Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Bountiful Beauty 

Deborah Dearborn unwittingly wrote a very successful book that is based on true stories her boyfriend told her about his step-mother, Stephanie Carew. Stephanie tires to force a big payment from Deborah and turns up murdered.



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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
Sandra Warner ... Stephanie Carew
... John Carew
Zeme North ... Deborah Dearborn
... Rubin Cason
... Gideon Long (as John van Dreelen)
... Chet Worth
... Mrs. Mitchell
... Medical Examiner
... Judge


Young Deborah Dearborn has written a very successful novel which, she has only now learned, is based on the misdeeds of Stephanie Carew, stepmother of Deborah's boyfriend, John. Now that she knows, Deborah tells her agent, Ruben Cason, that she cannot sign the contract she had promised him to make a movie based on the book. When told of this, Gideon Long, the producer who planned to make the movie, decides to sue Cason and make his own deal with Deborah. But Stephanie comes to Deborah and threatens to sue her and ruin John unless she signs the contract with Long and pays her all of the proceeds from it. Mason advises Deborah not to sign. When he and Paul come to see Stephanie at her married lover's house, they find her drowned in the swimming pool. When the autopsy shows Stephanie was actually drowned in the ocean, Deborah is charged with her murder and Perry defends her. Written by rbecker28

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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6 February 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Perry Mason's office address and phone number appear in this episode: Brent Building, Suite 904; phone number MA 5-1190. See more »


[first lines]
Perry Mason: [reading from the cover of a book] "Sensational novel by 20-year-old Deborah Dearborn."
Stephanie Carew: I'm surprised you haven't read it yet. Everyone else has.
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Actors make this routine script interesting.
22 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

This mystery centers around a written book by a young female writer, Deborah Dearborn. Ms Dearborn wrote a book from stories that a young man, John Carew, told her about an evil person named Stephanie. John did not reveal that the evil woman was a family member. The book becomes a best-seller when all of the sudden the woman that the book is about, Stephanie Carew, comes looking for Dearborn wanting to sue her. But because Stephanie is just as evil as the book claims, she wants the young Dearborn to sign a movie contract and give her the money. But during the evening the evil Stephanie Carew is found drowned in a swimming pool.

Now with a slew of circumstantial evidence, the young Ms Dearborn is arrested for murder. Hamilton Burger will have a nice case as he puts witness after witness on the stand that will convince a normal person that Dearborn is guilty. But leave it to Perry to to finally crack the case in open court.

A rather routine mystery that was made better by some nice actors in roles. Douglas Fowley, John Van Dreelen, Jean Carson and Ryan O'Neal lead the cast that makes the routine become exceptional. Good watch.

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