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.
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
[as Mrs. Fargo stands in line to board a bus
My dear Mrs. Fargo. What a delightful surprise.
What are you doing here, 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.