Maureen Thomas is contacted by Burt Renshaw who believes he can put her in contact with her mother who abandoned her. An inheritance is involved so James Grove has found a different girl. when Renshaw is murdered, Maureen is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ...
Burt Renshaw
Virginia Field ...
Angela Renshaw Fernaldi
Burt Metcalfe ...
Richard Campion
James Grove
Vivi Janiss ...
Margaret MacDonald
Melinda Plowman ...
Maureen Thomas
Maureen Franklin
Jonathan Hole ...
Edward Link
Byron Foulger ...
Leverett Thomas - Pop


Burt Renshaw has been looking for his niece Maureen on behalf of a New York lawyer James Grove. Maureen was left on an orphanage's doorstep by his brother just as he was shipping out with the navy in World War II. The child's mother, who at the time was unfit to raise a child, now wants to be reunited with her daughter. Renshaw is certain that he's found her, Maureen Thomas, who works as an airline hostess. Maureen is initially uninterested but is engaged to a man from a well-to-do family. When he meets them, she finds herself very interested in having her own family history to share. Grove, however, seems to have found another woman claiming to be the long lost Maureen and Renshaw asks Perry Mason to help out. When Renshaw is found dead after claiming he has information no one else has, Maureen Thomas is charged with his murder and Perry defends her. The solution to the case may come down to a polka dot horse doll the girl had as a child in a picture. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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20 December 1962 (USA)  »

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Tie Breaking Information
17 September 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The title of this Perry Mason episode refers to a child's stuffed animal which was the toy of a missing heiress. That part of the plot is as old as the hills where the rich heiress has been abandoned as a child and is in an orphanage awaiting a Prince Charming to rescue her.

Melinda Plowman and Eilene Janssen are the two young women claiming the estate. A long lost uncle played by Jesse White has what he considers some tie breaking information and that information gets him killed and Janssen arrested for the crime.

Although the plot premise is straight out of one of those 19th century morality plays, the solution to the murder was a really clever one. Turns out Jesse really did have some valuable information.

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