Perry Mason: Season 1, Episode 6

The Case of the Silent Partner (19 Oct. 1957)

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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. A phone call from the hostess at the game saying she was poisoned springs Perry into action.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peggy Maley ...
Lola Florey - Eldorado Hostess
Dan Seymour ...
Harry Marlow
Anne Barton ...
Mildred Kimber
Mark Roberts ...
Bob Kimber
Cyril Delevanti ...
Michael Emmet ...
Sam Lynk
Joe Abdullah ...
Mack Fried
Henry Hunter ...
Dr. Rubin
Dawn Richard ...
Ginger Kay - Cigarette Girl
James McCallion ...
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





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19 October 1957 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Great acting turns this simple story into a good watch.
3 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This plot to this episode is one that is rather simple. A man in a card game loses big and gives away a large portion of his stock option in a company. And to make even matters more elementary the company is a orchid business. Not a business that would be a situation on TV today but in this episode it comes across well with fine acting doing most of the work for this episode. Starts off kinda slow but takes off like a jet after reaching the fifteen minute mark.

The orchid business is run by Bob and Mildred Kimber (Mark Robert and Anne Barton). Bob loses his stock option in a card game run by Sam Lynk (Michael Emmet) who runs something like a speak-easy somewhere in LA. And like something out of the 1930's, the card room is smoky, has a rough gangster type Harry Marlow (Dan Seymour) and a dumb blond walking around the room named Lola Florey (Peggy Maley).

After Mildred finds out that Lynk has the stock she does a dumb thing in any Perry episode- she goes over to see Mr Lynk. She finds him dead. Shot in the chest with her husband's, Bob Kimber, gun. And guess who has the gun in their possession when the police arrive?- yep, Mildred Kimber.

Mildred is charged with the murder of Mr Lynk and Perry agrees to defend her in court. But there is a lot more going on in this episode. From Perry finding murder victims, to poison candy, then arson and also a spoiled Paraffin test-and with the verbal sparing between Perry, Hamilton Burger and Lt Tragg--this show is pack with good stuff.

Also the acting in this episode was good. The people were casted very well for the parts played. Peggy Maley (wonder what ever happened to her) as the blond, and Dan Seymour as the mobster type was excellent. They came across as real people instead of actors playing a part. Plus an energetic Perry and a upset cop named Lt Tragg adds volumes to this episode. The first episode that has no courtroom scenes.

A simple story that turned into a good Perry episode.

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