Perry Mason: Season 3, Episode 17

The Case of the Mythical Monkeys (27 Feb. 1960)

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A novelist sends her secretary to pick up a package at a remote cabin but in the driving rain her car becomes stuck. At a cabin a man denies knowing anything about a package but allows her to dry off. He disappears and a she finds a body.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mauvis Meade
Lawrence Dobkin ...
Gregory Dunkirk
Gladys Doyle
Lew Gallo ...
Richard Gilman
Joan Banks ...
Mrs. Manley
Caspar Pedley
John Reach ...
Dukes Lawton
Morrison Findlay
William Boyett ...
Kelton (as Bill Boyett)


In a driving rainstorm Gladys Doyle, secretary to successful novelist Mauvis Meade, struggles to the door of a remote cabin. A strange man in the cabin denies he has a package for Mauvis. He disappears into the night, and Gladys finds a dead man in the cabin. Mauvis herself arrives at her home to find the place in a shambles, and shyster Gregory Dunkirk is glad that incriminating materials he gave Meade for her latest novel have been stolen. Gladys appears and tells her boss about the dead man, who turns out to be a Las Vegas gambler, Joseph Manley. Gladys consults Perry Mason and is arrested for murder. Perry runs into Caspar Pedley being thrown out of Meade's apartment and later finds he is the brother-in-law of the dead man. It doesn't help that Meade won't back up Gladys' story. A scarf decorated with three mythical monkeys is found at the cabin with bullets in it, meant to implicate Mauvis in the crime. Other evidence points to Gladys. Perry must discover who is the framer, who ... Written by richardann

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27 February 1960 (USA)  »

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Secretary to a female Mickey Spillane
30 September 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Future Oscar winner Louise Fletcher is the Perry Mason client in this story. She's the private secretary to a female Mickey Spillane played by Beverly Garland. This is a complex tale with a whole lot of different elements that don't pull together until Raymond Burr wrings a confession while cross examining a witness at Fletcher's trial.

Garland is something else, she's gotten too close to the people she writes about and now is involved herself. Fearing for her own life she sends Fletcher on an errand to pick up a package at a remote wilderness cabin. All that Fletcher finds is a man who disappears and a dead body. That's when she sends for Perry Mason.

This is one of the better written and intricately constructed Perry Mason stories, this one should not be missed.

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