Perry Mason has some bad news for his friend and client, Pete Griston. The deal he's signed with a new partner, Harvey Rettig, is considerably one-sided in Rettig's favor. That isn't the only problem. An old hand in the car racing business, Pappy Ryan, has developed a new gear assembly that he says will make his car the fastest on the track but Rettig has arranged to have his car disqualified due to safety concerns by the race sponsor, Oliver Stone. His family has sponsored the race for years but he is in financial difficulties. Pete takes Pappy's side in the dispute but, in his attempt to prove the car is safe, takes it onto the track where it fails and puts another driver, Blake Leonard, in the hospital. He says the car lost power and inspection of the gear assembly shows it failed. Pappy is convinced that everyone, including writer Dan Platte, is out to get him as Rettig manufactured the gear assembly for him. When Rettig is found dead, it's Pete who's arrested for murder and it's ... Written by
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Paramount Ranch Racetrack was only open to the public for two seasons (1956-1957), but it lives on film and television. Throughout the 1950s and '60s, the racetrack property was used by directors and actors. Movies from that era that have memorialized the location include Devil's Hairpin and Spinout. See more
The part that was tampered with, that was removed from under the rear of the race car, is a planetary gear-set found in all Automatic Transmissions. The race car that he pulled the part from had a manual transmission. Also, this part could only be in his hands if the transmission was removed from the middle of the car and then dissembled and pulled from inside the transmission.
That would take 2-3 hours, not 22 seconds as acted. See more
Go, Blake, go!
That won't help. I'll still beat him.
That's what you think.