Perry Mason: Season 1, Episode 39

The Case of the Rolling Bones (28 Jun. 1958)

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Daniel Reed is forcibly placed in a mental sanitarium as incompetent. Mason takes the case to court and wins Reed's freedom on a writ of habeas corpus. Before the writ can be served, however, Reed escapes and is charged with murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Camden ...
Donna Knox
Arlene Scott
Edgar Stehli ...
Daniel Reed
Arthur Space ...
Willard Scott
King Calder ...
Maury Lewis / Monty Siwel
Kitty Kelly ...
Millie Foster
Simon Scott ...
George Metcalf
Richard Gaines ...
Judge Treadwell
Sid Tomack ...
Victor Kowalski
Morris Ankrum ...
Judge Morrisey


Donna Knox cashes a check for $20,000 from the elderly Daniel Reed after Reed overrides his nephew and niece when the bank calls. The money is shared by Knox and her partner Maury Lewis with $500 for their helper Dave Kemp, a busted private detective. Kemp expected half the money. Perry Mason takes on the case of Daniel Reed after his friend, Millie Foster seeks his help. Daniel has been confined to a psychiatric institution against his will, with a diagnosis of senile dementia. It seems that the elderly Daniel's nephew and scheming wife, Willard and Arlene Scott, are behind it all. Perry files a writ of habeas corpus and gets the judge to agree but Daniel escapes from the institution before he gets the news. When Daniel finds his old business partner Monty Siwel dead, he is charged with murder and Perry defends him. D.A. Hamilton Burger seems to be getting information out of Perry's office and thinking his office is bugged, Perry tries to feed Burger false information. It almost ... Written by garykmcd

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28 June 1958 (USA)  »

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Rolling bones make no sense as well as gather no moss
11 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

****SPOILERS**** With barley a year in its nine year run on TV this Perry Mason, Raymond Burr, episode has to be one of the most confusing as well as mind twisting episodes of its entire series. It takes us from L.A to Alaska and back in a round robin series of events that has nutty old millionaire Daniel Reed, Edgar Stehli, giving away his money to, what were at first told, total strangers and then being committed to a sanitarium to keep him out of trouble. What the reason are for Reeves strange behaviors is even stranger then his behaviors themselves.

This all has to do with a murder in 1927 that Reeves was involved with that he was in fact covering up for his lover whom he hasn't seen for some 30 years Millie Foster, Kitty Kelly,that lead to a murder now, in 1957, who in fact turned out to be the person that Kitty was supposed to have murdered! What's even more bizarre is the person who was murderer in 1927 wasn't really murdered, he was nursed back to life by a bunch of friendly Eskimos, who then ended up being murdered in 1957 ,who had since changed his name, that Reeves ended up getting framed for!

***SPOILERS*** Perry as usual figured the whole mess up in that it had nothing at all to do with what we, the audience, were lead to believe but with material problem's by a member of the cast. In trying to get his nagging wife off his back the killer chose to murder a total stranger not her thinking, in his confused mind, that it would end his troubles. Which ended with him taking a one way trip to the San Quentin gas chamber!

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