Con Bolton is a poor club singer hoping to save enough to marry Irma Hodge who hopes to inherit money from her dead father but her stepfather is standing in the way of both events. Con is charged when the stepfather is murdered.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ...
Sumner Hodge / Adrian Hodge (dual role)
Mona Hodge
J.S. (Jack) Talley
Con Bolton
Irma Hodge
Pat Priest ...
Sally Young
Dan Seymour ...
Leo Lazaroff
Tom Fadden ...


Perry defends Con Bolton who is accused of killing his future step-father-in-law, Sumner Hodge. Hodge was a bombastic and demanding individual in both his personal and business life. His step-daughter Irma hated him and Sumner was dead set against the marriage, even to the point of faking an assassination attempt to try and implicate Con. In addition Irma is to inherit considerable money from her father's estate which Sumner is threatening to hold up. Even his twin brother Adrian Hodge admits that his brother is a dominating Napoleon. When Sumner is killed in a car accident - his brakes had been tampered with - Bolton is arrested. Bolton had been seen working under the car before Sumner left in it. Leo Lazaroff hated the man, believing Hodge stole an idea from his brother that made him lots of money. His business partner Jack Talley was also planning to end their business relationship and Sumner was in the process of buying him out. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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14 May 1964 (USA)  »

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Although Philip Ober is credited as only playing Sumner Hodge, he actually also plays Sumner's brother Adrian, using a wig and glasses. See more »


You cannot access the master cylinder from underneath the car. See more »

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Good and bad Ober
7 March 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In this episode of Perry Mason, Philip Ober gets to play two parts good and bad brothers. Unfortunately the bad Ober is married to Ann Rutherford and controls the family finances and won't let his stepdaughter Natalie Trundy anywhere near her inheritance. Seems he does not approve of her boyfriend Paul Carr, in fact Trundy says he doesn't approve of any of her boyfriends.

Later on when bad Ober is killed in an automobile accident, it's found that the hydraulic brake fluid was gradually drained. Carr winds up Raymond Burr's client.

There are a few other suspects that are having to do with the business Ober was in partnership with Lonny Chapman including secretary Pat Priest and Dan Seymour who says that Ober stole a patent from his late brother. Not to mention good Ober.

I will say this that initially the perpetrator was shown not to have a motive, but that changes radically.

Not the best Mason episode, but not too bad.

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