Frank Patton is the promoter of the Lucky Legs Contest. The problem is that he always skips town before paying the $1000 to the winner. Mr. Bradbury, suitor of Cloverdale winner Margie, hires intoxicated Perry Mason to find Frank. Perry knows the scheme that Patton is using and has Spudsy find him, but Frank is dead when Perry arrives. The how is a surgeons scalpel, but the who is not yet known.Written by
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In the trailer Patricia Ellis is described as "She's the mystery girl in 'The Case of the Lucky Legs,' and all her brains are BELOW the knees. When she steps out, the fun begins." See more »
When Mason enters Patton's apartment, he locks the entry door from the inside so his search won't be disturbed. After finding the body, Mason exits the apartment into the hall, and the entry door is once again unlocked. See more »
[to Bradbury and Spudsy in the restaurant]
Well, there's no one I'd rather pin this killing on than a doctor.
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You can sure tell that Erle Stanley Gardner had no control over these movies
Erle Stanley Gardner oversaw the TV series "Perry Mason," including picking the Perry - so you can see the difference between that series and a Mason movie like "The Case of the Lucky Legs." Warren William is Mason, and his Mason is 180 degrees different from his first, more serious Mason portrayal in "The Case of the Howling Dog." Here, he's extremely flippant, he and Delta flirt constantly, and it's all a game to him in between drinks. In the first entry into the series, he has a huge office with lots of associates; here, he's a one-man office as in the books.
William's Mason has nothing to do with the Erle Stanley Gardner's passionate Perry Mason of the Depression, or the steady, solid Perry of later on, but he's still wonderful - handsome, charming, debonair, and very funny. He's definitely a guilty pleasure, even though I know how much Gardner hated these films.
At least in title, this is an actual Perry Mason story, and it's a good one.
Warren William played heavies in silent films and emerged in talkies as a leading man. He had a great persona.
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