Herbert Simms wants to be a screenwriter instead of a pharmacist. When his script is stolen by an unscrupulous producer, he steals his script back. When he tries to put it back, he stumbles into the producer's dead body and is charged.
Herbert Simms is an aspiring writer who had hopes that his script for a television show "Mr. Nobody" would be produced. A pharmacist by profession, Simms is generally a quiet spoken man but has made the mistake of sending his script to Charlie Corby, a producer of low quality films with a reputation for not paying his bills. Corby is in fact using Simms' script but has no plans to pay him for it. In fact, that production may just be a front to acquire funding for a film he wishes to produce overseas. Colby has lied about a mortgage to get the money. Simms breaks into Colby's office to steal his script back. Simms' mother who helped Perry when he was in law school asks Perry to talk to Simms. After their talk, Simms realizes he must return the script to Colby's office as Perry plans to have Colby's records seized so he returns to the office. When Corby is found dead, there are many possible suspects but it's Simms who is charged with his murder as Colby dies saying Simms' name. Perry ... Written by
Look, Mr. Mason - I was only his secretary - not his conscience. I did what I was told to do - period.
Out of loyalty or love, Miss Waters?
What difference does that make? He's dead, isn't he? Sure, I suppose he was robbing everybody blind. Maybe he never intended to make "Mr. Nobody." And maybe he was trying to promote himself into some overseas production unit, but so what? That's the way the business is - and that's the way a lot of the people in it are. Charlie was no better than many; I ...
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One thing about Hollywood it has often painted a brutal picture of itself in films about the movie business. Just look at The Bad And The Beautiful and The Big Knife as examples. Another example is this Perry Mason story where Raymond Burr gets to defend young Linden Chiles the son of a drugstore owner whose store Perry hung out at while in law school. One of the few episodes which reveals something of a personal life before he became the unbeatable attorney.
Chiles has writing aspirations and I know the feeling and he'd like to make it in show business. He gives a script to a sleazy producer played by John Lasell who later winds up dead. But I said he was a sleazy producer so therefore there are load of alternate suspects. But poison was found in his system and who better than a druggist could be considered a poisoner.
That's what Wesley Lau thinks and William Talman prosecutes on the basis. But we know they're wrong as usual.
Interesting story with a glimpse of the personal Perry.
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