Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Elusive Element 

Dwight Garrett is the absent minded brains of a floundering high tech partnership with Austin Lloyd who is more of a con-artist. In an attempt to save himself, Lloyd tries to frame Garrett for his murder but the murder becomes real.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Perry Mason
... Della Street
... Paul Drake
... Hamilton Burger
... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
... Police Lt. Andy Anderson
... Bonnie Lloyd
... Austin Lloyd
Douglas Henderson ... Dwight Garrett
... Roscoe Pearce
... Ned Chase
... Myron Baker
... Terry Clover
... Judge
... Autopsy Surgeon


Dwight Garrett and Austin Lloyd are business partners in Aerospace Reliability Associates. Lloyd is an unethical swindler who is driving the business into the ground, making side deals and accepting bribes whenever he can. Garrett, for his part, is something of an absent-minded professor, a very knowledgeable engineer who knows little about running a business. The business is floundering as one customer accuses Lloyd of fraud and Garrett has received a job offer from another company. Garrett has asked Perry to help dissolve the partnership. Lloyd also knows that Garrett and his wife have feelings for one another and so sets them up to look as if they're going on the run to Mexico with a large amount of the company's cash, that Garrett faked a report and tried to kill Lloyd. When Lloyd turns up dead for real however, Garrett is charged with murder and Perry Mason defends him. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

11 April 1963 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Myron Baker is played by Ronald Long, the fussy fellow who doesn't like prunes in Stan Freberg's "Today the pits - tomorrow the wrinkles!" commercial. See more »


Perry had a police officer type a line on one of the typewriters. During the typing a close up showed the keys striking the paper. Perry showed how easily the balls in the 2 typewriters could be switched. The typewriter be used in the original close up was not a ball type typewriter. See more »


[first lines]
Austin Lloyd: [on the phone] Come on, come on. What are you worrying about? Nobody will find out, and nobody will know. The contract's in the bag, I guarantee you. If anybody's got trouble, it's me. This partnership thing is like trying to ride a dying horse. I need that money. You, my friend, owe me Fifty-Thousand dollars. I never guaranteed who would get the contract. I only said our report would fix it so that Universal wouldn't.
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Two people are set-up in one of the best plans in the entire series. Good show
6 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

This episode revolves around Aerospace Reliable Associates which is a partnership in new space age production. The two partners are Dwight Garrett (Douglas Henderson) and Austin Loyd (Gerald Mohr).

Dwight is reserved quiet person that is the brain of the partnership. While Austin Loyd is a deceitful rotten scoundrel and the pain of the partnership.

Perry is brought in to dissolve the partnership. Seems like Dwight is doing all he can to make the company solvent while Austin is doing everything possible to steals from the company. So Perry is there to make sure that the partnership is dissolved and that Dwight retains any assets he has in the company.

But Dwight and even Perry did not know just how low that Austin could reach. He comes up with this almost fail-proof plan of setting-up his sweet partner, Dwight, and also taking down his loyal wife (he was ready to divorce her). Austin comes up with a plan where he tells his wife they are going to Mexico and to buy one-way tickets and he will meet her at the airport. He also tells his partner, Dwight, that he has a buyer for the partnership that will make them both rich if he goes and meets with them in Mexico.

Austin then take a small amount of pills and calls the police and tells them that Dwight poisoned him. However- something goes terribly wrong. Instead of being found by the police and taken to the hospital the police find Austin dead by strangulation.

The police pick up Dwight and Austin's wife getting on a airplane with a one-way ticket to Mexico and with much planted money. Both were charged with the murder of Austin Loyd. What a set-up!

This is some of the writers best work. A good story, good acting and a person that everyone could hate. Only in trial, and there are some good moments in the courtroom, is Perry able to bring the true murderer to justice.

A very good episode!

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