Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Paper Bullets 

Jason Foster is running for senator but his sister, who he takes care of, is determined to cause him problems. She has fallen for the stepson of Jason's opponent. However, when the stepson is murdered, it is Jason's wife who is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Jason Foster
Patrick McVey ...
Harry Mardig
Jan Shepard ...
Margaret Foster
Melora Conway ...
Alma Rice
Randolph Cartwell
Edgerton Cartwell
Carl Rohr
Booth Colman ...
Stewart Moss ...
David Cartwell
Carl Prickett ...
Rufus Findlay


Perry Mason defends Margaret Foster, the wife of State Senatorial candidate Jason Foster, who is charged with murdering David Cartwell, stepson of incumbent Senator Randolph Cartwell. A few days prior to the killing, Jason Foster learned that his underage sister, Susan, was out drinking with David Cartwell. In a confrontation with Susan, she let it be known she plans to marry David but Jason tells her to stay away from him and that he will tell David to leave her alone. At this point, he confronts Perry about the issue. However, Susan visits David at his home, anyway. Margaret had gone to see David but found him dead. She grabbed the gun, recognizing it is Jason's, and ran, obviously trying to protect her husband or her sister-in-law. David was in debt to gamblers and had written a bad check in Las Vegas for $6,000 and Harry Mardig was there to collect the debt. A quick trip to Vegas eventually leads Perry and his private investigator, Paul, to the killer. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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1 October 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Richard Anderson appeared twice as different characters before taking on the role of Lt. Steve Drumm in the final season. This show was one of them. See more »


It appears that Richard Anderson is wearing a toupee in the campaign poster picture shown in background shots. See more »


[first lines]
Bartender: Another of the same, Mr. Mardig?
Harry Mardig: Yeah, but make this one with a touch more authority, huh?
Bartender: That I'll do.
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It ain't Romeo and Juliet
26 March 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Stewart Moss and Lynn Loring are members of rival political families and are seeing each other. But if you are thinking this is a Romeo and Juliet story on Perry Mason nothing could be further from the truth.

Loring is the sister of candidate Richard Anderson who is running for State Senate against Ford Rainey the incumbent. Moss is his stepson and he's a wild child. Even without the political rivalry there's plenty of reasons that Anderson shouldn't like him messing with his sister. For one thing he's just written a bad check to cover gambling debts so he's got people in Las Vegas interested in him. It's Moss that winds up shot to dead, but neither Anderson or Loring are arrested.

Instead it's Jan Shepard who is Anderson's wife who discovers the body and takes the murder weapon because she concludes it was her husband or sister -in-law that did the deed. She's the one needing Raymond Burr's help.

It is gambling at the root of the murder, but that's all the hint you get from me. Moss was about to upset a lot of finely conceived plans and someone didn't want that. It's one pathetic confession the murderer makes on the stand.

This one is a good story and you probably won't guess the murderer. And that's the test of a good Perry Mason episode.

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