Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Pint-Sized Client 

Nicky Renzi, a fourteen-year-old, finds the loot from a robbery and consults Perry about the legality of keeping it. His grandfather, Gramp Renzi, is adamant about reporting it to the police, but then charged with grand theft and murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Drake
Hamilton Burger
Lt. Tragg
Anthony 'Pops' Renzi
Iris Anderson
Art Crowley (as Elisha Cook)
Bobby Clark ...
Frank Anderson
Joseph Kolichek
Robert P. Lieb ...
Charles Hays (as Robert Lieb)
Lois Gilbert
Joseph Mell ...
George Koch


Frank Anderson and partner visit three time loser Art Crowley with a bottle of whiskey to entice him to join them in a robbery. Anderson offers to pay $700 but tears the seven bills in half so that Crowley receives the rest after the robbery. The three rob the Hargrove Finance Company the next day. They hold the three employees at gunpoint in the noisy office with a bad air conditioning fan. The manager Charles Hays refuses to open the safe so Anderson knocks him out and has "Pop" open the safe while Crowley acts as a guard. Fourteen year old Nicky Renzi sees Anderson hide the money in an abandoned house near his. After taking the money, he visits Perry to see if he can keep the money but Perry is unable to answer due to Nicky's limited answers. Nicky shows the money to his grandfather Anthony 'Pops' Renzi who tells him they must turn it over to the police. At that moment the police arrive. They have found Anderson dead in the abandoned house along with a crowbar bearing Renzi's ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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4 October 1958 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Two of the guest stars, Eduardo Ciannelli and Elisha Cook Jr., had previously co-starred in Dillinger (1945). See more »


[first lines]
Art Crowley: Crowley: Well, like they say, here's mud in your eye. It's good whiskey, Anderson. Thanks for the bottle.
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Finders Keepers
17 July 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

You know if young Bobby Clark hadn't just walked into Perry Mason's office asking about the legality of the concept of 'finders keepers' his grandfather might have wound up with some legal aid lawyer and gotten convicted of murder. Instead this turned into one of Perry Mason's charity cases.

What Clark found was the stolen loot from a robbery of a finance corporation in which he holds back $12,000.00 after the cops recover the rest. Ray Collins concludes that Clark's grandfather Eduardo Ciannelli was in on the heist. When the brains of the gang James Anderson is found dead, Ciannelli gets charged with the homicide.

Some nice performances are in this one besides Ciannelli and Clark, two that stand out are Elisha Cook, Jr. as another one of the robbers whom Anderson forced into the heist and Nita Talbot the not too grieving widow. Raymond Burr uses her to discredit Cook on the witness stand.

But who really stands out for me is Eleanor Audley who worked at the finance company and who is so positive Ciannelli was there even though all the robbers had nylon stockings over their heads. Something she says and that Burr notes when he visits the scene of the crime turns William Talman's case upside down and the real murderer is identified.

So is finders keepers a real legal concept?

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