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:
Della Street
Paul Drake (credit only)
Lt. Tragg
Philip Bourneuf ...
Asa Culver
Joan Leonard (as Barbara Fuller)
Vita Culver
Denver Leonard
Hal Kirkwood
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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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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Burger Recuses
11 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

This episode of Perry Mason has William Talman recruiting clients for Raymond Burr. An old friend of Hamilton Burger who once saved his life is on trial for killing a neighbor Walter Coy who truth be told wasn't making much of a positive contribution to the species. He married Barbra Fuller and gained control of her ranch, he's carrying on with the married Ruta Lee who is married to the much older Philip Bourneuf. They're working a nice con on the old guy to star Lee in an Ice Review that Bourneuf will finance. Also involved in that is Ron Foster a former Olympic ice skater now sidelined permanently with injuries.

The last is the most important because Burr is representing J. Pat O'Malley who is Foster's father and who resents Coy's hold on Foster. There are a couple more suspects, but it's O'Malley that the cops settle on.

William Talman has to sit in the back of the courtroom and root for Perry Mason to win, a most unusual situation to say the least. Life does have some interesting twists even for Perry Mason. The prosecutor is Dennis Patrick, but Burr has no trouble handling him.

Nicely constructed story with an eventual murderer you won't think of at first.

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