Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Misguided Missile 

Major Jerry Reynolds, who supervises missile development, is looking to leave the Air Force. Due to launch failures, the Air Force sends an investigator, who happens to have a grudge against Reynolds. When he is murdered, Jerry is charged.


John Peyser


Erle Stanley Gardner (based upon characters created by), Sol Stein | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Perry Mason
Barbara Hale ... Della Street (credit only)
William Hopper ... Paul Drake
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg (credit only)
Bruce Bennett ... Dan Morgan
Jeanne Bal ... Helen Rand
Simon Oakland ... Capt. Mike Caldwell
Robert Rockwell ... Maj. Jerry Reynolds
Richard Arlen ... Dr. Harrison
William Schallert ... Dr. Bradbury
Med Flory ... Capt. McVey
George N. Neise ... George Huxley (as George Neise)
Stephen Roberts Stephen Roberts ... Maj. Cooke
Richard Shannon Richard Shannon ... Col. Sloan
Ronnie Knox Ronnie Knox ... Sgt. Lewis


Major Jerry Reynolds is in charge of a rocket project at the Vandenberg Air Force base and they are having major problems. Their most recent launch failed and another attempt is scheduled. It will be the last try for Dan Morgan whose company will lose it's contract to George Huxley's firm if they fail again. The main scientist on the project for Morgan has a severe drinking problem while the Morgan public relations representative is having an affair with Huxley. Reynolds also has to put up with Captain Mike Caldwell from the Inspector General's office who is there to look into the project. Caldwell blames Reynolds for not being promoted so there is a chill in the air. Reynolds plans to resign his commission to take a job with Huxley due to his father's financial problems. He asks Perry to look over the job contract before he signs to make sure there is no conflict of interest. A scientist finds evidence of what caused the last launch failure which is ultimately found hidden in ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

6 May 1961 (USA) See more »

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The stock footage used for this episode is from the Atlas/Agina launch and explosion. The rocket toppled off course because someone had left out the dash ("-") from the control calculations. See more »

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Nice mystery away from the confines of LA
16 July 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Even though this episode had some good moments and was a good watch- I did not get all excited and have goo-goo eyes with all the guest cast. But I did enjoy the mystery and change-from-normal court proceedings that lead to a different touch from the regular 'Perry Mason' episode.

At the Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Morgan Missile Company is testing their new rockets. However it seems that someone is sabotaging the tests which may lead to canceling of contracts with the company.

Capt Jerry Reynolds is the Air Force officer in charge of the testing. News is that Capt Reynolds will be leaving the Air Force and getting a job at Huxley Missile Company which is the rival of Morgan's Company. When the Inspector General finds out about this move, plus the fact that he has proof that sabotage is at work, he wants to meet with officials. Before this happens the Inspector is found dead on the test range. And all the evidence points to Capt Reynolds as the murderer and the person wanting the missile test to fail.

But thank goodness that Capt Reynolds and Perry were old WW2 buddies. Perry will defend Reynolds at the court hearing as we get testimony from nearly everyone involved in the case. With some help from a cashed check, Perry will have enough pressure to take large chucks out of someone's testimony and hopefully get his client release from the On-Base Jail.

Even though there is nothing that is remarkable about this episode, it was a nice watch. A nice mystery with a change of scenery.

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