Jack Culross decides to fake his suicide to increase the value of his paintings. His wife leaves the country so he is able to finish his unfinished work with the assistance of his agent. His wife returns only to be charged with his murder.
Jack Culross is an artist who decides that the best way to increase the value of his work is to fake his own death. His art dealer and partner in the scheme, Austin Durrant, arranges to buy what bits and pieces are left in his studio from the man's 'widow', Edna as she is moving to her home in Panama. When several months later she hears about her husbands paintings up for sale, she returns with her brother to find a painting hanging in Durrant's gallery of what was at the time of her husband's death an incomplete painting, she assumes fraud and consults Perry Mason. Perry and David Gideon check out the painting which has been sold with a thermocouple which confirms it was finished after Jack's suicide. The case becomes one of murder when Jack Culross' body is discovered after he has called Edna and the fake suicide is revealed. Edna is charged with murder and Perry defends her. Written by
After Edna bites her husband's hand and knocks Jack out by pushing his head against the car one evening in the gallery's dark parking lot, she visits Mason in his office. The shadow of a crew member's head shows prominently on the edge of Mason's desk during their conversation. As Mason begins to rise from his desk, the shadow quickly moves off the desk. See more »
Fake suicide that turns into murder- many suspects to choose from
A very good mystery from the 5th season puts Perry in the middle of an arranged suicide that turns into murder. And with some good writing this episode is bound to be an interest to all 'Perry Mason' fans.
The episode begins as we see an up-and-coming artist named Jack Culross leave a suicide note for his wife as he walks into the ocean. Later, with help from a citizen, the police find Jack's car and note and assume that he walked into the ocean to kill himself. But that is not the case.
What Jack has done is arrange a conspiracy with a partner named Austin Durrant- in that he will be picked up down the beach. By people thinking he is dead his artwork will be worth much more money than it would be with him still alive. . Jack and Austin plan to buy his uncompleted work from the widow, Edna Culross, and then finish the painting and pocket the extra money. This works out well until Edna sees a painting that was unfinished at the time of her husband's death. The painting was now finished and being sold at the Durrant art gallery. Edna Culross seeks the advise of Perry Mason for the forged painting.
However, the supposedly dead Jack Culross gets in contact with his wife and they meet outside the gallery. An argument breaks out where Edna has to use force to get away from Jack. That evening Jack is really found dead and his wife Edna is charged with the murder. Perry halts looking for a forged painting and begins defending Edna for the murder.
There is much afoot in this show. Plenty of suspects and plenty of suspense. By the time the episode ends a person has confessed to the murder but only by the intelligence of our famous lawyer Perry Mason.
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