Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Melancholy Marksman 

Ted Chase appears to those around him to be losing his grip on reality. His first wife committed suicide and his second wife is destroying his life but he can't divorce her due to a prenup. When she is murdered, he is charged.


Jerry Hopper


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Robb White

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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 ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg (credit only)
Paul Richards ... Ted Chase
Jeff Donnell ... Sylvia Dykes
Mari Blanchard ... Irene Chase
William Schallert ... Len Dykes
Ann Rutherford ... Ellen Chase
Wesley Lau ... Police Lt. Andy Anderson
Peter Baldwin ... Tony Benson
Jesse White ... Cecil
Edward Ashley ... Charles Vale
Cynthia Chenault ... Mabel Richmond (as Cindy Robbins)


Ted Chase is convinced that his wife, Irene, is cheating on him. Distraught, he even goes so far as to steal a rifle from Tony Benson's sporting goods store intent on killing her but he can't bring himself yo do it. He can't divorce her due to an agreement he signed with her which would bankrupt the family. Ted's two daughters from his first wife now live with his wheelchair bound sister who feels Ted is losing his mind. She suggests he take a vacation with his daughters who refuse to live with him and Irene but Ted is worried about the family business. At his sister's suggestion, Ted asks Perry Mason to reopen the case of his first wife's death, originally ruled a suicide. Irene gets around and seems to have quite a few men interested in her. She was once married to Tony Benson and also dated gunsmith Len Dykes, who now works for Benson. Dykes has made two trips to prison for forgery and is now under Irene's control. When Irene is found dead, Ted Chase is charged with murder. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

24 March 1962 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Len Dykes: [on phone] Yeah, yeah, yeah. I understand, Irene. Now look, Irene, please, I-I can't. I won't.
Len Dykes: Yeah, yeah. I understand.
[door opens]
Len Dykes: Your husband just walked in. I'll call you later.
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Hard to feel good for anyone in this episode
22 August 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

If you are looking for a feel-good show then pass on this episode. This involves a relationship that is uncomfortable even to the viewer.

It begins when a husband, Ted Chase, steals a rifle from a sporting goods store because he had thoughts of killing his wife. His wife, Irene Chase, is a vamp that seems to have a relationship with every other man in the cast.

As much as we want to feel remorse for the situation that Ted Chase is living- it turns sour when he has his wife in the cross-hairs of the rifle for killing. Even though Mr Chase does not pull the trigger, it will be hard to feel sorry for him as the show continues.

After Mr Chase cannot kill his wife, he throws the rifle down am air vent. Later on the radio, we learn that Irene Chase had been killed and the police is looking for Ted Chase.

Perry will have his hands full as he tries to defend an not-so-innocent man on charges of murder. But through the testimony of witnesses, it becomes apparent that someone wanted Ted Chase in serious trouble.

This is a crowded cast that at times is difficult to follow. Much time is seemed spent on stocks, stock bonds and stock certificates - so I was trying to keep those separate as we progress to the court hearing. But by the end of the show, anything with stocks was just a red herring.

Perhaps after many really good shows, this mystery seemed almost dull. But there is good courtroom activity that will please the most novice Mason fan and lead the case to an acceptable ending.

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