Nora Sutton asks Tom to take her to Clifford Henderson's house. After he does so, she calmly takes out her gun and shoots Henderson dead. She refuses to say why she did it or even ask for ... See full summary »

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Tom Brewster
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Nora Sutton
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Clark Henderson
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Nora Sutton asks Tom to take her to Clifford Henderson's house. After he does so, she calmly takes out her gun and shoots Henderson dead. She refuses to say why she did it or even ask for an attorney, so Tom is appointed to that role, and he determines to get the answers himself. Written by rbecker28

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Sugarfoot Is Slicker Than Perry Mason
25 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode of "Sugarfoot" surpasses "Perry Mason" for the protagonist's clever courtroom shenanigans. "A Noose for Nora" opens with a young lady, Nora Sutton (Madlyn Rhue), arriving in town to see Clifford Henderson's house. Tom Brewster (Will Hutchins of "The Shooting") escorts Nora to the Henderson residence. No sooner has Henderson answered the door than Nora brandishes a derringer and blasts Clifford Henderson at point blank range, killing him almost instantly, apparently in cold blood, too. Naturally, the sheriff arrests Nora, jails her, and she appears in court without representation. Since he is learning about the ways of the law, Tom volunteers to represent Nora, but she doesn't exactly seem willing to defend herself. Predictably, Clark (Robert Colbert of "Maverick") is properly upset with Tom's decision to represent Nora. As Tom is walking down the street, some of Clark's henchmen assail him, and a fistfight ensues with Tom outnumbered until help arrives from an unexpected quarter. Bill Smallwood (Vic Perrin of "Klansan") chips off a piece of the action for himself, but his wife Ada (Claudia Bryar) disapproves. Meantime, Tom breaks into Clark's house to find some information that might be useful to his court case. This is something that Perry Mason has been known to do in the television show. Miraculously, Tom hides moments before Clark walks in on him. Later, when Bill is crossing the street and Tom is riding out of town. Clark guns Bill down and frames Tom for his death. Tom manages to escape after he disarms everybody and lights out to another town. He rides off to Mountain View, and Clark and his henchman pursue him. They catch up with him at the ranch of an old-timer, John Buck (William Fawcett) who initially refuses to let him ride up. Eventually, Tom convinces Buck to invite him inside and they discuss Nora and Tom learns the truth about Nora. Simultaneously, Clark and his henchman ignite a wagon load of hay and propel it into the house while Nora's young son, (Ronnie Dapo), watches in horror. The ranch house catches on fire and Clark shoots Buck. As the house turns into an inferno, Clark believes that everybody is dead. Imagine Clark's surprise when Tom appears in court despite being a fugitive from justice himself. During the trial, Judge Lawson (Charles Arnt) allows Tom to continue defending Nora despite the strenuous objections of the prosecutor, Fennell (Tristram Coffin), who finds everything unorthodox. As it turns out, Clifford and Clark have been swindling land owners. The records that could be used to prove this perfidy have been burned. Nevertheless, when Tom returns, he has the charred remains of a record book and fools Clark. When Clark decides to take matters into his own hands by shooting Tom, Ada surprises Clark and shoots him in the back. Now, this is ironic considering that Nora shot the elder Henderson at the outset and Ada kills the younger one. After the judge suspends sentence on Nora for having lived in terror for three years against the Henderson, he threatens to cite Tom for contempt of court. He looks at the charred record book and points out that it is empty. Tom faked the book of record.


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