Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Thermal Thief 

Lona Upton is tired of hearing her half-sister memorialize her dead husband so when Maxine Nichols arrives to return Lona's purse, she takes in Maxine as a friend. After Maxine steals a necklace and is murdered, Lona is charged with it.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Perry Mason (credit only)
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ...
Ken Kramer
Amy Reid
Burt Metcalfe ...
Jeffrey Mills
Lona Upton
Pete Kamboly
Richard Eastham ...
Roland Canfield
Nina Shipman ...
Maxine Nichols
Fay Gilmer
Noel Drayton ...
Mr. Costelni


With Perry Mason away in Europe, his friend Ken Kramer takes on the case of Lona Upton, accused of murdering Maxine Nichols who was found dead in the park across the street from where she was staying. Maxine was a thief and had only just recently been released from prison. She had weaseled her way into the home of Amy Reid and had quickly become friends with Amy's half-sister Lona Upton. Lona tired of hearing about her sister Amy's constant attention to the death of her husband in the Catalina channel five years earlier is glad to have the companionship of Maxine. Maxine had known Amy's husband when she was a cocktail waitress on Catalina. Maxine steals a necklace from Amy's safe that turned out to be just a cheap paste imitation. When Kramer establishes a connection between Maxine and Amy Reid's dead and much revered husband Dion, it leads to the identity of the killer. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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14 January 1965 (USA)  »

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The last of six episodes that don't include Raymond Burr as the attorney of record. As in the others, Perry/Raymond is replaced by another attorney/actor. In this episode, Barry Sullivan plays the defense attorney Ken Kramer. Raymond apparently fell ill when this episode was filmed. See more »

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Perry's in Europe
1 January 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

We are informed in this episode that Perry Mason is in Europe so the personable Barry Sullivan gets the services of Della Street and Paul Drake in what he says is a Perry Mason type case.

Sullivan's client is Kathie Browne who has a very rich half sister in Bettye Ackerman. Ackerman's been robbed of a valuable necklace by Nina Shipman who was in their home on the pretext of returning Browne's purse. Later on when Shipman is found dead in a park, Browne is the one that Wesley Lau arrests.

What William Hopper and Barbara Hale find is that Ackerman's late husband a rather rakish playboy of sorts who never returned and was presumed lost at sea was in fact murdered. And what happened to Shipman very much ties in with an exclusive yacht club that the late husband was a kingpin in.

Sullivan gets the job done. And why wouldn't he with the Perry Mason staff at his command.

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