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.
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
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 »
Boxer promoter is killed and the trainer is the suspect.
In an episode that had the makings of an excellent show, it seemed to get off track when talking about a hotel fire years ago in New York City. It already had a nice storyline and an interesting mystery but that distraction seemed to slow the show down to a pace unworthy of the plot.
The show began as we see an young boxer Davey Carroll and his trainer Jimmy West (Robert Armstrong) inside a boxing gym. Jimmy West believes that Davey will be the next famous boxer if only he can get a promoter to get his boxer in some big money fights.
When a seedy promoter named Tod Richards signs the fighter, Jimmy West is appalled. But his attitude changes when Richards gives Jimmy 50% interest in Davey Carroll.
When the relationship of Richards and West sours, they get into a small shouting match and fight. That evening Tod Richards is found dead- shot with a gun owned by West. And Jimmy West goes to Perry to defend him in court on charges of murder.
With many suspects that may have a motive to see Mr Richards dead, it will not be until a host of witnesses are crossed-examined by Perry before the pieces are put together. And with little if any evidence, a person does one of those 'it-was-me' confessions from the courtroom gallery bring an end to the trial.
The viewer was bombarded with a lot of information during the course of the show. From a dead man to a hotel fire and then an up-and-coming boxer, this was a plate full. Even with the distractions and the highly suspect confession, the show is worthy of a watch. Because of good casting by the production staff, the show is saved and Perry is satisfied with the results. The viewer will also be satisfied.
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