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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Perry pulls up to Sally's gas station, Salty accidentally hits Perry's convertible with his hammer as Perry continues talking as if nothing happened. See more »


At about the 44 min mark Perry fires a gun in the courtroom as a test. Before the test, the prosecutor had on a dark suit. After the gunshot the prosecutor can be seen in a light colored suit. The trial resumes and the prosecutor is again in a dark suit. Besides this, the entire spectator section changes after the test and back again as the trial resumes. The trial resumes the next day. The prosecutor is in his light suit and the spectators are the same as after the gunshot test the day before. See more »


[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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Had it not been for the epilogue we would have never known
15 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here is one of those mysteries that was going so well you are on the edge of your seat to actually find out the true murderer and the situation leading up to the crime. But then like a 1912 ship disaster, we are forced into the cold water of reality when the show's ending is less than desirable and we never really get a confession until Perry wraps the show up in the epilogue. Such a nice story that was rudely ruined by the quick ending.

The story centers around a partnership of Harry Bright and Chuck Clark. The older Chuck has just married a very young woman named Margaret who actually confesses to marrying him for his money. Harry is none to happy thinking Margaret is after the money in the company and accuses Margaret of trying to steal from a old man.

Anyway when Harry gets information that Margaret is married to another, he runs to tell Chuck. What transpires next is unknown since nearly everyone in the cast is lying but we do know that Margaret was shot and killed by a bullet that was fired from Harry's gun. And Perry will defend Harry outside the confines of LA for the murder of Margaret Clark.

The writers gave the viewers many suspects to choose from in this episode. From a upset gas attendant to the supposedly brother of the victim, everybody seemed like the killer. But it will not be till the very end when we get a semi confession that the situation is clearer.

Such a great mystery that seemed thrown away by a fast and confusing ending. It had nothing to do with the acting in this show since the actors were all veterans and preformed their characters with great skill. It all came down to the writing for the one hour format. So much good material- then not enough time for the ending.

The episode did have some good moments as we get to see Perry in an all white suit while performing his duty in the rural court house. And anytime we have Jamie Forster as the Judge, we know we are in for justice country style.

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