Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Simple Simon 

Ramona Carver is an actress with a traveling four man show. A young man has come forward claiming to be her son she put up for adoption. She asks Perry to help turn him away. At a later step, a critic is killed and she is charged.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
John Sylvester Fossette
Ramona Carver
Guy Penrose
Douglas Lambert ...
Douglas McKenzie (as Doug Lambert)
Scott Everett
Red Doyle (as Donald Barry)
Jay Barney ...
District Attorney
Douglas Evans ...


At the Los Angeles premiere for a traveling Shakespearean theater company, Perry Mason and Della Street go backstage to see his client, the show's star, Ramona Carver. She has been searching for the child she gave up for adoption years ago and Perry has investigated three young men to see if they might be the child. The latest is Douglas McKenzie, a young man who approached Ramona in Flagstaff, Arizona claiming to be her son. She gets him a job with the touring company but tells Perry that Douglas is out to get money from her and is not her son. She tries to pay him off with a check for $5,000 instead of leaving it to Perry to do his job but Douglas tears up the check. Perry has Paul follow Douglas who continues to follow the show to its next stop. When the company moves on to Santa Barbara, they fully expect a run-in with acerbic critic Ogden G. Kramer. When Kramer is found dead, Ramona is charged with murder and Perry has to uncover the true murderer. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

2 April 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title is based on the nursery rhyme about Simple Simon and the Pieman. See more »


[last lines]
Ramona Carver: We live in a pagan society. But Perry, is it really so terribly wrong... to kill a critic?
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Perry and the diva
13 March 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Perry Mason and Della Street get a summons from noted stage actress Virginia Field an old friend and possibly an old flame as Barbara Hale deduces. Seems as though she's decided to unload Doug Lambert who's attached himself to her touring troupe by claiming he's her son. She did years ago give birth out of wedlock. But dropping Lambert is only the beginning for Field who then winds up accused of the murder of an old Broadway critic and enemy of her's who's now teaching in Santa Barbara where the troupe is now playing.

There's a nice cast of suspects that also include the three other members of the troupe, Tom Conway, Victor Buono, and James Stacy. In fact Stacy is doing a lot of hinting that he's the lost son of Fields.

It's the time of death that is the key here. It helps that Raymond Burr together with young David Macklin discovered the body. It helps Burr trap the murderer on the stand.

It's a good episode in which Virginia Fields stands out as a diva among divas.

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