Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Wandering Widow 

Riley Morgan is freed from prison after a seaman comes forth after six years to confirm his alibi for a murder. However, the seaman indirectly tries to use Morgan's situation to blackmail the principles in the case and is murdered.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Della Street (credit only)
Deputy D.A.Telford
Lorraine Kendall
Riley Morgan
Faye Donner
Burt Stokes (as Casey Adams)
Ralph Clanton ...
Roger McClaine
Hugh Sanders ...
Warren Donner
Bill Worth
Jimmie Kendall
Prison Warden


At San Quentin, merchant seaman Burt Stokes comes forward as a witness to tell the Warden that Riley Morgan, convicted murderer, did not kill Martin Kendall. Morgan is paroled but is not paid for his improper imprisonment by the state. Stokes via a note left in her son Jimmie's schoolbooks also offers information on the crime to Morgan's wife Lorraine, requesting $5,000 to help rehabilitate Morgan. Bill Worth, a freelance writer, is working with Stokes on the story, including Lorraine's hidden past. At the same time he is reporting to Lorraine's brother-in-law who is a vice-president of the company Martin left to Lorraine. Lorraine contacts Perry Mason about a manuscript she received that distorts the details. Not sure Lorraine will pay him, Stokes also hits up Lorraine's brother who does pay. Morgan calls it quits with Stokes when he senses Stokes is trying to blackmail others. Lorraine arranges to meet Stokes in a public park. Later Perry and Paul Drake find Stokes dead, and ... Written by richardann

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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22 October 1960 (USA)  »

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The Dean Harens character, Riley Morgan, appears in the closing credits as "Morgan Riley". See more »


[first lines]
Prison Warden: Come in, Mr. Stokes. It, uh, it is Mr. Stokes?
Burt Stokes: Yes, sir. Merchant Marine.
Prison Warden: Sit down, if you like.
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The king of thing that every convict prays for
5 October 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The kind of thing that every convict prays for happens to Dean Harens when an alibi witness played by Max Showalter shows up and clear him of a murder that he was convicted for 7 years earlier. But there's no happily ever afterward ending for either of these two guys, especially Showalter who winds up dead in a playground.

Raymond Burr's client is Coleen Gray here who was the widow of the man that Harens was convicted of killing. She's now looking good for her late husband's murder. But it's Showalter's murder that she's arrested by Ray Collins for and it's Showalter's murder that Perry Mason has to defend her first.

Truth be told she brings a lot on herself by not being completely truthful about her relationships with all the people connected with this case. Most importantly that of her son Stephen Talbot. It turns out that is the key to solving everything.

This is one of the best plotted and most intricate Perry Mason episodes. Don't miss it.

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