Perry Mason: Season 3, Episode 5

The Case of the Startled Stallion (31 Oct. 1959)

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Disabled "John Brant" marries Clara Hammon, 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 Terri have inherited.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Earl Mauldin
Terri Blanchard
John Brant
Patricia Hardy ...
Jo Ann Blanchard
Melora Conway ...
Clara Hammon
Richard Rust ...
Peter White
Harry Tyler ...
'Pop' Abbott
Morris Ankrum ...
Trial Judge
Arthur Hanson ...
John Harmon ...
Fingerprint Man


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 Terri. 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 a arrangement with the Blanchards to keep control of all of their assets due to Terri'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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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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