Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Witless Witness 

Judge Daniel Redmond has been nominated to run for Lt. Governor due to his high level of respect. However, he soon finds himself being forced to turn it down due to an accusation of fraud and then murdering the witness against him.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ...
Judge Daniel Redmond
Victor Kendall
Gus Sawyer
Quinn Torrey
Marian Lamont
Rita Lynn ...
Madge Eberly
Martin Weston
James Wall
Senator Deering


Perry loses a civil case in appellate court, but soon has a murder case, with the judge who ruled against him as defendant. Perry will need to wade through a "perfect" fraud and long chains of finger-pointing to exonerate the judge. Newspaper publisher Victor Kendall, a perennial candidate for Lt Governor, loses the nomination to respected Judge Daniel Redmond. Kendall then attends a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing, where cooperating witness Martin Weston is flabbergasted to hear himself involved in a 20-year-old fraud case. The committee adjourns to give Weston a chance to "refresh his memory". Kendall then goes to Redmond and accuses him of also being involved in the fraud. Weston also says that the judge profited from the scheme. In fact, all he did was, when questioned at a party, to describe a fraud case he'd just prosecuted, giving the schemers the idea of how to avoid the mistakes of the earlier crime. Redmond's old flame Madge Everly was there, but she refuses to help him. ... Written by arthurblock

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

16 May 1963 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Judge Daniel Redmond, the defendant in this episode, may have been inspired by Goodwin Knight, Governor of California from 1953 to 1959. Like Redmond, Knight was a judge who entered politics and ran for Lieutenant Governor of California. In real life, Knight won and then became Governor when sitting Governor Earl Warren was appointed Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court. See more »

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Excellent courtroom scenes make this episode enjoyable
9 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this fine episode, Perry defends a respected Judge on murder charges after his named is linked to an Federal Investigation involving fraud that happened some twenty years ago.

The Judge, Daniel Redmond, is a man with high integrity for the law. He has just beaten Victor Kendall for nomination for Lt Governor of California, when he gets word that his name has been mentioned in a Federal Investigation for fraud. When he starts asking questions about the investigation it seems that many people believe that Judge Redmond has connections to the fraud and may have even bought the Judge's seat.

The Judge's old friend, Martin Weston, is set to appear before the committee the next day. However Mr Weston is found dead and the evidence points to Judge Redmond as the main suspect. Perry is asked to defend his friend on the charges brought by Hamilton Burger's office.

This episode was a pleasant change of pace from the norm. There are some great courtroom scenes that haven't been witnessed since season one. Perry is at the top of his game as he questions each witness to finally get to the truth. Even with many people taking the 5th amendment during cross-examination - enough of the story comes to light to provide Perry with a satisfactory ending. Great watch.

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