Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Negligent Nymph 

While on a fishing trip, Perry Mason and Paul Drake pull a beautiful woman out of the ocean. In her possession is a note she retrieved from her employer, accusing him of killing his rich aunt during a storm on their yacht.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Connie Cezon ...
Joan Banks ...
Karen Alder
George Alder
Arthur Dorian
Sally Fenner
Nadia Posey ...
Nina Santos (as Nadja Posey)
James Nusser ...
Forrest Lewis ...
Dr. Murray
Guard Hess
Robert Tafur ...


A beachcomber finds a bottle with a note on the beach. The note accuses the nephew George Alder of Agatha Alder of killing her on the yacht Sea Witch. He takes a copy of the note to George Alder hoping for a small payoff. While he and Alder discuss the issue, Alder's drunk wife Karen enters the room looking for more alcohol. George calls in his secretary Sally Fenner to remove his drunk wife. After the incident Sally quits fed up with George's treatment of people. That night Sally enters the closely guarded house to recover the note but knocks over a lamp drawing the attention of the guard and his dog. She runs down the beach into the ocean to escape as the guard fires his gun and releases the dog. Perry and Paul in Perry's boat seeing her race to rescue her. She shows Perry the note but claims she took nothing else not realizing George's dead body was in the room. The next day the police are after her for murder as Perry has Della hide her while he investigates the evidence including... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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7 December 1957 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The murder victim's body lay behind a sofa, where it could not be seen without a search of the murder room. It was in the best interests of the defendant for this to be established, but Perry failed to bring it up during his examination of Lt. Tragg. See more »


[first lines]
Sally Fenner: [on intercom] Sally?
Sally Fenner: Yes?
George Alder: Bring in Mr. Dorian.
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Did you see what Paul and I caught?
5 June 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Work follows Perry Mason wherever he goes. While on a fishing trip he and Paul Drake spot a woman being chased into the water by a man with a gun and a guard dog who goes in after her. It turns out to be Peggie Castle and William Hopper has to go in after her. Later on her employer, the rich and arrogant David Lewis is murdered that night in fact he was dead in the house while she was looking for an unsigned note that accused him of murdering his aunt several months before. She has the note and Raymond Burr has her as a client. Talk about fishing for clients.

This was not one of the better Masons. In fact all that David Lewis had to do was throw beachcomber James Griffith out on his ear when he came with an unsigned note to his place asking for blackmail money. I'm still not sure why he didn't. The real murderer is rather obvious in this one and that's my Perry Mason rule, no surprise it's below average.

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