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
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The stock shot establishing the small town courthouse where the trial takes place is, judging by the people and autos seen, is very old, early 1930's or even late 1920's. See more
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
Mr. Anclitis, how do you account for this particular gun getting into the possession of the defendant? Did she steal it?
Oh, 'steal' is a big word.
'Murder' is a bigger one.