Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Perjured Parrot 

The only witness to a rich man's murder is his parrot, who keeps repeating the suspect's name. But in court, everyone is surprised at what the bird says next. Perry does his magic at an informal coroner's Inquest in a rural area.


William D. Russell


Marian B. Cockrell (teleplay) (as Marion Cockrell), Erle Stanley Gardner (story)

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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 (credit only)
Ray Collins ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg (credit only)
Edgar Buchanan ... Andy Templet
Jody Lawrance ... Ellen Monteith
Dan Barton Dan Barton ... Richard Waid
Fay Baker ... Stephanie Sabin
Robert Griffin ... Fred Bascomb (as Robert E. Griffin)
Frank Ferguson ... Sheriff Barnes
Joseph Kearns ... Edward Langley (as Joe Kearns)
Jason Johnson ... District Attorney Ray Sprague
Maurice Manson Maurice Manson ... Charles Sabin / George Wallman
Pamela Branch Pamela Branch ... Helen Watkins


Charles Sabin is a wealthy investor who has a rather gruff personality. He is leaving on a fishing trip to a remote cabin he owns but as he leaves he accuses his step-daughter Helen Watkins of stealing from him. He has a pet parrot Casanova who does a couple of tricks and parrots some funny answers. As he leaves he gives orders to his secretary Richard Waid to handle some tasks. Sabin is found dead in his cabin with a parrot saying Helen should turn over a gun. Sabin's wife Stephanie Sabin along with Helen visit Perry who handles some of Sabin's legal business for help. Perry visits the cabin where the Sheriff and a local teacher of criminology are interpreting the evidence. Perry notices a library book that leads him to the librarian Ellen Monteith who says she recently married Sabin making him a bigamist. Ellen is arrested while a Coroner's Inquest is called to determine cause of death. Coroner Andy Templet runs a very informal inquest where Perry re-interprets the evidence. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

20 December 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?


One of the few times we hear the words "so help me God" at the end of an oath as a witness is being sworn in. See more »


When Ellen Monteith reads the prop newspaper about the murder, one can see that the insides pages of the newspaper are blank. See more »


[first lines]
Stephanie Sabin: Oh! Oh, I didn't know you were back, Charles. I didn't hear you.
Charles Sabin: Where is Waid? I want him.
Casanova the Parrot: Awk! Pretty Polly, pretty Polly. Polly wanna cracker.
Charles Sabin: Hello, Casanova.
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4 April 2008 | by mhenry-4See all my reviews

Sorry Zsenorsock, but Berger does not appear in this episode. See the cast list above. It is one of the more entertaining elements of this that the case goes to trial in in "Logan City", which sure resembles "Sierra City" from other episodes. Perry's opponent real opponent is not the DA (Jason Johnson, above) but the no-nonsense town coroner who is running the inquest -- the lawyer for the prosecution has only a few lines.

There is a wonderful moment where Perry visits the murder scene and Della waits outside. After looking things over Perry comes out to find Della feeding a squirrel. This moment of nature, (presented with a nice filter on the camera lens) lead to some important information that requires a trek into the woods, with the impeccably dressed Perry telling Della, "Stay here, you'll ruin your stockings"....but Della forges ahead with Perry anyway.

A very entertaining episode, with a cast of actors that you'll recognize from elsewhere, but wonder "where have I seen him/her before?". Particularly entertaining if you happen to have bourbon in the house.

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