Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Tarnished Trademark 

Axel Norstaad is a Dane who has built a furniture business around old world craftsmanship. He is fulfilling his dream to sell the shop and using the proceeds to build a children's hospital. However, the buyer is a con man who is murdered.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Drake
Hamilton Burger
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Lisa Pedersen
Edith 'Edie' Morrow
J. Maigret
Latham Reed
Lt. Anderson
Martin Somers
Carl Pedersen
Sam Hadley
Floyd Chapman


After 30 years building up his furniture manufacturing business, Axel Norstaad has decided to retire. He's also decided to donate the proceeds of the sale to the building of a children's hospital in his community. He has met the attractive Edith 'Edie' Morrow, a promoter, who is working with her ex-husband Latham Reed, who is also an ex-alcoholic. Reed hopes to land the contract to build the new hospital. Axel is infatuated with Edie which blinds his judgment. Norstaad's products are renowned for their quality and craftsmanship and he thinks he's found the right man to keep up the tradition. Nothing could be further from the truth. The buyer is a con man who is out to make whatever he can out of the business and then walk away. He's soon ordering cut-rate raw materials and aiming for volume sales at low prices, trading on the company's reputation to make a quick killing. When he is found dead, Axel Norstaad is charged with murder and his lawyer, Perry Mason, defends him. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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20 January 1962 (USA)  »

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This was Osa Massen's final credited role. See more »


[first lines]
Axel Norstaad: [addressing his employees] And so that is just like I told you. All right, all right! Now Listen some more! Already it is 30 years since I came here from Copenhagen to start my shop. I do not marry. I put my heart in my hands and shape the wood. People like, and I make the shop bigger and bigger, and I put more and more men to work. Good men, all of you. The best.
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Typical Perry Mason Thriller, but Plot is Illogical
27 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

The plot in this case is completely illogical. Axel sells his business to someone who plans to use the profits to build a children's hospital. When Axel finds out that is not the case, he gets so mad he publicly threatens to murder the buyer, and of course, when the buyer is found dead, Axel is the one arrested. But let's think about this. If the business is so profitable that there are enough profits to build a children's hospital, why didn't Axel keep the business and apply the profits himself? Why is it okay for Axel to sell the business (presumably at a profit) and then criticize the buyer for attempting to do the same? What reasonable buyer would purchase a business merely to give away the profits?

Oh well, the lead in does not have to make sense. As long as someone gets killed, and Perry's client is accused of the murder, we get to see Perry do his stuff. Will he be able to get Axel off? Or will this be the case that Perry loses? Watch the show yourself and find out!

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