Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Waylaid Wolf 

An aggressive playboy has a steno work late, sabotages her car, and then offers her a ride and dinner. He detours them to a Malibu beach house where he makes heavy advances. She runs away and takes his car but he is found dead later.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Perry Mason
Lt. Tragg
Deputy D.A. Victor Chamberlin
Rebecca Welles ...
Edith Bristol
Arlene Ferris
Tony Travis ...
Loring Lamont
George Albert
Oolong Kim
Orvel Kingman
Frances Fong ...
Frances Kim
Jerome Henley


Womanizing businessman Loring Lamont, Jr. wants one of the stenos, Arlene Ferris, to work late. He disappoints his own secretary, Edith Bristol, by giving her the night off. Junior sabotages Ferris's car, so she has to ride with him. On a pretext, he takes Arlene to his Malibu beach house. The Asian caretaker for Lamont Sr., Oolong Kim, asks Junior to repay a long overdue $2,000 loan, which the young slacker blows off. He makes a heavy move on Arlene, who runs out of the house on foot. He chases her in his car and then on foot along the road. Arlene manages to double back and swipe Lamont's car, knocking him into the mud in the bargain. She returns the car to his apartment in town so as not to be accused of stealing it. The next morning her friend Madge suggests Arlene consult with Mason due to the charges Lamont might bring against her. Lamont is found stabbed to death, and Arlene is charged with murder. Perry Mason plays games with Lt. Tragg's identification witness and is accused ... Written by richardann

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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4 February 1961 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The use of initials was important in this episode. O.K. was stressed throughout the show. At the end, Della was seen wearing a necklace with her initials, DS. See more »


When Lamont is giving Arlene Ferris a ride, after disabling her car, there is a shadow of a hand in the corner of the back seat, behind Arlene. See more »


[first lines]
Madge Elwood Albert: You don't suppose that clock's stuck, do you?
Madge Elwood Albert: It's ticking away, all right. Slow but sure.
Madge Elwood Albert: Slow is right.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits list a character named Colong Kim. But it should have said Oolong Kim. There was quite a point made several times about trying to locate someone with initials O.K. Oolong Kim was questioned about whether he was ever referred to as "O.K." And his name, which was pronounced clearly several times during the show, was "Oolong," not "Colong." See more »

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Characters interaction more interesting than crime- plays well.
3 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

The episode begins with a young playboy named Loring Lamont Jr is trying to get him some action from one of the secretaries in the office named Arlene Ferris. Mr Lamont blows off his regular secretary and ask Ms Ferris if she will work late. Due to tampering by Lamont, Ms Ferris's car will not start and he will drive Ms Ferris home. But instead he remembers a meeting and takes Ms Ferris to his beach house in Malibu.

While at the beach house Mr Lamont gets a call from Oolong Kim concerning a loan that he wants repaid. Mr Lamont blows off Mr Kim and gets back to the seduction of Ms Ferris.

After forcing himself on her she pushes him over the couch and makes a run for it out the sliding glass door. Mr Lamont gets in his car and chases Ms Ferris down the rural road.(It was very obvious that the small car chase was filmed inside a movie studio) While giving chase Lamont gets out of the car and Ms Ferris gets in. As she is pulling off she knocks Lamont to the ground.

The next day Mr Lamont was found stabbed to death in the Malibu house. And the police arrest Ms Ferris for the murder. But thank goodness Ms Ferris has already visited Perry's office and he will defend her in court.

Even though the writers try to add material to spread blame for the murder to many different people, the best suspect was known after the first few minutes of the show. A simple mystery that was more interesting due to the many conflicts in the script.

We get some good ribbing between Perry and Lt Tragg that makes this episode entertaining. Lt Tragg even hints, while on the witness stand, of improper conduct by Perry. ---- Plus we get an odd scene where some rough gangster-type people invade Perry's apartment-and then leave just as odd as they entered.

This is one episode where the interactions of the characters were more interesting than the crime. Something different with good results.

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