Perry Mason: Season 7, Episode 2

The Case of the Shifty Shoebox (3 Oct. 1963)

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Sylvia Thompson works with a shady manager at a truck depot plus takes care of a young boy and her derelict brother. A robbery attempt followed by a murder at the depot plus the books showing possible theft has Sylvia charged with murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Constance Ford ...
Sylvia Thompson
Benny Baker ...
John Flickinger aka Uncle Flick
Miles (as Billy Mumy)
Frank Honer
Bill Sheridan
Joe Downing
Miss Frances
Russ Conway ...
Deputy Sheriff
Jim Boles ...
Harry, Night Watchman


John 'Uncle Flick' Flickinger breaks into the office of the Honer & Downing Trucking Company and during a fight his gun goes off. As he escapes, he throws a gun over the fence, where it is later found and hidden in a shoebox by the foster nephew of Flick and his sister Sylvia Thompson, branch bookkeeper for the trucking company. Sylvia tells co-owner Joe Downing that $4,000 is missing from her office, but both Downing and the other owner Frank Honer believe much more money has been disappearing from her branch in recent months, and are particularly suspicious of Bill Sheridan, the branch manager, whom she has also been romantically involved with. Panicking over Honer and Downing's suspicions, Sylvia while looking for Miles opens the shoebox in which the boy, Miles, placed the gun, but the box happens to be empty. Still, Sylvia is charged with murder after Downing is killed and she is seen running from the scene, and Perry defends her. Perry's bond with Miles may be a key to solving ... Written by rbecker28

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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3 October 1963 (USA)  »

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Billy brings a gun to court
12 February 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode of Perry Mason is marked by young Billy Mumy who has hidden a gun which is the murder weapon in the case for which his 'aunt' Constance Ford is being tried. Quite a dramatic thing where while the trial is going on, Mumy brings in the gun in the shoe box and drops it. Of course William Talman tests it and finds it is indeed the murder weapon which killed her boss Ray Teal. But who fired it.

Teal and Denver Pyle are partners in a trucking company and Teal is down going through the books and finds it $50,000.00 short. An attempt is made to rob the place by Benny Baker who is Ford's brother and who is no better than he ought to be.

There is a limited number of suspects here even if you count Mumy. Which makes the killer rather obvious. Also the whereabouts of the killer are assumed at first and that was a mistake all around.

After Billy Mumy's dramatic entrance with that evidence, the issue is decided informally between Perry Mason and Hamilton Burger, but the culprit is unmasked.

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