Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Moth-Eaten Mink 

Perry and Della are enjoying a quiet dinner at Morey Allen's restaurant when a waitress suddenly runs out and is hit by a car, shots are fired, and Perry is left holding a moth-eaten mink with a pawn ticket hidden in it.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Det. Sgt. Jaffrey
Robert Osterloh ...
Morey Allen
Kay Faylen ...
Dixie Dayton
Frank Hoxie - Hotel Night Clerk
Mae Nolan
Grandon Rhodes ...
Judge Lennox
Marc Krah ...
George Fayette / Herbert Sydney Granton
Connie Cezon ...
Brian G. Hutton ...
Parking Attendant (as Brian Hutton)
Jack Gargan ...


While Perry and Della have dinner at Morey Allen's restaurant, their waitress Dixie Dayton leaves suddenly and is run over by a car after shots are heard. Morey says he knows little about her as she started working there only 10 days ago. The police are soon there but Perry notices that one tough looking man isn't too interested in what's happening. Morey asks Perry to take charge of Dixie's mink coat, which makes Perry wonder how she could afford one. He finds a pawn ticket in the collar and Paul traces it to a gun, one that was used in the recent murder of a police officer. The man Perry saw in the restaurant is George Fayette, a very shady character with a criminal background. When Fayette is found murdered, Morey and Dixie are jointly charged with his murder and Perry defends them. Perry and Paul must contend with Lt. Tragg and Det. Sgt. Jaffrey who show little restraint in their push to solve the murder of a fellow police officer. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

14 December 1957 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The murder victim has no dialogue, but is credited nonetheless. See more »


[first lines]
Morey Allen: Miss Street, Mr. Mason.
Della Street: Hello, Morey.
Perry Mason: How's it going, Morey?
Morey Allen: Fine. I have your table all ready.
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1st filmed episode!
28 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Actually, this was the very first episode filmed for the famed television series, filmed in 1956. This information was procured on the back cover of a paperback edition of this Perry Mason novel by Erle Stanley Gardner. Since this was filmed a year before the series actually went on the air, this may account for the differences in hair styles on Raymond Burr and William Hopper. Also, I believe it is the only episode where Lieutenant Tragg (played by veteran actor Ray Collins) shoots someone in Perry Mason's office, in order to save the attorney's life. Anyway, since it is an episode based on one of the best Perry Mason novels, it ranks (in my opinion) as one of the top 10 out of the 271 original Perry Mason television episodes!

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