Perry Mason: Season 5, Episode 15

The Case of the Roving River (30 Dec. 1961)

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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
Kelly Thordsen ...
Sheriff Ward Vincent
Robert Lowery ...
Amos Bryant
Ray Boyle ...
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





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30 December 1961 (USA)  »

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Sarah Marshall and Karl Held were married two and a half years after this drama aired. Subsequent to their marriage they appeared on TV (3 times) and on film (3 times). See more »

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Package go Boom!
27 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Now here is a different way for a murder to happen in the series, open a package that is suppose to contain loads of money and the next thing you know-- there are pieces of you all over the place. For the viewer it was different from the usual bump on the head or the familiar gunshot, we have a bomb in this show. It was just too bad the script did not hold up as well.

In short, the story centers around a young woman, Judy Bryant, that has some riverfront property. But due to the decrease of the water flow the riverbanks difference is over 300 feet from where it was some twenty years ago. Now a developer claims the riverfront property is his and Judy's land begins back to where the boundary was years ago.

Judy calls Perry to sue the developer but one thing she needs is the person that surveyed the land years ago. It just happens to be her down-on-his-luck step father did the survey but he wants $10,000 to go to court with her. Without Perry's knowledge she places the money in a paper box and when it is opened her step-father is no more. Now Perry is defending Judy for murder.

Most all the evidence is produced in courtroom testimony. The last twenty minutes of the show is just Perry producing person after person in order to find guilt. There is much testimonial evidence that makes the entire episode somewhat non-exciting. Plus the actress, Sarah Marshall (Judy) did not come across well when delivering lines. She is a beautiful woman but talked in only one tone the entire time. She had no infliction other than a low monotone voice. With all that said,it was still watchable, it just seem a long time to get to the ending.

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