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
A point viewers might miss is that the gallery's owner, Alton Brent, is gay. This is revealed when Franklin snidely/leeringly asks Brent's wife "Other than his stamps - is he interested in //anything//?". Brent also has a habit of saying "Fabulous!", which one of the characters harshly tells him to stop. See more »
You know the routine. A character with multiple potential enemies is killed and Perry Mason's client looks extremely guilty due to the circumstances of the case in the first half. In the second half, usually in a pretrial hearing, Perry (with help from his able assistants) finds out who the real murderer is, usually eliciting a witness stand confession, or one from the gallery. Tried and true, and fits the 52 minute time frame.
This episode has Perry MUCH more busy, involved in the murder case, but also an important accessory murder case and a Grand Theft case.
When Hamilton Burger's jaw drops a little more deeply than it usually does, you can almost feel for the man.
Tightly written, well thought out, and Perry's knowledge of ugly art (look at his office!) comes into play here. A great episode for fans of the series or even those who just want an engaging Whodunnit.
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