Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Unwelcome Well 

Allan Winford is a small time oil operator working for oil tycoon Jerome Klee, whose only goal is money. When Klee decides to delay for 10 years the production of an oil field Winford discovered, he is murdered. Winford is charged.

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Jerome Klee
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Jason Rohan
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Mirabel Corum
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Harry Lannon
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Allan Winford
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Minna Rohan
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Monique Martin
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Matt Rohan
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Jerome Klee is a powerful and much disliked businessman. He's made his fortune in the oil industry and his sole goal in life seems to be make as much money as he possibly can. He's contracted with Allen Winford to drill a test well on ranch land owned by Jason Rohan. Oil is found there but he decides not to exercise his option having just signed a lucrative deal with the Prince of a Middle East country. That's bad news for Winford, whose small company would have finally made the big time, and for Rohan, who has been spending money he's not yet been paid. At home, Klee has dropped his long-time mistress in favor of a young French actress. An attempt is made on Klee's life when someone shoots at him. Winford, who is with him, sees the shooter and knocks Klee down, saving his life. Besides Winford, Klee has taken advantage of the others who work for him. All in all, it's no surprise when Klee is found murdered with Winford's monkey ranch and his truck is seen leaving the scene. When ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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3 April 1966 (USA)  »

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The substance used to obtain an impression of the tire tread left at the murder site was too viscous to use for that purpose. Whatever substance is used. It has to be thin enough to run into every crack and crevice of the impression it is supposed to preserve. What we see here would smash the impression flat. And the investigator goes so far as to take a trowel and push the substance onto the impression. This assures the total destruction of the print. See more »

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Allan Winford: Well, we're all set all along that far slope on that ridge. Get Chuck on the radio and tell him to fire when ready.
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A mean oil man
10 May 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although this was not the best Perry Mason episode ever done, it certainly provided one of the meanest villains that Raymond Burr was ever employed by. Wendell Corey who if you take what Kirk Douglas says in his memoirs at face value was very much like his character he played here.

Corey is a wealthy oil millionaire who has no redeeming civic virtues like say the Rockefeller family. He endows no money anywhere I'd be willing to bet, I'd further bet his tax deductions were a fraud because as he says all he wants to acquire is all the money there is.

He's employed Perry Mason to negotiate a lease on Paul Brinegar and Gloria Talbott's land to drill for oil. Truth be told Brinegar and Talbott started spending money that wasn't their's yet because of the oil under the ground. They're facing ruin because Corey decides to cap the well and save the oil for later as he has a ten year option. Not helping to pay Brinegar's bills and Perry Mason feels used.

Corey is a guy who likes to make enemies for the sake and we have a cast full of suspects. The head of his drilling operation on the Brinegar land, James Best is the one arrested for his murder and Raymond Burr defends him as his obligation to Corey as a client ceased when Corey ceased breathing.

Kirk Douglas's memoirs The Ragman's Son describes the fact that at one time he and Corey had a good friendship, but politics and drinking drove them apart. Not just that Corey was a Republican, but he was going further and further to the right in his views. It cut him off a great deal from liberal Hollywood and Kirk says few came to his funeral. He came out of his respect for Corey's widow who he says suffered a great deal with Corey.

Still Wendell Corey dominates this episode playing a man that Will Rogers could hate with ease.


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