Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Borrowed Baby 

Perry and Della find a baby in his office leading Della to be a mom and Perry trying to find the mother. He finds another man is also trying to sell information about the baby. When he is found dead, the mother looks to be guilty.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hamilton Burger
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Jarvis Baker
Florence Wood
Lester Menke
Nellie Burt ...
Mrs. Holly Cosgrove
Kaye Elhardt ...
Ginny Talbot
Gregory Morton ...
Dr. Paul Hogarthy
Sara Taft ...
Mrs. Leander (Dolly) Kerrick
Joan Petrone ...
Lenora Graves
Court Manager
Charles Thompson ...
Antique Car Man


Perry Mason and Della Street are shocked when they stop in at the office late one evening and find a baby on Perry's desk. The building cleaning woman, Mrs. Cosgrove, assures them no one was let into the office. While Della takes charge of the baby, Paul Drake starts to trace the child's parents. The only lead he has is a note saying the baby's name is Leander and an old St. Christopher's medal that was left with the baby that has an old electric car engraved on the back. A car dealer tells them the car pictured on the medallion is a rarity with only 6 ever built by its designer, Leander Kerrick. The man is now dead but his widow, Dolly, is still alive. Mrs. Kerrick's cousin and business manager, Jarvis Baker, knows more than he's letting on but she refuses to believe the child might be her grandson. Perry is not the first person to approach her about a possible grandchild since Lester Menke offered to find the child for her for a hefty fee. The child's mother is Ginny Talbot and, ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

14 April 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Lt. Tragg and Lt. Anderson are both absent from this episode. Sgt. Brice testifies for the prosecution and presumably was in charge of the investigation. See more »


According to the storyline, Dolly Kendricks's son died at 2:35 PM in Yuma, which in the records ledger of the sanitarium had been altered to 3:35 by Lenora Graves. This was done to make it appear he died after his marriage to Finny Talbot was annulled in Nevada at 3:15 PM. It was Graves's mistaken impression that dying unmarried would remove baby Leander from Dolly's will and inheritance line. It wouldn't have made a difference, as 3:15 PM in Nevada is 4:15 in Arizona which is an hour ahead, in the Mountain Time Zone (not the Pacific Time Zone which includes Nevada). Legally, the baby was legitimate no matter what as he'd been conceived during the marriage - even without the time zone consideration. See more »


[first lines]
Perry Mason: Why the sigh? I thought the dinner was excellent.
Della Street: It isn't the dinner. I'm merely letting out my breath.
Perry Mason: Your breath?
Della Street: I've been holding it ever since we sat down. Do you realize that this is the first meal we've had in weeks that hasn't been interrupted by a frantic phone call from someone... the office or a worried client?
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30 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

Kaye Elhardt is the Perry Mason client for this story, but she only comes in by way of her baby. Unlike other Mason stories where Raymond Burr and his team get called in once we're into the story, this episode starts with them as part of the story.

One night when Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale are working late a small intruder is left in the office. It's a baby with a note saying that his name is Leander and he has a St. Christopher medal. Ace detective William Hopper traces that medal to the wealthy dowager Sara Taft with the thought that it is her grandson. But she says she has no grandson and the mother Elhardt never registered the birth on some bad advice.

Elhardt worked in a sanitarium where she met the baby's father who was being treated for injuries in a plane crash. They married there and he died and he was Taft's son.

As that baby could be the heir to a considerable fortune young Leander is the object of a lot of intrigue by various parties for their own reasons. The worst of all is an orderly played by Corey Allen who is a real bottom feeder and working several angles. One of those angles gets him killed and Elhardt up for murder.

Of course justice is obtained for both Mason clients, mother and baby son. This episode shows Barbara Hale developing quite the maternal instinct. Of course in the over 35 years that Hale played Della Street she never went to the altar much less had a baby. At least in her life as the character.

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