Perry Mason: Season 8, Episode 14

The Case of the Ruinous Road (31 Dec. 1964)

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Adam Conrad a junior engineer for a construction firm having cost issues is uncovering issues with boss Joe Marshall. Joe frames Adam for embezzling causing Adam to go looking for Joe. Joe is murdered with Adam seen at the scene.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ...
Quincy Davis
Archer Osmond
Hilary Gray
Allen Case ...
Adam Conrad
Harley Leonard
Marguerite Keith
Ed Pierce
Joe Marshall


Perrry Mason defends a young engineer, Adam Conrad, who is accused of killing his immediate superior Joe Marshall. Both worked for a construction firm that had come under pressure from a client, Archer Osmond, to keep the cost of an access road to his new subdivision, Osmond Estates, to a minimum. If they can't get better controls of their costs, he threatens to cancel the rest of the contract. Conrad and Marshall don't get along very well and Conrad is sent out to survey a new route that will take them right through an old stately house occupied by a pleasant elderly woman. Conrad's girlfriend thinks that tearing down the house is a shame and approaches well-known columnist Quincy Davis who writes an article against the move. When Marshall accuses Conrad of taking kickbacks and gets him fired, Conrad sets off to see him at the house in question but is hit over the head upon entering it. Adam is seen leaving the house by the owner so when Marshall is found dead inside, Conrad is ... Written by garykmcd

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31 December 1964 (USA)  »

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Very good episode. Two crimes for one!
23 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode gives us all and more than we could ask from a 'Perry Mason' Show. This was the final show of 1964 and turned out to be one with a bizarre twist that is fascinating for the viewer.

The story involves a Construction Company that has two employees at odds with each other. Joe Marshall (Bret Freed) is the hands-on foreman that makes sure everything get done in the field. Adam Conrad (Allen Case) in the inside engineer that makes sure all the plans are correct before any construction begin.

There is this old mansion, where an elderly women still lives, that is blocking the most economical way to build a road to a recently purchased property. So Joe,the foreman, wants to bulldoze the house to the ground and the engineer, Adam, wants to keep the house. This puts the two at odds.

When Joe says he has paperwork that Adam is stealing from the company, Adams goes to the work-site to talk with Joe but ends up being accused of Joe's murder when Joe is found dead and the elderly women sees Adam driving away from the scene. Perry is close by to defend Adam for the murder.

Actually that is all the watcher needs to know concerning the story. The ending is a surprise when a grotesque crime, that happen years ago, is linked into the story. I was caught off-guard when, outside the courtroom, Perry, Hamilton Burger and Lt Anderson work together in solving not only the mystery of the week but also an old crime that is more in line with an Edgar Allen Poe story.

This is one of the shows you have to watch to the ending credits. And make sure you follow all the clues along the way. You will still be talking about this long after the episode ends.

This was nicely done from every angle. A very good watch for all viewers. 'Perry Mason' series.

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