Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Bullied Bowler 

Paul's friend, Bill Jaris, and his brother are fighting the matron of their town to keep their bowling alley open. She uses a health outbreak as an excuse to close it but the country health inspector is murdered. Bill is charged.


Jesse Hibbs


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Samuel Newman

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason (credit only)
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
William Talman ... Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg (credit only)
Mike Connors ... Joe Kelly (as Michael Connors)
Anne Seymour ... Bonnie Mae Wilmet aka The Duchess
Milton Selzer ... Dr. Max Taylor
Robert Harland Robert Harland ... Bill Jaris
Paul Lukather ... Alan Jaris
Jeff Donnell ... Rose Carol
Charles H. Gray ... Jack Baker (as Charles Gray)
Patricia Morrow ... Marla Carol
Maurice Manson Maurice Manson ... Mayor Orson Stillman
Patricia George Patricia George ... Linda Terry


Alan and Bill Jaris own the County Corners bowling alley in the town of Tesoro that Bonnie Mae Wilmet is determined to close down. Wilmet, referred to locally as the Duchess, is from the once dominant family in the town and, as far as she is concerned, she's still in charge. She tries to get the mayor, Orson Stillman, to shut it down and then the local medical officer, Dr. Max Taylor, after some people come down with amoebic dysentery. Also, one of her top employees tries to apply a little muscle to the owners. The alley is ordered closed for health reasons and a friend of Perry Mason and Paul Drake, visiting lawyer Joe Kelly, represents the Jaris brothers and manages to get a court order allowing them to remain open. During their investigation of the issues, they learn Bill married Wilmet's daughter but she died during childbirth, in which Dr. Taylor was involved. Kelly soon suspects the same issue as Dr. Taylor is causing the sickness. When Taylor is found murdered in his office ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

5 November 1964 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


For episode #198 "Bountiful Beauty" and #265 "Fanciful Frail" Perry Mason's office phone number was shown in a screen shot - phone book as Madison 5-1190. In this episode (#218) "The Case of the Bullied Bowler"; Joe gives Paul the number: 271-2199. Paul repeats the number into the car phone then exclaims "That's Perry's number!" See more »


Dr. Max Taylor (Milton Selzer) says that "only a third of an iceberg" is above the water. In reality, less than 10% of an iceberg is visible above the waterline. A medical doctor ought to know this physical property of ice. See more »


[first lines]
Fourth Boy: [at a bowling alley] I got a pair of shoes for you, Marla. How about it?
Marla Carol: Please... I told you no.
Fourth Boy: What's the matter? Afraid the Duchess will find out and can your mother?
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Maurice Manson's character is credited as "Orson Stillman Mayor". See more »

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The Duchess
3 July 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode has Perry Mason on a trip to Europe, but when William Hopper's old friends Robert Harland and Paul Lukather, a pair of brothers who own a bowling alley are being subjected to illegal and extralegal pressures from their local government he steps in and an attorney friend Michael Connors helps out.

Harland's mother-in-law Anne Seymour is the queen bee or as she's referred to as the 'Duchess' hates him and hold him responsible for her daughter's death. She wants to ruin him any way she can and she has the clout to do it.

But when a doctor who had been saying there was illness being spread at the bowling alley winds up dead, Harland is arrested.

One thing I did like about this episode was that the one you wanted to see as the murderer turns out to be said killer.

I think viewers will find this satisfying.

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