After the death of her husband and partner, Joe Doyle, Constant Doyle takes on a case involving a young man who knew her husband. Constant asks for Perry's help and he suggests she hire the Paul Drake Detective agency to aid in the case.
When Cal Leonard gets into trouble, he tries to get in touch with a lawyer he once met, Joseph Doyle, but learns that the man has died. His wife and law partner, Constant Doyle, pays him a visit in jail but he's not keen on having her represent him. Constant, on a whim, does provide bail money for Cal. Cal was caught jumping the fence at the Otis Instrument Co, owned by Lawrence Otis, who once used Doyle and Doyle as a law firm. However, with the death of Joe, several clients have left the firm. It turns out that Cal's father once worked for Otis as an engineer but was an unreliable alcoholic. His cousin, Steve Arthur, still works there but is somehow making large deposits to his bank account. Cal is convinced that Otis has stolen some of his father's ideas on equipment miniaturization but when Steve Arthur is found dead, Cal is charged with murder. With Perry Mason in the hospital, Constant decides to represent him herself. Constant Doyle learns Cal has a special talent she uses in ...Written by
Jerry Oddo's next to last television appearance. His final appearance was in another Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Floating Stones." Both episodes first aired in 1963. Mr. Oddo passed away 40 years later, in 2003. See more »
[to guard just locking a plant's gate]
Say... Say, you got a cigarette machine in there? Uh, the Drug store's closed, see?
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Perry's under the weather for this episode and he is only in two scenes, both telephone conversations with guest star Bette Davis and he's in a sickbed. In fact Bette is no doubt the biggest guest star that series ever had. She even got special billing at the beginning of the show.
Raymond Burr maybe under the weather, but he lends the trusty assistance of William Hopper and Barbara Hale to Davis. She's a widow and during her marriage was the partner of her husband. When Michael Parks who did a good impersonation of James Dean in his career is caught breaking and entering a plant, this looks like a simple case of juvenile delinquency.
Parks was on a mission though, he believes the owner of said plant cheated his father out of an invention he designed. Later on Jerry Oddo who worked there and is a cousin of Parks is killed with Parks on the premises. In fact he was caught and detained by Paul Drake.
Davis defends him in court and proves that Raymond Burr is not the only capable of defeating William Talman. I do have to say that the actual murderer was one truly dragged out of left field.
The presence of Bette Davis makes this an episode worth watching, but it's far from the best Mason story out there.
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