Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Torrid Tapestry 

Claude Demay is framed for burning an art collection in Brazil by Leonard Voss. After six years in prison, Demay returns to LA where he plots revenge using a copy of a tapestry he wove in prison. But, when Voss is murdered, he is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Claver
Brenda Larkin
Claude Demay
Lillian Buyeff ...
Sarah Demay
John Holland ...
Leonard Voss
Ray Kellogg ...
Jim Hazlett
Judge (as Kenneth R. MacDonald)
Charlie - Watchman
John Graham ...
Lawrence the Art Expert


Leonard Voss is an art dealer of questionable ethics who is shocked that a famous tapestry is about to be put up for auction. His shock is genuine since some 6 years before, he set a fire in a South American gallery that destroyed the tapestry and many other art objects from the collection of Nathan Claver. At that time, Voss framed an employee, Claude Demay, for the arson and Demay served a lengthy prison sentence in Brazil. Voss' shock is compounded when his assistant Brenda Larkin says she saw the same tapestry hanging in the window in a pawn shop nearby. Voss visits the pawn shop where he learns Demay's sister, Sarah, pawned it. He visits her apartment and runs into Demay who wants Voss to give him a piece of the collection Voss stole from Claver in return for the tapestry so Demay can ultimately prove his own innocence. Perry Mason is approached by Demay after the tapestry is stolen from the pawn shop. When Mason and Demay find Voss dead at his office, Demay is charged with ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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22 April 1961 (USA)  »

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After setting an arson fire in his private office, Voss carries the gasoline can into the outer office where Demay is working. There is no reason for Voss to move the gasoline can, and the sight of such an incongruous object in Voss's hand would obviously arouse Demay's suspicion at once. See more »


[first lines]
Leonard Voss: I should have known better than to listen to the good museum directors. "Not only a fine tapestry man, but an American," they assured me. "None finer in Rio de Janeiro."
Claude Demay: What's the matter now?
Leonard Voss: You call this clean?
Claude Demay: Isn't it clean enough for you, sir?
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Referenced in Perry Mason: The Case of the Malicious Mariner (1961) See more »

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Perry hatches a courtroom scheme to bring justice to LA.
12 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Leonard Voss is a slimy art-dealer that is in charge of the Nathan Claver Collection which is planning an exhibit in Rio de Janeiro. Instead of displaying the artwork, Mr Voss sends much of the art collection back to the United States. In order to cover-up the crime he sets fire to the art gallery and sets up a clumsy worker named Claude Demay as the person that starts the fire. Mr Demay is sentence to prison for arson.

Six years later a tapestry that was suppose to have been burned up in the fire makes an appearance at a rival art gallery. And Mr Voss knows that he can be exposed it someone starts looking into how the supposedly destroyed tapestry shows up in LA. After checking into the tapestry Mr Voss founds out that Mr Demay, who is now out of prison, is involved in the ownership. Thus Mr Voss must do anything to get his hands on the tapestry or be subject to criminal prosecution.

Mr Demay's plan for revenge takes a nasty turn when Mr Voss, who he is setting-up, is found stabbed in his office. And Mr Demay is seen fleeing the scene. With all the evidence pointing to Mr Demay he will need Perry's help to defend himself against a mound of evidence.

During the court proceedings we get a scheme hatched by Perry to bring the true murderer to justice. Someone will follow up on misinformation provided by Perry and lead Lt Tragg to an arrest and a possible pardon for another subject. Good Watch

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