Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Stuttering Bishop 

Bishop Arthur Mallory searches for a young woman who may be the heiress to $1,000,000 from the Charles Burroughs estate. Carole Delaney fills the bill. Mallory is beaten by Wallace Lang and his henchman to persuade him to drop the case.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hamilton Burger (credit only)
Bishop Arthur Mallory
Wallace Lang
Herbert Ellis ...
Deputy D.A. Weston (as Herb Ellis)
Rebecca Welles ...
Carol Delaney
Joan Vohs ...
Janice Burroughs
Jonathan Kidd ...
Philip Burroughs
Charles Burroughs
Peter Garey ...
Larry Kenyon
Judge Bates


Perry Mason becomes involved in the case of a Australian Bishop who is searching for a young woman who was abandoned as a child. Bishop Mallory has been putting vague ads in local newspapers to try and find the girl, the granddaughter of the rich Charles Burroughs. The grandfather disinherited his son when he married and the son died before the missing daughter was born. The baby was then given up for adoption. He thinks he's found the right girl in Carol Delaney even though she doesn't believe him but it's clear that others have interest in the Burroughs estate, especially Wallace Lang who has the Bishop beaten up to get him to leave town. Burroughs himself thinks he's already found his granddaughter and is prepared to change his will in her favor regardless of the relationship. When Burroughs is found stabbed to death in his study, Carol is charged with murder and Perry defends her plus the Bishop is missing. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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14 March 1959 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vaughan Taylor, seen here as Bishop Mallory, is perhaps best remembered for playing the lecherous businessman from whom Janet Leigh steals $40,000 in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. See more »


In the final courtroom segment, Wallace Lang is shown in either the first or second row of the gallery, switching each time the camera angle is changed. In the front row, he seems to switch with his "muscle" associate from early scenes. See more »


[first lines]
Wallace Lang: Good evening, Bishop.
Bishop Arthur Mallory: Yes?
Wallace Lang: You are Bishop Mallory?
Bishop Arthur Mallory: That's right.
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Version of The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (1937) See more »

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Good story and nice acting makes this episode entertaining
11 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here we have one of the better stories with some fine acting that makes this episode above par for a Perry mystery. Even though the true murderer was obvious from near the beginning, it still made for a enjoyable watch and interesting plot.

The story centers around Carol Delaney. She has been informed by Bishop Arthur Mallory that she is the grand-daughter of the rich and powerful Charles Burroughs. But a few years ago Mr Burroughs was informed by an investigator that another woman named Janice was the missing grand-daughter and this entire time Charles Burroughs believes that the missing girl had been found. When Bishop Mallory gives the news to Mr Burroughs it does not set too well with him.

It seemed that Charles Burroughs was washing his hands of the entire situation and changing his will to state that Janice gets all his inheritance. This basically puts the claim of Carol Delaney to rest. But when Charles Burroughs is murdered the night before changing his will it appears very suspicious that someone did not want the will changed. When a knife belonging to Carol Delaney is found to be the murder weapon, Perry will be called to try to piece together the murder and the mystery surrounding the women.

I really like the way that the writer tried to place blame on one particular character and away from the most obvious person. This lead to second-guessing during the courtroom procedure until Perry finally brings closure and all the viewers breath a 'I-thought-so' sigh of relief. Even with the suspicious way the murder was to have taken place the episode was still entertaining. Nice story and a good watch.

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