Perry Mason: Season 8, Episode 16

The Case of the Thermal Thief (14 Jan. 1965)

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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
Bettye Ackerman ...
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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A weak episode and here's why...
5 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There's no Raymond Burr?! Barry Sullivan was brought in to play a lawyer like Perry Mason, but even with the same lines and same intellect, it doesn't wash! Only Raymond Burr can handle this material and make us really believe in Perry Mason. Sullivan tries, but only comes across as smug and arrogant whereas Burr does the same thing and appears thoughtful and provoking.

What happened to Raymond Burr for this one episode? He's in the one just before and one just after, and I don't think I ever saw him not in any other, so what was the deal? Anyone know? I bet the complaint desk at the network back in 1965 when this episode was shown was awash with angry calls and mail. I would have complained had I been able to, but I was just a kid and didn't see the show then.

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