Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Vagabond Vixen 

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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Leigh ...
Veronica Dale
John Addison
Peggy Converse ...
Myrtle Northrup
Peter Handsell
Lorraine Ferrell
Martha Dale
Edgar Ferrell
Sgt. Bent
Judge Keetley
Perry Ivins ...
Print Man


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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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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16 November 1957 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


While in the courtroom, Della fails to recognize someone known to her from a meeting in Perry's office. See more »


[first lines]
Peter Handsell: Are you sure you know the car, Veronica?
Veronica Dale: Yes, I told you I know it, Pete.
Peter Handsell: Well, put on a good show, baby. I'll meet you back in town.
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A simple good watch
10 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here is another good episode from the first season as we see Perry defending John Addison (Robert Ellenstein) for the murder of his partner Edgar Farrell (Paul Cavanagh).

Seems both men were co-operators of Fidelity Studios. And a big stock holder's meeting was approaching that was going to swing the movie studio to a single manager and leave the other behind.

But before all of that Mr Farrell, picks up the 18 year old girl on the highway and takes her to a remote house that was owned by the studio. Before Mr Farrell gets lucky- a car drives up and he sends the girl into another room. The next scene produces a gunshot and then you see the young girl Veronica Dale (Carol Leigh) running from the house. And to make matters even more strange, she is picked up down the road by Mr Addison.

And when Hamilton Burger finds all this information, plus the fact that Mr Farrell was killed with Mr Addison's gun, a warrant is issued and Mr Addsion is taken to the county jail charged with murder.

There is also a big sub-plot to this story when we learn that picking up the girl on the highway was not by chance. It had been planned by ex-con blackmailer named Peter Hansel (James Anderson). This all comes to light- but Hamilton gives Peter immunity so that he can testify in court.

The episode ends in a rather uneventful way. Actually very tamed by 'Perry Mason' standards, when we get a confession from the true murderer away from the courtroom. But not before Perry makes people's testimony tainted by revealing lies while on the witness stand.

This is a good watch for viewers but nothing really stands out. It is a simple story with a simple ending. The only thing of mention is the beauty of Ms Carol Leigh and the performance by Barbara Peppers (she played Vernoica's mom).

Notes- I know this is an early episode, but every time some nugget of information is revealed in court, you get this loud rustling sound from the spectators gallery. I glad, in later episodes, they we away from that sound. In this show you get it about five times.

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