Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Latent Lover 

Roy Galen is the head of the probation department so, when his friend's husband is arrested, he agrees to help by asking to have him examined. The husband says Roy is having an affair with his wife so, when she is killed, he is charged.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Perry Mason
Hamilton Burger
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Lt. Andy Anderson
Roy Galen
John Lasell ...
Dean Franklin
Gilbert Green ...
Harlan Talbot
Sibyll Pollard (as Marion Moses)
Charlotte Fletcher ...
Aimee Wynne
Judge Robert Adler
Alexander Lockwood ...
Dr. Stevenson
Armand Harrison ...
Nat Rudick


Eric Pollard is a successful businessman who has been behaving quite strangely lately. His marriage has started to break down after discovering that his wife is having an affair plus she is begging him for a divorce. He's prone to seizures where he loses consciousness and he begins to forget things that he only recently did or said. In one bizarre incident, he jumps into a taxi and orders the driver to take him to a bank, also announcing that he intends on robbing it. He's eventually convicted but accuses the probation supervisor Roy Galen, who is actually quite sympathetic to his case, of being the man having the affair with his wife. During his probation period his wife is forced to take over the approval of his business affairs at the investment firm where he is a junior partner. With an irate Pollard waiting to see him, Galen gets a call from Sybill Pollard while she is being assaulted. He rushes to the house only to find her dead and then he is knocked out from behind. He is then... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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3 December 1964 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Marion McCargo, who plays the victim, is the mother of William R. Moses, who played Ken Malansky in the later Perry Mason movies. See more »


According to the sign shown at 7:00 of the episode, "Judge Robert Alder" is presiding. But, according to the end credits, he is Judge Robert Adler. See more »


[first lines]
Eric Pollard: I'm sorry I didn't wait breakfast for you. I have an appointment at the office with a client. Um...
Sibyll Pollard: Eric, last night...
Sibyll Pollard: I'm late, Sibyll. When you signed these property things last night, you missed some. Here. And here. Thank you.
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An awkward recording leads to a murder charge
6 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

Eric Pollard works at a financial institution and is very well respected. But Eric has started acting odd after having dizzy spells. One afternoon he commandeers a taxicab by use of a gun and states that he is on his way to rob a bank. He also finds evidence that his wife, Sibyll, is having an affair with an unknown man and plans on leaving the country.

Sibyll gets a probation officer friend, Roy Galen, to get Eric off just on probation instead of spending time in prison. But just after the proceedings he accuses his wife of cheating on him with Roy Galen and then passes out.

Sibyll Pollard, by contract, takes over Eric's job while he is unable to work and that leads to money being taken from an investor with the signature of Sibyll as authority. When a private investigator photographs Sibyll and Roy in each other arms this leads most to believe they are the two going to fly out of the country together using the stolen money.

But when Roy returns to his office, he receives a phone call from Sibyll while she is being assaulted. He rushes over to the house but is knocked out. When police arrive they find Sibyll dead and arrest Roy for the murder. Perry is called in to defend Roy against an almost mound of suspicious evidence.

Nearly everyone has an alibi to there whereabouts during the phone call. It will be up to Perry to scramble through all the evidence to reveal the true murderer. And with the last two minutes of the show everything will be summed up in a nice little package.

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