Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Restless Redhead 

Perry's client is menaced by a car driven by a hooded man, whom she shoots at with a gun that was planted in her room. When the guy winds up dead from a bullet, Perry confuses matters by firing an identical gun later at the scene.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Evelyn Bagby
Ralph Clanton ...
Mervyn Aldritch
Helene Chaney
Mr. Louis Boles
Jane Buchanan ...
Mrs. Vinnie Boles
Dick Rich ...
Grandon Rhodes ...
Mr. Redfield
Helen Mayon ...
Mary Thompson
Jack Gargan ...
Court Clerk


A nervous red headed Evelyn Bagby returns to her apartment at night after her shift as a waitress. She finds a snub nosed 38 Colt revolver in her cigarette case which is not hers. She calls Perry Mason whose answering service patches her through to him. She is calling due to a previous run-in with the police where she was accused of stealing jewelry but was acquitted. Perry has her go to a motel in Hollywood but on the way there a hooded man tries to force her off the road. She fires the gun toward the car but not at the man causing him to go off the road. She brings the gun to Perry who drives out to the scene of the accident only to find the man dead from a bullet wound and homicide there. The man killed had stolen $1500 from Evelyn when she first came to Hollywood. Paul Drake learns that two identical guns were bought by the prominent man Mervyn Aldritch for him and his fiancé, an actress. Perry decides to fire a second gun at the scene later to confuse the police to extract the ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

21 September 1957 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first of two appearances by Norman Leavitt as Mr. Redfield, a ballistics expert who testifies for the prosecution. See more »


After leaving Mervyn Aldritch's office, you can see Perry's reflection on the hood of his car. See more »


[first lines]
Drake's Operator: [answering phone] Paul Drake Detective Agency.
Evelyn Bagby: I wanted Mr. Mason. Perry Mason. Isn't this his night number?
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Did Paul Drake Win At This Poker Game?
13 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This Erle Stanley Gardner based story gets this series off to a good start. Restless Redhead has just the right amount of sleight of hand and a more active Mason that it goes just for the right vein of court room drama. This first show features a Mason who takes more risks and smokes which makes sense because to build a reputation you have to start with one.

The first time we see Paul Drake in this show, Mason calls him at a poker game with some friends in a smoke filled room with Paul puffing away as well. I do not recall ever seeing Paul Drake playing poker again in the series. Still, this is symbolic of the Ace up it's sleeve CBS had here as a series. It was Mason that led the way for other great lawyer court room set series to come like EG Marshall's The Defenders.

This episode hits a full throttle. The entire series never misses a beat, even when they run short of Gardener material later on because at least one of the writing teams works with the author on later plots.

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