Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Purple Woman 

Art collector Rufus Varner has bought a famous painting from dealer Milo Girard, but the painting may be a forgery by Aaron Hubbell, and Girard's wife, Evelyn, consults Perry for protection against any involvement in the suspected fraud.


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Episode cast overview:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
William Talman ... Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg
George Macready ... Milo Girard
Bethel Leslie ... Evelyn Girard
Robert H. Harris ... Aaron Hubble
Rhys Williams ... Rufus Varner
Doris Singleton ... Doris Andrews
Donald Murphy Donald Murphy ... Wayne Gordon
Stephen Bekassy Stephen Bekassy ... Laslo Kovac
Edwin Jerome Edwin Jerome ... Judge
Shirley Houser Shirley Houser ... Martha--Waitress


Milo Girard is a high-end art dealer who is less than honest. He's recently sold a painting, The Purple Woman, to avid collector and self-described expert Rufus Varner, for $86,000. When another art expert tells Varner he's purchased a forgery, he wants his money back but Girard laughs him off and threatens to expose his gullibility. Girard commissioned the forgery from frustrated artist Aaron Hubble to whom he promised a one man show if he could produce a painting that would fool Varner. Having met his side of the bargain, Hubble now wants his show but Girard refuses. Girard's wife Evelyn learns about the forgeries and seeks legal advice from Perry Mason. She fails to tell him that she is having an affair and that she hated her husband. When Girard is murdered, there is no shortage of suspects but it's Evelyn who is charged and Perry defends her. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

6 December 1958 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the epilogue to this episode, (Season 2, Episode 9) Perry Mason, Della and Paul are having lunch while reading the newspaper coverage of the dismissed trial. Hamilton Burger stops by and unexpectedly congratulates Perry on a job well done. Perry invites Hamilton to join them for lunch, much to Hamilton's surprise. This is the first time we see Hamilton Burger interacting socially with Perry and the gang. See more »


In other cases, after the real murderer has confessed, the prosecuting attorney makes a motion to dismiss the charges against the defendant. In this particular instance, the judge dismissed the case before such a motion was made. See more »


[first lines]
Rufus Varner: Yes, Mr. Kovac, there are more. I've got the finest collection of Van Hootens in the United States.
Laslo Kovac: You must feel like Alexander the Great, weeping because there are no new worlds to conquer.
Rufus Varner: That's where you're wrong, Mr. Kovac. There will always be new worlds.
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Some of the best courtroom scenes are in this episode
23 April 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This episode has one of those endings that the series is so famous in producing. A person is tripped up by Perry and the house of cards comes falling down as the person confesses to the crime. Classic Mason episode.

It begins when an art collector, Varner, has bought a painting from the Girard Gallery called 'The Purple Woman'. He discovers that the painting is a fake and goes to see the owner of the gallery Milo Girard. When Milo tells Varner that he will have to report this to the newspapers, Varner backs off since he is a well known art collector and might damage his reputation.

Milo Girard is one of those real cads. He hires a talent drunk to paint a forgery, then he sells the painting plus he is also running around on his wife Evelyn- just an all-out rotten guy. So it is not too painful when his secretary, who he has been seeing, finds him murdered in his office. But the bad thing is that it was one day after his wife had threaten to kill him over some letters he found that was addressed to her. So as you can tell Evelyn will be the first suspect that Hamilton Burger's office will seek to issue warrants for murder. Thank goodness Perry will be around to defend Ms Girard.

A nicely written episode with some fantastic acting that really hold the viewer's attention. The courtroom scenes are some of the best work we have seen in some time. With the great ending this episode was top notch. Good watch.

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