Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Difficult Detour 

Mallory Construction company is set to finish a road project on time and at a profit when the owner learns he has trespassed, forcing a shutdown and bankruptcy. After learning he was swindled, he goes after the swindler who is murdered.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Perry Mason
... Della Street
... Paul Drake
... Hamilton Burger
... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
... Pete Mallory
... Sheila Benton
... Stuart Benton
... Sgt. Ben Landro
Lee Farr ... Chet Stark
Joe Di Reda ... Phil Edwards (as Joe di Rida)
... Jim Ames
Joan Camden ... Miriam Ames
... Edward Parker
... Reviewing Judge Penner


Pete Mallory has invested most of his savings in a new road construction firm and is well on his way to making a profit on his first big contract. He's building a new access road connecting a lake to a new luxury holiday development. All is going well until the owner of the land on which the road is being built, Mr. Ames, gets a court order stopping them on the grounds they are trespassing. A quick review from a judge confirms that Mallory does not have a right of way and it soon becomes apparent that he has been had. Edward Parker, who leased the construction equipment, reclaims his equipment which will force Mallory into bankruptcy. After checking the maps and surveys, he realizes someone switched surveys on him so he tracks down the people involved, leading to Stuart Benton. He has an altercation with the resort developer, Stuart Benton, who is found dead sometime later by his wife and a deputy. Mallory is charged with murder and Perry Mason agrees to defend him after being ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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25 March 1961 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


It seems rather hard to believe that Stuart Benton would name his bogus development Bentonville Park Estates; seldom does a con man publicize his connection with a scam by putting his own name on it. See more »


Credits to the show has Bert Freed playing Edward Parker. However during the entire show he is called Harry Parker. See more »


[last lines]
Jim Ames: Into Bentonville Park, huh? Hmm. Why not? I've never turned away from a good business proposition. Suppose we, uh... Suppose we talk about it, eh?
Perry Mason: Suppose we do.
Jim Ames: Tell me now...
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It's Mallory he's like a crazy man and he's coming to your place next!
27 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** You need a score card to follow what's going on in this overly complicated and confusing Perry Mason, Raymond Burr, episode with all the screwing and back stabbing going on it with sleazy real estate operator Stuart Benton, Jason Evers, finally getting everything he deserves: Killed with his skull fractured. With one of Benton's many victims construction owner and operator Pete Mallory, Jeff York, being blamed for Benton's murder and having to stand trial for it. Benton had country surveyor the scardy cat Phil Edwards, excellently played by Joe De Reda, falsify the survey maps to trick Mallory into building an access road from the lake to the luxury Bentonville Park Devlopment. The trouble is that the road was being built through Jim Aims', Neil Hamilton, property without his knowledge or permission. With Benton getting up front money from both Mallory and the person who provided him with his earth moving equipment Edward Parker, Burt Freed, he now plans to check out leaving both of them out in the cold and in debt. That's when the courts decides that the project was illegally built on Aime's property!

With an enraged Mallory on his way to confront both Edwards and Benton it's the wetting in his pants Edwards who gets worked over by him but it's the oily as a snake oil salesman Benton who's later found dead with his brains beat in with a iron yard or road marker. With Perry defending Mallory it comes out that even if Mallory did in fact kill Benton the guy was so sleazy and despicable no jury would convict him! Still Perry had to find out who in fact murdered Benton since it was obvious to him that his client Pete Mallory didn't do it! And the person whom he uncovered on the witness stand as Benton's killer had to be baby talked by a totally kind concerned and out of character Perry Mason, to keep him from passing out and going into shock into admitting his role in Benton's murder!

***SPOILERS*** Here we get to see the tough as nails and take no BS Perry Mason use both kindness and a bit of armature psychology to get the killer to admit his crime without his usual brow beating and take no prisoner theatrics. As for the deceased or murdered Stuart Benton no matter what kind of a low life swine he was he still didn't deserved to get murdered. And as for Benton's killer, who in fact was in cohorts with him, he would probably get off with no more then a misdemeanor or a justified homicide acquittal if he's ever put on trial.

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