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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27 March 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The title role of the Sad Sicilian in this Perry Mason episode is played by Anthony Caruso and the plot seems to be taken somewhat from the Edward G. Robinson classic House Of Strangers in terms of the relationship between patriarch Caruso and the rest of his family. Caruso is the tyrannical head of a family which made its fortune in ceramics.

Like Robinson, Caruso is one overbearing patriarch who now wants to retire back to Sicily after he sells the business out for cash money so he can live it up. That's news not greeted with big cheers by any of his kids nor his common-law wife Margo.

A young Italian tourist who's a bit of conman played by Fabrizio Mioni gets innocently dragged into the Caruso's murder and he's charged. Fortunately in his time in Los Angeles he made the acquaintance of Perry Mason, best friend a guy could make in his jackpot.

Caruso took a leaf right out of Edward G. Robinson's play-book. Too bad he was the victim, I'd liked to have seen more of him.

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