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The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 5 October 1935 (USA)
A con man who stages phony "lucky legs" beauty contests and leaves town with the money is found with a surgical knife in his heart by Mason.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Perry Mason
... Della Street
... Margie Florence Clune
... Dr. Bob Doray
... Spudsy Drake
... Police Chief Bisonette (as Barton Mac Lane)
... Thelma Bell
... Col. Bradbury
Anita Kerry ... Eva Lamont
... Frank Patton
... District Attorney Manchester
... Police Officer Ricker (as Charles Wilson)
... Detective Johnson
... Dr. Croker
... Spudsy's Wife
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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 Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Clue Club #5: The Case of the Lucky Legs  »

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Trivia

Supporting players Barton MacLane and Lyle Talbot would later appear in the Perry Mason TV series starring Raymond Burr. See more »

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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 »

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Perry Mason: Margie was at Patton's apartment, and when I came in, she was taking a bath.
Thelma Bell: What's wrong with that? Don't lawyers take baths?
Perry Mason: Very few. I like them, but uh, the police wouldn't. They'd say that Margie was washing off bloodstains.
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References The Case of the Curious Bride (1935) See more »

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You're an Eyeful of Heaven
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Written by Allie Wrubel and Mort Dixon
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The Case of the Looney Lawyer
31 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

One day in 1935, Erle Stanley Gardener wandered onto a Hollywood sound stage. "What's being filmed," he asked? "A new Perry Mason comedy," answered an underling who didn't recognize the author. "You can't be serious," shuddered Gardner "And neither is the movie," said the underling. "I mean there's one scene where a client comes in and finds Warren William as Perry Mason lying under his desk, sleeping off a hangover. The poor sap thinks it's a dead body." "Are the courtroom scenes at least serious," wondered Gardner. "There aren't any courtroom scenes," shot back the underling. "Mason solves the murder of a con artist while in his office, being x-rayed by a doctor who's as much as a nutcase as he is. But nobody really cares about who did it or why." Gardener could have filed an injunction since he was a lawyer-turned-author. Instead, he made plans for a Perry Mason TV series if and when television was ever invented. And "The Case of the Lucky Legs" opened in theaters and got quite a lot of laughs.


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