Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Slandered Submarine 

Perry moves to military court to defend a submariner of two murders - one his wife. The second victim is an officer investigating the murder and in charge of approving a new device for the Navy from a company bought by his father-in-law.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Cmdr. James Page
Anthony Beldon
Jack Ging ...
Robert Chapman
Gordon Russell
Cmdr. Driscoll
Cmdr. Jerome Burke
Robert Brubaker ...
Lou Hansford
Vivian Page
Stephen Chase ...
Cmdr. Foyle
William Tannen ...
Lt. Cmdr. Matt Stewart


In Long Beach a local bar-girl, Dolores Chapman, has been murdered and the investigation centers around the crew of the submarine USS Moray. Part of the evidence is a crushed lens found next to the body and by accident in the shoe of Seaman Robert Chapman. Cmdr. James Page, previous captain of the Moray, is involved in testing new equipment from Alpha Electronics. He meets with Alpha spokesmen Gordon Russell and Lou Hansford to set up the test, and finds that his father-in-law, Anthony Beldon, has bought into the company. Beldon consults Perry Mason about suing the U. S. Navy and relieving Page of his command, which Perry ultimately declines after Page is found dead. Cmdr. Page is found stabbed to death with a screwdriver owned by Chapman. Robert Chapman, Delores' husband and member of the Moray's crew, becomes a prime suspect in both murders. He admits to Perry he was married to Dolores. Perry is retained anonymously with $5,000 in crisp new $100 bills to defend Chapman. Written by richardann

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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14 May 1960 (USA)  »

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The submarine seen in this episode, the fictional USS Moray, was in reality the USS Sawfish SS-276. USS Sawfish was a Gato class submarine commissioned in 1942. Sawfish served in combat in the Pacific during World War II and received 8 Battle Star awards. At the time this episode was filmed Sawfish was based at San Pedro and was used to train Naval Reserve personnel. Shortly after being used for filming Sawfish was decommisioned and stricken on April 1 1960 after which she was scrapped. See more »


The U.S. flag on the wall behind the court-martial panel has forty-eight stars. In 1960, it should have fifty. See more »

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Two Unrelated murders?
24 September 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Perry Mason in this episode represents a client who is before a military court martial, charged with the murder of his captain while both were on duty on a submarine. Said submarine was involved in the testing of a secret electronic device. The suspect, a sailor played by Jack Ging is also suspected in the slaying of his estranged wife, a woman of loose morals who worked as a B girl in a waterfront bar.

The estranged wife is already dead as the episode begins. The captain is Hugh Marlowe who has some problems because his father-in-law Robert F. Simon owns the company which manufactures the device. Marlowe is worried about the appearance of a conflict of interest. Also one of the partners in the firm was a rival of his back in the day for Ann Robinson who is Marlowe's wife. So there are a nice collection of suspects here.

The murder of Ging's wife and Marlowe are related, but not in the way that would be obvious because of the Perry Mason paradigm that Raymond Burr defends no guilty parties.

As he does numerous times against Hamilton Burger, Perry Mason traps the real culprit right in court. Edward Platt is the military prosecutor against Raymond Burr here.

What Burr does for the navy here should earn him 50 yard seats on the navy side at the Army/Navy game.

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