Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Positive Negative 

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
Laura Brandon
Frank Cummings
Bill Cotton
Simon Scott ...
Stanley Overton
John Anthony Hayes ...
Warren Cotton (as Anthony Hayes)
George Emory
Jim Drum ...
Tom Allen ...
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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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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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1 May 1966 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


San Carlos, the fictional Southern California city in which this episode is set, is also the name of a real California city in the San Francisco Bay Area. See more »


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 rackets in San Carlos
10 June 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Classic film villain Brian Donlevy guest stars in this Perry Mason episode and he's Raymond Burr's client. Donlevy plays a retired army general who is now getting involved in civic affairs for the small town of San Carlos. The town recently separated itself from Los Angeles and is now in the grip of racketeer Ted DeCorsia.

Donlevy has been offered an appointment by the Governor of California to head a Kefauver like committee to get rid of the rackets in San Carlos. Raymond Burr is on the committee himself along with Donlevy, Simon Scott, and Parley Baer. But DeCorsia who owns the town newspaper has gotten some compromising pictures with Donlevy's wife Bettye Ackerman and aide John Anthony Hayes. Later on DeCorsia winds up shot to death with a pistol belonging to Donlevy and Donlevy is charged with the crime.

As you can see there's no shortage of suspects. Once again Raymond Burr demolishes William Talman's carefully constructed case. I have to admit the outcome did throw me, I had the real murderer wrong.

As I suspect other viewers will also.

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