Perry Mason: Season 4, Episode 1

The Case of the Treacherous Toupee (17 Sep. 1960)

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After a two-year absence, Hartley Bassett returns to reclaim his company. His wife Sybil is at a stockholders' meeting to vote with company president Peter Dawson to restructure the business after charges that her husband embezzled funds.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peggy Converse ...
Sybil Basset
Peter Dawson
Ken Woodman
Cynthia Chenault ...
Teddi Hart (as Cindy Robbins)
Thomas Browne Henry ...
Hartley Basset (as Thomas B. Henry)
Dick Hart
Nelson Olmsted ...
Arthur Colemar
Dee Arlen ...
Lorna Grant
Jonathan Hole ...
Stanley Roderick


After a two year absence, Hartley Bassett returns to Los Angeles just as his wife is about to use his proxy to dissolve the company he founded and create a new firm with Peter Dawson, who has taken over the presidency of the firm in his absence. Bassett is told that the others assume he stole $6,000 from the firm when he left which is a surprise to him. Bassett fires Dawson and when Perry Mason contacts him on Dawson's behalf, he suggests that his client has stolen funds from the firm. He asks to meet with Mason that night after he has finished going over the books. When Hartley Bassett is found dead that very evening by Mason - with what proves to be a piece of Dawson's toupee in his hand - Perry's client is charged with his murder. In Perry's eyes however, there are several suspects including the dead man's wife Sybil, his son Dick and Dick's new wife Teddi who has now vanished who says she can identify the man came out of Bassett's office and can identify him. Perry risks censure ... Written by garykmcd

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17 September 1960 (USA)  »

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This show was meant to be shown in season three. William Talman got fired on moral charges and this show had already been filmed and shown at this time. See more »

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Rather Clever Trap
12 June 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

For reasons never made clear, Tom Browne Henry took a powder on his wife Peggy Converse and left his company high and dry, but at least the business was salvaged by General Manager Philip Ober who is also seeing the deserted wife as well.

So imagine everyone's surprise when Henry returns in a melodramatic fashion accusing a lot of people of a lot of things. He's not the most pleasant individual in the world so these things might have a basis.

Later on Henry is murdered and a piece of a torn toupee known to have been worn by Ober is found near the body. That makes Ober the prime suspect and he retains Perry Mason.

There was a witness, the new wife of Robert Redford who is Converse's son by a first marriage. But now she takes a powder and Hamilton Burger is throwing around hints that Perry disappeared her out of town.

There are two reasons to watch what I think was a Mason episode that was a bit over the top. First is for Robert Redford before he became a superstar. Secondly for the rather clever trap set by Raymond Burr to nail the real culprit. It's a beauty.

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