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

Ex-boxer Dennis 'Duke' Maronek tries to protect his girlfriend and thinks he accidentally killed a man. He tells Perry, his lawyer, but refuses to go to the police. When another man is arrested for the murder, Perry is caught in a bind.

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... Perry Mason
... Della Street
... Paul Drake
... Hamilton Burger (credit only)
... Lt. Steve Drumm
... Sharon Carmody
... Dennis 'Duke' Maronek
... Rudy Blair
Rita Lynn ... Fern Bronwyn
... Deputy D.A. Vincent
... Jake Stearns
... Judge
Armand Harrison ... Ira Dewitt
Sarah Selby ... Millicent - Police Clerk
... Madam Rosa Bruening
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Sharon Carmody asks her friend, ex-boxer Duke Maronek, to walk her home as a man, Art Grover, has been harassing her. When they arrive at her apartment, they hear movement inside and Duke goes in alone, only to be jumped by someone inside. Sharon calls the police from a pay phone in the hall. After the melee, Duke finds his attacker dead behind the sofa. Sharon, a model who is up for a major sponsorship job as the White Snow Princess, begs him to dispose of the body so as not to hurt her chances before the police arrive. He does so but consults Perry Mason, who has helped Duke before, late that night. He rejects Perry's advice that he go to the police because of Sharon and because he is afraid of confinement in small places. But when another man is charged with killing the man, Perry is forced to act. He tries to convince Sharon to come forward but she won't and is a near lock to win the job of her dreams. Duke is soon on the run and Perry begins to think that someone else might be ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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24 April 1966 (USA)  »

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The smoke grenade launcher used by the police is a civilian version of the M-79 "Thumper" or "Bloop Gun". It was designed by the Springfield Armory, between 1953 and 1960. It was put in service with the military in 1961. More than 350,000 were built in U.S. alone. They remain in limited service. They have largely been replaced by the M-203 grenade launcher, which is much smaller and versatile. See more »

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An establishing shot of Perry walking into the Los Angeles County Courthouse was obviously made at a much earlier date, and Perry's hair is styled differently. See more »

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Sharon Carmody: But what if he comes here?
Dennis 'Duke' Maronek: Look, Sharon, there's nothing to worry about. Grover was probably drunk or just sounding off when he threatened to kill you.
Sharon Carmody: Not kill me. Just "mark me up," he said.
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See this one a mile because of the Perry Mason parameters
10 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

In this episode close to the end of the series run, Perry Mason explains that in fact he likes to know up front whether his client his guilty or not. So when Paul Lukather a former boxer and client of Raymond Burr comes to him with a story than in fact he just killed a man it doesn't sit well at all with Burr.

In trying to stretch things to make it seem that Perry Mason was finally going to have a guilty client the writers goofed. It is so obvious who the real killer is, but I won't even go into the plot because you'll know in two sentences.

Perry's record is intact, his client is innocent though he never sees a courtroom.


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