Elihu Laban, a political refuge from the Balkans, hopes to obtain the papers from a leader who supposedly committed suicide. He and a group put together a plan using a former member of the OSS. When the seller is killed, he is charged.
When a Balkan dictator, Oscar Volney, dies after being under house arrest for several years, deposed by opponent Franz Schreck, local exiles in Los Angeles, led by Elihu Laban, wants to try and get the dead man's papers hoping they could expose the corruption of the current government. With the help of his friend, newspaper publisher Garrett Richards, and others, Laban hires a former OSS agent Conrad Bucola to retrieve the Volney papers. The papers are supposed to be delivered to Laban when Schreck visits Los Angeles on a trade mission. When Schreck is killed at an amusement park where the exchange is to occur, Laban is charged with murder and using Perry Mason's staff - Perry is recovering at home from an operation - playboy lawyer Bruce Jason defends him. Complicating the situation is that the fact that Laban swears that Jason is the OSS agent Bucola. Jason did work for the OSS but swears he is not Bucola. Written by
The shots of the funeral procession for "Oskar Wolny" are actually composed of stock footage of the 1952 State funeral for King George VI of the United Kingdom. See more »
Oscar Volney is dead. In this, the centuries-old city that is the capital of his now-captive European country, the father of democracy in the Balkans today appears for the last time before the countrymen who revered and loved him.
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This is not a review, as much as some observations. Some great location shots of an amusement park - wonder which one it was with the "Laff" ride - The Pike in Long Beach or the one in Santa Monica (when it had more rides). I'm surprised that Perry Mason (Raymond Burr) is not in this episode? The above review said he was home recovering from an operation. Wonder why they shot the episode without him - perhaps in the day the production schedule and b'cast schedule of shows required them to shoot one without the main actor? Interesting? These shows are gems, with some really great character actors, like the German guy who was also in The Great Escape, and/or Stalag 17.
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