Della is on the hook to Perry for $25,000 but more importantly may go to prison for helping a friend charged with murder who was being blackmailed. Perry must not only prove his client but his trusted secretary innocent as well.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ...
Janet Brent
Zaneta Holmes
Edward Franklin
C. C. Chang
Alton Brent
Judy Dan ...
Trixie Tong
Dean Chang
Philip Ahn ...
James Wong


Della Street is shocked when her good friend Janet Brent asks to borrow $25,000. Della doesn't have anywhere near that kind of money but when she talks to Perry about it, he unquestioningly lends her the money. Janet is being blackmailed by Edward Franklin who runs a gallery specializing in oriental art objects. He gladly accepts her money but reneges only his promise to return embarrassing photos to her. When Franklin is found dead, Janet is accused of murder and Della is told she will charged with being an accomplice. Janet isn't the only one who had problems with Franklin however. It seems that a rare object he recently sold for $10,000 may only be worth $50 and family of a local restaurant owner may be trying to return Chinese art objects to their homeland. To solve the case, Perry will have to involve himself in another court proceeding at the very moment the jury is deciding Janet's fate. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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29 November 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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" How far would you go for a friend? "
30 September 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Perry Mason's "The Case of the Weary Watchdog" is a complicated but good story involving stolen Chinese art objects, incriminating photos, and international blackmail between Chinese-Americans and those trapped behind the "Bamboo Curtain". It's a great episode that even snares his secretary into a possible charge of accessory to murder herself . But don't get too mired in the confusing details of the other reviews here. Just watch "The Case of the Weary Watchdog" for a great example of the very special relationship between Perry and Della on the series and the only episode in the history of the series where she asks Perry for TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS!!! . . . and his response to that, as well as her previous question as phrased in the summary line above.

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