When Lawrence Balfour thinks his wife is having an affair, he follows her to a remote cabin. When she leaves, he attempts to confront her lover but in the darkness, his gun goes off and the man falls to the ground. In a panic he returns homes and calls the family's fixer, Steven Boles, who collects the body and makes it look like a road accident. The next day, Lawrence Balfour's nephew Ted is arrested and eventually convicted of manslaughter. Ted has no recollection whatsoever of the night in question when a man was run over with his car and accepted a plea bargain. Perry Mason is hired by the patriarch of the Balfour family, the elderly Addison Balfour, to find a way to have that conviction overturned. After Perry makes it clear he will not cooperate with Boles after Boles tells Perry the true facts, Perry is discharged by the family. When the police realize that the victim wasn't run over but was in fact shot, Ted is charged with murder and decides he still wants Perry to represent ...
Did You Know?
Bruce Bennett, who plays one of the murder suspects, had been a Warner Brothers contract player in the 1940s, and appeared in dozens of films, including Treasure of the Sierra Madre. This is one of five Perry Mason episodes in which he was cast. He is probably best-remembered for playing Joan Crawford's ever loyal first husband in Mildred Pierce. See more
Why did the DA suddenly decide to exhume the body? The trial was over. Apparently even though hit and run is a crime. There was no autopsy. The DA can't just decide to exhume a
body. He has to prove to a judge there is a solid reason to. And then he has to get permission from the family. It's hard to imagine a case so badly bungled as the first trial. On both sides. See more
I do wish I were going with you to Mexico instead of staying here in Los Angeles.
Well, this trip's gonna be too dangerous, Harriet. It's in the most rugged territory in the Sierra Madre Mountains. It's no place for a woman, especially my wife.