Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Rolling Bones 

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:
Della Street
Paul Drake
Hamilton Burger
Joan Camden ...
Donna Knox
Arlene Scott
Edgar Stehli ...
Daniel Reed
Willard Scott
Maury Lewis
Millie Foster
Simon Scott ...
George Metcalf
Judge Treadwell
Sid Tomack ...
Victor Kowalski
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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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

28 June 1958 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the characters is named "Willard Scott". Ed Walker and Willard Scott had been known since 1956 to the DC radio audience as "The Joy Boys". Producers often employ researchers to make sure characters don't share the names of real people. (In "Psycho", Mary Crane's name was changed to Marion, as a real Mary Crane lived in Phoenix.) Though Willard Scott was serving in the Navy in 1958, it seems odd nobody caught this. See more »


Donna Knox cashes the $20,000 check at the bank, and when the teller gives her the cash, not only does he not bother to count it out to her, he only gives her three bundles, presumably shorting her $5,000. See more »


[last lines]
Perry Mason: [about Hamilton Burger] How did he like the performance?
Lt. Tragg: [sarcastically] Loved it. But just make sure that you don't invite him the next time you're doing a benefit.
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