Perry Mason: Season 1, Episode 38

The Case of the Terrified Typist (21 Jun. 1958)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery
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A terrified typist rushes into Mason's office pretending to be a temp. The office of the diamond importers on the floor above has been invaded. Later a partner, George Baxter, is killed, and another partner Duane Jefferson is charged.

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William Talman ...
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Alan Marshal ...
James Kincaid aka Duane Jefferson (as Alan Marshall)
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Patricia Taylor
Joan Elan ...
Mrs. Lumis
Ben Wright ...
Walter Lumis
Connie Cezon ...
Jack Raine ...
George Baxter
Kenneth MacDonald ...
Judge (as Kenneth R. MacDonald)
Harold Dyrenforth ...
Henrich (as Harald Dyrenforth)
Hank Patterson ...
Jack Gilly
Jack Gargan ...
Court Clerk
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Perry Mason is drawn into a strange case when an attractive young woman, Patricia Taylor, arrives at his office claiming to be the temp they requested from an agency. She puts in a days work and Della even compliments her on the quality of her output. She suddenly vanishes, however, and they learn that she wasn't from the agency at all. It turns out she was in the offices of diamond merchants on the floor above Perry's and there may have been a theft. When one of the partners in the diamond business is murdered another partner, Duane Jefferson, is charged. Perry defends him and Jefferson claims to have been in the company of a woman but refuses to identify the married woman's name. Nothing is at it seems however and it's left to Perry to sort out the facts with the help of Della Street and Paul Drake. Written by garykmcd

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The body rolled off the pier is obviously a stunt double wearing a skinhead wig. See more »

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Hamilton Burger: Your honor, this is just another wild-eyed, dramatic grandstand play for which counsel is so noted.
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Head still spinning
11 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even though this episode has twist at every turn it does delivery a watchable show.

It involves a diamond company, located one floor above Perry's office, where they have a little break-in and then a murder. All the evidence points to Duane Jefferson (Alan Marshall) as being the person that committed such a crime. We even get a boats-man, played by Hank Patterson of Green Acres fame (Fred Ziffel) that actually can ID Jefferson near where a body was dumped.

Mr Jefferson case hinges on a women he was with the night of the murder but he refuses to name the women. Which makes the viewer scramble to find/guess the woman before it is brought out in court. But there is a surprising twist that leads the meeting of two people useless to the crime.

Also this is one where Perry actually loses the case. Hamilton Burger is aglow with excitement as the foreman of the jury reads "guilty". Even the viewer more than likely have voted guilty after Lt Tragg presented evidence from a broken concrete block that I feel sure 'had his mark'.

But hold fast Perry fans. The show still has ten minutes and that means just enough time for Paul and Perry to do some checking on the facts. And from the Chubby Checker recording - It is time to do the twist all over again.

Throw in some lies, photos and a heaping of switcheroo and Perry could get this guy off before the show ends. But in another seemingly endless twist, the person that Perry is defending may not be found innocent of the crime after-all. Perry maybe having dinner with Paul and Della but the man Perry was defending may have his dinner catered by the prison system.

As sore as I was from all the twist of the show- it was enjoyable to watch.


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