Perry Mason: Season 8, Episode 22

The Case of the Sad Sicilian (11 Mar. 1965)

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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
Nico Minardos ...
Giangiacomo Bacio
Paul Comi ...
Father Reggiani
Rudy Solari ...
Massimo Bacio
Margo ...
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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Della was good- not much else
6 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought this episode had the same charm of watching a cock-fight in a burned out building.. You had a long time feud, a bunch of noisy Italian-Americans and a family business that was control by the a hard-nose father figure. Good times right? No- I thought I was watching a poor pilot for an upcoming comedy/drama TV show but instead was watching an episode of Perry Mason that needed to include a free copy of Rosette Stone Language Learning Software to make the show more interesting.

It involved Paul Porro that would go from town to town telling other Italians that he was an old friend of the family. He then use this ruse to get free room and board and tons of good food.

Here he picked the wrong family. Little did he know that there was an old Italian feud between his the Porro's and the Bacio's. (Bacio was the family he picked out of the phone book to scam) When Mr Bacio ends up dead, Paul is fingered as the killer and Perry will defend him in court.

During the trial we learn that just about everyone hated Mr Bacio. Even his family had disdain for him. So this leaves Perry to pick people's stories apart and find the true killer.

The writes did try to complicate the story by letting us know that Mr Bacio was going to leave town and go back to his homeland. All this did was confuse us even more when this had nothing to do with the ending. But I guess it killed 15 minutes of air-time so it did accomplish something to the hour but did nothing for the viewer.

This episode was disappointing. After watching I felt sad that I wasted my time with this show. It may have had some good moments- but the bad moments far out-weight any fraction of a good watch. But I guess after eight season you find one show that is not up to the regular standard.

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