Perry Mason: Season 4, Episode 24

The Case of the Violent Vest (29 Apr. 1961)

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Herman Albright who has a crush on the model he handles for an agency asks his wife for a divorce when her gambling debts become too much. He agrees to perform a favor to pay the debt. It results in his murder and the model is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Myrna Fahey ...
Grace Halley
Walter Caffrey
Sonya Wilde ...
Joy Lebaron
Erik Rhodes ...
Herman Albright
Joe Cronin ...
Buddy Frye
Dorothy Green ...
Ida Albright
Rosemary Eliot ...
Vicky Dolan
Frank Jenks ...
Walter Clemens the Bartender
Richard Gaines ...
Barbara Pepper ...
Mrs. Diamond


Ad man Herman Allbright has just about had it with his wife and her gambling habit. She has just recently lost another $5000 at the tables - money he will have to borrow from his boss Walter Caffrey - and he decides to end their marriage. Another incentive to moving is that he's fallen in love with the model who will be appearing in his new ad campaign, Grace Halley. Allbright fancies himself something of a ladies' man but has clearly misunderstood anything Gracie may have said to him. In fact, she is already married but has kept that a secret so as not to harm her career. She consults with Perry Mason about whether the contract can be broken by either side but it appears she cannot break it. After Allbright is found dead in his car, his wife Ida identifies the body but tells Lt. Tragg the clothes he is wearing are not his normal clothes. Gracie is charged with murder based on a photograph and a neighbor seeing her removing men's clothing from her apartment. A case of mistaken ... Written by garykmcd

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A return to the earlier days of the show
23 January 2010 | by (Philadelphia, PA USA) – See all my reviews

Not only was the episode well-written, but it also involved all five major characters in the case, a welcome change. William Tallman, who had been banished towards the end of the previous season, was in his old form. I prefer seeing Hamilton Burger locking horns with Perry instead of seeing new prosecutors and locations. Lt. Tragg was in his traditional role of nipping at the heels of Mr. Mason and Paul Drake. It's always good to see Della actively helping out, instead of being a glorified message and note taker. It seemed like the original formula centered around the five principals had gradually given way to more screen time for the guest stars, at the expense of Ms. Street, Mr. Burger and Lt. Tragg. Too many shows seemed to be centered mostly around the guests, Perry, and Paul, with Della almost making cameos. This was a refreshing episode.

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