Perry Mason: Season 6, Episode 27

The Case of the Potted Planter (9 May 1963)

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Nelson Tarr bought a small town radio station due to a recommendation from his friend Andrea Walden who is married to the owner. However, her husband believes the rumors about her infidelity so when he is murdered, Nelson is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Constance Ford ...
Frances Walden
Diane Brewster ...
Andrea 'Andy' Walden
Roy Mooney
Martin Walden
Joe Maross ...
Nelson Tarr
Davey Davison ...
Melinda Tarr
William Allyn ...
David Pinter
Harry Lauter ...
Chris Hearn
Frank Behrens ...
Doctor Oldham
Robert Foulk ...
Police Chief George Delehanty


Martin Walden is the richest man in his community, with a successful landscape gardening business. He believes his wife Andrea, a former actress, is having an affair with someone and has many possible suspects including local radio station owner Nelson Tarr and his own nephew Roy Mooney. Andrea and Nelson were friends from Hollywood and she recommended buying the station to Nelson. The rumors are being encouraged by Walden's sister Frances Walden who wants to replace Andrea as the mistress of the family home. Tarr's teenage daughter Melinda is also interested in the older Roy but he seems to be playing her along. Nelson had recently bought the local radio station from Walden and goes into a rage when he learns that the business man has sold his loan to the bank and arranged for it to call in his loan. When Walden is found murdered, hit over the head with a plant pot in his nursery, Nelson Tarr is charged with murder and Perry Mason defends him. Written by garykmcd

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Back to basic investigation in this nice episode
8 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this full-plated episode we get Martin Walden who is a wealthy nursery owner accusing his wife, Andrea Walden, of having an affair. This was not the first time that Martin has accused her of cheating but it seemed this time Martin was ready for a divorce.

There was some evidence that Andrea may be cheating. One was with a nephew of Martin named Roy Mooney and the other was radio station owner Nelson Tarr. Young Roy had actually been hired to make like he was the other man in Andrea's life while Nelson was an old friend that Andrea still talked with at times. This caused lots of talk with the people in the community.

Nelson had bought the radio station from Martin but when Martin sold the loan to the bank, the bank officials wanted payment to avoid foreclosure. When Nelson goes out to talk with Martin they get into a scuffle with Martin receiving a fist to the face. Later the police are called to the scene and Martin is dead. He had been hit, with great force, by a flower pot from the nursery. Nelson is charged with murder and Perry will defend him in court.

During court proceeding it is determined that Martin Walden was nearly bankrupt. He supposedly had been withdrawing money from the bank and gambling in Las Vegas. But Perry believes there is more to this case than what-meets-the-eye. And after Paul Drake does some investigating in Nevada, Perry's client will hopefully receive a satisfactory result.

This episode is more 'old school' than some of the previous shows. It is back to basic investigation is this nice mystery. Good Watch

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