Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Promoter's Pillbox 

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.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Arthur Tragg (credit only)
Miriam Waters
Nelly Lawton
Mike Flint
Davis Crane
Herbert Simms
John Lasell ...
Charlie Corby
Edmon Ryan ...
Jerome Stokes
Geraldine Wall ...
Mrs. Simms


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. Corby has lied about a mortgage to get the money. Simms breaks into Corby'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 Corby's office as Perry plans to have Corby'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 Corby dies saying Simms' name. Perry ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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19 May 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Film star Geraldine Brooks, who guest stars in this episode, meets up with Raymond Burr again later in his next show, Ironside, where she plays a pivotal role. See more »


Miriam Waters: Look, Mr. Mason - I was only his secretary - not his conscience. I did what I was told to do - period.
Perry Mason: Out of loyalty or love, Miss Waters?
Miriam 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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Another good showing as we get a 'Hollywood Type' mystery
29 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A rather homely druggist named Herbert Simms writes a TV script called 'Mr Nobody'. Mr Simms sends the script to a fast-talking swindler producer named Charlie Corby. Mr Corby uses the script to make a pilot TV show, however he has no desire to share the money with Mr Simms. In fact, Mr Corby has no desire to share any of the money with anyone working on the production. This causing problem with all on the set.

Mr Simms, feeling like he was being taken, had stolen his script back from Mr Corby's office But in order to have a civil case, the only way to prove that Corby used the script is to have him in possession of the entire written material. So Mr Simms decides to return the script to the Corby's office. But things go terribly wrong when Mr Simms is caught running from Croby's office and when security investigates, they find Corby dead but not before uttering Mr Simms's name.

Perry will now defend Herbert Simms on charges of murder. But there will be plenty of suspects that would have liked to have seen Corby dead, so Perry will file through the line-up in the courtroom witness stand.

This was actually a very interesting and entertaining show. With the many suspects and the unique 'Hollywood Type' death- this held the viewer to the end. Not until the investigation ends up in Mexico City will Perry get a break. Good show.

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