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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Jan Never Looked Better
29 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

Jan Shepard is one of my favorite "Perry Mason Ladies". In this episode she looks even more beautiful and shaplier than ever. She sports a spiffy hairstyle but might have slimmed down a little because she is very curvy and fit looking. All her appearances are great but I love her look in this episode. She was one of those late 50s/early 60s actresses that worked regularly,but never caught on in a big way. I also loved Lisa Gaye, Julie Adams, Alison Hayes and of course,Barbara Hale herself. I remember Jan in the cult classic "The Giant Leeches". She looked cute but not as sexy as in her Mason appearances. The Mason series is a great place for girl watchers who love the late 50s/early 60s type girl.

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