Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Silent Partner 

The owner of a lucrative orchid business is charged with murder after her husband loses stock shares in a poker game to a sleazy ex-con. When the hostess at the game calls to say she was poisoned, Perry and his team spring into action.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Perry Mason
Della Street
Paul Drake
Hamilton Burger
Lt. Tragg
Harry Marlow
Anne Barton ...
Bob Kimber
Michael Emmet ...
Sam Lynk
Joe Abdullah ...
Mack Fried
Henry Hunter ...
Dr. Rubin
Dawn Richard ...
Ginger Kay - Cigarette Girl
Smitty Veteran Reporter (as Jimmy McCallion)


Harry Marlow who owns a chain of florist shops wants a share of Mildred Kimber's lucrative orchid business. He hires Sam Lynk to run a crooked card game to obtain stock in the business from Mildred's husband Bob who has a gambling habit. Sam wins the shares as he receives a call from his girlfriend. After a scuffle between Bob and Marlow, Sam and hostess Lola Florey quickly get Bob out of the room but Sam reneges on giving Marlow the shares. Lola who is miffed at the lack of attention from Sam decides to tell Mildred about the crooked game and provide proof to her and Mason the next morning. However, that evening Perry receives a call from Lola saying she has been poisoned by a box of chocolates she received at the club. Perry contacts Tragg who is able to get her address. She is rescued in time by Perry and Tragg. Perry realizing Mildred is in serious trouble visits the sick woman. He goes to see Sam Lynk but finds him dead with Mildred's prescription box near the body. Perry has to ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

19 October 1957 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Lt. Tragg answers the phone late at night, in the bag of groceries he is carrying in the very distinguishable balloon-decorated packaging of Wonder Bread. See more »


After Mildred Kimberly fires the gun, the vase on the table shatters. Within seconds the light bulb appeared to also shatter and smokes. The next scene shows the light on and no longer smoking. See more »


[first lines]
Mildred Kimber: It's just beautiful, Mr. Tulloch. It was worth waiting seven years to get a bloom.
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Orchids Unlimited
13 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mildred Kimber owns a flourishing (excuse the pun) orchid business. Unfortunately, a racketeer type who owns a chain of flower shops wants her business. Even more unfortunately, her deadbeat drunk of a husband loses a significant percent of the orchid business stock in a crooked poker game set up by the flower shop owning thug. When the card sharp who "won" the stock is found dead, Midred is the prime suspect. The case gets even stranger when the card sharp's girlfriend, Lola Florey, phones Mason in a panic telling him she has been poisoned - poison that was in chocolate candy she had a special fondness for. There was no just dialing 911 in those days and Perry calls Lt. Tragg. Fortunately, they reach Lola in time but there are more twists to the story. This episode is a rare one in that there are no courtroom scenes. It's also one of the very few episodes (offhand I can only think of one other) where Della and Perry both comment on how much they liked the murderer. A particularly good cast in this episode, especially Anne Barton (Mildred Kimber), Peggy Maley (Lola Florey) and Dan Seymour (Harry Marlow, the thug). Seymour is the only one of the three I recall ever seeing before.

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