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.
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
This episode gives a good indication of how close Perry Mason and Della Street are. Della has a good friend in Mala Powers who is being blackmailed by an Oriental art dealer played by John Dall in one of his fine epicene characterizations.
Without question Barbara Hale promises to $25,000.00 for Powers no questions asked. And of course she goes to Raymond Burr who gives her a check no questions asked. But Dall wants to squeeze Powers a little more and later on he winds up dead. This is truly one of those public service homicides.
So with that kind of character there's a good list of suspects out there that are alternative perpetrators. Dall had a number of criminal enterprises including some activity with a government in those days we were forbidden dealings with, that being the People's Republic Of China.
Of course Barbara Hale was never really in trouble though the DA made noise about holding her as an accomplice. Trouble for her would be when she's arrested for murder in the first Perry Mason TV movie twenty years later.
Then Della Street really needs the services of Perry Mason.
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