Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Wednesday Woman 

Phillip Stewart, about to be released from prison, has been refusing to see his wife. A $500,000 diamond was stolen at the business where he worked. After he is released, he is charged with killing a detective who is looking for the gem.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Phillip Pine ...
Phillip Stewart
Lisa Gaye ...
Joyce Hadley
Lester Ormesby
Mrs. Helen Reed
Phyllis Hill ...
Mrs. Katherine Stewart
Thomas Webber
Jack Mallory
Amos Elwell


For some time now, Katherine Stewart has been visiting her husband Phillip every Wednesday in San Quentin prison who has been serving a year for involuntary manslaughter. He has been serving a term for killing his employer but for the last month, he has refused all visits from his wife. He is released on parole. Katherine consults Perry Mason and is at her wits end. She is now afraid that he will do something silly that sends him back to jail so she wants Perry to offer him a job on the east coast and get state approval for it. Jack Mallory, who contacts Katherine, is a private investigator looking into the theft of the valuable Jakarta diamond that disappeared at the same time Phillip Stewart was accused of his original crime. Phillip has managed to get his old job back with the firm Reed and Webber. Webber is buying out Mrs. Reed's part of the business and brought Phillip back to save the business which Reed nearly destroyed. When Mallory is found dead however, it's Phillip who is ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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2 January 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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In the prologue, Phillip Stewart is shown in San Quentin State Prison, serving a sentence for an involuntary manslaughter conviction. San Quentin was and is a maximum security institution intended to house the worst offenders in the California penal system, and anyone convicted of a relatively minor felony (such as involuntary manslaughter) would be sent elsewhere. See more »


[first lines]
Jack Mallory: Cabbie?
Cabbie: Oh, uh, pardon me, sir. I'm waiting on the lady.
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10 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lots of characters and lots of motives leads to a festival of 'guess-who' when Perry goes looking for the person that committed not only one crime but two.

In one of the more interesting scripts, this episode features diamonds and deception that leads to murder in a quite bizarre elevator ride. From the tops floors of a office building to the basement, the elevator ride is the hinge that holds this show together. And not only does something sinister happen on that elevator ride but the man that press the button just happens to be Perry himself.

This leads to a court scene where Hamilton Burger finally gets one up on Perry. You can even see in the eyes of Mr Burger when he delivers the lines right at the heart of Perry's examination.

As with any "Perry Mason" episode, I try to guess the person of the day at the beginning of the show. For once my guess was correct. I used the worksheet of throwing out the most hated and the most innocent character and go with the one with the motive.

Of course this worksheet I use actually works about 20% of the time compared to just taking a wild guess that works 25% of the time.

Anyway a good episode with solid acting. Guest actors are good and the plot is interesting. Only problem was the scene when one person gets out of prison and you can tell how far special effects have come since the early 60's. But good watching

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