Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Missing Button 

Dirk Blake is in a tug of war with his wife over their daughter Button. He feels she is an unfit mother. He asked Vince Rome to obtain info to be used to fight his wife. Dirk is charged with murdering Vince after they are seen fighting.


Richard Donner (as Richard D. Donner)


Erle Stanley Gardner (characters created by), Jonathan Latimer

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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)
Wesley Lau ... Police Lt. Andy Anderson
Julie Adams ... Janice Blake
Ed Nelson ... Dirk Blake
Claire Wilcox ... Button Blake
Dee Hartford ... Lois Gray
Anthony Eisley ... Vince Rome
Otto Kruger ... Judge Norris
Alan Baxter ... Roger Gray
Lysa D'Anjou Lysa D'Anjou ... Naomi Sutherland
Mike Mazurki ... Cully Barstow


The button in this case is Button Blake, the young daughter of Janice and Dirk Blake who are going through a nasty divorce. After Janice refuses to let her soon-to-be ex-husband have Button for his two days of visitation, he takes her and puts her on his yacht, the Blue Nymph. It isn't a case of kidnapping per se and the judge in the case gives temporary custody to Roger and Lois Gray, friends of the family. Button is a young heiress having inherited $4 million from her grandfather and Perry Mason is the administrator of the trust. Keeping an eye on the girl aboard the yacht is Vince Rome who has been taking care of himself and hoping that Janice will marry him once the divorce goes through but she refuses. Vince has been asked by Dirk to find information he can use against Janice but Vince concocts a plan to blackmail either parent with the data he is fabricating. Dirk calls off Vince but in a fight Vince's gun goes off which is seen by a witness. When Vince Rome is killed, Dirk ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

24 September 1964 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Claire Wilcox (Button Blake) and David Macklin (Mike Sommers) were on a TV series at the time called "Harris against the World" with Jack Klugman. The series only lasted one year (season). See more »


In the scene where Perry and Paul row away from the boat where Button is, it can be seen that a stand-in has taken the place of Raymond Burr, and that the stand-in's build is quite a bit lighter than Burr's. See more »


[first lines]
Button Blake: [after riding her bike with training wheels] How was that?
Mike Sommers: That was very good, Button. Now it's time for your milk.
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Who has the Button?
22 November 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

As we know Perry Mason never gets involved in divorce cases, that's a rule he's established for himself. But the late grandfather of Claire Wilcox who plays little Button Blake made her his heir and Perry Mason guardian of the fortune she has. Apparently grandfather neither liked his daughter Julie Adams or her now estranged husband Ed Nelson.

They're going through a divorce now and Raymond Burr is part of the action as guardian. Involved in everything is society yachtsman Anthony Eisley who is playing the villain like a stock company Snidely Whiplash. He'd like to marry Adams and get his mitts on the fortune. Eisley also has a couple of other illegal activities on the side as well. No one really mourns when he dies. But it's Nelson who is arrested and who becomes the Mason client.

Not one of the better episodes, especially since they pulled the culprit from way out of left field. As for Button Blake, one hopes that's just a nickname. I have a feeling that she'll grow up to be one screwed up kid.

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