Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the One-Eyed Witness 

Marian Fargo is being blackmailed and hires Perry Mason to find a solution to her problem. When Marian is suddenly charged with two murders and the evidence is solidly against her, Perry must use all his wits to save his client.


Christian Nyby


Erle Stanley Gardner (based on the novel by), Robert C. Dennis (teleplay)

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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
Angie Dickinson ... Marian Fargo
Luis Van Rooten Luis Van Rooten ... Samuel Carlin (as Louis Van Rooten)
Dorothy Green ... Diana Maynard
Paul Picerni ... Charles Gallagher
Eve Miller ... Nora Kelly
Peter Adams Peter Adams ... Arthur Fargo
Vincent Perry Vincent Perry ... Judge (as Vincent G. Perry)
Richard Benedict ... Steve Daniels
Jan Arvan Jan Arvan ... Pierre Renaud
Sam Gilman ... George Danvers


Marian Fargo has been blackmailed by Samuel D. Carlin for the last 10 months and has already paid him $10,000. He tells her that for a lump sum of another $10,000 he will give her what she wants: a file he has on Charles Gallagher, her brother. She finally breaks down and tells her husband Arthur Fargo what has been happening. She's supposed to meet Carlin in a restaurant for the exchange but when he leaves a message with the Maitre d' for her to come to his house, she gets Perry Mason to deliver it for her. When both Carlin and Arthur Fargo are found dead, Marian is charged with murder and Perry defends her. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

22 February 1958 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A running joke through the story is how could a restaurant charge $1.00 for a cup of coffee. If adjusted for inflation that would be equal to almost $8.50 in 2014. See more »


When Mason and Street enter Carlin's house, the address number - 6920 - is clearly visible on the door. When Mason leaves moments later, the exterior shot shows the house number has moved to over the mailbox. See more »


[first lines]
[as Mrs. Fargo stands in line to board a bus]
Samuel Carlin: My dear Mrs. Fargo. What a delightful surprise.
Marian Gallagher: What are you doing here, Carlin?
Samuel Carlin: I could say that I came to see some friends off, but that wouldn't be telling the truth. Actually, I came expressly to see you.
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It has to be good, it has Angie Dickinson
21 October 2011 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Angie Dickinson guest-stars in the episode playing Ms Marion Fargo a women seeming meant to be in trouble. She is married to Authur Fargo (Peter Adams) and is being blackmailed by Samuel Carlin (Luis Van Rooten). When both men end up dead guess who is the main suspect in a double murder.

In the shortest terms-- that is the story. But there is more going on here than meets the eye (and I do mean one eye).

Ms Fargo has an alibi. She is seen on a bus before the murder's happened. But having Lt Tragg and Hamilton Burger get through talking with the witness, we are back to all fingers point to Ms Fargo.

Thank goodness that Ms Fargo had chance encounter with Perry because he ends up defending her in court. And for once it is a difficult job. Ms Fargo has a family secret that she will not reveal making Perry's case much more difficult. But as we know - when court time comes Perry has done his homework.

This is a good episode. In my opinion one of the better shows. Good acting with a good storyline. I give this a high mark.

Note- Two things to watch out for The first time we see Paul Drake he is stopping his car to make a phone call. He must not have been use to the brakes because he nearly sends the passenger through the windshield. And that was before seat belts.{This scene was removed in syndication} -Also Della gets some good face time in front of the camera. Instead of being in the background taking shorthand, in one scene, she is only person in the office when a man arrives with a problem. She may, or may not, give advise that is helpful to the man's problem. That is a scene you have to see.

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