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 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 up to ... Written by
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Paul Winfield ("Mechanic Mitch") and Raymond Burr would later work together again on "Ironside". Also Winfield would would work with co-star Michael Constantine ("Pappy") on Room 222. See more
There are numerous shots of people racing in open-top cars, but in none of these shots are the racers' hair or clothing buffeted by wind. See more