Perry Mason: Season 2, Episode 17

The Case of the Romantic Rogue (14 Feb. 1959)

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Stacey Chandler gives Helen Harvey his mother's cameo as an engagement gift but Helen finds out that Stacey is a con man. Irene Wallace tries to involve Stacey in a con game against Helen, but he refuses. Irene is killed and Helen charged.

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Helen Harvey
Albert Linville ...
Harry C. West
Sara Haden ...
Florence Harvey
John Bryant ...
Stacey Chandler
Peggy Maley ...
Margo Lawrence
Jean Willes ...
Irene Wallace
Jack Daly ...
Pete Daniels
Frederick Worlock ...
Judge (as Frederic Worlock)
Pitt Herbert ...
Autopsy Surgeon
Don Dillaway ...
Robert Riley
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Helen Harvey is engaged to be married to Stacey Chandler despite her Aunt Florence Harvey's misgivings. She begins to have her own doubts when she receives a copy of a magazine article describing Stacey as a con man. Aunt Florence's husband has been missing for several years and she will soon be seeking court authority to have him declared legally dead. She is convinced that Chandler is only after the money Helen is to inherit as a result. Stacey was working with Margo Lawrence as a partner in the con but he plans to leave her for her own good as he has genuinely fallen for her. Stacey is approached by Irene Wallace who has a cigarette lighter from Helen's missing uncle saying she knows his whereabouts. For $10,000 she will forget about the uncle but Stacey turns the information over to Helen who visits Irene. That doesn't stop Irene, however, as she is working for Helen's Aunt Florence. When Irene is found dead, Helen is charged and Perry defends her. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Just before this episode was shot, William Talman injured his right leg and was fitted for a cast. The writers had no choice but to work this into the script--Hamilton Burger wears a cast and ambles about on crutches throughout the episode. See more »

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Hamilton Burger: [to Margo Lawrence] All right, I promise to give you the very best break I can.
[slapping his cast]
Hamilton Burger: Not like this.
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Never a dull moment in this fast paced mystery
29 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here is classic 'Perry Mason' episode with many suspects, many twist and Perry seems to be the only one that can move his way around the testimony and come up with the true murderer.

The show begins when a con-man named Stacey Chandler is dating this young woman named Helen Harvey. Helen has been raised by her Aunt and Uncle after her parents died. But for the last few years her uncle has been missing and believed to have run off with his secretary.

Helen's aunt, Florence Harvey, is dead set against Helen marrying Stacy Chandler. So she hires a woman private detective to make the con-artist think that the uncle was around town which would cause Helen not to collect from the uncle's will. This would force Stacy Chandler to leave since he would not be getting any money. When Stacy tells Helen that a private investigator, Irene Wallace, has information on the Uncle, Helen goes over to see her. A scuffle breaks out before Helen is forced to leave. The next day Irene Wallace is found dead and all the evidence points to Helen. And Perry will defend her in court.

Even though this story seems complex it played out well on the screen. There is never a dull moment as we leap from one situation to another and from one scene to another as quick as light. The story does have a crowded cast but each actor was so different that it was easy to keep involved in the mystery. A good who-done-it that will makes one unlikely person spending some time behind bars for more than one crime. Good watch


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