Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Sausalito Sunrise 

A cop discovers that an art dealer is selling the stolen painting Sausalito Sunrise. When the cop is found dead in the gallery, Perry defends the dealer and an employee. Paul poses as a truck driver to uncover the real fencing operation.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Della Street
Hamilton Burger
Terrance Clay (credit only)
Donald Murphy ...
Francis Clune
Sgt. Deke Bradley
Bert Kannon
Olaf Deering
Elisabeth Fraser ...
Estelle Gaige
Richard Angarola ...
Campbell Boyd
Floyd Walters


After LAPD officer Harry Marburg is shot in the stockroom of the Clune Galleries, the owner, Francis Clune, is suspected of the crime and the police are obviously out to get him. The officer was there investigating an art theft which Clune said he reported to the police. Lt. Drumm and Sgt. Deke Bradley, to whom Marburg reported, tell Perry Mason that no such call was ever made to them. At a new gallery opening, Clune's assistant, Bobbi Dane, is nearly kidnapped by two thugs but is injured and subsequently disappears from her hospital room. At the same time, Paul has gone to work for Olaf Deering, who runs a trucking firm that has had three hijackings of trucks with expensive cargo. He drives a rig on a secret route but an attempt is still made to steal his truck and cargo. When Clune and Bobbi are charged with Marburg's murder, it's up to Perry to find the connection with the series of truck hijackings and stolen art from the San Francisco area. It leads him to the real killer. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

13 February 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is based on the same book as one of season 1's shows, The Case of The Moth-Eaten Mink. See more »


There are two goofs in the scene shot in the San Francisco truck depot. One of the cameras has a large smudge on the lens, and the wall clock reads 12:28 even though the scene takes place early in the morning. See more »


[first lines]
Bobbi Dane: [entering a room after hearing gunshots] Francis? Francis, are you here?
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Action packed episode
12 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is perhaps the best in the Season 9 series. There was a lot of action in this episode with the regular cast getting out from behind the desk and taking part in the action. The action reminded me more of the first season than the last so this ranks as one of the best episode, in sometime, for the series.

Someone in this episode is stealing items and then fencing them off to other to be sold for profit. It just so happens that it is the Clune Art Gallery that is being taken and the local police is already on the case.

One detective has broken open the case and knows who has been fencing the art items. However before he can report the person, the detective is shot and killed inside the Clune Gallery. And it does not help Perry's clients when Mr Clune and Ms Dane, both already suspects, are the one that finds the body.

We also have Paul Drake going undercover as a truck driver and is given a baggage claim ticket to look into. When he goes and claims the baggage, Paul is arrest because the dead detective's gun is in the bag that Paul opens. {NOTE- At this point in the story is where red flags should alert regular Perry viewers to something very strange}

Perry has to go to trial when Hamilton Burger gets warrants on Mr Clune and Ms Dane but it proves fruitless as Perry keeps thinking about that gun in the baggage.

This leads Perry to the true murderer and ends the show in a very different way than most Perry episodes. It was looking like Perry may have met his match but thanks to Lt Drumm, Perry will be back for next week's episode. A good ending to a good show.

The acting and writing were very good in this episode. The only problem was the casting of Lt Dumm's sidekick Sgt Bradley (Mark Tapscott). It appears that they went and got a real cop, which may have won a raffle down at the local police precinct, and because he had the winning number that placed him in the role. The person that gave him a speaking part should be arrested for forgery 1st degree- he was no actor.

Note- During most of the show the writers had Lt Drumm perform his part in a rather aggressive manner. After a police officer is killed it seems that Lt Drumm is taking the killing too personal. However at the end it becomes clear that the writers knew exactly what they were doing.

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