Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Scandalous Sculptor 

While wealthy Mona Stanton Harvey is away, her husband tries to get access to $10,000 to pay a blackmailer. He uses his model to concoct his own blackmail scheme but it backfires when the model is murdered and Mona is charged with it.

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Perry Mason defends Mona Stanton Harvey who is accused of murdering her sculptor-husband's model, Bonnie. Unbeknown to her, her husband Hannibal Harvey was being blackmailed by Nonno Volente who threatened to send Mona's love letters to him from a long-ago relationship to a scandal magazine. Hannibal has been trying everything to find the $10,000 Volente has demanded but with Mona in Seattle tending to a sick friend, no one at the family business, Staunton Press, will help him out. Everyone there is under pressure with a lock on funds due to a fight between Everett Stanton and Rex Ainsley over the future of the company. He concocts a scheme with Bonnie writing him a blackmail note. Mona's uncle, Everett Stanton, agrees to get him the money right away. The money is delivered but Bonnie is found dead, leading to Mona's arrest. It's left to Perry to sort it all out and find the killer. Written by garykmcd

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8 October 1964 (USA)  »

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Dan Tobin plays Dickens in this episode. He would later become a regular for the ninth and final season as Terence Clay, restaurateur. See more »

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Near the end of the final scene, when Sean McClory is saying goodbye to Perry Mason and Paul Drake, he accidentally says, "Goodbye, Ray" (referring to actor Raymond Burr). Then he catches himself and quickly says, "Goodbye." See more »

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This is a complete mess
8 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After seven seasons I can understand the writing getting stale. In this episode we have another blackmail situation that has been at the center of Perry episodes since day one. So the trick is to find different ways, with different characters, to write a interesting 'Perry Mason' show. They failed.

Here is a complex way of summing up this forgettable episode- A guy blackmails himself because he is being blackmailed and an innocent person is caught in the middle. That is the plot.

A sculptor, Hannibal Harvey (Sean McClory) is married to Mona Harvey (June Lockhart) who happens to be away visiting a sick friend. Hannibal is using a ditsy blond named Bonnie (Sue Ane Langdon) as a model in his most recent sculptor and he uses her to blackmail himself. Thus he gets money from his wife's business to actually pay the real blackmailers that has love letters from his previous girlfriend.

When Mona arrives home she finds the blackmail note and goes to see Bonnie. Well, Bonnie ends up dead and all fingers point to Mona. And Perry is left to defend her as the courtroom fight begins.

The acting in this episode is highly suspect. I thought Sean McClory , that played Hannibal, was on methamphetamines. He was all over the stage trying to play a part that was over his head. His acting might have been good at the local community stage play but for a cast in an series well out-played. And for the blond Bonnie with that high-pitched, chalk-board annoying voice made me glad that she was the murder victim.

The show settled down we we got to the courtroom with Perry and Hamilton Burger battling. But again went to pot when we got a real silly confession on the witness stand. Without the slightest evidence, a person confesses to the murder just because Perry said that he was guilty. By this time, there was little interest in finding anyone guilty or innocent only ending this poor performance.

The only good thing I have to say about the episode is June Lockhart. She does another find job in making her character interesting and believable.

Here is hoping for better shows down the road.


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