Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Screaming Woman 

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
Leona Walsh
Mary K. Davis
Ralph Davis
Susan Marshall
Don Gardner ...
Bob Shroeder
Phil Arnold ...
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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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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

26 April 1958 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Don Gardner. who played Bob Schroeder, died at age 26, just a few months after this episode was filmed. See more »


The envelope supposedly containing Dr Barnes' journal is much too thin to hold it. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. George Barnes: [seeing another car parked in front of the hospital] Who could be here at this hour?
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Hated Mason's client
15 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one case where I wished Perry's client would have been convicted. I love Raymond Burr and Perry Mason, but these 1950's women are irritating. I grew up in the 50's and know how horrible it was for unwed mothers. Everybody commented about how awful the murder victim was and she was no peach, but I could gladly see Perry's client walk the green mile. Perry's client is so stupid she confesses to a murder she didn't commit. She's such a loyal employee, she made this viewer gag. Even so, I recommend this episode as good viewing. I love to see Ethel's (Vivian Vance) husband in these roles. He's never likable. Ruta Lee is also attractive and good, but did she have to be so dumb? Better than most programs on today even with the women's roles being so dated.

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