Perry Mason: Season 8, Episode 9

The Case of the Tragic Trophy (19 Nov. 1964)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery
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Film producer-director Tony Fry is something of a wheeler-dealer who returns to Hollywood after completing his latest movie in Mexico. On his arm is an attractive young blond, Kathy Anders,... See full summary »

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William Talman ...
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Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ...
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Anthony Fry
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John J. Pennington
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Joanne Pennington
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Lydia Lawrence
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Howard Stark
George Brenlin ...
Coley Barnes
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Kathy Anders
Alvin Childress ...
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Reed Hadley ...
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Film producer-director Tony Fry is something of a wheeler-dealer who returns to Hollywood after completing his latest movie in Mexico. On his arm is an attractive young blond, Kathy Anders, who he informs the press is going to be his wife. It's all a publicity stunt and the press no sooner leaves that he sends her on her way but Kathy sees him kissing Joanne Pennington, wife of movie mogul, JJ Pennington. Fry has his own retinue including assistant director Howard Stark, his secretary Lydia Lawrence and personal assistant Coley Barnes who's invested $200,000 in the movie. Tony is in desperate need of cash and has 48 hours to pay his $50,000 debts in Mexico or his film footage will be seized. He turns to JJ Pennington is the hope of getting the financing he needs. Kathy has her own agenda as she blames Fry for driving her father, once a renowned movie cameraman, to drink. When Fry is found dead, Kathy is charged with murder and Perry Mason defends her in court. Written by garykmcd

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Saw It Coming
7 March 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Perry Mason has an easy time of it defending Mimsy Farmer, an aspiring young actress who is accused of killing a king rat of a producer in The Case Of The Tragic Trophy. For two reasons, first it's rather obvious in this one who does it and you don't have to have followed it all that closely to know. Secondly because District Attorney Hamilton Burger after Perry has put up three different possible alternative suspects via his cross examination puts on janitor Alvin Childress as a rebuttal witness who actually clinches Mason's defense and clearly labels who the real murderer is.

As is usual the writers of Perry Mason give you a nice list of suspects to chose from as producer Richard Carlson was making enemies left and right in Hollywood. Some of this stylish cast includes Paul Stewart, Constance Towers, John Fiedler, George Benlin, and Patricia Huston all of whom would have had enough reason to kill this guy.

Still when I can figure out the who and how on a Perry Mason story I know the writers have let me down. And of course there's no way it's Mimsy Farmer because doesn't defend the guilty.


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