Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Nautical Knot 

Joanna Monford is a nurse tending to Rick Scott in Mexico. When Rick's brother appears saying there are problems with their Uncle, Rick decides to return to L.A. and marry Joanna but the uncle is killed and Joanna is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Harvey Scott
Anne Whitfield ...
Joanna Monford
Lisa Gaye ...
Pamela Blair
Emmalou Schneider
Hank Brandt ...
Rick Scott (as Henry Brandt)
Elayna Scott
Ben Scott
Laurence Barlow
Peg-Leg Jasper


Rick Scott has been recovering in Mexico under the care of a pretty nurse, Joanna Monford. While he's away, his uncle Harvey Scott has been running the family business, a mining company. He's also been telling Joanna that it's very important that Rick stay in Mexico and not return to Los Angeles. A surprise visit by his brother Ben, Ben's wife Elayna and a mutual friend Pamela Blair raises the issue of just what his uncle has been up to and so Rick decides to return to L.A. On board ship, he surprises everyone by marrying Joanna who had come to the conclusion that Pamela was his intended. Once in L.A., it becomes apparent that Uncle Harvey has been acting strangely. The company comptroller, Laurence Barlow, reports that Harvey has been making trips into the countryside and buying up old claims. Perry Mason gets involved in the case when Harvey is found dead, murdered in his study, and Joanna is taken into custody. Perry soon determines that the marriage on the ship is not valid and ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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29 October 1964 (USA)  »

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This episode was B-movie actor Arline Judge's final appearance in film/television. She died about 10 years later, in her apartment at age 61. See more »


After Pamela Blair faints, she is still holding her left arm upright. See more »


[first lines]
Rosa Martinez: [to Joanna who is busy mixing Rick's medicine] Senorita Joanna.
Joanna Monford: Yes, Rosa?
Rosa Martinez: Rick is nice.
Joanna Monford: Mm-hmm
Rosa Martinez: Very nice.
Joanna Monford: Yes, Rosa, he's very nice.
Rosa Martinez: And you hate him very much, si?
Joanna Monford: I what?
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Same plot but interesting characters
11 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While watching this show I thought of just how many times you can do an episode on embezzlement. Seems that 'Perry Mason' series had done every form of the crime that can be done- and sometimes twice. So you have to change the characters in order to make the story interesting to viewers. I thought they did well on this episode.

The show opens with Rick Scott (Hank Brandt) being tended by a nurse, Joanna Monford (Anne Whitfield), in sunny Mexico. he is recovering from some accident and his Uncle Harvey Scott (Tom Tully) is running the family business back in the States.

Word gets out that Uncle Harvey is planning some merger with another company that none of the family knew was about to happen. So Scott's brother rushing to Mexico to bring Rick back to LA. In order to stop the merger Rick has to marry someone to get control of the company so he quickly marries the nurse Joanna. (At the time none of this is known to Joanna)

When they get back to LA, Uncle Harvey calls all the family for a very important meeting. As everyone is arriving, Joanna comes stumbling out of the house, covered with blood, saying Uncle Harvey is dead. And just so happens that Perry has also been called to the meeting and he is the one that goes inside to find Harvey beating with a poker. (Pokers were used a lot in Perry shows)

The story takes off from there with Joanne on trial for the murder. And we get to meet all the wonder Scott family during the courtroom drama. To me, nearly everyone was a suspect. So we have Perry to help us along the way to finding the real criminal.

Notes about the show- In this episode we have Paul and also Perry take the stand for the state. ---- Also there is one thing I found odd. When Perry was on the witness stand he said that when he felt Uncle Harvey he was still alive. But then he said his pulse stopped. If so Joanna, a registered nurse, came running out of the house with Uncle Harvey was still alive. Yet she said that he is dead I tried to help since I am a nurse.

Guess I watching too many Perry episodes. Not the greatest but a interesting set of characters to an old plot.

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