Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Petulant Partner 

Partners Harry Bright and Chuck Clark are at bitter odds with one another over Chuck's marriage to gold-digger Margaret. Harry consults Perry Mason, who advises dissolving the partnership. Margaret is killed and Harry charged with murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hamilton Burger (credit only)
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Harry Bright
Chuck Clark (as William H. Wright)
Walter 'Salty' Sims (as Francis J. McDonald)
Geraldine Wall ...
Nell Gridley
Margaret Clark
Howard Roper
William Swan ...
Bill Shayne
Mel Topham
Lynne Allen ...
Louise Dayton
Jamie Forster ...
Judge Norwood


Harry Bright and Chuck Clark have been partners for over 30 years and have made quite a bit of money. Harry is concerned that Clark's new young wife Margaret and her brother Howard Roper may be cheating him as well as his friend Chuck out of their money. He goes to see Chuck but as Chuck is gone he gets into a dispute with Howard ending with a shot fired by Bright into the ground. Harry consults Perry Mason who suggests he dissolve the partnership which would call for a complete accounting of all assets. Harry doesn't want to do that as he is clearly not angry or upset with his business partner, only the gold digger he married. Harry receives evidence from Salty Sims that Margaret and Howard aren't brother and sister and tells Chuck. When Margaret is found dead in her bedroom, Harry is charged with murder. The bullet in the body came from the same gun that a bullet found in the ground came from. Chuck asks Perry to defend Harry. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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25 April 1959 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Salty Sims: [responding to a car honking] Take your time now. Take your time.
Nell Gridley: Give me ten gallons, high-test.
Salty Sims: We ain't got no high-test.
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Trophy wife done in
11 September 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Not one of the better Perry Mason stories as even when we learn who the murderer is, his motives are not really explained too well in the inevitable epilogue. The client here is R.G. Armstrong lifelong partner and friend of Will Wright who has taken unto himself what we would now call a trophy wife.

You know even after watching the episode I never did quite learn just what their business was, but whatever it is it's made them a lot of money. But trophy wife Nan Leslie has split them apart and when she's shot to death the blame falls on him.

There are numerous friends and relatives in the picture including Leslie's brother Myron Healey. William Hopper tracks down an altered report about Leslie from another detective which has a great bearing on the solution. That and a second bullet fired into the ground is an important, but false clue.

Not up to the Perry Mason standard, but all right.

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