Perry Mason: Season 9, Episode 20

The Case of the Scarlet Scandal (20 Feb. 1966)

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Cynthia Perkins' musician boyfriend Donald Hobart is charged with killing his sponsor in a small town. Perry and Paul there on other business decide to investigate. Based on their findings he is freed and Cynthia is charged instead.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Will Hutchins ...
Donald Hobart
Gene Evans ...
Moose Dalton
Luana Patten ...
Cynthia Perkins
Elaine Bayler
Lloyd Gough ...
Richard Bayler
Clinton Sundberg ...
Aaron Chambers (as Clint Sundberg)
Richard Devon ...
Ed Kesko
Dee Pollock ...
Howard Bayler
Connie Gilchrist ...
Blair Davies ...
C. A. Woodmire
William Keene ...
Judge Seymour
Walter Stocker ...
Charlie Horgan


On his way to a few days of fishing with Paul Drake, Perry Mason stops off to get his client Richard Bayler to sign some legal papers. They arrive to learn that Bayler's wife Elaine was shot while she was sitting in her car. Bayler has already decided who the guilty party is: Donald Hobart, an aspiring songwriter whom Elaine was supporting financially. There was more than just a hint of jealousy on Bayler's part but according to Hobart's girlfriend Cynthia Perkins, there was nothing going on between them. Perry upset at Bayler's attempt to railroad Hobart returns Bayler's retainer. Paul investigates the murder scene running into the very helpful local, Aaron Chambers. However, Chambers turns out to be the local forensics expert for the sheriff's department. Based on the evidence the two of them find, Hobart is released and his girlfriend Cynthia is arrested for the murder. With Cynthia accused of the murder, Perry agrees to defend her. Written by garykmcd

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An unusual twist in the parameter
30 May 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It's not often that lawyers will fling a $10,000.00 retainer back in the face of their client. But when a certain sense of injustice and mob violence starts hitting the small town that he and Paul Drake arrive in to deliver some papers for client Lloyd Gough, Raymond Burr sees Gough stirring up a lynch mentality against Will Hutchins. His sense of justice aroused Burr tells Gough what he can do with his retainer and returns it to him to do it.

But later on its Luana Patten who's been seeing Hutchins that is arrested for the shooting death of Mala Powers who is Mrs. Gough. Perry defends her at the preliminary hearing and of course uncovers the real killer.

Forensics help in this one, in fact they're crucial. William Hopper does his detective work in that part of the case ably assisted by Clinton Sundberg the local police laboratory chief.

This episode features an unusual twist in the Perry Mason parameter, but the parameter holds true.

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