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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Sally Fenner jumps into the sea and is soon overtaken by a guard dog that was chasing her. When Paul swims to her rescue a few seconds later, the dog is no longer in sight. See more »


[first lines]
Sally Fenner: [on intercom] Sally?
Sally Fenner: Yes?
George Alder: Bring in Mr. Dorian.
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The cast does a great job of holding this together.
20 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those episode where the activities away from the murder-of-the-week are more interesting than trying to find out who will be spending time in jail.

A beach-comer finds a note in a bottle accusing George Alder (David Lewis) of killing his Aunt Agatha aboard the small boat called the Sea Witch. (Her death had been ruled an accidental drowning) The beach-comer goes to Mr Alder residence and demands some blackmail money. When Mr Alder pays the money it makes everyone in his household, Karen Alder his wife and alcoholic, and his personal secretary Sally Fenner , believe what everyone had been thinking since the death- that he murdered Agatha.

For some unknown reason, when Mr Alder receives the note from the beach-comer, instead of destroying the note he places it inside his money box. That night the secretary, Sally Fenner, goes to his room takes the note out of the box to give to the police. But when running away she is seen by the security guard that release a dog making her run into the ocean.

It just so happens that Perry and Paul are fishing and sees the women in distress. They come pick her out of the water where she explains her story to them.

Later we learn that George had been murdered. And it was near the same time that Sally ran from the house. So she stands trial for the murder of her employer George Alder and Perry will be defend her in court.

The trial ends when one of the witnesses slips up while on the stand. Then we get one of those corny confessions that the series is famous for producing.

Away from the actual murder and court scenes we get some good action from the cast. It is nice to see Perry and Paul on the water and away from the office. We get a nice scene when Sally is pulled from the water and slips into a bath robe aboard Perry's boat. We also get some good lines from Lt Tragg when he deals with Perry. During one portion Della is taken downtown by Lt Tragg for possible charges. And we get some comic relief thanks to some hot peppers attacking Paul Drake.

Overall the mystery was fine but it was the encounter of the cast that made this a good watch.

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