Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Startled Stallion 

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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Earl Mauldin
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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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The closing credits feature advertiser's now defunct products Halo shampoo and Wildroot Cream-Oil hair tonic. See more »

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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 Rick Brant connection?
29 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Rick Brant Science-Adventure books were a series of 24 books written in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. They were somewhat similar to the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and Tom Swift series of books.

The main character was Rick Brant, who lived on Spindrift Island, and the author's pen name was John Blaine. In this episode, there is a character named John (author's first name) Brant (character's last name) and a horse named Spindrift (name of the island home).

The writer of this episode was quite possibly doing an homage to the Rick Brant books, which were written by a contemporary writer of the writer of this episode, Jonathan Latimer.


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