Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Illicit Illusion 

Rosanne Ambrose visits her friend, Dr. Jesse Young, to see why she feels like she is losing her sanity. She can't remember things, which is affecting her work. When an associate of her husband is killed, she is charged with it.


Irving J. Moore


Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by), Samuel Newman


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
William Talman ... Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins ... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Wesley Lau ... Police Lt. Andy Anderson
Mona Freeman ... Rosanne Ambrose
Keith Andes ... Dr. Jesse Young
Ron Randell ... Hubert Ambrose
Norma Varden ... Winifred Wileen
Rebecca Welles ... Leslie Eden
Jena Engstrom ... Vera Janel
Oliver McGowan Oliver McGowan ... Fillmore Garrett
Berry Kroeger ... Kirk Cameron
Willis Bouchey ... Judge Two


Perry Mason finds himself defending Rosanne Ambrose who is accused of murdering her husband Hubert's business associate, Kirk Cameron. Perry was actually representing her in her divorce from Hubert who, along with Cameron, may have swindled Rosanne and actually murdered a New York client. Rosanne is afraid that she may be unbalanced and seeks advice from her friend, Dr. Jesse Young. She's had memory lapses and has no recollection of having completed her most recent book or supposedly canceling all of the travel arrangements for her upcoming book tour. She comes home to find her husband's desk messed up but she is knocked out. When she recovers, everything is straightened. Dr. Young sends her a couple of prescriptions to help her sleep. Later, she visits the apartment of Kirk Cameron. She leaves after being hit on the head and in a daze. She uses the stairs where she passes out spilling her purse but awakes to find her purse neatly by her and the police at Cameron's apartment saying he... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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There are two future Star Trek (T.O.S.) guest stars in this episode- Keith Andes (Dr. Jesse Young) played Akuta in the "The Apple" (1967), and Oliver McGowan (Fillmore Garrett) played the Caretaker in "Shore Leave" (1966)! See more »


Lt. Anderson incorrectly describes the slide of a semi-automatic pistol as the "barrel". See more »


[first lines]
Rosanne Ambrose: Jesse, I'm frightened! Please, please help me!
Dr. Jesse Young: These "things" that have happened... your whole life, and everything in it, going wrong... just like that?
Rosanne Ambrose: Not overnight, no. For months. One thing here, one thing there. Jess...
Dr. Jesse Young: Step by step, Rosanne.
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Meanders in search of red herrings.
15 November 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Although a lot of people I hang out with would love the idea of Kirk Cameron meeting a bad end in fact Berry Kroeger plays a character named Kirk Cameron who gets very dead. Kroeger is usually playing some of the slimiest villains on record and he's involved in some con games here. But the real Kirk Cameron was not even born yet, not even an idea in his parents mind when this Perry Mason episode aired on CBS.

The client for Raymond Burr is Mona Freeman who is going through a divorce and her husband is in some shady business bilking clients of investment money. Kroeger is a forensic accountant who is presumably checking up on the husband when he's murdered.

This is not one of the better constructed Mason episodes, the plot really meanders all over the place in search of red herrings. I will say though that Evelyn Varden, noted British player really stands out in this episode. This woman is some piece of work, she's got a great racket going which I will not divulge, you have to see the episode to see the scam she's working.

For Varden's sake I wish I could rate this Perry Mason a bit higher. Her character deserved a better story.

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9 April 1964 (USA) See more »

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