Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Two-Faced Turn-a-bout 

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.

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Bruce Jason
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Alyssa Laban
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Garrett Richards
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Elihu Laban
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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 garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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14 February 1963 (USA)  »

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Hugh O'Brian was a big star in the 50s and 60s playing in the popular TV series as Wyatt Earp. Trevor Bardette played Mr. Clanton, the father of the Clanton clan and was involved in the shoot-out at the OK Corral in Wyatt Earp. See more »

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Commentator: 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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Needed a guide to keep up with the characters.
13 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With all the odd names in this program, it was hard to keep up with which character. When on the witness stand it was so easy to get confused as each witness would be talking about someone with a Eastern European name that the viewer could not keep each person apart. For me, it was nearly a complete mess. Plus you thrown-in a character that was playing two parts and you can see trouble was afoot.

An Eastern European government bureaucrat visits Los Angles with some papers that will expose some secrets within the government. The papers, called Volney papers, is suppose to be delivered by Franz Schreck to Eilhu Laban in a rather strange way. On an amusement park ride of all things. However, the trade does not go well and ends up with Schreck dead and Laban knocked out by an former OSS agent. Laban is charged with murder.

From then on the story gets strange, Laban is given a lawyer, Bruce Jason. Then Laban claims his lawyer was the person that knocked him out in the amusement park. Now from this point, no Judge in the world would let a defendant be represented by a person that was claimed to be at the murder scene, yet the show continues.

From then on I could not get into the story. Between the lawyer having a double character and the names that could not be understood, losing interest was easy. The ending was rather nice as someone cons a few people into revealing the true murderer but the episode has already been lost. Even though the concept was not a bad idea, just did not play well.


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