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
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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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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Raymond Burr served in the United States Navy during World War II. While in Okinawa, he was shot in the stomach and sent home. See more »


During the court-martial scenes, the reporter is obviously typing much too slowly to keep up with the attorneys' questioning and witnesses' testimony. See more »

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No Cone Of Silence Here
28 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This script is not an Erle Stanley Gardner but is one of the better scripts by one of the writers the producers had to start hiring more and more often as the series progressed due to the number of episodes being done. There is plenty of Perry, Della & Paul Drake here. Burger & Tragg get the show off.

There is a US Navy Submarine Moray which has already been involved in a murder of a woman prior to the episode starting. The sub is testing new equipment with 2 competing companies going after the same contract. Somehow the murdered woman is involved in the industrial military contract contest.

There are some hard feelings between civilians and the commander of the Moray. Then, with all these conflicts swirling, he is murdered. Mason is retained to help sort out the truth.

At the Military Court Marshall, Edward Platt, later Chief of Control on Get Smart, is in the Burger Prosection role. With the Naval venue, and a pretty decent twisting script, this episode is pretty solid. There is a large guest cast of folks on board in this one too.

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