Perry Mason: Season 1, Episode 30

The Case of the Screaming Woman (26 Apr. 1958)

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An elderly nurse visits Perry for advice but leaves not listening. Later, she arrives at the police station to confess to killing a columnist who is using a book she stole from a doctor to blackmail him into giving her a baby of her own.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Connie Cooper
Berry Kroeger ...
Eugene Jarech
Josephine Hutchinson ...
Leona Walsh
Arthur Shields ...
Dr. George Barnes
Mary K. Davis
Ralph Davis
Karin Booth ...
Susan Marshall
Don Gardner ...
Bob Shroeder
Morris Ankrum ...
Judge Cameron
Phil Arnold ...
Apartment Manager


Influential columnist Mary K. Davis desperately wants a baby in order to keep her diplomat husband, Ralph Davis, from leaving her for another woman. She enters the office of Dr. George Barnes and nurse Leona Walsh to steal a book of the doctor's adoption records. She will return the book if Dr. Barnes will provide her a baby which she has told her husband she is expecting in order to keep him. After visiting Davis at her home to plead for the book, Leona consults with Perry Mason for advice. Dr. Barnes runs a hospital where single women who are pregnant enter under the alias of the woman who is going to adopt the baby. Dr. Barnes then generates false birth certificates under the false names. The book contains all the records on such births. Mary's secretary visit's Mary's lawyer, Eugene Jarech, who then visits Perry hoping to share the information in the book, illegally. When Mary K. is murdered, Leona confesses to the crime, and Perry must cut a Gordian knot of intrigue to get at the... Written by richardann

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26 April 1958 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Philip Ober who plays Ralph Davis, and Josephine Hutchinson who plays Leona Walsh were both in North by Northwest shot the same year, he playing the real Lester Townsend, and she playing the phony Mrs. Townsend See more »


Dr. Barnes's first name in the closing credits is listed as George and Mason uses the name George once. However, in court, Hamilton Burger refers to him as Dr. Philip Barnes. See more »

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Melodramatic Confession
28 June 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Perry Mason never flirted with disbarment more than in this episode of the television series. It also has a terrific array of red herrings introduced to us. Including one actor who has played so many slimy villains that he's always the bad guy. He might be here, I won't mention his name, but you'll know him.

Marian Seldes plays a gossip columnist, married to a high ranking State Department official who is Philip Ober here. She loves destroying lives and her latest crusade is a doctor played by Arthur Shields who ran an illegal baby adoption racket. He's kept a book and she's obtained it.

When this Cruela DeVille columnist is murdered, suspects are popping out of the wood work. Raymond Burr's client is the doctor's nurse. But she confessed in fact to protect someone else.

There's a beautiful scene in this one where Burr outmaneuvers William Talman in court where he's illegally obtained the book and is flirting with a withholding evidence charge in which Barbara Hale is also complicit. And in another scene he tricks Talman into introducing the evidence that flushes out the murderer.

By the way the confession is one of the most melodramatic ever shown on Perry Mason. It alone is worth seeing the episode.

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