Perry Mason: Season 3, Episode 23

The Case of the Slandered Submarine (14 May 1960)

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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
Robert F. Simon ...
Anthony Beldon
Jack Ging ...
Robert Chapman
Mort Mills ...
Robert H. Harris ...
Gordon Russell
Cmdr. Driscoll
Russ Conway ...
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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Surprisingly good episode for a crowded cast.
6 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For a crowded cast- this was a surprisingly good episode. Seemed like from the start this mystery had the viewer bound to the show to see what the next set of circumstance Perry will produce.

The episode centers around the US submarine 'Moray'. Commander James Page was in charge of the sub which was testing new equipment from two companies. The two companies, Def-co and Alpha Electronics, were competing for a Navy contract. Def-co had already tested their equipment and now it was Alpha's turn to better the stakes. And it was up to Cmdr. Page to recommend which company was to get the contract.

However, Cmdr. Page has his hands full with other situations. A young women had been killed a few weeks ago and the suspects were the men on the 'Moray'. Now his learns that his father-in-law has purchased Alpha Electronics which could lead to problems with his recommendation.

So the morning of the test, with all the Alpha representatives aboard, they go to wake up Comdr. Page only to found him stabbed with a screwdriver. And one of the sailors, Robert Chapman, is the main suspect in the stabbing. Plus after investigation was found to have been married to the women that was killed earlier in the week. Thus we have Perry defending Mr Chapman in a Navy court.

There is many more great nuggets to this story that the viewer will find interesting. The episode keeps you on your feet the entire time as Perry and Paul weave their way to the truth. A good story with a good cast. Plus there is a nice plug for the Navy in the last few words of the show.

Great Watch.

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