Perry Mason: Season 1, Episode 9

The Case of the Vagabond Vixen (16 Nov. 1957)

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A man picking up a young woman hitchhiking tries to help her but the actions backfire when he finds himself the victim of blackmail. The man's business partner was also involved with the woman and murdered for which he is charged.

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John Addison
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Lorraine Ferrell
Carol Leigh ...
Veronica Dale
Peggy Converse ...
Myrtle Northrup
James Anderson ...
Peter Handsell
Barbara Pepper ...
Martha Dale
Paul Cavanagh ...
Edgar Ferrell
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Perry Ivins ...
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Peter Handsell drops his female partner Veronica Dale off to be picked up by Edgar Ferrell who is expected to make a pass at Veronica. Ferrell tells her he is a movie producer who might have a "position" for her. He takes her to a large home his company uses as a set but as he offers her a drink another car arrives. He has her go out the back door. She decides to leave when she hears a shot. At a gas station she tries to call Peter but after no answer she gets a ride to Los Angles with John Addison who happens to be Ferrell's business partner. The next day Addison calls Perry to ask him to quietly get Veronica out of jail after being arrested for vagrancy. Later, he calls Perry again finding himself being blackmailed by Peter Handsell for helping Veronica. Perry tries to set up a sting for Handsell but finds Addison in deeper trouble when he reveals Ferrell was shot at the house the night he picked up Veronica. Perry has to decipher all the circumstantial evidence against his client. Written by Anonymous

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This is an adaptation of 'The Case of the Vagabond Virgin'. It is the first of two adaptations of a Gardner novel not to retain its original title. See more »

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Star witness with a grant of immunity
25 June 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Perry Mason's client in this story is up and coming producer Robert Ellenstein who plays Irving Thalberg to his senior partner Paul Cavanaugh's Louis B. Mayer. Cavanaugh has a real reputation with a casting couch and a certain bottom feeding blackmailing columnist played by James Anderson is going to take advantage of it.

Anderson has young vixen as per the episode's title Carol Leigh working for him. She attracts Cavanaugh on the road to his house and no self respecting wolf would pass her up with her Little Red Riding Hood routine.

But later on Cavanaugh is shot to death and Anderson becomes William Talman's star witness with a grant of immunity. Anderson implicates Ellenstein.

Both Leigh and Anderson get torn to shreds by Raymond Burr. Hamilton Burger learns not to be hasty with those immunity grants. And later on a murderer you feel sorry for confesses to the deed.

Nice maneuvering by Raymond Burr in this one.


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