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.
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
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[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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The Perry Mason client for this episode is Karl Swenson who is a manufacturer of high quality furniture. He's been in business for over 30 years and his trademark name stands for quality. But he'd like to get out and enjoy some retirement years. I can identify with that. He and his new socialite girlfriend Marie Windsor have sold the business to Dennis Patrick and another piece of the land of the business for a children's hospital.
Sad to say though Dennis Patrick is a conman who has no intention of doing with the business what Swenson would like. He's buying cheap woods and lowering the quality of the furniture he's selling and banking on the Swenson trademark to make some quick profits. Patrick won the company in a bidding scheme that might not have completely been on the up and up.
Anyway he's found dead and there are a lot of suspects including the men at Swenson's factory all of who would have lost their jobs, other parties who bid on the factory, etc. But it's Swenson who Raymond Burr has to defend.
Swenson is a good manufacturer and boss, but boy is he thick about the ways of the world. He had to be good at his craft because he's so naive in personal matters.
That's all I'll say on this Perry Mason episode.
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