Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Telltale Tap 

Clyde Darrell is a young rising accountant at a company where the CEO's secretary has fallen in love with him. When she learns Clyde loves the niece of the CEO, she turns on him. After they have argued, she is found murdered.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Della Street
Paul Drake
Hamilton Burger
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Lt. Andy Anderson
Clyde Darrell
Archer Bryant
Indus Arthur ...
Ian Jarvis
William Allyn ...
Elliot Forrest


Vera Wynne is the power behind the throne, so to speak, as secretary to Archer Bryant, the head of an investment firm and a bit of a playboy. She can make careers and her latest interest is the firm's new financial comptroller, the handsome young Clyde Darrell. He's just discovered a fraud being perpetrated by one of the stock brokers they use, Ian Jarvis, who promptly loses them as a client. Vera has her own interests, however, and arranges to tap her boss' private phone, the one he uses to place stock orders for the firm. She hires Glen Holman, a disgraced ex-detective, who has a gift with electronics and wire taps. Paul tries to find him but he is found dead. Problems arise, however, when she learns that Clyde is involved with Archer Bryant's pretty niece, Nancy Bryant. She confronts him in Archer Bryant's office and they quarrel and she falls, hitting her head. When she is later found dead, Clyde is charged with murder and it's up to Perry Mason, as his defense attorney, to find ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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4 February 1965 (USA)  »

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Vera Wynne's head is bleeding after Clyde Darrell pushes her down. The medical examiner later establishes that the fall had only bruised her. See more »


[first lines]
Glen Holman: I think you're looking for me.
Vera Wynne: Mr. Holman?
Glen Holman: Won't you be seated, Miss Wynne? This way.
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Nice List of Enemies
21 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

The victim here is one of those who truly deserved to get it. Her homicide was definitely a public service.

Jeanne Bal is the executive secretary to president Roland Winters of a conservative investment house. She's the real power behind the throne of the congenitally lazy Winters and she's maneuvering for Linden Chiles whom she's crushing out on to eventually succeed Winters. The fact that Chiles is seeing Winters's niece is something she doesn't count on. When she winds up dead, Chiles who had hired Paul Drake to expose some shenanigans at the company has Perry Mason at his disposal as an attorney.

And Bal really has quite a few things going for herself including putting a tap on her own boss's line for some insider trading. Maybe in a more recent time Bal would have been one of the official players instead of her sex restricting her to these kind of manoeuvrings. Still she's got a nice list of enemies.

Good cast here, but Jeanne Bal really steals this episode.

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