In Rowena, CA where draw poker is legal, Manning Ennis pays a casino manager, Slim Marcus, $60,000 to settle his losses. The only witness to the game is the singing cigarette girl, Betty Roberts. When Ennis' wife is killed, she is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Betty Roberts
George Anclitas
Sadie Bradford
Wilton (Slim) Marcus
Jeanne Moody ...
Vivian Ennis
Fredd Wayne ...
William Gowrie
Chris Warfield ...
Manning Ennis
Robert Williams ...
Joe - Police Captain (as Robert B. Williams)
Richard Gaines ...
Frederick Halstead


Perry Mason defends Betty Roberts, a cigarette girl at a legal poker club, after she is accused of murdering Vivian Ennis. The dead woman's husband, Manning Ennis, had lost $60,000 in a poker game with Slim Markus the club's manager. Betty was the only witness to the game. Vivian was outraged when she heard of her husband's loss and let it be known that she had every intention of recovering the money under California's community property laws. Betty got in touch with Perry when she found that someone stashed one of the poker room's guns in her hat box. At the time no one knew Vivian had been killed so Perry switches her gun for one that he was holding in his safe for another client and gives it to Paul Drake to have it analyzed. In court, it's revealed that Vivian Ennis was shot twice but with different guns: the one Betty found in her hat box and the one Perry gave her five hours after Vivian had been killed. With DA Hamilton Burger accusing Perry of tampering with evidence, the ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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12 March 1960 (USA)  »

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Byron Morrow's character is listed in the credits as Thomas Ranger. However, when Hamilton Burger calls him to the stand, he call him George Ranger. See more »


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Perry Mason: I like everybody to be happy.
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Spin off of The Big Sleep
30 May 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Aspiring singer Joan O'Brien is the Singing Skirt and the one who needs Perry Mason's help. Even before she's arrested for murder she comes to him seeking help because she witnessed what she thinks might have been a crooked card game in the club she works in as a cigarette girl. The club owner slaps her around to obtain information.

If you remember the classic Bogey/Bacall The Big Sleep and how Bogart came on to Bacall paying off a blackmailer then you have some idea of what the plot is. Instead of a blackmailer a woman is taking her husband to the cleaners courtesy of her boyfriend. It the wife that winds up the corpse.

Remembering The Big Sleep I had this one figured out and that's my rule regarding Perry Mason episodes.

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