Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Potted Planter 

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:
Perry Mason
Della Street
Paul Drake
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Frances Walden
Andrea 'Andy' Walden
District Attorney Hale
Roy Mooney
Martin Walden
Joe Maross ...
William Allyn ...
David Pinter
Chris Hearn
Frank Behrens ...
Doctor Oldham
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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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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9 May 1963 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Melinda Tarr: Roy Mooney, I think you're positively the most loathsome person I know!
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Great Perry Mason Episode
8 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

This Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Potted Planter," is one of the best in the series. It starts off with one character, teenager Melinda Tarr, riding a motor scooter down a dimly lit road, wearing a party dress. From there, the episode zips along in Robert Dennis's great script. One character is played by Diane Brewster, who looks so good wearing large wide brimmed circular hats that she wears two styles of such hats during her court appearances. I thought courts told people in the room to remove their hats. I have all the Perry Mason episodes on DVD and I transferred them to XviD avi format, to watch them using my media player. Until two days ago, I never got around to watching this episode. This episode has plenty of rotten characters, most of them concerned with money. At one point, Perry says about his client, that he stands to lose his $29,000 investment spent buying a big share of a radio station. Those were the days, when a dollar was a dollar. Robert Hager was the DP for this episode and, boy, did he like photographing Diane Brewster and the shadows her big hats cast on her cheekbones. With several day for night scenes, this episode is one that would look good when Paramount releases Perry Mason on Blu-ray. Assuming Viacom doesn't spin off its Paramount subsidiary, now that parent company Viacom is falling apart (in April 2015). Even in DVD format, "The Case of the Potted Palm" is recommended viewing from one of television's finest series.

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