Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Jaded Joker 

Fading funnyman Danny Ross has been promised a new television show, which he desperately needs for a comeback. Charles Goff, the executive who promised Danny the show, double-crosses the jaded joker and pitches the show for another talent.


Gerd Oswald


Milton Krims (teleplay), William L. Stuart (story)

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Episode cast overview:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
William Talman ... Hamilton Burger
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg
Frankie Laine ... Danny Ross
Bobby Troup ... Buzzie
Walter Burke ... Freddie Green
Tom Drake ... Cleve Niles
Mary LaRoche ... Lisa Hiller
Martha Vickers ... Sheila Hayes
Harry Jackson Harry Jackson ... Charles Goff
S. John Launer ... Judge
Jon Lormer ... Coroner


Comedian Danny Ross is certain his latest idea for a new television show will be a hit and return him to former glory. He's outraged, however, when he learns the man he trusted to sell the show to network executives, Charles Goff, has betrayed him and successfully sold the idea but it doesn't include a role for Danny. He visits Perry Mason with his diminutive sidekick Freddie Green but as there was nothing in writing, Perry tells him it will be complicated. When Goff is found dead, however, the murder weapon has Freddie's fingerprints on it. Goff is stuffed in the knee hole of his desk with a gunshot wound to the head and there is no sign of a struggle in the office. Danny refuses to accept that his pal would have anything to do with murder. Perry believes he's innocent and agrees to defend him but he is forced to interpret the jive talk used by those involved in the case and several people have reason to hate Danny. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

21 February 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


If you're a fan of movie musicals, you may recognize two of the supporting players in this episode: Tom Drake, about whom Judy Garland sang "The Boy Next Door" in 1944's Meet Me in St. Louis, and Mary LaRoche, who played Ann-Margaret's flustered mother in the 1963 rock 'n' roll romp Bye, Bye, Birdie. See more »


Most of the guitar music sounds like it's done with a 12 string guitar. But the guitarist at the end is supposedly playing a six string guitar. See more »


[first lines]
Danny Ross: [angrily] No, no, no! I'm not a chuckle man. Don't these guys know they're writing for a real comic? Where are the boff laughs? I'll die on my feet with that jazz.
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Jaded Joker Theme
Written by Bobby Troup
Performed by Bobby Troup
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Tragg Turns Hipster
22 November 2007 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Above average episode, thanks to offbeat casting and characters. My real reason for commenting is that this episode may well contain the single funniest 30 seconds in a beloved series not known for its humor. In 1959, the short-lived "beatnik" phenomenon was emerging among artists and would-be artists, especially on the West Coast. Its core was a general disgust with the sterile conformism the beats perceived among the rising suburban prosperity of the period. They gathered in coffee houses and had poetry reading and bongo drums as entertainment, and effected a kind of jazzy slang like "Man, let's split. This place is nowheres-ville". Allan Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Jack Kerouac are probably the best known. Anyway, kudos to the unknown scripter who placed about 30 seconds of this super-slick, jazzy lingo into the mouth of super-straight, 70 year-old Ray Collins as Lieutenant Tragg. It comes out of nowhere during the 60 second epilogue, leaving the audience open-mouthed and wondering if they could possibly have heard correctly-- Tragg as a be-bopping hipster. Wow! That's the living end, man!

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