Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Badgered Brother 

Todd Baylor has a chance to inherit half of his father's chain of stores with his brother Martin. His chance depends on an exclusive dress brand but Martin spoils his plans. When Todd goes to confront Martin, Martin is stabbed to death.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Perry Mason
... Della Street
... Paul Drake
... Hamilton Burger
... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
... Lt. Andy Anderson
... Jane Alder
Robert Harland ... Todd Baylor
... Carla Rinaldi
... Nicolai Wright
Peter Walker ... Martin Baylor
Gregory Morton ... Joseph Rinaldi
... Edward Lewis
... Orin Leslie
... Judge Penner
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After their father's death, Martin Baylor and his estranged brother, Todd, hear their father's recorded will. He leaves Martin ownership and control of all of the women's department stores that he owns, as Martin expected, but offers Todd the management of the home store, if he wishes it, and half ownership of the entire chain if he can show a substantial annual profit in one year with the home store. This upsets Martin, as Todd had left home due to a disagreement over mismanagement and Martin expected sole ownership with no conditions. Todd at first rejects the offer but changes his mind after seeing Joseph Rinaldi's fashion designs. He decides to sell only Rinaldi designs at his store, but then learns that Martin has an exclusive contract with Rinaldi, which Rinaldi's niece, and Todd's old girlfriend, Carla, had inadvertently talked her uncle into signing. Todd also learns that Martin intends to squeeze him out and sell the entire chain of stores. Todd angrily rushes over to ... Written by rbecker28

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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19 December 1963 (USA)  »

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Fashion sequences courtesy of Irene See more »

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Because they weren't seized pursuant to a search warrant, the clothes in Miss Wright's apartment could never be admitted as evidence, even in a preliminary hearing. See more »

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Orin Leslie: Well, Mr. Baylor, what do you think? A real knockout, that number, isn't it? I guarantee you, you put the line in your stores coast-to coast, and it'll be the hottest item you handle in years, a real natural.
Nicolai Wright: Sure... if Baylor stores had bargain basements.
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Poor ending to an otherwise good show
25 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

If you are a person that enjoys a nice mystery and enjoys seeing Perry makes someone confess without the slightest bit of evidence then I am sure that you will like this episode. However, if you enjoy finding solutions to mysteries then this episode is lacking in every way. I found this episode lacking.

There was nothing wrong with the plot as two brothers, one a wild child (Todd) and the other a parent's dream (Martin), is present to hear the reading of their father's will. Their father owned a series of dress stores which Martin was running as Todd was carousing around Europe. Martin was sure to inherit the dress stores since Todd had turned his back on the business many years ago.

But when the will was read, the father left a provision where if Todd could run one store and increase the profits then he would be half owner of the entire business. This did not set to well with loyal Martin.

As Martin is trying to make Todd fail, Todd seeks out his brother to have words. After being let into the business by a security guard, Todd rushes up to Martin's office followed closely by the guard. Todd enters and starts yelling as the guard comes into the office only to see both men falling with scissors sticking out of Martin's back. A nice open and shut case for Lt Anderson. That is until Perry arrives on the scene to defend Todd of the charges.

Everything is fine until that part before the episode enters the world of the strange and bizarre. During the court scenes it was like watching an ending to a different episode. By the end we have had three people confess to the crime in open court. Not only that we have Perry getting the true murderer to confess without a shred of evidence to point to guilt. It was a sad ending to otherwise good show.


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