but he has little luck. When Eddy learns someone blackmailing Polly is murdered, he tries to help her.
On her wedding day, Polly Courtland runs out of the church leaving Eddy King standing at the altar. Her father Templeton Courtland was opposed to the marriage thinking his daughter could do much better than marrying King, a popular and successful jazz musician. In fact, Polly was protecting her sister Midge from George Sherwin, a blackmailer who had photos of the underage Midge checking into a hotel and gambling in Los Vegas with one of Eddie King's musician's, Bongo White. Her father was involved in anti-gambling work so the pictures would destroy him. Eddy asks Perry Mason to look into what has happened and why. When Sherwin is killed, Eddy sees Polly leaving his apartment building so when he enters the apartment and finds the body, Eddy decides to cover for Polly by changing the scene to make it appear a man was there instead of a woman. Eddy is charged with murder and Perry defends him. Written by
Once again a Perry Mason episode leads the charge in the cultural wars, warning of the perils of bongo music to our Youth.
This episode features another PM appearance by jazzman Bobby Troup, this time playing a Beatnik character named "Bongo" if you can believe it. He smokes cigarettes too, letting them dangle suggestively from his lips. I wonder what that means? And he calls everybody "baby." Ugh.
Anyway, our heroine, innocent, pure Polly Courtland, played by the luscious Jo Morrow, is beguiled into trying to marry a hipster, one Eddy/Eddie King (James Drury, shortly before his ramrod ride as The Virginian). She wisely dodges him, only to be later entangled in the murder of a degenerate musician, one George Sherwin. What music do we hear in the background as Polly flees the murder scene? Bongo music of course! Do you need it spelled out for you?
The forces of law and order, in the person of Lt. Tragg, arrest Eddie, who then becomes Perry's client. There is some confusion as to who was trying to blackmail Polly's father, a wealthy businessman as always. That should be a warning to you too. You never read about anybody blackmailing poor people.
Perry uses one of his favorite tricks on the prosecution by sending a similar but different young lady to "test the recollection of a witness."
"A typical attempt to throw dust in the prosecution's eyes," thunders Hamilton Burger. But the liberal judge lets it slide. Why does Mason always get away with this?
There are several traps laid bare for our youth to see in this show. French cigarettes. Young ladies with uncovered heads tossing 'bones' with gamblers. Photographs. Fins on automobiles. Walter Burke.
But in the end, the murderer is exactly who you think it should be- someone degraded by years of listening to bongo music. There's no melody to such trash, hence our episode's title. If only we had listened, the Vietnam War and so many other disasters could have been avoided.
We need a president like Perry Mason who would build a wall between decent Americans and bongo music. He'd make the Beatniks pay for it too!
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