Perry Mason: Season 5, Episode 16

The Case of the Shapely Shadow (6 Jan. 1962)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery
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Janice Wainwright has been Morley Theilman's secretary for several years now and when she finds a blackmail note in his waste paper basket, she seeks his advice. He's asked her to put a ... See full summary »

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William Talman ...
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Robert Rockwell ...
Cole B. Troy
Dorothy Green ...
Carlotta Theilman
Elaine Devry ...
Janice Wainwright
Barbara Lawrence ...
Agnes Theilman
Karl Held ...
George N. Neise ...
Morley Theilman (as George Neise)
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Fred Carlyle (as James Callahan)
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Ray Hemphill ...
Henry Battle
John Dennis ...
Lt. Sophia
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Janice Wainwright has been Morley Theilman's secretary for several years now and when she finds a blackmail note in his waste paper basket, she seeks his advice. He's asked her to put a locked suitcase in a locker at the bus station and she wants to know if she can force it open to confirm her suspicions. He agrees and they find $100,000 in $20 bills inside. The case eventually disappears from the locker and Theilman is found dead in a subdivision he had been building with business partner Cole Troy. Janice is charged with his murder and Perry defends her. Written by garykmcd

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In the epilogue, it is strongly implied that Henry Battle was having a tryst with Janice Wainwright at the time of the murder. If so, why didn't he offer to testify and provide Janice with an alibi? See more »

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Paul Drake: Why is it - every time a beautiful girl walks into this office, my normally intelligent friend...
Perry Mason: She wasn't so beautiful, Paul - that's what intrigued me.
Paul Drake: You're worse off than I thought.
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A unique episode that is a treat for viewers
10 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a unique episode, the viewer will be treated to many aspects that are rare in 'Perry Mason' regular shows. Instead of a preliminary hearing this case will be heard in front of a jury. Perry rest the defensive side of the hearing without presenting any evidence. And we get to hear closing arguments present to the jury. This is unusual in most regular episodes from the series.

When a homely secretary, Janice Wainwright, becomes suspicious about her boss, Morley Theilman, being blackmailed she goes to see Perry for advice. Seems that she is to leave a suitcase filled with money in the a Union Station locker and mail the key to an person only known by a general address.

When her boss, Theilman, disappears she becomes even more suspicious when the police visit her apartment asking about his whereabouts. Seems even his wife of four years believes that that her husband may be having an affair with his secretary, Ms Wainwright.

Perry becomes suspicious of Ms Wainwrights actions when she quickly takes a train to Las Vegas. When the train arrives in Vegas, Perry is waiting on the platform (having taken a plane) and instead of meeting the homely Ms Wainwright- she is now stunning with a new make-over. And not only that, she is meeting her bosses ex-wife in Vegas.

It is not long before Morley Theilman's body is discovered at a vacant house owned by his company. And through circumstantial evidence the entire murder points to the lovely Ms Wainwright. But Perry does not lose faith and will defend her in court against Hamilton Burger's claims of murder for money. Perry will have to gamble in the courtroom as he does his best to defend Ms Wainwright on the mounds of evidence presented.

A very good story with an interesting mystery. Perry is at the top on his game in this episode.


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