Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Red Riding Boots 

Everyone is against Burt Farwell marrying Rita Conover including his daughter who is having severe problems over it. Rita is no hit with the hands on Burt's ranch as well. When Rita is murdered, the family tries to cover for each other.

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Perry Mason
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Della Street
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Paul Drake
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Lt. Tragg
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Rennie Foster
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Deputy D.A. Sampson
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Joe Dixon
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Jill Farwell
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Burt Farwell
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Wilmer Beaslee
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Miss Pennock
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Kathy Jergens
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Ranch owner Burt Farwell and Rita Conover are getting married soon, which prompts Jill Farwell, Burt's ex-wife, to consult Perry Mason about the welfare of their daughter Ann, who is away at a private boarding school. Joe Dixon, the ranch foreman, is also concerned about Ann. Unknown to Burt, Rita and ranch hand Rennie Foster seem to be an item. Perry calls Burt to discuss Ann's emotional health. Insecure in her own future, Rita urges Burt to fly with her to Las Vegas to be married immediately. At school, Ann has problems related to her parents and gives a new pair of red cowboy boots, a gift from her mother, to her best friend, Kathy Jergens. Joe has a flat on the road and in opening the trunk to change the tire he discovers Rita's body. A police officer stops to ask him about a recent car wreck, sees Rita's body and takes Joe into custody. Perry defends Joe in a case where there are more than enough suspects to go around. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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10 December 1960 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Rita Conover: Ann! Ann, pull in that horse!
[to Joe]
Rita Conover: She'll kill that horse. She'll ride him to death.
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Dramatic, watchable episode
4 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

A teenage girl and some red riding boots, sounds kinda like a gimmicky series TV episode doesn't it? Well, in this case don't be deceived by the title, its an excellent filmed drama more like a serious movie. I don't know how this little group of actors managed to create such good character relationships within the constraints of weekly series TV production, but they manage to collectively rise above "just another week's episode of television". Also, the direction and editing are above average for the quickly made series TV genre as a whole.

This drama also features a fully focused, believable and sincere performance by Raymond Burr. No courtroom shenanigans this week. Burr's career was a long grinding one that mostly emphasized enormous quantity of work over quality, but Burr almost always did a good job and he really delivers in "The Case of the Red Riding Boots".

This whole episode is slightly a change of pace for the Mason series and features a different, highly absorbing ending. On a sad note, Tragg (portrayed by Ray Collins) is only seen sitting down in every scene and is obviously frail. He was very ill during the latter years of the series and died before "Perry Mason" ran its course.

I recommend this one-hour drama as a chance to view a rare example of quality television product.


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