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 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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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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Very strange ending

The ending of The Perjured Parrot seemed anti-climactic compared to other Perry Mason episodes. And, supposedly Robert Young appeared in this episode as an uncredited townsperson-I sure did not find his appearance-did anyone else see him?

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