Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Prudent Prosecutor 

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
Joan Leonard (as Barbara Fuller)
Vita Culver
Denver Leonard
Hal Kirkwood
Prosecutor Darryl Teshman
Ron Foster ...
Fred Pike
Duck Hunter


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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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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30 January 1960 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Immediately after Jefferson Pike shoots himself, there is no hole in his pant leg nor is there any blood. The hole and blood appear when he walks toward the car to return the gun. See more »


[first lines]
Jefferson Pike: Let go of me, will you?
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Satan is busy scraping frost off the windows in Hell
30 May 2012 | by (Chico, CA) – See all my reviews

In this episode, Hamilton Burger wants Perry Mason to get his client acquitted. There is nothing wrong with your eyes; that is what really happens.

A dear friend of Burger is the prime suspect in a murder. Burger recuses himself, assigns a deputy to prosecute the case, and asks Mason to act as defense attorney. Burger can do nothing further but watch anxiously from the gallery as the trial proceeds. The ensemble acting in this episode is good, but what really stands out is the reality inversion premise: Hamilton Burger rooting for his archenemy, Perry Mason.

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