At the Los Angeles airport parking lot, Lucy Stevens puts a briefcase in a car and telephones Hugo Burnette in New York to report a successful delivery of $60,000, which will be a bribe to secure favorable zoning for developer John Rushkin. During the phone call she tells Burnette that she can no longer be involved in the illegal activity and that she has found a way out. Marjorie Ralston drives the car to meet her boss, Whitney Locke, and hand over the briefcase, which proves to be stuffed with newspaper rather than cash. Burnette thinks Lucy stole the money. She disguises herself as a blond, writes a note and sends money to her cousin, Carol Morgan. Then she drives her car into the ocean, faking suicide. Pretending to be Carol, Lucy asks Perry Mason to look for Lucy. When Lucy's car is recovered, there is a woman's body inside, which is identified at first as Lucy, but later as Marjorie. Carol is a sham, and Lucy is arrested for murder. Perry must defend a duplicitous client. Written by
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The airport seen in the opening of this episode was then known as Lockheed Air Terminal and is located in Burbank, California. The airport has a history of many name changes over the years having been known as United Airport 1930 - 1934, Union Air Terminal 1934 - 1940, Lockheed Air Terminal 1940 - 1967, Hollywood - Burbank Airport 1967 - 1978, Burbank - Glendale - Pasadena Airport 1978 - 2003 and most recently in 2015 as Bob Hope Airport 2003 - Present. It is located much closer to Hollywood than Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and has been used as a location for many film and television shoots over the years. See more
When Perry visits Hugo Burnette's apartment, one of the buildings seen through the window has a tall flagpole on its roof. The American flag on that pole is almost fully extended as though the wind is furling it, but is motionless, thus quite obviously revealing that the background neighborhood is actually a photograph. See more
Operator? I want to place a collect call to New York City, please. Person-to-person to Mr. Hugo Burnette.