Perry Mason: Season 5, Episode 14

The Case of the Unwelcome Bride (16 Dec. 1961)

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Greg Frazer is the son of a successful investment manger who is disappointed Greg has led a wasted life and married the entertainer Sue Ellen. When Greg is found murdered with her standing over the body holding a knife, she is charged.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Torin Thatcher ...
Walter Frazer
Joe Medeci
Diana Millay ...
Sue Ellen Frazer
Peter Thorpe (as De Forest Kelley)
Lon Snyder (as Alan Hale)
Wesley Lau ...
Melora Conway ...
Amanda Thorpe
Bryan Grant ...
Gregson Frazer
Ben Young ...
Cary Duncan


Family patriarch Walter Frazer is a difficult and demanding father. A self-made man, he eagerly controls the lives of those around him. His stepdaughter Amanda and her husband Peter Thorpe, who works for him, are under his thumb but he has little control over his son Greg, who drinks and gambles and has generally wasted his life so far. Greg also married against his father's wishes and his wife Sue Ellen has never even been invited to Walter's home. With all of this everyone is puzzled when Walter invites everyone to his house. They are flabbergasted however when in front of everyone he offers Greg a full partnership in the family business and to give Sue Ellen $50,000 on one condition - they divorce and Sue Ellen leave forever. Greg and Sue Ellen have a major argument as a result and when Greg is found dead with Sue Ellen standing over the body holding the knife, she is charged with murder and Perry Mason agrees to defend her. Written by garykmcd

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16 December 1961 (USA)  »

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27 November 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A really fine list of familiar character players graces the cast of this Perry Mason. The Unwelcome Bride referred to in the title is Diana Millay and she becomes Perry Mason's client after her husband who is the son of wealthy Torin Thatcher is found dead.

Truth be told her husband was a pretty worthless guy who does burglaries on the side, has a job parking cars for Gerald Mohr in his club and has some other side businesses, none to savory. With that kind of background the list of alternative suspects populates the whole cast which also has TV icons DeForest Kelley and Alan Hale in the cast. They and others are prime suspects.

For this episode Raymond Burr uses a chart to illustrate the times of the comings and goings of the various people called as witnesses. Burr was quite right in saying that the time element was crucial. So he has this visual aid to show judge and jury. Like a Mason case ever got to a jury.

What was funny was that William Talman not only didn't object, but said the chart would just bolster his case. Silly man.

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