Italian Paulo Porro is seeing the sites and getting around by visiting Italian families. He says he is a friend of the family from Italy. He visits the Bacio family which stirs up a family feud. The elder Bacio is killed and he is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ...
Fabrizio Mioni ...
Paulo Porro
Enrico Bacio
Giangiacomo Bacio
Paul Comi ...
Father Reggiani
Rudy Solari ...
Massimo Bacio
Serafina Bacio
Linda Marsh ...
Elizabeth Bacio
Charles La Torre ...
Uncle Fiastri


Enrico Bacio is a crusty old man who keeps everybody in the family under his thumb. He's nasty to his wife Serafina, treating her almost as he would a servant. His daughter and son, Elizabeth and Massimo, work in the family business but get little respect from their father. Then there's Giangiacomo whose father has built up the business with Enrico, supposedly as a partner. Nothing was ever documented and now that Enrico is planning to sell everything for only cash and return to the old country - despite his lawyer's advice not to sell - Giangiacomo feels cheated out of what he thinks is his fair share. Into this mix comes a young man from Italy, Paolo Porro, hailing from the same Sicilian village as the Bacios. As soon as Enrico hears his name however, he goes straight to the police saying that Paolo is going to kill him due to a 150 year old feud between the families. When Enrico is soon after found dead, Paolo is arrested and Perry Mason defends him. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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11 March 1965 (USA)  »

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Perry's right arm is not seen in this episode as it's carefully hidden under a large suit. The show's producers used the technique to hide an injury at the time. (In some scenes, he uses only one arm. In others, both arms are hidden under his larger-than-usual outfit.) Fans at the time assumed he'd gained weight. Historians say Raymond Burr injured his shoulder in early 1965 during a helicopter maneuver in Vietnam; the philanthropic actor was well known for his support of the troops (and also veterans). See more »

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Worst. Mason, Ever.
5 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loves me some Perry Mason. I think I have seen every episode more than once.

But this episode is a giant stinker. I wonder if they knew how bad it was, and how far below the show's typical standards, while they were making it.

The acting is uneven. Some of the dialog is ridiculous. And the plot is a total disaster - especially the ending.

I am not going to waste your time or mine actually trying to describe this train-wreck of a plot. Suffice it to say that there are so many dead end paths at the end that have nothing to do with the real solution that I am convinced they were actually just padding or killing time to fill the hour time slot. No one in his right mind could have thought that all those feints made any sense.

Do yourself a favor. Skip this episode and move on to the next one.

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