Clara Hammon marries disabled "John Brant", but the bridegroom is really actor Earl Malden. Through a series of crafty moves, the real John Brant has gained control of everything Jo Ann Blanchard and her brother Terry have inherited.

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Clara Hammon and the wheelchair bound John Brant exit a wedding chapel in Las Vegas after being married but refuse to buy any photos of themselves. After Clara drives them away, John Brant removes his disguise to reveal Earl Mauldin an out of work actor. Later, after a trial run of trotters John Brant reveals he wants the horse from Jo Ann Blanchard and her brother Terry. Jo Ann Blanchard seeks help from Perry Mason when the wealthy John Brant threatens to take control of all of her inheritance including her horse, something that Brant is really after. Brant made an arrangement with their family to keep control of all of their assets due to Terry's excessive spending. When the wheelchair-bound Brant is found dead in the horse's stable, suspicion naturally falls on Jo Ann and she is charged with murder. When it's revealed that Brant supposedly married Clara Hammon, who now claims ownership of the horse in question, Paul Drake digs up some interesting information that points to other ... Written by garykmcd

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31 October 1959 (USA)  »

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When Earl and Joann are driving away from the chapel, the car has no dashboard. See more »

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Clara Hammon: [asking for help to get her wheelchair bound husband into a car] Reverend, would you help my husband, please?
Minister: Of course, Mrs. Brant.
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A horse for the Hambletonian
29 August 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Young Patricia Hardy becomes Perry Mason's client when a trotting horse she raised and who is a contender for the Hambletonian Stakes is stolen by skinflint Trevor Bardette who is in a wheelchair. The old miser thinks he has a contract for the horse. Raymond Burr is ready to sue him when Bardette winds up dead in the stall of the horse. Eventually murder is charged against young Ms. Hardy and it's good she's already retained Perry Mason.

Seeing Bardette I think most would think he deserved it on general principles. In fact before he died Bardette was being set up quite nicely in a fraudulent scheme that involved Hardy's brother Elliott Reid, Bardette's bookkeeper Melora Conway and a second rate ham actor played by Paul Richards. It's quite a scheme which I won't reveal anything about because you have to see this one. One of the cleverest invented by the Perry Mason television writers.

This Mason episode is definitely worth a look.


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