Perry Mason: Season 9, Episode 28

The Case of the Positive Negative (1 May 1966)

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General Roger Brandon has been asked by a group to head an anti-corruption committee by the governor to fight George Emory. However, compromising pictures arrive showing Brandon's wife. Brandon visits Emory who is then found killed.


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Episode cast overview:
General Roger Brandon
Bettye Ackerman ...
Laura Brandon
Frank Cummings
Bill Cotton
Simon Scott ...
Stanley Overton
John Anthony Hayes ...
Warren Cotton (as Anthony Hayes)
George Emory
John Gallaudet ...
Jim Drum ...
Tom Allen ...
Police Officer


A committee, which includes Perry Mason, hopes to hire retired General Roger Brandon to lead a law enforcement commission in the city of San Carlos. Brandon is a highly respected leader and troubleshooter and the hope is that he will rid them of mobster George Emory who has made San Carlos his base of operations. Before he's even had a chance to accept or reject the offer, Brandon finds himself being blackmailed into declining. If he doesn't, a compromising photo of his wife Laura and his aide, Warren Cotton, will be sent to the press. Cotton's uncle, Bill Cotton, is a professional photographer with a shop in San Carlos who is known to work for Emory. His shop a drop for payoffs to Emory is set afire by someone. When Emory is found dead shot with Brandon's gun, Brandon is arrested for the murder. Brandon did visit the mobster that evening but he was alive when he left. A badly exposed negative gives Perry the vital information he needs to identify the real killer. Written by garykmcd

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1 May 1966 (USA)  »

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When Perry drops by Bill Cotton's camera shop to question him, it is approximately two in the morning, much later than the time such a business would close. See more »

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The series is ending but they can still make entertaining shows
12 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When you think that the writers have done every plot two or three times and there is nowhere left to go, you get a episode like this one and remember how great this series was to the TV world. This is a great mystery with fine twists and turns that make the viewer glad to watch.

A respected former General named Roger Brandon has been picked by the Governor to head a law enforcement committee against a man named George Emory that controls illegal operations in the town of San Carlos. With General Brandon leading the operation the other men on the committee will be Stanley Overton, Frank Cummings and Perry Mason. The committee will be made with people that want to put a stop to Emory's rule in the small town.

But when someone takes pictures of General Brandon's wife in a hotel room, they will try to blackmail Brandon into not taking the job. With General Brandon thinking Emory was behind the pictures, he goes to visit him. Emory denies taking the pictures or having the negatives. Right after General leaves his house, George Emory is killed. The murder weapon just so happens to be a gun belonging to the General.

With Perry defending the General in court, it will be the grainy pictures that will bring the case to a close. But the true murderer will be someone that you least expect. Someone that is not who they seem to be. Great story.

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