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:
Paul Drake
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Jason Foster
Susan Foster
Patrick McVey ...
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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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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A good story that went wrong in production
7 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

This actually is a good story. You have Jason Foster (Richard Anderson) and Randolph Cartwell (Ford Rainey) running for state senate. Mr Cartwell's step-son is seeing Mr Foster's sister and this paves way for trouble in both election headquarters.

The boy, David Cartwell (Stewart Moss), also has some floating bad checks that just happens to be picked up by a rough guy that wants to use the checks to get a racetrack in the area. The girl, Susan Foster (Lynn Loring) lives with her brother and has already caused problems with Jason's bid for election. Anyway the boy, David Cartwell, ends up dead. And Mr Foster's wife, Margaret Foster (Jan Shepard) is accused of the murder. This leads Perry to defend Ms Foster in as neighboring jurisdiction away from the hall of the LA courthouse.

Everything is great up to this point. Then we have the courtroom scenes. And like Christmas Eve- we rush, at full speed, to the ending.

Most of the problem in this show was it needed longer than 52 minutes. And the writers spend most of the show's time getting to know the characters- there is not much time left to save Ms Foster and find the true murderer.

So we are left with a courtroom scene where there seems to be no rules or order of justice. There are spectators standing and giving testimony in the courtroom audience. Forget calling a witness, we go from one witness to another in the click of a camera in hopes of getting all the dialog presented before time expires. I felt like I was cooking a three minute egg and two minutes were gone.

There is also a weird scene in the courtroom where Susan Foster, played by Lynn Loring, is called to the stand. I hope she was not directed to acting in the scene because 'acting-up' was more of the wording. She goes into some fit and yelling at her brother accusing him of the murder. Then the very next scene they are hugged up like old time chums returning from war. How Ms Loring ever worked again is beyond me- she was bad.

Anyway this was a good story. This is one that could have been a real good 'Perry Mason' movie. Instead, the last 20 minutes, is like watching the last lap of the Daytona 500.

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