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