Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Antic Angel 

William Sherwood, a recovering alcoholic, thinks he sees his dead wife, Ruth, leaving a bar. The experience causes him to start drinking. Perry is contacted about the issue as she died in a plane crash but then she turns up dead - again.


Arthur Marks


Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by), Robert C. Dennis


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
William Talman ... Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins ... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ... Police Lt. Andy Anderson
Michael Ansara ... Vince Kabat
George Tobias ... Sidney Falconer
Peter Breck ... William Sherwood
Richard Erdman ... Harry Niles
Bek Nelson ... Dana Kent
Cathleen Cordell ... Maggie Malecki
Logan Field Logan Field ... Sergeant
Alexander Lockwood Alexander Lockwood ... Medical Examiner
Morris Ankrum ... Judge


William Sherwood, a recovering alcoholic, is flabbergasted when he sees his wife, Ruth, who supposedly died in a plane crash one year before, exiting a hotel. He doesn't have the chance to speak to her before she hops into a cab but her date, Vince Kabat, arranges for her to phone him. William enters the hotel where he goes to the bar and starts drinking again until his AA sponsor, Harry Niles, arrives. When she calls, she claims she is Lynne Bowman but her call simply reinforces Sherwood's belief that it's his wife as he recognizes her voice. She calls again, asking William to meet her at a bar but, when she doesn't show, he starts drinking. When he leaves, he finds her dead in a car outside. When Lynne Bowman is found dead later, her sister, Maggie Malecki, identifies her as Ruth. The Medical Examiner determines that the woman was murdered and William Sherwood is arrested. Determining how and why Ruth Sherwood faked her death and lived a new life under an assumed identity is key to ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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If you think you recognize the bartender at the hotel restaurant, it may be because he's played by Billy Halop, famous in the late 1930s and early 1940s as one of The Dead End Kids in a series of Warner Brothers' B movies. See more »


[first lines]
Panhandler: Excuse me, mister, but could you lend a hand to a guy who's down on his luck? Just the price of a sandwich, sir. I haven't eaten since yesterday.
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Many suspects to choose from
26 October 2011 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This is an interesting case for Perry making it an interesting episode for the viewer. We follow Perry along the path of switch identity, bank theft and murder all in one episode.

The episode starts out with William Sherwood (played by Peter Breck who the following year would be Nick Barkley in the series 'The Big Valley') who is a recovering alcoholic. He believes he sees his dead wife getting into a cab outside a hotel. Unable to catch the cab he falls back into the world of drinking since he is sure he saw his dead wife.

At his work, his boss Sidney Falconer (played by George Tobias who would go on to be Abner Kravitz in 'Bewitched') receives a phone call wanting William to meet a girl at a bar outside of town. William, thinking it maybe his dead wife, goes to the bar and again starts drinking. When no one shows up he goes outside and finds his wife in a car. Only problem- is now she is really dead. And William makes the sad mistake of not calling the police. So a warrant is issued for William and Perry is let to sort out all the problems.

Like I said this is just the start of the episode. It take a few strange turns until we get one of those courtroom confessions that only Perry seems to be able to extract.

Good watchable episode with many suspects who could of had a motive.

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16 April 1964 (USA) See more »

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