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The Case of the Velvet Claws (1936)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 15 August 1936 (USA)
Perry marries Della but a beautiful woman interrupts their honeymoon night and demands Perry take her case at gunpoint.


William Clemens


Tom Reed (screenplay), Erle Stanley Gardner (novel)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren William ... Perry Mason
Claire Dodd ... Della Street
Wini Shaw ... Eva Belter (as Winifred Shaw)
Bill Elliott ... Carl Griffin (as Gordon Elliott)
Joe King ... George C. Belter (as Joseph King)
Addison Richards ... Frank Locke
Eddie Acuff ... Spudsy Drake
Olin Howland ... Wilbur Strong
Dick Purcell ... Crandal
Kenneth Harlan ... Peter Milnor
Clara Blandick ... Judge Mary F. O'Daugherty
Ruth Robinson Ruth Robinson ... Mrs. Veite
Paula Stone ... Norma Veite
Robert Middlemass ... Police Sgt. Wilbur Hoffman
Stuart Holmes ... Digley


Perry and Della are finally married by his old friend, Judge Mary. They plan to go on a honeymoon, but before it can start, Perry is retained by a woman with a gun and $5000. She wants him to stop a story that is coming out in 'Spicy Bits' about Peter Milner. When Perry cannot talk the editor out of publishing the story, he finds the owner and also finds that the woman who hired him was Mrs. Belter. Soon afterwards, George Belter is dead, Eva shot him and blames Perry Mason for the murder. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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IT STARTED WITH A WEDDING...BUT ENDED WITH A MURDER! (print ad - Lubbock Evening Journal - Palace Theatre - Lubbock, Texas- August 20, 1936 - all caps9


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Did You Know?


Allen Jenkins, who had played Spudsy Drake in the second and third Perry Mason films, is replaced in this movie by Eddie Acuff. See more »


Bill Elliott's character name is spelled "Carl Griffin" in the credits, but a newspaper report spells it "Carl Griffen". See more »


Detective Jones: [Banging on door with other policemen] Open the door! We want to see Perry Mason!
Spudsy Drake: [On the inside of the locked door] Man, who do you think you are?
Detective Jones: Herbert B. Jones of the homicide squad.
Spudsy Drake: [shouting] Open that door, or we'll break it down!
Spudsy Drake: Well, uh, wait'll I put my pants on, will yuh?
Detective Jones: You've had enough time to knit a pair.
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Perry and Della tie the knot
10 October 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

As it turned out I happened to see the TV version that Raymond Burr did on his hour long Perry Mason show. Spoiled it a bit because I knew who did the deed. Still seeing the same story done by another actor as Mason was interesting. And was it ever different.

This one started with Warren William as Mason and Claire Dodd as Della Street invading Judge Clara Blandick's chambers and demanding to be married. The barest hint of a romance was present on the Mason television shows. But off Della and Perry go to the apartment and then the plan is for a honeymoon lodge in the country.

All that gets interrupted by Wini Shaw toting a gun and demanding to retain Warren William in a blackmail scheme against the publisher of a Confidential type magazine called Spicy Bits. What she doesn't tell him is that her husband is the secret owner of the rag and she's been stepping out on him with a candidate for office.

In a confrontation Shaw actually believes she shot her husband, but as in television Perry Mason defends no guilty clients. That's a parameter not broken. And if you watched the series you know who did the crime.

What was fascinating to me in The Case Of The Velvet Claws was how Paul Drake's character was changed from a professional well dressed William Hopper who owned his own agency to Eddie Acuff, a rather seedy looking retainer who even got into a drag to tail someone.

The Case Of The Red Velvet Claws has some nice sparkling urban Warner Brothers type dialog handled with aplomb by William. That was a guy who did all kinds of series, Perry Mason, Philo Vance, and Michael Lanyard The Lone Wolf. And all sounded as urbane and sophisticated as Warren William was in real life.

Definitely for fans of Warren William if not Erle Stanley Gardner's sleuth with a law degree.

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15 August 1936 (USA) See more »

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Clue Club #8: The Case of the Velvet Claws See more »

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