Phil Beecher returns from a year in prison for vehicular manslaughter of Aggie Norris the sheriff's daughter. His wife Kathi forgives him, although the people of the town despise him. Phil is charged when sister Charlotte Norris is killed.

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Paul Drake (credit only)
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Hamilton Burger (credit only)
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Lt. Tragg (credit only)
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Sheriff Eugene Norris
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Judith Thurston
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Kathi Beecher
Ray Hemphill ...
Phil Beecher
Bart Burns ...
Norman Thurston
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Robert Tepper
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Ina Victor ...
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Perry Mason is on holiday in a small village where he hopes to get some rest and get in some hunting with his old friend Sheriff Eugene Norris. Also in town is Phil Beecher who has just finished a term in prison for drunk driving and killing Norris' daughter Aggie in an auto accident. Many in the town are outraged that Beecher would have the nerve to return and even his wife Kathi isn't sure she wants him back so he stays at the lodge where Perry is staying. He witnesses Aggie's sister Charlotte defend Phil from a deputy who attacks Phil in the lodge lobby. Later, Charlotte meets Norman Thurston where they put the finishing touches on a plan to steal the payroll and blame Phil. It all comes to a boil when Sheriff Norris' second daughter Charlotte is killed during a hold up at the local sawmill that sees the $43,000 payroll stolen. Beecher admits to having been there at Charlotte's request but she tried to shoot him and she was definitely alive when he left her. Perry takes up his case... Written by garykmcd

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2 January 1960 (USA)  »

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At the end of the show, all are standing in the snow covered woods, but you can't see anyone's breath. See more »

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[first lines]
Phil Beecher: Hello, Kathi. You didn't even meet me at the bus stop.
Kathi Beecher: What did you... come back for?
Phil Beecher: You.
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Vindictative Sheriff Nearly Railroads Wrong Man
8 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The episode was worked on by a team of several writers and they must have worked pretty well together as it holds up pretty well as it ages. There was a tragic accident in town in which the sheriffs daughter dies. It is said to be a DWI caused accident and the man at the wheel winds up going to jail for a few years.

Then he comes back to a town where everybody hates him. He wants to take his lady love and leave town, but she refuses to go. By coincidence the sheriff is a friend of Perry Mason's and Perry just happens to come to town the same day. The sheriff has another daughter and the first night he is back, the second daughter is murdered.

Even though the first is considered an accident and the second is a murder, the evidence is strong enough for the distraught sheriff to ask for a murder charge to be brought on the same man who just came back to town. The girlfriend begs Perry Mason to defend him and Perry goes to court against a stacked deck.

Luckily the court has a fair judge but Perry trying to find the truth in a small town without willing witnesses and without Paul Drake or Della is quite a challenge. A solid episode to be sure as a payroll and buried money are involved too.


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