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*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Perry and Paul are off on a fishing trip as soon as they drop off some papers for one of Perry's clients, Richartd Bayler. Unfortunately his client's wife Elaine (Marla Powers) is murdered and everyone suspects Donald Hobart (Will Hutchins). Bayler angrily forbids Perry from representing the boy and the entire town including scene chewing sheriff Moose Patton (Gene Evans) seems to be determined to trample on the boy's rights as they seek revenge. While Perry actually does NOT become the boy's defense counsel (important to know once you find out the ending) he does help him out with advice and does represent his girlfriend Cynthia Perkins (Luanna Patten) when charges against Hobart are dropped and she is charged with the murder instead. While almost everyone seems to be going way over the top in scene chewing among the guest cast (and a special mention for Perkins who just has a grating voice), an excellent characterization is delivered by Clinton Sundberg as Aaron Chambers, the piano playing town medical examiner. He's excellent and its too bad they kind of forget about him in the second half of this show. I'd have liked to see more of him.
On Perry's way on a fishing trip, Paul and he drive over to Mr Richard
Bayler's house so that he can sign some legal papers. Upon arriving
they have found out that Bayler's wife, Elaine, had been shot and
killed the night before and they have a young man named Donald Hobart
Donald, a musician, had been living in a cottage owned by the Baylers while he wrote songs for Ms Bayler. While Donald and his girlfriend, Cynthia Perkins, were at the cottage, Ms Bayler comes walking in and demands that Donald go with her. She has a letter that is blackmailing her saying that Ms Bayler and Donald was having an affair. A note tells her to leave money in a park so Elaine gets Donald to deliver the money. When Donald gets out to place the money, Elaine is shot and killed. Donald is arrested.
In this small community, Mr Bayler controls nearly all aspects of the town. With nearly all lawyers refusing to go against Bayler, Perry is asked to defend Dan. When Mr Bayler finds out that Perry is asked to defend the accused- Bayler demands Perry to leave or he will not be his lawyer anymore. Perry advises that that he will return Mr Bayler's retainer because no one will order him about.
But when evidence is gathered by the sheriff department, Cynthia Perkins will be charged with the murder and Perry will defend her in court.
In rushed courtroom scenes. Perry will question the witnesses until a surprising result develops. Someone that appears to be innocent will make a terrible mistake and will lead to Perry getting the charges of murder against Cynthia dripped.
The show was top notch until we get to the courtroom. I guess they spent so much time with the story that when the courtroom scenes came it had to be rushed to get the result in the allotted time. Too bad- It finished poorly after such a great start. But it was a nice watch as Perry has some good lines in the episode.
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