Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Frightened Fisherman 

Randolph James and his partner have developed a new antibiotic that could make them wealthy but a competitor wants to buy the company. Randolph discovers his wife is helping the competitor. When she is run down, Randolph is charged.


Arthur Marks


Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by), Jonathan Latimer

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street (credit only)
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
William Talman ... Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins ... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ... Lt. Anderson
Mala Powers ... Helen Bradshaw
Connie Gilchrist ... Mrs. Pennyworth
Lee Farr Lee Farr ... Randolph James
Marian Collier ... Natalie James
Ilze Taurins ... Gretchen Lang
Richard Devon ... Marion Devlin
Bartlett Robinson ... Hudson Bradshaw
Émile Genest ... Hans Lang (as Emile Genest)
William Smith ... Andy Witcoe (as Bill Smith)


Randolph James and Dr. Hans Lang have finally succeeded in developing a new antibiotic. Randolph's former employer, Hudson Bradshaw, head of a major drug company, wants to buy the rights to the antibiotic, but Randolph refuses to sell. Bradshaw threatens a suit against Lang-James Laboratories for pirating the idea for the drug from his company. Randolph learns that his unfaithful wife Natalie plans to sell her stock in Lang-James to Bradshaw. When she finds out that the stock may be worth three times as much after a loan was approved and production is about to start, she demands three times as much from Bradshaw as he had previously agreed to. After talking with Bradshaw's wife, Natalie is run down by a car resembling Randolph's station wagon. Randolph is charged with her murder and Perry defends him. To save his client Perry may have to locate two witnesses - a mysterious fisherman and his dog. Written by rbecker28

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

27 February 1964 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In this episode, Connie Cezon (as "Gertie") has her longest on-screen appearance in this entire series here, owing to the absence of Della Street (Barbara Hale) from the episode. See more »


Natalie throws a drink into surfer Andy's face and wets a small area of his sweatshirt on his upper right shoulder in a closeup shot. In the next wide shot of the two, when he stands up, his sweatshirt is soaked on both shoulders and the front of his chest around his neck. See more »


[first lines]
Hans Lang: The tongs, if you don't mind, Mr. James?
Randolph James: Tongs coming right up.
Hans Lang: Thank you.
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A neat switch
7 March 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Good thing that Lee Farr has Perry Mason on retainer for his business, he'll sure need him as a defense attorney. He's not only accused of running down his cheating wife Marian Collier, but Connie Gilchrist saw him do it and their station wagon has been identified as the murder weapon.

In addition to looking to sell her stock in her husband's company right out from under him which is his motive for murder, Collier has been doing dirt to a lot of folks. Even her dumb boyfriend William Smith is catching on to her as well.

The plot had one individual all staked out as the perpetrator, but at the last second was neatly turned around to another. Still another person destroyed evidence. A phony witness was also dug up and that gilding of the lily is what led to Raymond Burr unmasking the killer. And the perpetrator had plenty of reason to kill Collier.

Nicely plotted with a neat switch.

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