Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Roving River 

Judy Bryant is an independent girl who becomes her own worst enemy. She is involved in a land dispute that her long lost stepfather can help with but he needs $10,000. When the package she delivers with the money explodes, she is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Sarah Marshall ...
Judy Bryant
Matt Lambert
Harvey Farrell
Karl Held ...
Chloris Bryant
Seth Tyson
District Ranger Frank Deane
Sheriff Ward Vincent
Amos Bryant
Neil Gilbert (as Dirk London)


Judy Bryant is upset when she learns that a valuable tract of land she inherited has been claimed by a land developer as she has an offer of $250,000 for the same land. The original land survey was conducted some 15 years before by her step-father, Amos Bryant, who abandoned them soon after. The root of the problem is that the nearby river is far narrower today than it was at the time of the survey. Judy consults Perry Mason who tells her that Amos' testimony will be essential if she is to win her case against the developer. Paul Drake is able to locate Amos who doesn't remember her name and is a drunk. He agrees to testify in her favor but only if she pays him $10,000 as he claims to have debts he owes people who will hurt him if they learn where he is. When he collects the money however, the package explodes, killing him as others watch. Judy is charged with his murder and Perry defends her. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

30 December 1961 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Manzana is the Spanish word for Apple. Apple Valley is about 40 miles northeast of Los Angeles. Real cowboy country when this was filmed and partially owned by 1920's and 30's cowboy star, Monte Montana. See more »


[first lines]
Neil Gilbert: What about tonight? Can I see you?
Judy Bryant: Please, Neil, don't start that again. I told you on the way up, it's finished between us.
Neil Gilbert: Because you don't still care for me? Or because you're afraid to stand up to you mother?
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The Exploding Payoff
23 November 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A really good cast of top flight character players distinguishes this Perry Mason episode by their presence. Raymond Burr is in the desert country on a land boundary dispute when his Paris Hilton of a client decides to take matters into her own hands. So now Sarah Marshall is his client in a criminal as well as a civil case.

Not too many bombs kill Perry Mason victims, but that's what happens here to Robert Lowery who says that he'll swing his testimony in favor of his stepdaughter Marshall. So the dumb girl gets $10,000.00 from a friend of her mother June Vincent played by Bruce Bennett. Only instead of a payoff in the package, there's a time bomb instead.

Besides these folks such familiar faces as Harry Carey, Jr., Paul Fix, J. Pat O'Malley, Philip Ober, and Kelly Thordsen are in this cast. And when Mason exposes the murderer in court, a twenty year old cold case is confessed to in the process.

I guess Perry was having a two for one day.

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