Perry Mason: Season 3, Episode 14

The Case of the Prudent Prosecutor (30 Jan. 1960)

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Perry takes on the case of Jefferson Pike who is referred to him by none other than DA Hamilton Burger. Pike and Burger are old friends - Pike once saved his life - and the D.A. officially removes himself from anything to do with the case.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Drake (credit only)
Philip Bourneuf ...
Asa Culver
Jefferson Pike
Barbra Fuller ...
Joan Leonard (as Barbara Fuller)
Vita Culver
Walter Coy ...
Denver Leonard
Hal Kirkwood
Prosecutor Darryl Teshman
Ron Foster ...
Fred Pike
Duck Hunter
S. John Launer ...


In a hunting and fishing village, Jefferson Pike tries to confront Denver Leonard, but Leonard refuses to see the old man. Pike steals a revolver from Leonard's car and shoots himself in the leg, intending to implicate Leonard. Leonard's ranch foreman, Hal Kirkwood, helps Pike dress the wound. When Pike arrives at his lodge, he finds his friend Hamilton Burger there so he drops the issue of the wound. Pike's son, Fred, was once a professional ice skater, but was injured in a car accident and can no longer perform. Leonard accuses Fred of forging his name to checks to cover his medical expenses. Asa Culver, the angel for a new ice show, rightly suspects his wife Vita of carrying on with Leonard. Leonard is killed and Pike arrested. By coincidence, Pike's friend District Attorney Hamilton Burger is vacationing in the area. Burger calls Perry Mason to defend his friend and recuses himself and his department from the case. The case is prosecuted by a special prosecuted appointed by the ... Written by richardann

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30 January 1960 (USA)  »

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I guess you can say that Hamilton Burger had a hand in winning this case
11 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When a friend of Hamilton Burger is accused of murder, Hamilton makes a call to Perry Mason to defend his friend, Jefferson Pike, in court.

It involves Jefferson Pike trying to rescue his son from the clutches of a money-hungry man named Denver Leonard. Mr Leonard is a man that uses people in order to achieve a desired outcome and pockets money along the way. He has just made a deal with Asa Culver for $5000 to get his wife started in the would of figure skating. But the sad part is that Asa's wife, Vita, is actually having an affair with Leonard and this is a way that Leonard can pocket some money at the cost of his lover's husband.

Anyway as a special prosecutor pursues the case in criminal court, Perry will sift through the suspects in order to get to the killer. It will be one of those gallery confessions that will be the true murder to justice and make Hamilton Burger feel like he won the case.

A well written story that was made much better by a veteran cast that brings the story to life. Even with the many suspects it will come down to someone that seemed the least to gain for the murder. A job that has the viewer off key the entire episode. Good Watch.

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