Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Nebulous Nephew 

John Brooks arrives at the elderly Stone sisters' home saying he knew a nephew who was declared illegitimate as a youth. Due to his recall of facts they think he is really their nephew. Ernest Stone is murdered in a tangled web of deceit.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Perry Mason
... Della Street
... Paul Drake
... Hamilton Burger
... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
... Lt. Andy Anderson
... Sophia Stone
Ron Starr ... John Brooks
... Irene Stone
... Wayne Jameson
... Ernest Stone
... Caleb Stone IV
... Nineveh Stone
... Leonard
... Sister Theresa


Ernest Stone has enlisted the help of John Brooks in a scam he has planned against two aging relatives, Sophia and Nineveh Stone. Brooks is to show up at the Stone's home and tell them he is a good friend and one-time shipmate of their nephew, Caleb Stone IV who was born out of wedlock and given to an orphanage when he was very young. The idea is that Brooks will demonstrate detailed knowledge of the house, the family and so on so as to suggest he is the real Caleb Stone IV but always deny that he is. The elderly aunts are soon convinced that he is their long lost relative and approach Perry Mason to change their will in Brooks' favor. Perry realizing the John Brooks may be a scam tries to delay them as he investigates Brooks. Brooks grows to like the old ladies and tells Ernest Stone that he wants out of the scam. When Ernest is found dead, John Brooks is charged with murder and Perry defends him. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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26 September 1963 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode has an unusually lengthy setup; none of the regular cast members put in an appearance until about the 15-minute mark. See more »


On the DVD, the cast credits are all wrong. The character names and actors are apparently from some different show and do not apply to this episode. See more »


[first lines]
Ernest Stone: All right, one final run-through without the details.
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A pair con games going
28 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

Young Ron Starr is Perry Mason's client in this episode, he's been contacted by Hugh Marlowe to help with a con game involving Starr pretending to be the long lost heir of a patent medicine fortune. He gets two maiden sisters, Meg Wyllie and Beulah Bondi to believe him to be their long lost nephew and the idea is for them to change their respective wills.

But Starr backs out and when Marlowe is found clubbed to death with a favorite shotgun of his, it's Starr who's looking real good for the homicide. Raymond Burr who's been brought in by the aunts in the first place, takes Starr's defense at their behest. In fact they're willing to say they killed Marlowe who was not a favorite relative of their's.

The back story here is quite interesting with the young Starr being put in an orphanage in South Carolina where his mother was from and making friend's with a kid who grows up to be Ivan Dixon. When Dixon is called on the stand, he has quite a tale to tell himself. Seems that Starr and he had their own con game going.

This was one of the better Mason episodes of this particular season.

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