Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Prankish Professor 

Laura Hewes' divorce is nearly complete. After an experiment in his class, her husband learns she is in town staying with another couple. His problems compound due to a charge of plagiarism. When he is murdered, Laura is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Drake
Hamilton Burger
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Lt. Andy Anderson
Dr. Curtis Metcalfe
Esther Metcalfe
Laura Hewes
Ned Bertell
Sally Sheldon
Mrs. Williamson
Ollie Benson (as Jack Searl)


Professor Ronald Hewes teaches English at Euclid College and, as an exercise in observation, has someone he's hired burst into his creative writing class and shoot him with a gun loaded with blanks. The students are quickly calmed but, when he returns to his office, the fake gunmen tells him that had he fired a second shot, he would most certainly would have been killed as someone had put in a clip with live bullets. He's separated from his wife, Laura, who is supposed to be out of town. Hewes is accused by Sally Sheldon of having stolen the manuscript for his best selling novel from her dead sister who died from a sleeping pill overdose after learning she was pregnant. In fact, Sally wrote the story for her dead sister which describes the decadent life on a college campus. Hewes learns Laura is staying with friends, Dr. Curtis and Esther Metcalfe, so they agree to meet at the Metcalfe home. When her husband is found dead, she is charged with his murder and Perry, whom Ronald had ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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17 January 1963 (USA)  »

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This telecast marked the single credited role as the heroic student, Mr. Moncton, by Chris Washburn. See more »


Lt. Anderson assigns Sgt. Brice to tail Paul Drake. Brice is about the worst choice possible for this assignment, considering that Drake knows him well enough to spot him from the other side of a street. See more »


[first lines]
Professor Ronald Hewes: [lecturing to class] In Thomas Paine's Common Sense, the same incident is related by a group of observers. But where Paine uses the obvious disparities in the descriptions of the incident to make an anti-religious argument, I am more concerned here with the reporting of the incident as it affects a phase of creative writing. I am concerned with the sometimes unbridgeable gulf between what we see, what we remember, and what we subsequently commit to writing.
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School Days
22 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

Patricia Breslin is Perry Mason's client in this episode. She's the wife of the late Barry Atwater a professor of English at the college where Kent Smith is the president and it seems as though he's written a novel that's a real Peyton Place kind of Sexpose. It's making a lot of money now and if Atwater had lived three more days a divorce from Breslin would have been final. Now as his widow she inherits all those book royalties and that makes her look good for the murder according to William Talman and Wesley Lau.

Of course Breslin left him because Atwater was a rat and he manifested rat like behavior in his dealings with others, in fact writing the book itself. The suspects are a plenty. But I have to say even Raymond Burr feels sorry for the real perpetrator offering to take the case when it comes to trial.

Nicely written and nicely performed.

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