An impetuous niece who demands her trust fund be released comes to Perry Mason for help. But it's her boyfriend who needs defending when he is charged with murdering her controlling uncle as Perry learns their real situation.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Fran Celane (as Olive Sturgis)
Donald Graves
Clara Mayfield
Robert Griffin ...
Arthur Crinston
Connie Cezon ...
Brian G. Hutton ...
Rod Gleason (as Brian Hutton)
Raymond Greenleaf ...
Edward Norton
Howard Wendell ...
Judge Brian C. Purley
Police Sgt. George Wilbur
Judge Markham


Twenty-three year old Fran Celane is furious with her uncle Edward Norton who controls her fortune until her twenty-fifth birthday due to an absolute trust her father created. After another stormy fight with her uncle Fran storms out of the house and drives to Perry's office where she barges in to see him. After explaining what she wants, Perry agrees to check out the situation. He has Paul Drake investigate everyone related to Norton. Perry and Paul soon determine she has a boyfriend named Rod Gleason. Perry visits Rod where he reveals he believes Rod and Fran are already married and expecting a baby. Later, that evening Norton has a meeting with his lawyer Arthur Crinston as Rod comes to the house to visit Fran. At about the same time the police receive a call from Norton saying he wishes to report a crime and then that he is being threatened by his niece. As Norton's secretary Donald Graves leaves with Crinston and the man driving him, he says he sees Rod kill Norton through a ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

19 October 1957 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Brian Hutton, who plays accused killer Rod Gleason, later became the director of such major Hollywood films as "Where Eagles Dare" and "High Road to China." See more »


A scene set outside the Norton mansion late at night was obviously shot during the daytime. See more »


[first lines]
Edward Norton: It's time you learned I will not change my mind.
Fran Celane: I've learned more than that. You're a mean, selfish man, trying to make me and everyone in this house as miserable as you are.
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The viewer has to be alert in this entertaining case
21 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one where it looks likes Perry's client is in dire straits. But with careful cross examination Perry is able to get to the truth of a murder even though all the evidence points to conviction.

The story starts off when a young woman, Fran Celane, is in a argument with her Uncle Edward Norton over his control of her trust-fund. Uncle Edward refuses to release the fund's money to Fran until she turns 25 years of age. And being a young woman in love she dislikes her Uncle.

But what the Uncle does not know is that Fran has already got married to a young man named Ron Gleason. And when Ron goes over to talk with Uncle Edward, he is seen by Edward's secretary, Donald Graves, inside Edward's room. When he goes back to the room, Edward is dead. Ron Gleason is accused of murder and Perry will defend him in court.

But there is more to this little homicide than meets the eye. The viewer has to be alert as Perry examines the testimony of each witness and finally gets a break in the case. When the pressure gets too great for one person, he cracks and tells the entire story. But not until we as the viewer have been entertained to the fullest.

Raymond Burr is excellent in this episode as he seems more into the character than usual. Ray Collins does his regular nice performance when he is shooting rubber-bands at a picture of Mason. A Good watch for all.

Note- Most TV station now cut out a nice part of the show. The part cut is when Hamilton Burger, in a fedora hat, and Lt Tragg at at Edward's house recreating the crime scene. A good scene that was cut but still seen in the DVD collection.

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