Perry Mason: Season 3, Episode 24

The Case of the Ominous Outcast (21 May 1960)

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A man travels to Outcast to think a man who donated to the orphanage where he was raised but is turned away due to his looks by everyone but a man he met fishing. When the man he came to thank is murdered, he is charged with the crime.

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Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Robert Emhardt ...
J. J. Flaherty
Jeremy Slate ...
Bob Lansing
Margaret Hayes ...
Vivian Bell (as Maggie Hayes)
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Tom Quincy
Walter Burke ...
James Blackburn
Irene Tedrow ...
Amy Douglas
Claude Stroud ...
Henry Norell ...
Frederick Bell
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Judge (as Willis B. Bouchet)
Jack Holland ...
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In Outcast, CA, newcomer Bob Lansing encounters strange, hostile reactions from the barber to the owner of the hotel who refuses him a room. The only friendly face is J. J. Flaherty who Bob met while fishing but he is really a private eye. At the request of Dr. Kennedy, headmaster of the orphanage where he was raised, Bob is there to look up Frederick Bell, who has been sending anonymous donations to the orphanage for several years. Bell denies this. Suspicious, Bob returns to Los Angeles and consults Perry Mason. From old newspaper accounts, Bob thinks he may be the son of notorious bank robber Lynn Aberdeen, who killed two deputy sheriffs. Curiously, Bell was a clerk in the bank when it was robbed. Now Bell works for the town's richest tycoon, Tom Quincy, who is having an affair with Bell's wife Vivian. Bob decides to return to Outcast against the advice of Perry to confront the people and learn more of the history. Bell is found dead with Bob leaning over him. Bob is arrested, and ... Written by richardann

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***SPOILERS*** It's when young 22 year old Bob Lansing, Jeremy Slate, shows up at the little out of the way town of Outcast that things really start hopping.It turns out that the townspeople seem to know Bob even though he never was there in his entire life. And even worse they want to have nothing to do with the young man. The fact that Bob is the spiting image of notorious bank robber and cop killer Lynn Aberdeen make the people there very nervous.

As it soon comes out Bob is in fact the late Lynn Aberdeen's son who was left orphaned when he was gunned down by state troopers back in the spring of 1939! And it was all those years after that event that Bob was brought up in an orphanage in far off Salt Lake city! The fact that Bob was in Outcast is because he's to meet the person who paid for his bills at the orphanage a Fredrick Bell, Henry Norell, who my very possibly be a relative of his! As it soon turned out Bell claims he never heard of Bob and wants nothing to do with him.Even though it was checks in Bells name that was sent, up to $40,000.00 worth, to the orphanage to pay for Bob's being there! The Perry Mason, Raymond Burr, episode soon goes from a young man looking for whom his parents are or were to the murder of Fredrick Bell whom young Bob Lansing, who was found unconscious and at the scene of he crime, was arrested in his murder.

It's doesn't take long for Perry Mason whom Bob hired to track down his birth parents to take up his defense in his murder trial and what comes out is a scheme to blackmail the person who was involved in the bank robbery that Lynn Aberdeen was responsible for where two deputy sheriffs were later gunned down by him. It takes a while for Perry to get to the bottom of this strange blackmail and murder case but as things later turned out it was Bell's killer who on his own broke the case by willingly admitting, not under and cross examination by Perry Mason, his crime. Seeing that the gig was up and his crime was soon to be exposed by Perry Bell's killer decided to save Perry the trouble of getting him on the stand and have him breakdown and admit his crime. He also know that his grand blackmail plan was kaput and that by admitting his guilt in Bell's murder was the only decent thing left for him to do.


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