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 murdering the witness against him.

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Lt. Tragg (credit only)
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Judge Daniel Redmond
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Victor Kendall
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Gus Sawyer
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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

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16 May 1963 (USA)  »

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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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Commentator: Now, to the political news. Attention focused this morning on the pre-convention caucus meeting in the Los Angeles Hotel to select nominees for the slate of state officers. Of particular concern is the nominee for the office of lieutenant governor. Most experts agreed the shoo-in for the job was the man who has unsuccessfully sought it for the past 12 years, Victor Kendall, publisher of "The Clarion." But a sudden dark horse has loomed into contention. The feeling in informed ...
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Slander and murder
8 February 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

As this open we see the multi-legal faceted Perry Mason lose in appellate division a civil case. But the well respected judge Robert Middleton who has just been nominated for Lieutenant Governor of California will have need for Raymond Burr's services soon.

A traveling US Senate investigating committee has heard testimony from Vaughn Taylor that Middleton was a beneficiary of insider knowledge while working at the War Department during World War II. Also that he received his first appointment to the bench as a result of his illegal activities.

But then Taylor winds up dead, poisoned with the heart medicine that Middleton's secretary Florida Freibus has, but would be fatal to a heavy drinker like Taylor.

With the help of the Paul Drake Detective Agency for whom Raymond Burr says to William Hopper 'put on an army of operatives' the mystery is solved and the guilty party of both murder and slander is exposed. That last word should tell you who the guilty part is if you watch this good episode.


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