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
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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Someone else always does the deed
30 October 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Since Perry Mason defended Robert H. Harris from the charge that he killed John Holland we know he didn't do it. But he sure had every right to and I think Raymond Burr could have got him off even as a guilty man.

Six years earlier art dealer Holland and assistant Harris were exhibiting the collection of Conrad Nagel in Rio DeJaniero. Holland set fire to the collection and left Harris taking the rap for arson. Harris served five years in a Brazilian jail and he's hot for revenge.

His plans involving a copy of a tapestry lost in the arson fire go askew when his sister Lillian Buyeff pawns it a Percy Helton's shop. After that Harris is arrested for murder of Holland who is found stabbed to death in his gallery.

Another interesting role is that of Paula Raymond who is Holland's girl Friday. She's proposing marriage to Holland to make her arrangement more permanent and more than implying a wife can't testify against her husband even about suspicions.

Harris probably had the best motive, but of course someone else always does the deed on Perry Mason.

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