Perry Mason defends his friend and client Gregory Pelham against a murder charge. It all started when his son David saw him and David's mother Susan having a serious argument. A dejected David goes off and gets drunk with his friend Michael Da Vinci who has his own problems with his alcoholic mother, famed actress Mary Manning. Michael decides to teach David's parents a lesson by sending a ransom note, pretending their son has been kidnapped. When Susan Pelham goes to deliver the ransom, she and Michael have an altercation and he falls from a great height. She flees thinking she has killed him but when her husband goes to investigate, he finds another man dead and no sign of Michael. The dead man is identified as Joe Velvet and he was in fact blackmailing Gregory Pelham. D.A. Hamilton Burger thinks he has an open and shut case but Perry demonstrates that there's far more to the story than has been told.
Did You Know?
This episode's bump is unique in that Perry asks Della out for an evening of nightclubbing, champagne and dancing-the only time in the 9 year run! See more
Perry claims that a microscope was used as a spyglass, to magnify the image of an object on the other side of a large room. Microscopes have a very short focal range and cannot be used this way. See more
David Pelham is a scientific phenomenon... real boss. Blink your eyes and the square becomes a circle.