Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Playboy Pugilist 

Jimmy West believes he has a great fighter but when Tod Richards takes over the fighter's contract and hires Jimmy as trainer, Jimmy doesn't realize what he walked into. Jimmy is in the middle of a blackmail scheme and charged with murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Davey Carroll
Lori Richards
Jo Sands
Jimmy West
Tod Richards
Keith Lombard
George Hale
Carla Balenda ...
Kay McKenzie (as Sally Bliss)


Davey Carroll is an up and coming boxer whose trainer, Jimmy West, thinks has a great future. So does promoter Tod Richards who wants to try and get Davey under contract with him. Richards wines and dines the slightly dull boxer who does eventually sign with him. Richards also surprises West by offering him a 50% partnership in the deal. With everyone seemingly happy, they set up a boxing camp in the countryside. Sports journalist George Hale also has interest in both the boxer and Richards, especially the promoter's other business dealings including the purchase of a hotel. When Richards is found dead after a fight with Jimmy and is shot with Jimmy's gun, Jimmy West is accused of murder and Perry Mason defends him. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

11 October 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Burger elicits testimony from sports journalist George Hale to the effect that Davey Carroll was not a good prizefighter and that decedent Tod Richards may have had an ulterior motive for promoting him. Perry objects and successfully has Hale's testimony stricken on the grounds that Hale was stating a matter of opinion. In a real hearing, the judge would have overruled Perry's objection. US case law assigns the weight of expert witness testimony to journalists testifying in the area of their specialty, and Hale's comments would have been admissible evidence. See more »


[first lines]
Jimmy West: [to a sparing boxer] Keep your chin down! Nobody's takin' your picture!
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Resort training
20 December 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Robert Armstrong veteran trainer of the fight game has what he thinks is a real find in Gary Lockwood a promising young fighter. Lockwood has a tendency to party and that has to be kept under control if he goes all the way. When Mark Roberts millionaire playboy sportsman buys 50% of his contract it looks like a good deal. Even Perry Mason says so.

But Roberts brings him to a plush resort to 'train' and if anything in this atmosphere he's partying more than ever and with Roberts wife Dianne Foster. Not that Roberts cares because he's got both Dolores Michaels and Carla Ballenda on the side.

Roberts is the victim and Armstrong becomes Raymond Burr's client and for more than a consultation about a contract. This episode as it turns out has nothing really to do with Lockwood, but it has a lot to do with Armstrong who is really being set up. What it is you have to see the episode for.

King Kong never jammed Robert Armstrong like he is here.

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