Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Missing Melody 

Eddy King is left at the altar by Polly Courtland but she refuses to say why. He asks Perry, a friend of her family, to find out why but Perry has little luck. When Eddy learns someone blackmailing Polly is murdered, he tries to help her.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jonny Baker
Eddy King
Bongo White
Polly Courtland
Karl Held ...
Enid Markham
Jack Grabba
George Sherwin
Lorrie Richards ...
Midge Courtland
Templeton Courtland


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 garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

30 September 1961 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode reunites Karl Held / David Gideon and Lorrie Richards \ Midge Courtland. Both were in an episode of The Rebel in June of the same year. See more »


[first lines]
Perry Mason: Hello, Mr. Courtland.
Templeton Courtland: Afternoon, Perry; Miss Street.
Della Street: Aren't you lucky to have such a beautiful day for your daughter's wedding?
Templeton Courtland: Perhaps.
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Jazz and society
24 July 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The world of jazz and society barely mix and they have a rough go in this Perry Mason episode. Jo Morrow leaves James Drury at the altar with a lot of questions and Drury who is a jazz pianist turns to Perry Mason for answers.

Composer Grant Richards who has a nice sideline in blackmail and who has designs on Morrow in the best Snidely Whiplash tradition, is doing his thing with Morrow because he has incriminating pictures involving her underage sister. When Richards turns up dead, Drury is suspected.

Good thing Perry Mason and the team were on the job which included young Karl Held who was a law student who Raymond Burr had defended in an earlier episode. Held was added on to the show for a while to attract younger viewers, but he was kind of like a fifth wheel and didn't last long.

One really nice treat was Constance Towers who came to films after musicals had run their course gets to sing a couple of nice standards like The Man I Love and The Thrill Is Gone. That's reason enough to watch this Mason episode.

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