Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Bartered Bikini 

A model is charged with murdering a fashion designer after trying to recover documents showing they had an affair. In addition she was found with drawings of the new fashions which are being stolen from the company to make knockoffs.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Perry Mason
... Della Street
... Paul Drake
... Hamilton Burger
... Lt. Tragg
... Wally Dunbar
... Madge Wainwright
Rita Lynn ... Lisa Ferrand
Terry Huntingdon ... Kitty Wynne
... Simon Atley
Stephen Bekassy ... Rick Stassi
... Bud Ferrand
Victor Rodman ... Miller - Night Watchman
Herbert Patterson ... Det. Sgt. Macready
... Judge


Madge Wainwright, owner of an exclusive women's wear store, sees cheap knockoffs of designs she is selling for big bucks and complains irately to fashion house owner Wally Dunbar and chief designer Rick Stassi, who decide to scrap their previous work and create new designs with model Kitty Wynne as the focus. Madge and Rick were once an item. Wally is seeing Kitty, who also has a history with Rick. Assistant designer Lisa Ferrand wants Rick, but he spurns her. Lisa's husband, photographer and lush Bud Ferrand, shoots a series of Kitty in the new designs. Wally discusses design security with Perry Mason, who assigns the case to Paul Drake, who follows Kitty to Rick's house and finds sketches of the new designs in her car. Newspaper ads appear for a competitor with the new Dunbar designs. Rick is killed and Kitty charged with murder. Written by richardann

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






Release Date:

5 December 1959 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Lupton and Stephen Bekassy appeared together previously in the 1954 MGM movie, "Prisoner of War." See more »


The outburst by the accused goes unaddressed by the judge. Judges always warn anyone who talks out-loud or yells when not being talked to by either an attorney or the judge. See more »


[first lines]
Madge Wainwright: Twenty-seven fifty. There it was, simply shrieking at me. Every single line the same, every pleat, every button. And there I stood in your... Your precious Dunbar original, that you wanted me to palm off on my customers for two-hundred dollars.
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Suspects galore in this fashion world mystery
3 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

In this episode we have a murder that is connected to a fashion design company that is having their secret new designs stolen even before they can get the clothing to the manufacture stage. In this situation it is designs for a new bikini designed by ladies-man Rick Stassi for Dunbar Designs. The day after the designs were final the morning paper already had knock-offs for sale that matched the design. Some one had again stolen the designs.

It is not long before Rick Stassi is murdered and a sweet young bikini model is accused of the death and also stealing designs from Dunbar. But with Perry Mason defending the young girl, we know that someone else is bound to have committed the heinous act and the confession will be available in the witness box at the County courthouse.

There are many suspects in this mystery as the murdered man, Stassi, seems to have a short relationship with every female, married or unmarried, in the cast. But it will come down to fine details that will finally lead Perry to discover the true identity of the killer.

There is nothing really remarkable about this episode other than the strong veteran cast. But it was a nice mystery that was interesting throughout. A show that will have you guessing near every scene as someone else appears to be the main suspect but it will be the final courtroom scene that will lead to the lies being shown the light of day. Good watch.

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