Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Gambling Lady 

Peter Warren owns a novelty company and is divorcing his wife, who has developed a gambling habit. She becomes involved in a scheme to pass chips at Nevada casinos with evidence Peter made them. When she is murdered, Peter is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Perry Mason
... Della Street
... Paul Drake
... Hamilton Burger
... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
... Lt. Anderson
... Peter Warren
... Tony Cerro
... Irene Prentice
... Myrna Warren
... Jerome Bentley
... Jacob Leonard
John Rayner ... Ned Beaumont
... Croupier
... Mr. Big


Perry Mason is meeting with Peter Warren, going over the final documents for Peter's divorce from his wife, Myrna. After Perry leaves, Peter receives a panic phone call from her. She's a chronic gambler and, after an incident at a Lake Tahoe casino, is afraid that casino enforcers are now after her. Her neighbor, Irene Prentice, had run into her at the casino and asked her to go to a show. While waiting to cash in her chips, a man in glasses asks to see Myrna, taking some chips from her and telling her she is in trouble. She runs out and runs over a casino employee who pulls a gun on her. Peter rushes to her house only to find her calm and collected and telling him it was all a mistake. Soon after, however, he returns to the house and finds her dead in her bedroom. Rather than call the police or tell Perry, he heads off to the casino she had been at the night before. It's clear that her death has to do with counterfeit casino chips that have been circulating in Nevada casinos. Chips ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

8 April 1965 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Coincidentally or not, the lead male and female characters in this episode have the same first names as the guest stars playing them: Peter Breck plays Peter Warren, and Myrna Fahey plays Myrna Warren. See more »


When Peter Warren goes to Myrna Warren's front door for the first time, his right foot slips to the right as he steps onto the front porch area. See more »


[first lines]
Irene Prentice: How are you doing?
Myrna Warren: Oh! Irene?
Irene Prentice: Well, who were you expecting, honey, the FBI?
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This one was a dud.
12 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

With so many known guest-stars in this episode I was hoping for one of those great mysteries backed up with the fine acting. Boy was I disappointed.

The episode started out so hopeful when we are in a Tahoe casino. Myrna Warren (Myrna Fahey),who had been using counterfeit chips, was discovered by the owner and chased out into the street. She is able to make it to her car and get away before being caught by a casino worker. In fact she hits one of the guys with her car before leaving the area.

Her husband Peter Warren (Peter Breck of Big Valley fame) owns a novelty store that just happens to sell chips for home use. They are going through a divorce when an investigator comes and ask him about his wife. While they are talking Peter gets a call from his wife saying that she is in trouble and they are going to kill her. He blows the investigator off to go see his wife.

To make this long story short (and trust me it seemed long)- Afterwards, Ms Warren is found dead and instead of calling the police, Peter Warren decides to take a trip to Tahoe to confront the casino owners. And as we all know from watching Perry- that is a bad move.

The police believe that Peter killed his wife to shut her up about the chips. So in comes Perry to defend him in order to find the real killer.

The story was not that bad but it was just too long. I could really not get into the story because it seemed that in every situation Peter would make the obvious bad move. And it seemed that everyone was covering up something for someone else. So to me the show got boring fast.

Even Raymond Burr seemed bored about this episode. Instead of his usual flare, he seems not to be acting but just reading words. the best word to describe him would be 'robotic'.

We are fast approaching the end of season eight and hope there are better times a'coming. This episode was a dud.

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